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.

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

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

John Taylor

M.A., RCC
Relationships make the world go round; they can also make your world miserable when things aren't working. I am a trained marital therapist with the skills and passion to help you improve your... Read more

Annette Kasahara

M.Ed., RCC
As a Coach and Therapist Annette Kasahara provides a safe environment of acceptance and encouragement to allow clients to achieve their goals at a pace they determine. Her commitment is to assist clients to recognize... Read more

Dean Pilkey

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
I like to use a collaborative approach to counselling, where you are in control of where counselling takes you. Being solution focused means that we will look to find the path towards the goals you set. AREAS I... Read more

Danielle Holtjer

MCP, RCC
    • Online booking
Hi I’m Danielle and I’m the Counsellor-Match Consultant on our team. I have a Master's Degree in Counselling Psychology, with my first degree being in Psychology and Neuroscience from UBC.  I... Read more

Sara Klinkhamer

M.A., RCC
Sara has a background of working on the downtown eastside in Vancouver for more than 10 years, which has given her much experience working with addiction and mental health issues, particularly trauma issues. Sara has... Read more

Naomi Kolinsky

M.Ed., RCC
    • Online booking
Are you finding it hard to get past events that happened to you long ago? Do you find yourself turning to food, alcohol, drugs, or relationships to escape painful feelings and cope with your life? Do you find... Read more

Zoe Younger

MC, RCC
    • Online booking
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor who sees individuals and couples for therapy in Kitsilano.  I currently offer video counselling for BC residents to allow for continued care and support ... Read more

Judy Zhu

M.Ed., RCC
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, or feeling stressed out? Are you also experiencing health issues such as digestion problems, poor sleep, pain and fatigue? I am a registered clinical... 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

Graham Butler

M.C., RCC
    • Online booking
I work with people who are facing difficult challenges. They feel stuck. They want to change the way they feel but don’t know how. No matter the nature of these problems, they prevent these people from living the... Read more

Kathryn Pybus

MCP:AT, RCC
    • Online booking
A Registered Clinical Counsellor (#14856) and Professional Canadian Art Therapist, I bring expertise, passion, and skill to my practice with clients of diverse cultures and experiences. I practice from a place of... 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

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

Andrew Stone

M.A., RCC
My name is Andrew Stone and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (member #11227). As a Registered Clinical Counsellor, I have been able to demonstrate a... Read more

Karen Goble

M.A., RCC
I’m a psychotherapist (MA, RCC) who offers therapy with heart. I’m committed to helping my clients learn how to move courageously beyond shame and self-defeat, and towards wholeheartedness, vulnerability,... Read more
    • Online booking
I am passionate about helping you pursue healing, growth, and self-understanding. My approach to counselling is rooted in the idea that the body holds knowledge that cannot always be expressed through words. I aim to... Read more
Rebecca Christofferson MA RCC BCATR is a registered clinical counselor and art therapist. Her training began with an aboriginal program at VIU, and has included a post-graduate art therapy diploma, many parent training... Read more

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

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

Mark vanVliet

M.Div., RCC
I work with clients struggling with pornography and sex addiction. I drawn upon my training as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and my experience as an addictions counsellor at a premier addictions treatment clinic... Read more

Aaron Johnstone

M.Ed., RCC
    • Online booking
I work primarily with adults and adolescents who are struggling with anxiety, depression, addiction, and/or ADHD. I also find myself working with many clients who are experiencing a pervasive sense of dissatisfaction... Read more

Dennis Dion

M.A., RCC
Often in the beginning, people share being tired of struggling with one or more of the following: depression anxiety addiction (substances, gambling, pornography) disordered eating or self-harm "... Read more
My name is Constance and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Canadian Certified Counsellor. I hold a MA in Counselling Psychology from Adler University, and a BA in Psychology from the University of... Read more

Begum Ozeke

MCP, RCC
Welcome! I support individuals and couples through a wide range of challenging issues and specialize in culturally-sensitive Trauma treatment. I have extensive training and experience working with adult survivors of... Read more

Nadia Oomer

M.C., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and have been working in the mental health and substance abuse sector for over twelve years. I work with clients with a wide variety of psychological, health and life problems... Read more

Mary Longworth

M.Sc., RCC
Mary Longworth is in private practice (Delta Counselling) in the South Delta, Tsawwassen, Ladner and New Westminster regions since receiving her M.Sc. in marital, family and child counselling in 1995. Mary is a... Read more

Ross Laird

Ph.D., RCC
Ross Laird, PhD RCC is a consultant to organizations on themes of personal development, well-being, and whole-person learning. He has worked extensively in the fields of addiction, interpersonal conflict, trauma,... Read more

Maryam Mills

M.Couns., RCC
COVID-19 Update: To provide a safe alternative for treatment, I am also available for video conferencing via Skype. Maryam is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology.... Read more