Addictions - Including Substances, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Counsellors

Addictions - Including Substances, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is an anxiety disorder that usually starts within the three months of a traumatic incident. It has been reported that in rare cases, PTSD symptoms may only occur after a number of years.

Three groups of symptoms are present in people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Increased anxiety / emotional arousal includes anger or irritability, overwhelming shame or guilt, sleeplessness and self-destructive behaviour. The second group of symptoms, known as intrusive memories, causes flashbacks to the traumatic event and upsetting dreams. The third group of symptoms that a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder patient may experience, includes emotional numbing or avoidance. This group of symptoms includes memory problems, poor concentration, feeling emotionally numb, a sense of hopelessness, and an avoidance of activities that the person used to find enjoyable.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms may be present for a while, disappear and then return again. General stress may increase the symptoms, as can reminders of the traumatic incident.

Therapists who address  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder generally use one, or a combination of trauma therapies to treat it. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is commonly used and can help a person to change their reactions to traumatic memories.

Exposure therapy can help a person reduce the amount of fear related to the feelings and thoughts associated with past traumatic events. Cognitive therapy helps a person to change the way he or she thinks about the event and the aftermath of a traumatic incident. It will help a person to identify thoughts that cause fear and anger, and learn ways to replace those thoughts with less stressful and more empowering thoughts.

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist who offers Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and related issues 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.

Scott Arner

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
Hi, I’m Scott! I have worked in the counselling field for 20+ years. I have assisted children, youth, families, and adults struggling with mental health issues, substance use, trauma, anger, and grief. I use a... Read more

Cory Arthurs

M.Couns., RCC
We all face challenges, obstacles, and the pain of our inner wounds- and you deserve a safe space to explore and heal from these experiences. I am here to support you in discovering what 'safe' means for you,... Read more

Nancy B Matechuk

M.C., RCC
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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

Heather Bach

M.A., CCC
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    • Online booking
For over 20 years, Heather Bach of Bach Counselling Group brings clinical expertise to working with those who wish to make a positive change in relationships, intimacy, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, ADHD... Read more

Erica Beauchamp

M.Ed., RCC
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    • Online booking
Counselling is a Smart Investment in Yourself From time to time, we reward ourselves with a treat-a cup of coffee, a new electronic gadget, a massage, perhaps a new watch or clothing. However, we often forget the... Read more

Ian Bond

M.A., RCC
Ian has over 25 years of education, training, and experience in counselling and therapy.  He works together with clients to help them explore relationships, thoughts, feelings, or behaviours, which... Read more

David Brown

M.S.W., RCSW
Most of us want to make changes and improvements in our life, yet we tend to rely on the same old approaches (or habits) despite our best intentions. My approach to counselling is to support people to experiment with... Read more

Jim Browning

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Browning has been a registered psychologist in the Vancouver area since 1980. He has worked extensively in the areas of mental health, family violence, addictions, men's issues, trauma recovery and employee... 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

Kimberly Clarke

M.S.W., RCSW
    • Online booking
Hello. I am a registered clinical social worker with a master's degree in social work from Lakehead University. My practice includes over 20 years of experience working with both youth and adults in a variety... 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

Carly Degenstein

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
Welcome! And Hello :) I'm Carly - an RCC (Registered Clinical Counsellor) that's had the honor of working as a therapist for over 5 years now. I run a private practice that... Read more

Sebastian Di Cesare

Ph.D., RCC
    • Online booking
Welcome, and thank you for visiting my profile. To describe my counselling approach succinctly, I would say I place a strong emphasis on the working alliance. I prioritize active listening and keep your immediate needs... Read more

Ariel Dumais

MCP, RCC
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I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor. I provide secure online counselling to people throughout the Lower Mainland in BC. I have completed a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and am registered with... Read more

Deborrah Dunne

Ph.D., RCC
The decision to go for counselling often arises in the face of crisis and overwhelm. It can also come about because we are tired of dragging our issues along with us through days, weeks, months and even years. My goal... Read more

Ashleigh Eaton

M.Couns., RCC
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    • Online booking
Hello! My name is Ashleigh (she/they). The focus of my therapy practice is on supporting survivors of trauma (gender-based, workplace, systems, healthcare, and/or sexual trauma) as well as queer, trans, and/or gender... Read more

Nicklas Ehrlich

M.S.W., RCC
I help you get to the root of your problems, train your brain to be more resilient, overwrite unwanted default programming, and finally feel equipped to live a balanced and optimal life. 95% of your thoughts and... Read more

Clement Fong

M.A., RCC
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My name is Clement, I have been a Registered Clinical Counsellor since 2012.  Throughout my time as a counsellor I have worked in a variety of settings, such as youth-based programs, forensic outreach programs in... 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

April Griffin

M.S.W., RSW
    • Online booking
Life can feel like one challenge after another.  Are you finding it difficult to balance your mental health and the pressures of life?   I have worked with people, just like you who are struggling... Read more

Robert Grigore

MCP, RCC
    • Online booking
Professionals hire me to provide life-changing mental health results as fast as possible. By offering the option for extended EMDR sessions (2-5 hours) in addition to the standard 1 hour, busy professionals can... Read more

Sally-Anne Haug

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
I am a Certified EMDR Therapist (Eye Movement & Desensitization Reprocessing) and my practice focuses on Adults With Complicated Lives. Are you living the life of your dreams, but still suffer? Or feel that you... Read more
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Hi I’m Laurie, and I understand how lonely it can be to feel that there are things you can’t talk about with anyone in your life. I have experience working with folks who have dual diagnoses of mental health... Read more

Danielle Holtjer

MCP, RCC
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Hi I’m Dani and I’m a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Clinical Director at Skylark Counselling! I have worked in the counselling field for over a decade and have had the pleasure of gaining hands-on... Read more

Tannis Hugill

M.A., RCC
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I am a Dance-movement and Drama Therapist, BC Clinical Counsellor and Spiritual Director with an MA in Somatic Psychology. I bring over thirty-five years of experience to my work with individuals, groups, adolescents... Read more

Martha Isabel

M.A., RCC
You have important work to do in therapy, so a good fit is essential! I come to this meaningful work through my own emotional challenges. I know how it feels to be lost, depressed, anxious and in need of support as I... Read more

Rosanne Johnson

M.A., RCC
  As a counsellor, Rosanne offers therapy to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Greater Vancouver and Burnaby. She understands how important it is for these populations to have a... Read more

Sheri Johnson

M.S.W., RSW
    • Online booking
Using cutting edge neuroscience approaches and over 12 years experience practicing clinical social work, an online session with me offers effective, results-oriented therapy in a non-judgemental, compassionate... Read more

Andrea Johnson

M.S.W., RSW
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I work with primarily with couples. I have advanced training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.  In couples therapy we learn to improve communication, identify previous emotional injuries, talk about... Read more

Marc Keith

M.A., RCC
Marc Keith currently lives and works in British Columbia.  Marc and his wife have two daughters, aged 18 and 14 who attended local schools and are engaged in recreational and social activities in the community. The... Read more