Ingrid Dresher, RP
Registered Psychotherapist (College of Psychotherapists of Ontario)
Eglinton and Kipling (two minutes east of Highway 427), Etobicoke, ON
Addictive behaviours may feel like comfort to the vacuum left by aloneness or detachment. The feeling of aloneness can start early. Children require a lot of emotional interaction to develop trust that their needs for support and caring will be met. If they don’t experience positive attachments, they may turn their needs for love and caring into physical cravings, which are easier to fill, and develop relationships with their addictions because they're more in control of them than those they look to for love and attention. I create a therapeutic environment in which individuals can deepen their understanding of their feelings and learn to trust their inner resources to connect with others.
Bruce Taylor, B.A., B.Ed., M.A., M.Div., CCC
Individual Couple Family Counsellor, Sex Addiction Therapist
1550 Gordon St., Unit 19, Guelph, ON
I am a highly trained and experienced Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT), trained by Dr. Patrick Carnes of the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). I am the only Certified Sex Addiction Therapist for a large area of southern Ontario. I offer programs for both addicts and partners of sex addicts, and hold Men's and Women's Groups . I am experienced in the treatment of all sexual addictions e.g. pornography, cybersex, sexual and emotional affairs, massage parlors, escorts and anonymous sex, etc. I am a facilitator of the Facing the Shadow Recovery Start Kit and an interpreter of sexual addiction tests. For more information see: www.btaylorsolutions.ca.
Michelle Brans, M.A. Counselling Psychology
225 Main St. E. Suite 10, Campbellville & Milton, ON
Our team offers support to youth and emerging adults (13-25) experiencing addictive behaviours. We work closely with families and community programs to help develop a strong plan for treatment. We support individuals through every stage of addiction from early, active, and recovery phases. Our integrative approach focuses on building healthy relationships and behavioural patterns. Reach out and find out more about how we can support your family, and begin Counting Butterflies today!
John Shippam, MC. RPC. RP(cand)
Master of Counselling. Registered Professional Counsellor. Registered Psychotherapist(cand)
1632 Arthur's Way., Milton, ON
Addiction cannot be completely understood by education alone. So many people are instructed to just stop doing it or just break the habit. Neural pathways once formed provide us with the equivalent to wheel ruts that in our thinking that we default to time and time again. We can with behaviour modification haul ourselves out of the wheel rut, but that wheel rut remains there waiting for us to fall back into when we are vulnerable in moments where we choose to medicate ourselves with our own addiction. Understanding how to rid ourselves of the wheel rut is part of the dual diagnosis addressing addictions - all of them.
Sarah Schlote, MA, RP, CCC, SEP
Registered Psychotherapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
5420 Highway 6 North, rooms 338-342 (East Entrance), Guelph, ON
The Refuge's team views addictions compassionately, as a symptom of unresolved emotional pain or trauma, and offer an alternative to traditional AA-based models. Our therapists can support you in the journey towards processing and healing the underlying hurts that are resulting in addictions as a coping strategy. Together, we can build the emotional regulation, distress tolerance and impulse management skills on the inside that can reduce the reliance on addictions on the outside, so that pain isn't so overwhelming. We are trauma specialized and can help you navigate the complex interplay of shame, triggers, anxiety, secrecy, codependency, body sensations, relationship dynamics and relapse.
Carol Ann Rowland, MSW, RSW
Registered Clinical Social Worker
350 Main Street East, 2nd Floor, Milton, ON
Is there a substance or activity that is getting in the way of your happiness? Are others around you expressing concern? Are your relationships, work, or health starting to suffer? I would like to help. Simply stopping using substances or addictive behaviours isn't enough. Together we will find solutions to help you to create new patterns of coping that you can feel good about and help to get you more of what you want from your life.
Bayridge Counselling Centre
Individual, Couples, and Family Counselling
44 Cardigan St., Guelph, ON
If we do something repeatedly, that we would rather not do, then we have an addiction. The problem with addictions is that people get hurt. The addicted person may not recognize the seriousness of their situation, but eventually both the addict and their loved ones suffer tremendously in a state of helplessness. Many families have been destroyed from addictive behaviour such as substance addiction (drugs/alcohol), gambling, sexual addictions, gaming/internet addictions. A counsellor can help. Workshops, groups, individual or family counselling can assist in breaking the devastating cycle of addiction. Coping skills and emotional awareness to negotiate compelling urges and compulsive in