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.

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

Glenda Wallace

M.A., RCC
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Do you want to change the patterns in your important relationships?  Do you seek more balance in your life?  Do you need a safe place to be heard?  Through our conversations, you will broaden your... Read more

Don Davies

Ph.D., RCC
 Dr. Don Davies has a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Counselling Psychology.  With over 35 years of experience as an individual, couples and group therapist, Don’s unique counselling style... Read more

May Mikhail

M.S.W., RSW
May believes that all people, regardless of their personal struggles come to therapy with inherent strength and capacity and that through the therapy process, these strengths can be mobilized into positive action. May... Read more

Nadine Jans

M.A.Sc., RCC
Free 45 min in person or video session.  Dementia, Negative thoughts (like self-loathing), Depression, Anxiety, Grief, Emotional eating, Shame, Guilt and Self-esteem issues are the areas in which I have... Read more

Carolyn Jarvis

B.S.W., RSW
Please note given the unprecedented times we find ourselves in with COVID 19, I have expanded my practice hours and I'm accepting new clients for telephone and virtual counselling sessions. If you find yourself... Read more

Katelin Wyness

M.Couns., RCC
If you are looking to get connected with some counselling you are probably dealing with some difficult things.  I think I can help.  I work with a wide range of clients including children, youth... Read more

Sue Diewert

M.Ed., RCC
Sue Diewert is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, BC Registered Play Therapist,Jungian Sandplay Therapist in training and School Counsellor working in Courtenay, BC. If you are looking for support or want to speak... Read more

Ben Bjorgaard

M.A., RCC
I am currently accepting new clients. I work with individuals, couples, families, and youth. I also provide remote phone and video counselling via a user-friendly and secure telehealth platform. If you have any... Read more

Alexandra Vittes

M.S.W., RSW
I received my Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 2003, and am currently a Registered Social Worker with the BC College of Social Workers.  I was trained in both... Read more

Joachim Sehrbrock

Ph.D., R.Psych
NOTE: During the COVID-19 pandemic, I provide 100% online therapy services, which include both phone as well as video (Zoom) appointments.  When we feel overwhelmed, stressed, or bogged down by difficult... Read more

Serina Islam

Ph.D., RCC
If you are considering to begin counselling or making a decision about which therapist might be right for you, I hope this website will be an informative starting point. If you still feel uncertain after reading through... Read more

Nancy Nigro

M.S.W., RCC
I am a Psychotherapist in private practice with over 30 years of clinical experience. I have specialized training in Relationship issues, Self Esteem, Anxiety/Depression, Grief/Loss, Trauma, Life Transitions. If you... Read more

Janet Walker

M.A., RCC
Children Has parenting your child become a crisis situation for you?   Is your child acting out after a traumatic experience such as a separation, divorce, or loss of family member?  Is your child... Read more

Madeleine De Little

Ph.D., CCC
When children are struggling at home or school, they are often not able to say what they are experiencing and causing their distress. However their behaviours like bed wetting, school refusal, perfectionism, excess... Read more

Gabriela Ionita

Ph.D., R.Psych
I am a Registered Psychologist providing therapy to children, youth, and their families in North Vancouver (at Nova Mental Health). My focus is on creating a warm, collaborative, and engaging atmosphere while... Read more

Chris Clarke

M.A., RCC
Chris has a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from City University. He has been practicing on Vancouver Island for over 13 years. Chris is currently married for over 24 years and has two teenagers. He worked as a... Read more

Klaus Klein

M.A., RCC
Klaus is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in Vancouver, BC. He provides counselling and therapy to parents who are feeling overwhelmed or helpless trying to raise their teen. Parenting teens can be exhausting. Klaus... Read more

Iona Monk

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor who meets with couples and individuals in private practice in Vancouver. I have been working with couples for almost twenty years in private practice. I am a graduate of both... 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

maryam goldan

M.Couns., RCC
YOU CAN HEAL. I CAN HELP. Feeling overwhelmed? Anxious? Isolated? Does it seem like everyone around you is finding happiness while you silently struggle? Then it’s time to break free from negative patterns and... Read more

Jill Koehler

M.Couns., RCC
So....you are thinking about counselling....and maybe wondering where to start? It takes a lot of courage to take that step....to look at ourselves and at our relationships. Despite all our experience, skills and... Read more

Colin Evans

M.A., RCC
Evans-Carlson Counselling believes in supporting individuals and couples in the growth that will help them take the next step towards health and wholeness.   Special Issues In-Focus: Each person coming to... Read more

Denise Mansell

M.A., RCC
Grief and Loss. Life Changes. Compassion Fatigue. Burn out. Stress. Denise Mansell, MACP is a Reg'd Social Worker,  Reg'd Clinical Counsellor and Grief Therapist with a wide... Read more

Jason Lehmann

M.A., RCC
*NOW ACCEPTING CREDIT CARDS, CASH, CHEQUE, OR E-TRANSFER *Over 10 years of clinical practice.  Some Information about the work  Clients present a number of problem areas, or life issues. Jason has... Read more

Peter Vaughan

M.A., RCC
Certified Gottman Method Therapist, Peter frequently addresses couples communication during conflict, restoring fidelity and commitment, or building intimacy and sexuality. Other common issues: ongoing incompatibilities... Read more

Martine Charles

Ph.D., RCC
I have over 25 years experience in providing individual counselling to adult women and men. I offer counselling for a wide variety of difficulties including trauma (recent and past), anxiety, depression, addictions... 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

David Guthrie

M.S.W., RCSW
David Guthrie BA, BSW, MSW is a Registered Clinical Social Worker with the College of Social Workers. David is a certified Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) clinician. David works exclusively with anxiety disorder... 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