Jack Ferrari, Ph.D., C. Psych.
450 Central Ave., #405, London, ON
Addiction often begins as a response to stresses or losses in life, but can rapidly assume a life of its own. The primary task is usually to enhance and support abstinence, although it is not helpful if this turns into a power struggle, or an opportunity for self-deception. But with abstinence as a guiding principle, it is then useful to guide toward alternate activities and social interaction (using support groups and other forms of naturally occurring help) as well as dealing with any emotional triggers of the addictive behaviour, or sequelae of the attempts to abstain. It is usually important to find out about the social/familial context, and any losses or bad feelings that occur there.
David Woods, M.Ed. Dip.A.T.
Canadian Certified Counsellor, Professional Art Therapist
757 Southdale Rd. E., London, ON
I work with individuals seeking recovery from substance abuse, problem gambling, sexual, shopping and eating addictions. Through helping you to understand what impulses impede and behaviours will support your choice of either a reduction in your addictive behaviour, or abstinence from the behaviour and use of particular substances of choice, whether they originate outside yourself in the case of substances, shopping, food and gambling, or within yourself, as in the case of sexual addictions. You can expect to work together on a recovery plan that addresses your needs, and helps you recognize and enlist the support of others when needed to help you create a life in recovery and beyond.
Nancy Martin, B. A. (Honours), B.Ed, M.S.W, RSW
Registered Social Worker
Will be provided (South London ON), London, ON
Although not an addictions specialist, Nancy does have a solid working knowledge of various types of addictions. She can assist you to access resources such as AA, NA and other community groups, as well as specialized addictions counselling. She works from a harm reduction perspective, and helps the client take steps from pre-contemplation to making the decisions to get help to change. She also works with the underlying contributing factors to some addictions, these often including history of trauma and abuse.
Kayla Janes, B.A (Hons), M.Ed (Counselling), CCC
Canadian Certified Counsellor
286 Central Ave., London, ON
Addiction can feel impossible to overcome, but it is not. Together we will determine the approach that works best for you. No matter what stage of change you are currently in (maybe you do not see your addiction as being a problem in your life), I can work with you. Together we can focus on eliminating the addiction, or reducing the addictive behaviour, to help you live a more fulfilling life. We can make a plan that you feel comfortable with, and work on helping you achieve your goals. We will focus on what triggers your addiction, and what lifestyle changes may help you make the changes you wish to see.
Amelia Holden, M.S.W., R.S.W.
Registerd Social Worker
286 Central Ave, London, ON
Addiction can be a mask to coping with other complicated issues and emotions in your life. I would assist the indivudal through therapy by giving them distress tolerance skills, validating but not always agreeing with their views, and help them to accept what they cannot change while changing what they have control over. Together we will unveil and understand their triggers thereby empowering them to battle against the addiction. Creating short term goals to build their confidence by utilizing other health coping mechanisms and then long term goals to develop a pathway to new transformation.
Peter Dikih, H.B.Sc., M.Ed., R.P.
Counsellor and Registered Psychotherapist
151B York Street, London, ON
I have been helping individuals overcome their addictions since 1996. I have helped individuals who were addicted to drugs, alcohol, gambling and pornography. Given my experience working with addictions, I am able to determine if my counseling can be sufficient and or when other interventions would be more appropriate. If it is determined that outpatient or residential treatment is required, I have provided the support and assistance to individuals in preparing for and applying to appropriate treatment centres.
Dr. Robert Unger, PhD., C.Psych. and RMFT
Registered Psychologist\Registered Marriage&Family Therapist
201-186 Albert Street, London, ON
Addiction is a terrible thing. Being addicted to something makes an individual feel as if they are a slave to whatever they are addicted to, whether it be chemical substances, alcohol, gambling, partner disloyalty, shopping, etc, to name only a few. Addicition is usually a result of some other condition, such as depression or anxiety. As a Psychologist with 30+ years of clinical experience assisting persons with addictions, I may be able to assist you in determining what the real issues are and help you to make the choices needed for you to live a more healthy, happy and fulfilled life
Lynda Martens, M.Sc. R.P., R.M.F.T.
Psychotherapist, Marriage and family Therapist
Devonshire Ave, London, ON
While I'm not an addiction specialist, I do have training in this area, and I can work with you to reduce or stop your use of addictive substances. We will work together to find the deep drives that feed the addiction. For example, is your addiction helping you feel less alone, less worthless, less powerless, or is it numbing some specific pain. We would look at how the addiction is affecting your life and how to use the supports around you to change your habits.
Emily Beeckmans, B.A., B.S.W., M.S.W., RSW
Emily Beeckmans Psychotherapist
437 Oxford Street East, London, ON
All of us experience addiction as part of our daily routine. However, when that addiction takes over and we loose sight of our priorities, it can destroy our lives. When a substance or habits interfere with our logical thinking and we prioritize our need to satisfy that craving over everything else it can ruin our life. Our relationship, families, friends and work can suffer and we often isolate ourselves to feed our addictions without judgment. I offer a safe place to honestly explore the impact of your addiction and to find ways to manage your urges to set you free. An addictions eliminates your ability to choose your actions, I can help you regain your strength to choose a healthy life
Patricia Berendsen, RMFT, RSW, SEP
Psychotherapist, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist
2-521 Nottinghill Rd. 2nd Floor, London, ON
Addictions can help us get through some challenges and maybe even have saved our life. Then there comes a time when addictions seem to get in the way and cause more trouble and more problems. Therapy can help to find different ways of coping. Learning other ways of handing stress and conflict helps quiet the compulsions. Counselling will help you take charge of your life.