Addictions


Ottawa Addiction Counselling: A Commitment to Recovery

Addiction is widespread and negatively impacts the lives of millions of people worldwide. Contrary to what people believe, addiction is a disorder that has a clear biological basis. It’s more than just something that is “in the mind.” However, there may also be clear triggers and causes for many. These causes can be especially notable…

Depression Counselling in Kanata

Depression is a huge issue that’s getting more and more attention these days – deservedly so. Many things can contribute to the development of this disorder, and these are present seemingly everywhere in our lives. Stressors, are among the culprits that contribute to depression. It can be a very serious issue if left unaddressed and…

EMDR for Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Psychological trauma is a struggle for anyone. When bad things take place, it’s hard to get back to a safe space. This point is where therapy can help you, and among your many options is EMDR therapy. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is one of the well-known therapy techniques out there. This interactive approach…

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How to Know Whether You Have an Addiction (and How to Treat It)

If we were to address addiction a century ago, we would have been talking about a moral failing rooted in one’s personality. Thankfully, therapy and counselling have evolved over time, and addiction (be it alcohol, drugs or other substances & activities) is today regarded as an illness. Addiction has been categorized this way thanks to…

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Screen Time: Do You Have a Social Media Addiction?

  You’re well past your bedtime, but your smartphone and laptop are still keeping you up. You know that you have to start your day early tomorrow morning, but you just can’t seem to close your gadgets for fear of missing out. You recognize that your attachment to social media may not be healthy anymore,…

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The 6 Stages of Beating an Addiction

No matter what type of addiction you or a loved one may be facing, the road to recovery is a long and complex one. It all seems so daunting, the idea of “change.” As human beings, after all, on many levels we are wired to resist change. We’d rather stay in our comfort zones! When…

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The Dangers of Substance Abuse & Addiction

The years of high school, college and university can be some of the most exciting times in a young person’s life – when they are meeting new people, having new experiences, taking risks, leveraging,  opportunities, and expanding their horizons. However, during these years young adolescence also experiences some of the most highly pressured times in…

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The Three Most Common Eating Disorders & Their Symptoms

Eating disorders are much more complex than simply over or under-eating. They come with a diverse set of symptoms and conditions unique to each patient, rising from a variety of biological factors, family dynamics and social pressures of their peer group or chosen profession. Additionally, one’s own personality traits such as addiction, perfectionism or obsessiveness…

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Cognitive Therapy: How a Handful of Sessions Could Change Your Life

Wondering what cognitive therapy is all about? Perhaps your GP or other doctor referred you to a cognitive therapist? Or maybe you’ve tried other forms of therapy and haven’t found success? Whatever brought you to this search, we’re happy to answer your questions about cognitive therapy. Let’s explore what it is, what it isn’t, how…