Addictions - Including Substances, Grief and Loss - General Counsellors

Addictions - Including Substances, Grief and Loss - General

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.

Grief is a natural part of dealing with the loss of a loved one, or a situation, or a way in which we see ourselves. Loss requires that we change the way things used to be and find a new way to restructure our lives accordingly. It's common for people to fear change, particularly if a part of us, or a person we loved deeply, is no longer there. It leaves a gap that has to be filled, but nothing can replace the person who has left us behind.

People deal with loss in many different ways, but the desired end result is the same - trying to piece together the puzzle to the best of our ability, without the missing piece. We also go through the various stages of grief at varying speeds and intensities. Dealing with all the emotions that form part of grief is what makes support so very important.

Time is of the essence during the grieving period, and something we sometimes tend to rush. That's why it's so useful to speak to a therapist who does grief counselling during this time.

A therapist will help you understand that what you are feeling is completely normal and even expected. Medical professionals are aware of the wide range of natural responses to grief and loss and are generally reluctant to diagnose mental illness while a person is in a period of bereavement. However, if depression is present, medication is likely to be prescribed.

Grief therapy will help you to accept the loss and be able to talk about it without breaking down. You will learn to identify and express your emotions regarding the loss and learn to make decisions without your loved one.

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist does grief counselling to address your grief and loss you may want to search the directory to find a professional whose approach will suit you best.

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

Maureen Lee

MC, RCC
Maureen Lee is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who sees clients in North Vancouver. She practices a client-centred approach to therapy which means you, the client, decide the outcome, goals and direction of the... Read more

Daphne McDonald

M.A., RCC
My name is Daphne McDonald and I am expanding my private practice as a counseling therapist from my home in Cordova Bay where I have resided for the last 20 years. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master... 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

Rochelle Chapman

M.A., RCC
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Clara Morgan

M.S.W., RSW
Clara is therapist who provides a safe, non-judgmental, and queer-friendly space for her clients to share and explore their stories. She is compassionate and understanding, yet she is also honest; she will... Read more

Cameron Gibson

M.A., RCC
Cameron is the Program Director for Manifest Wellness a men's mental health clinic. Through his counselling work at Manifest he aims to destigmatize mental health support for men, and increasing access to... Read more

Bhupie Dulay

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Masters of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology. I am committed to creating a safe, inclusive, and respectful space. With creativity, flexibility, and intention we co-create... 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 Vancouver (near Oak St, on Broadway) as well as on the... Read more

Tannis Hugill

M.A., RCC
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Megan Sutherland

M.S.W., RCSW
Warm, accepting, inclusive and practical best describes my personal therapeutic style. I also place a high value on careful listening, empathy, professional ethics and accountability.  I believe that all people... 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

Anne Erlebach

Ph.D., CCC
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John Wagner

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Wagner is a registered psychologist in British Columbia and Director of the DBT Centre of Vancouver. Dr. Wagner assists adolescent and adult client's struggling with a variety of problems including depression,... Read more

Matty Devenish

M.S.W., RSW
Many people express feeling stuck with the issue or problem they are facing. In fact, many people's lives are completely consumed by the issue they are facing. Having worked in the counselling field since 2006, I... 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

Janice Bell

M.S.W., RCC
Janice has had a private practice for 25 years, twenty of those in Nanaimo.Her office location provides comfort, confidentiality and convenience. Herschedule is structured to meet the needs of clients.Janice... Read more

Sacha vanEeten

M.A., RCC
Welcome, and thanks for visiting my page. Sometimes it takes a lot of courage to reach out for support and you're taking the first step! My name is Sacha and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with over 20 years... Read more

Colette Mrazek

M.Ed., RCC
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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

Dr Joti Samra

Ph.D., R.Psych
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Sara Place

M.A., RCC
It is my honour to deeply listen and support your personal journey through whatever life circumstance brings you to counselling.  We can work through difficult life circumstances, relationship challenges (including... 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

Donna Steadman

M.A., RCC
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As a Registered Clinical Counsellor in Langley, my job is to help you feel better.    Whether you are struggling with relationship issues, suffering from the pain and paralysis of depression, or... Read more

Peter La Grand

M.Couns., RCC
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

Yana Petronis

M.A., CCC
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Ray Freed

M.S.W., RSW
Ray Freed is a registered counsellor who sees clients at his two Vancouver offices:  16th and Dunbar, and Howe and Helmcken.Ray has over thirty years experience counselling in the areas of social work, mental... Read more

Corrina Arnold

M.C., RCC
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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

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

Ginnie Cramer

MC, RCC
Ginnie Cramer is a BCACC Registered Clinical Counseller with a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology from City University of Seattle. Ginnie values each client as an individual and acknowledges his or her unique... Read more