Addictions - Including Substances, Marriage and/or Relationship Issues Counsellors

Addictions - Including Substances, Marriage and/or Relationship Issues

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.

Entering into a relationship means merging your life with another person, understanding his or her flaws, quirks and beliefs. With marriage rates declining and divorce statistics set at 50%, it is clear that people are increasingly challenged by marriage and relationship issues, and many lack effective ways to address them. So how can we bridge the gap to understanding our partners better and enjoying romantic bliss?

Many factors affect the interpersonal relationship between two partners who are a couple and sometimes it's hard to see the cause of conflict or friction in a relationship. While some people find divorce to be the best or only option, other people speak to counsellors and psychologists  in a bid to try salvage the relationship.

Signs that indicate a need for couples counselling include poor communication in a relationship, affairs, living past one another, inability to resolve marriage of couples' issues, and acting out negative feelings. When divorce seems like the only option, or if a couple is staying together for the kids' sake, that's a sure sign that therapy is needed.

Therapists do not necessarily  believe that all marriages can be salvaged, but counselling can often help even some of the most challenged relationships.  Through talk therapy, the couple will discover again why they fell in love and what they can do to get back to that place in their marriage. They use a range of effective, proven methods to help couples in any situation to restore intimacy and move past the hurt and wounds to a safe and comfortable place.

The concrete tools used by marriage therapists provide guidance in a supportive and encouraging setting and empower clients to restructure their thoughts and emotions. It helps the couple to work with each other, instead of on one another, helping each individual to find the person he or she is at the core level and to build a happy union.

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist who works with  couples 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.

Ginnie Cramer

MC, RCC

Sandy Miller

M.Couns., RCC

Stephen Barker

M.A., RCC

Megan Sutherland

M.S.W., RCSW

Anil Baines

M.A., RCC

Tara Chotem

M.A., RCC

Donna Vidas

M.A., RCC

Roma Palmer

M.A., RCC
    • Video on profile

Jim Browning

Ph.D., R.Psych

Scott Harrison

M.A., RCC

Kara Warren

M.A., RCC

Richard Nevin

M.Ed., RCC
    • Online booking

Ray Freed

M.S.W., RSW

Eva Helpard

Ph.D., RCSW

Matty Devenish

M.S.W., RSW

Dennis Dion

M.A., RCC

Mark Ring

M.A., RCC

Deborrah Dunne

Ph.D., RCC

Kim Watt

M.A., RCC

Richard Somerset

M.A., RCC

Sheran Selluski

M.A., RCC

Peter Silin

M.S.W., RSW
    • Video on profile

Corrina Arnold

M.C., RCC

Lee Kotsalis-Thulin

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking

Kathleen Beaton

M.Couns., RCC

Jeannine Davies

Ph.D., RCC

Sean Heales

M.Couns., RCC

Lyne Piche

Ph.D., R.Psych
    • Article(s) on profile

Lisa Moore

M.A., CCC

Ron Prasad

M.A., RCC

Jaminie Hilton

M.A., RCC
    • Blog on profile

Lee Lourdeaux

Ph.D., RCSW

Carolyn Hufsmith

M.A., RCC

Ryan Leiderman

M.A., CCC

John Taylor

M.A., RCC

Mary Longworth

M.Sc., RCC

Sue Diamond Potts

M.A., RCC

Doug Elliott

M.A., RCC

Patricia Crowe

M.A., RCC

Diana Kollar

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking

Noni Retfalvi

M.Ed., RCC

Rochelle Chapman

M.A., RCC
    • Video on profile

Lillian Kelly

M.A., RCC

Janice Bell

M.S.W., RCC

Ron Depner

M.Couns., RCC

Anne Erlebach

Ph.D., CCC

Melanie Huck

M.A., RCC

Colette Mrazek

M.Ed., RCC
    • Online booking

Tami Amit

M.A., RCC
    • Article(s) on profile

Ofir Vaisman

M.A., RCC
    • Video on profile
    • Article(s) on profile

John Parker

M.A., RCC

Claire Weiss

M.A., RCC

Maureen Lee

MC, RCC

Eileen Peterson

M.S.W., RCSW

Joyce Barwis

, RCC

Elsie De Vita

Ph.D., R.Psych

Sharon Southey

M.A., RCC

Zoe Younger

MC, RCC

Daphne Georghiou

MFT, RCC

Sara Kammerzell

M.Ed., RCC

Paul Bains

M.A., RCC

Donna Steadman

M.A., RCC
    • Video on profile

Tammy MacLeod

M.A., RCC

Marilyn Chotem

Ed.D., R.Psych

Shannon Simms

M.A., CCC

Andrew Herfst

M.A., RCC

Diana Romer

M.Ed., RCC
    • Article(s) on profile