How I Work
In my experience, I have found that many people believe that if they can simply stop their addictive behaviours, all will be well.
However, in reality, addiction is only a symptom of underlying causes. Addictive behaviours actually cover up unresolved feelings, such as sadness, anger, resentment, and feelings of low self-worth. Difficulties stemming from areas such as your family upbringing, problems in relationships, or unhappiness in your job might also be the cause for your addictions.
If you don’t know why you have engaged in addictive behaviours in the first place, you will likely continue these problematic patterns. As we work together, uncovering the deeper reasons for your unhealthy choices, you will be able to eliminate your need to use them. We will also become aware of the solutions that will work best for who you uniquely are.
During our counselling for your addictions, it will be important to explore all facets of you and your life. We will discuss how your life is being affected in a holistic way.
For example, we will look at your overall health from an emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual perspective. This will help us see how they all overlap to create the struggles you are currently experiencing, and how we can change your problematic patterns into more positive choices.
In our initial hour-long session together, you will have the opportunity to tell me about the problems you want to work on. I will ask questions and provide feedback that will help you understand how these issues may have originated. As we begin to “connect the dots” and see what the overall picture is, you will develop a clearer understanding of why you have been engaging in your addictive behaviours.
In our next sessions, we will continue our conversations about you and your life. We will explore your use of addictions more deeply, examining how they are hurting you as well as how they are preventing you from getting what you want in life.
While 12-Step groups work well for many people, they do not resonate with everyone.
If you have tried 12-Step programs and have not found them to be helpful to you, don’t despair...
There are several alternative programs you can try if you like
One alternative I work with is The 16 Steps for Discovery and Empowerment, developed by Dr. Charlotte Kasl. Some people find this group of Steps to be a more spiritual and inclusive model than the 12 Steps, making it a better fit for them.
For a comparison chart of the 12 Steps vs. the 16 Steps, click here.
For more information about how we might use the 16-Step model in your counselling sessions, click here for my article entitled “The 16 Steps: An Alternative to 12-Step Programs.”
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic approach developed by Francine Shapiro. It is highly effective technique used primarily to resolve distressing life experiences and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Addictive behaviours often develop as a result of difficult experiences in our lives. If you are engaging in addictions in order to change the way you feel about what has happened in your past, it is possible that you are struggling with PTSD, and EMDR may be able to help you resolve some of your past issues.
I use EMDR along with a variety of other approaches in my work with you.
Through Addictions Counselling with me, you will discover that your understanding of yourself increases as you begin to learn new tools for managing your life. You will find that you no longer feel compelled to engage in your addictive behaviours as you become more positive, assertive, and empowered.
If you would like to have a free 15-minute telephone consultation, you can reach me at 604-677-5876 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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