I work from a harm-reduction perspective, which means that I will only advocate for abstinence if this is your personal goal.

Other philosophies I employ are Positive PsychologyIntuitive Eating and Health at Every Size.

I am a feminist counsellor.

LGBTTIQQ and men welcome. 

 

When is substance use an issue?

Simply put, problematic substance use creates problematic situations.

Anyone who ever wanted to cut down or stop using their substance, had others complain about their use, felt guilty for using, or used in the morning to get through the day is showing signs of problematic substance use.

 

What ARE "substances"?

Substances include, but are not limited to, alcohol, marijuana, prescription medication, opioids, cocaine and other stimulants, the Internet, sex, food, and gambling.

 

Do you work with the A 12 Steps-Approach?

No, I do not.

Personally, I believe that many ways lead to Rome and that everyone needs to choose the approach they’re most comfortable with.

That said, I do recommend attending such groups to some of my clients for their social aspects. I know they aren’t for everyone, but getting out of the house in a safe environment is key, if only just for a little while. Sober friends – even digital ones – are essential to recovery.

 

Fully confidential conversations.

I work out of Toronto, Canada, but have previously successfully counselled long-distance via Skype and FaceTime. Email counselling is an option, too, just please note that I can’t ensure the confidentiality of communication through electronic media. You are advised that any email sent via a computer in a workplace environment is legally accessible by an employer.

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