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.

Jordan Malm

M.Ed., RCC
    • Online booking
My passion for mental health was illuminated after volunteering with those struggling with severe and persistent mental health, substance use/dependence and overall functioning issues in Vancouver, British... Read more

Colette Mrazek

M.Ed., RCC
    • Online booking
My counselling career began over 20 years ago and since then, I have worked in a variety of settings with many different populations, such as youth at risk, children who have been orphaned, young parents,... Read more

Mark Holland

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
Mark Holland, M.A. Registered Clinical Counsellor Mark Holland is a Vancouver-based Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC). He received his Masters in Counselling Psychology and has more than 15 years... Read more

Kelsey Grimm

M.Couns., RCC
At Healing Spaces, it's all about you! We are glad you have decided to invest in your own health and wellbeing. We know this can be a big decision and we are truly honoured to support you in your counselling... Read more

Alex Klassen

M.S.W., RSW
    • Online booking
In my practice, I help clients reduce or eliminate their chronic pain utilizing Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT) and other mind-body approaches. Neuroplastic pain (also called TMS or Mind-Body Syndrome) is a common form... Read more

Sharon Southey

M.A., RCC
Sharon Southey is a skilled professional with a nursing background, who has been counselling people since 1992. She likes to work with individuals who are teenage or adult, families of all types and couples,... Read more

Lee Lourdeaux

Ph.D., RCSW
The people who come to see me include men who struggle with anxiety, depression, anger, or the misuse of alcohol, sex, or pornography; women concerned about relationships, anxiety, and depression; couples who feel... Read more

Gary Hayre

MCP, RCC
    • Online booking
Many clients may not know what effective change looks like or how to achieve it. They are stuck in old patterns and bad habits, which makes relationships difficult and restricts living their best life. Gary accompanies... Read more

Barrett Carter

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
Hi, I’m Barrett! I have worked in the counselling field for the past 12 years supporting youth, adults, and families facing diverse challenges. Currently, I am a mental health clinician with a local Health... Read more

Sue Diamond

M.A., RCC
Sue Diamond, M.A. is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#178) and the Director/Founder of The Good Life Therapy Centre. She has over 25 years experience in the counselling field in a multitude of settings... Read more

Becca Smith

M.S.W., RSW
Counselling is a deeply personal experience. A therapy relationship is built on a foundation of trust and trust is built over time as we gain knowledge and experience of another person. With over 20 years of clinical... Read more

Neelam Olk

M.C., RCC
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Neelam Olk holds the designation of a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. In addition to her private practice, she has worked in outpatient mental health clinics with the... 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

David Ravvin

M.A., RCC
I AM PRESENTLY ONLY SEEING NEW CLIENTS WITH (SECURE) VIDEO-COUNSELLING OR ON THE PHONE. NO IN-PERSON APPOINTMENTS FOR NOW. I AM DOING EMDR WITH VIDEO-COUNSELLING. I am a professional Registered Clinical Counsellor... Read more

Nancy B Matechuk

M.C., RCC
    • Online booking
Nancy B. Matechuk , MC, RCC Registered Clinical Counsellor Nancy has over 20 years of experience as counsellor, mediator with a broad range of specialized training supporting... 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

Chyanne Smith

M.A., RCC
My goal is to support you in achieving the goals you bring into our sessions. I operate from a biopsychosocial perspective, meaning I will demonstrate consideration for your physical, emotional, social, and... 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

Otto Lim

M.S.W., RCSW
    • Online booking
I enjoy working with a diversity of clients and/or their family members who are have both mental health and substance use issues, including trauma and PTSD, depression, anxiety, substance or behavioral addictions, life... Read more

Lydia Hamilton

M.Sc., RCC
In 2000, Lydia left the film industry to pursue her passion of helping people help themselves. Now, over 20 years later, she brings her wealth of experience and education to her private practice based in the Cowichan... Read more

Chelsie Pilon

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
Are you tired of repeating the same limiting patterns in your life? Does anxiety, overwhelm, or depression feel like a constant battle for you? Maybe you feel stuck, confused and alone. My name is Chelsie Pilon, and I... Read more

Joanne Schwartz

M.S.W., RSW
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    • Online booking
I can help you achieve: Relief from negative thinking, anxiety and depression. Better coping mechanisms to help you overcome addictive or destructive behaviours. Balance in your day-to-day life. I aim to... Read more

Kathleen Beaton

M.Couns., RCC
Sometimes dealing with life’s difficulties can leave you feeling overwhelmed, stuck, alone, or unable to cope. You may notice patterns in your life that continuously leave you stranded in the same stuck places,... Read more

Ian Bond

M.A., RCC
As a professional counsellor and therapist, Ian works together with clients to help them explore relationships, thoughts, feelings, or behaviours, which trouble them and cause difficulty and suffering in their life.... Read more

Lara Ellison

M.S.W., RSW
Lara Ellison, MSW, RSW Lara Ellison MSW, RSW has been professionally involved in various mental health programming since 2006.  Starting her work at Peak House, a youth residential alcohol and drug treatment... Read more

Scott Harrison

M.A., RCC
Scott is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. Scott weaves the science and art of clinical counselling into therapeutic conversations that focus on solutions and strengths... Read more

Lisa Moore

M.A., RCC
Lisa Moore, ma MA Counselling Psychology, RCC, CCC Clinical Counsellor (RCC) & Certified Play Therapy Supervisor Languages: English & French It’s my goal to help people heal and grow through... Read more

Alex Kwee

Psy.D., R.Psych
I am a Psychologist registered in British Columbia (CPBC #1903) and the State of Washington. Currently I am an Assistant Professor at Trinity Western University, where I serve as a core faculty member in the MA in... Read more

Eva Helpard

Ph.D., RCSW
We all encounter challenges and difficulties that at times frustrate and overwhelm us. They may prevent us from living our lives the way we truly want. But these struggles also present us with a Time for Change- an... 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