Counselling Vancouver - Addictions - Including Substances Counsellors, Psychologists, Therapists in Vancouver, West of Burrard St. - East of Alma St.

Addictions - Including Substances

While some people can use prescription or recreational drugs with no negative effects, many others become addicted and face dramatic health and lifestyle problems as a result. Substance addictions negatively affect relationships, home, school or work, leaving the person feeling ashamed, helpless and isolated.

Physical symptoms of substance abuse and addiction are varied depending on the drug of choice, but the symptoms of the addiction itself are similar. People who are addicted to substances may neglect their responsibilities, take potentially dangerous risks and get into trouble with the law. As their drug use spirals out of control, they will lose interest in activities that used to be enjoyable and continue to take drugs despite knowing the harm it causes.

Substance addicts tend to build up a tolerance to their drug of choice, and get angry when they can't get more of it. Withdrawal symptoms are highly probable when an addict goes without it for too long. Depression, nausea, insomnia, sweating, restlessness, anxiety and shaking are all common withdrawal symptoms.

Psychotherapy can help you to overcome substance addiction by focusing on correcting maladaptive behaviors. Substance abuse is usually a coping mechanism against emotionally overwhelming past events or memories. Substances are often used to provide instant gratification instead of facing certain issues.

Therapists are equipped to help clients deal with addiction recovery through empowerment and helping them set simple short term targets. The first target is sobriety, followed by empowering the client with adaptive skills and finding new coping strategies that deal with the issues that caused the addiction. Substance addiction can be ended, allowing the person to live a healthy, productive life.

If you need a counsellor or psychologist to help you address the effects of substance addiction, you can search the directory below to find a professional with the approach best suited to your situation.

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Sheran Selluski

M.A., RCC
Sheran is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with a Masters in Clinical Psychology, a BEd (education ) and BA in Human Science.  This academic background enhanced by experience and ... Read more

Caity O'Neill

M.Couns., RCC
 I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor committed to making quality counselling accessible. I offer sessions on afternoons, evenings and weekends. I have experience treating clients with a wide variety of concerns... Read more

Danielle Aldcorn

M.A., RCC
Danielle Aldcorn, BSW, MA, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Co-Director of Satori Integrative Health Centre. Her primary areas of practice are child, adolescent and family counselling for anxiety, behaviour... Read more

Ellen Abrams

M.A., RCC
It's likely that you've tried to work out your problems by yourself but found that it hasn't been so easy or simple. Symptoms like stress, insomnia, being overly hard on yourself, anxiety, or sexual... Read more

Sonder Haven

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
You have answers within you. Let's find them together. Right now we are dealing with a lot: COVID-19, the ongoing and escalating police violence against Black and Indigenous peoples, as well as the ongoing racism... Read more

Peter La Grand

M.Couns., RCC
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Peter La Grand, MC, MA, BA Peter La Grand is a Vancouver-based Counsellor who offers individual, couples, and family therapy.  Peter has been involved in the counselling field since 2006 and has worked in many... Read more

Kelly Kavanagh

M.A., R.Psych
My name is Kelly Kavanagh (MA, MEd, R.Psych) co-owner of Richmond Couples and Child Counselling (RCCC), located directly across from the Richmond Hospital. I am a psychologist working exclusively with children,... Read more

Julie Burk

M.S.W., RSW
Julie is a Registered Social Worker (13631) who after working with high risk youth for many years, obtained her Masters in Social Work specializing in palliative care to pursue her passion of working with palliative and... Read more

Anne Erlebach

Ph.D., CCC
Life can be full of challenges and problems that cause stress, confusion, anger, insecurity, indecision, shame, physical pain, illness, exhaustion and lethargy, frustration, worry, anxiety, guilt, regret, grief,... Read more

Tom Foster

M.S.W., RSW
TOM FOSTER, MSW, RSW: Tom has been a therapist for over 25 years and has experience working with clients facing a wide range of concerns. Tom has worked extensively with issues related to sexuality, relationship... Read more

Linda Lin

MCP:AT, RCC
    • Online booking
If you struggle with overwhelming emotions or with self-esteem, I am passionate to find coping strategies that work for you, help you build self-compassion to understand emotions, and embrace your creativity as these... Read more

