Mark Giesbrecht, MA, CCC, RCC
Registered Clinical Counselor / Canadian Certified Counselor
Unit 12B - 1601 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, BC
As a counsellor with years of experience working with addiction and its effects on the family, I have the skills to help you gain insights, change your behaviours, heal your pain and recover a sense of wholeness for life. My goal is to help you find a way out of the bondage of self hate, shame, and pain that is often caused by living with addiction. I believe that with hard work, you can regain the hope that this disease steals.
John Taylor, MA, RCC, CCC
Registered Clinical Counsellor, Registered Psychotherapist
335 Wesley Street #203, Nanaimo, BC
Addictive and compulsive behaviors can make you feel out of control and can affect your personal, professional, and family life. I can help you with evidence-based tools and strategies you can use right away. I can also help you resolve the underlying emotional patterns which create the need to compulsively gamble, drink, eat, or use substances. I specialize in assisting with pornography, cybersex, sex addiction, internet addiction, gaming, social media, and drugs and alcohol. My skills and training are based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness therapy, and other depth oriented approaches.
Russell Stagg, MC, RCC
Registered Clinical Counsellor
477 Wallace St., Suite 213, Nanaimo, BC
If you come to me because YOU want to end your substance use or behaviour, I can help you. If you are still struggling with whether or not you want to quit, I can help you with that as well! I may suggest a rehab if that is what seems best. If you are already sober and are trying to remain that way, I will offer you the numerous tools of relapse prevention, including self-care, having a sponsor, and practising mindfulness.
Paola Lake, Ph.D.
203-335 Wesley St., 250-824-5006, BC
Addictions or problematic compulsive habits, including addictions to alcohol, substances, food or other compulsions, can create a sense of loss of control over our lives and well-being. I provide assistance to help people overcome compulsive behavior that is playing a destructive role in their lives. By understanding addictions, the role they play, and implementing healthy approaches to dealing with emotional pain or discomfort, compulsive behavior can be managed so that you can enjoy life and create personal fulfillment. I provide training in hypnosis, Emotional Freedom Technique, goal setting and EMDR to facilitate mastery over addictive behavior.
Michelle Morand, Online, Phone and In Person Support
M.A. Counselling; Internet, Phone, and In Person Counseling
Skype/Internet/Phone Support Worldwide, Worldwide Support, BC
Addictions are stressful, frustrating, and anxiety provoking. They lead you to behave in ways that, even as you are doing it, you know are not ultimately going to benefit you. So, if you don't want to be doing it but still do it, what's going on? Well, addictions are a confused, and often harmful, way of coping with a stressful, frustrating, or painful situation. The only problem is, aside from temporarily numbing and soothing you, they don't really solve anything, and they often create problems of their own, making life more stressful and thus increasing your need for the coping strategy all over again. Our program will teach you to simply step free of the struggle completely.
Brian Haley, MA, RCC
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Suite 305, 5710 Teredo Street, Sechelt, BC
There is a wide range of substance misuse, beginning with 'risky' or problematic use, all the way to full blown dependency/addiction. Our use of a substance becomes problematic when it begins to negatively impact our lives: our health, relationships, family, work, life goals, and so on. Substance misuse is usually the result of either wanting to escape from life, or a desire to numb our pain (emotional, mental, and spiritual). If we can learn to identify these thoughts and feelings (often subtle) before we use, then we have an opportunity to make a conscious choice. I will help you learn to make these unconscious patterns conscious, and to begin and maintain the healing and recovery process