Addictions - Including Substances Counsellors

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.

Note: You may narrow your search by selecting more than one filter below.

Andrew Herfst

M.A., RCC
*I am providing Online / Telephone counselling during the COVID-19 crisis* I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with... Read more

Kelly Archer

M.A., RCC
Kelly is a young and energetic therapist who has a strong passion for working with children and youth. Kelly has worked extensively in clinical, outreach, government and school settings as a therapist for children and... Read more

Daphne Georghiou

MFT, RCC
Get help from a seasoned, clinically trained psychotherapist in Vancouver, with over 20 years of experience supporting individuals, couples and families cultivate inner balance and create a path to finding joy in... Read more

Sandra Neil

M.A., CCC
Starr Wellness & Recovery BILINGUAL - ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS - Youth, Parent, Family and Adults. Through my 2 decades of counselling experience, I have come to believe that a better understanding of ourselves is... Read more

Sally-Anne Haug

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
I am a trained EMDR Clinician and my practice focuses on Adults With Complicated Lives. Are you living the life of your dreams, but still suffer? Or feel that you aren't living the life that feels right on the... Read more
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    • Online booking
Life is not always easy, and it is a core belief that all of us – if we live long enough and go through enough life experiences – will struggle with psychological health difficulties at some point in our... Read more

Ross Laird

Ph.D., RCC
Ross Laird, PhD RCC is a consultant to organizations on themes of personal development, well-being, and whole-person learning. He has worked extensively in the fields of addiction, interpersonal conflict, trauma,... Read more

Lillian Kelly

M.A., RCC
I see clients online. from anywhere Frustrated? Unhappy with your relationship? Are you repeating painful patterns in your relationship, and in your life? I can help you create the changes that you long for! You... Read more

Mark Ring

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology. With over fifteen years of experience and a commitment to ongoing education/training I can help you.  Whether you need a... Read more

Mehran Seyed Emami

M.A., RCC
Mehran Seyed Emami is a BC Registered Clinical Counsellor (No. 18736) and Canadian Certified Counsellor (No. 10007447). He is a Certified Practitioner of Compassionate Inquiry (a model developed by Dr. Gabor... Read more

Sebastian Di Cesare

Ph.D., RCC
    • Online booking
Welcome and thank you for taking the time to check out my profile. If I had to use one word to describe my approach to counselling, it would have to be - practical. I always listen intently and will keep your presenting... Read more

Al Zwiers

M.S.W., RSW
I am a Registered Social Worker in BC, and have a Master of Social Work degree with additional training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Clinical Hypnosis, EMDR and Gottman ... Read more

Claire Weiss

M.A., RCC
As a therapist, I offer you a professional relationship that is deeply accepting and non-judgemental, but also objective and truthful. The issues that bring you to therapy likely started in the context of relationship,... Read more

Kathryn Pybus

MCP:AT, RCC
    • Online booking
A Registered Clinical Counsellor (#14856) and Professional Canadian Art Therapist, I bring expertise, passion, and skill to my practice with clients of diverse cultures and experiences. I practice from a place of... Read more

Kala McKenzie

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
*Exclusively Online Therapy* I have specialized training in working with anxiety, shame, and low self-esteem. I use a compassionate approach that focuses on helping you develop a self-compassionate inner voice.... Read more

Tara Chotem

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor, and a Certified Group Therapist. I received my B.A. in Psychology from Concordia University, Montreal (1980) and my M.A. in Counselling Psychology from the... Read more

Patricia Friedman

M.S.W., RSW
This is the first step in looking for the right professional who can help you and I hope I can make this process easy for you. I work with adults who feel like something is not right in their life; they may feel... Read more

Brenna King

M.A., RCC
Brenna King has a Masters degree and is a registered member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors.  She offers her private practice in North Vancouver  (Lonsdale and 20th).  She... Read more

David Renaud

M.S.W., RSW
    • Online booking
I work with people experiencing difficult problems. Such problems go by many names, and may be new or old, but all share the common trait of stubbornly obstructing our happiness. You might feel depressed, anxious, or... Read more

Ginnie Cramer

MC, RCC
**My practice is currently full. If you would like to be placed on my waiting list please e-mail me indicating this** ***Due to the Covid-19 circumstances I will be doing telephone and video... Read more

Chris Walker

M.A., CCC
“At some time or other, we all find ourselves unable to cope with life’s difficulties. The aim of counseling is to help you deal with these or other issues, so that you can get on with a meaningful and... Read more

Jaminie Hilton

M.A., RCC
    • Blog on profile
I am available for telephone appointments as well as in office. My approach is compassionate with individuals - adults and adolescents; couples; and parent-child communication, including parenting after separation... Read more

Alia Mai

M.S.W., RCC
    • Online booking
Alia Mai is a registered clinical counselor (RCC) experienced in working with anxiety, depression, addictions, relationship struggles, family and social issues regarding race, culture, religion and identity, women who... Read more

Shannon Tully

M.A.Sc., RCC
Welcome! If you are struggling in your life and you need a supportive person who can listen compassionately and empower you to heal, I can help. The journey towards inner freedom lies in our ability to... Read more

Suzana Dujmic

M.C., RCC
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My name is Suzana Dujmic and I am Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counselling from City University of Seattle (Vancouver campus) and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Child and Youth... Read more

Eileen Peterson

M.S.W., RCSW
    • Online booking
  NOTE: To provide support during COVID-19 precautions,  sessions may now be in person or virtual: video or by phone. Please call or email to book your appointment. Taking new clients. I'm a... Read more

Lyne Piche

Ph.D., R.Psych
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Dr. Lyne Piché is a Registered Psychologist working in South Surre, BC. Her services are offered in both French and English. She has many years experience working with people who have sexual difficulties, sexual... Read more

Nita Agustin

M.A., RCC
Nita Agustin is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a private practise based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her practise is currently entirely online, and she is able to see clients who are based anywhere in the... Read more

Donna Vidas

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
Some issues I regularly work with in therapy include: Overcoming recent or life-long patterns that may be interfering with your enjoyment of life resolving traumatic experiences managing life transitions... Read more

Shelley Ugyan

M.Couns., CCC
I specialize in individual counselling for anxiety, stress, depression, trauma or loss, anger and interpersonal issues. I also have extensive expertise in working with eating disorders,  relationship dynamics, pain... Read more