Debbie Day

M.A., RCC
Debbie Day has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology. Debbie is a Registered Clinical counselor (1519) with BC Association of Clinical Counselors. She has... Read more

Peter M Williamson PhD

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Peter Williamson is one of only 7 officially Certified Gottman Method Couples Therapists in the province of B.C. (at time of this writing - 9/2017). Although extensively trained and with 25+ years of expertise... Read more

Uri Sanhedrai

M.A., RCC
Uri Sanhedrai is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) & Therapist in Private Practice in downtown Vancouver, providing counselling, therapy, coaching and consultation to individuals, groups and businesses. Uri... Read more

Inder Kauldher

M.C., RCC
    • Online booking
Are life circumstances causing you to feel stuck? Exhausted? Are you struggling to live your best life? We can often find ourselves trapped in negative situations and thinking patterns, which lead to exhaustion,... Read more

Michelle Coulombe

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
Video and telephone counselling available.  I have a BA in Psychology, as well as an MA in Counselling Psychology (family specialization) from UBC. I have been a Certified Canadian Counsellor in good... Read more

Jessica Cooper

M.A., RCC
Are you looking to feel less stressed, anxious or depressed? Would you like to feel happier, more empowered and motivated, and more in control of your life?  Jessica can help you. Jessica Cooper, MA, RCC... Read more

Kari-Ann Thor

M.Ed., RCC
A Bit About Käri-Ann: I have had a part-time private counselling practice since 2003 and come from a history of Outdoor Education as my first career, followed by over 20 years working in the social service sector... Read more

Lorne Pierce

M.A., R.Psych
    • Online booking
I have been in private practice since 1999 providing counselling services to individuals, couples and familes. I have over 20 years experience in the helping professions in both government (federal and provincial)... Read more

Tricia Antoniuk

M.S.W., RSW
Imagine finding Hope & Passion in your Life... If you feel stuck or frustrated, in emotional pain or a struggling relationship, counselling can help. With respect and patience we will discover how you can meet... Read more

Cameron Watson

M.C., RCC
NOW OFFERING ONLINE VIDEO COUNSELLING. Please check my website for details. Cameron Watson is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who sees clients at offices in Maple Ridge. He operates Kanaka Creek Community... Read more

Paula Jurczak

M.A., RCC
Child and Family Counselling Services Promoting emotional healing, social development and the formation of healthy relationships.   Virtual Counselling Services Available. Telephone and Video. Please... Read more

Joe Ramirez

M.Couns., CCC
Joe Ramirez, owner of ClearCounselling.ca, is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and an Adlerian psychotherapist with a Master of Counselling Psychology, providing Individual Counselling, Couples Counselling, and Sex... Read more

Noele Bird

M.A., RCC
Noele Bird is a Registered Clinical Counselor with the BC Association of Clinical Counselors and a Certified Music Therapist with the Canadian Association of Music Therapy. She is a Trainer in the Bonny Method of Guided... Read more

Lisa Yeates

M.Ed., RCC
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Do you feel hooked by painful thoughts, emotions, and behaviours that pull you away from the person you want to be? Work with me to explore how to live life with meaning, to move on from the past and build skills to... Read more

Allie Huggins

MC, RCC
I prefer a holistic, humanistic, and existential approach to therapy. I'm an avid believer that the quality of a therapeutic relationship is predictive of positive outcomes. Everyone is unique, and every therapeutic... Read more

Amber Lowdermilk

M.Couns., RCC
    • Online booking
Amber is a Registered Clinical Counsellor whose compassionate nature and warm personality helps her client’s feel secure and safe, as together they challenge and overcome a variety of painful difficulties... Read more

Susan Rungta

M.A., R.Psych
Susan is a registrant of the College of Psychologists of B.C. (CPBC # 1647). She has been helping individuals, couples, families, and groups for over 25 years. Susan works with a wide range of issues including stress... Read more

Tamara Adilman

M.A., RCC
Tamara has specialized training in relationship therapy and individual psychotherapy. As a relationship therapist she works with couples, adult children with their parents and adult sibling relationships. Her goal is to... Read more

Katy Strachan

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Katy Strachan has been a Registered Psychologist in the Vancouver area since 1994. She has specific interests in women’s counselling, relationship issues, parenting issues, victim’s assistance,... Read more