Substance Use and Behavioural Addictions 


Stanton Peele, a renowned addictions researcher and psychologist defines addiction “ as a response to life circumstances ranging from trauma to an inability to deal with everyday demands to being in a depressed-traumatic time in your life. It can be short-term and limited in time or a chronic pattern”. Regardless, the hallmark of addiction involves seeking out an experience, a ritual, or reward to the exclusion of other goals leading to “significant impairment or distress”.  Addiction can also take the form of substance abuse or compulsive behaviors like sex, pornography or gambling.



Therapeutic Approaches to Addiction



With over 14 years of experience as a clinical counsellor, I specialize in supporting individuals on their journey to recovery from addiction. I draw on various evidence-based modalities, including and not limited to: Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention.  Trauma is often closely tied to substance use and with this acknowlement I will draw on a  trauma-informed approach to providing you the service you need.  This can look like acknowleding the link between PTSD and substance and emphaszing your safety and sense of agency in guiding our work together. Regardless of the therapeutic modality I use, it will be framed within a trauma-informed, culturally sensitive, and strenght-based counselling approach.   

By creating a safe, non-judgemental, and collaborative space, I will support you in identifying what a meaningful recovery goal would look like, i.e abstinence, moderation management or harm reduction and ways to work towards that goal. . We will work together to identify and address the underlying causes of addiction, develop personalized relapse prevention plans, and foster the necessary skills and strategies for sustainable change.

“addictive behavior is often a search for safety rather than an attempt to rebel or a selfish turn inward”

 Maia Szalavitz, Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction



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