Individual Counseling Sessions
Our Clinical Team is incorporated with highly trained and educated counsellors who have a passion for supporting individuals facing the struggles of Addiction. Each individual that starts their Addiction Recovery journey will be administered one of our counsellors to support them through their goals.
Our clinical team of counsellors are trained in an array of therapeutic and trauma-informed practices. Our counsellors encompass many educational backgrounds from bachelor degrees (Addiction, Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Forensic, Criminology, Gender Studies, Health Psychology, Behavioural Sciences, and Nursing), master degrees, and certification of Canadian Addictions counsellors. For some, they are in recovery and understand the tribulations that come with being an Addict. For some, they have lived experienced from family and friends, and seek to support others. For some, they understand the intersections between Mental Health and Addictions. But each counsellor brings lived experience of grief, loss, abuse, trauma, codependency, anger, communication, and self-esteem – which helps them build a rapport, build trust, build understanding and promote empathy.
For all, we promote a client-centred, holistic and compassionate role in Addiction Recovery – providing individuals with the tools and resources to help better understand the cycle of addiction, relapse prevention and more.
One-on-One Counselling at Addiction Rehab Toronto
Our Clinical Team is incorporated with highly trained and educated counsellors who have a passion for supporting individuals facing the struggles of Addiction. For the most part, our clinical team is specialized in individualized Addictions Therapy counselling, with additional education in family and group counselling. The primary counsellors at Addiction Rehab Toronto each have diverse backgrounds with regards to life experiences, education, and training and because of this, we can create a positive therapeutic match between staff and client. Individual counseling sessions occur three times per week, twice with the primary counsellor and once with our psychotherapist.
Each client has an initial meeting with our clinical supervisor who gains a comprehensive understanding of each person’s unique story. Then, a primary counsellor is assigned based on the information shared. Once assigned, the individual can began to work through their challenges of Addiction and Addictive behaviours.
The first individual therapy session is often utilized for rapport building and gaining a better understanding of the underlying issues that have lead to the client’s addiction. After this initial session, the primary counselor works in collaboration with the clinical team to create a comprehensive treatment plan. Exploration of self, from bio-psycho-social perspective is often neglected when in active addiction. Within individual sessions, the client is given the opportunity to express and understand their emotions and cognitions as they relate to their recovery at Addiction Rehab Toronto.
Our counsellors are educated in trauma-informed human work, thus safety and confidentiality are key. During counselling sessions, the problems and challenges of the individual that has led to the Addiction will be analyzed. After a thorough evaluation of it, the therapist or counsellor can then plan for specialized treatment. A counsellor can help an individual to overcome the things that are causing them stress, grief, anxiety, depression, and addiction.
Our counsellors can help explore the reasons for why the Addiction happened by identifying situations, feelings, thoughts and behaviours that could have motivated it. A counsellor will support an individual to become more aware of their actions and better understand themselves better.
Other roles of one-on-one counsellor can include:
- Strengthening self-worth.
- Help in developing healthier ways to manage stress.
- Teach how to properly react to triggers.
- Strengthen skills to deal with cravings
- Assist in mending broken relationships because of addiction.
- Encourage the person to become more responsible and committed to the treatment programs.
The role of the counsellor is to guide the recovering person and help them to grow according to the capacity and values, allowing them to have the resources that they need to live a drug-free or alcohol-free life.With behavioural therapy, the focus is to obtain goals for the individual’s present life. This type of counselling for addiction examines undesirable and unhealthy behaviours while also identifying the factors present that support such behaviours. This is a chance for the person in recovery to learn about the behaviours that maintain their addiction as well as the consequences of such behaviours. Both the individual and the counsellor collaborate in developing a plan to better promote changes in behaviour, thoughts, feelings and communication.
Motivational interviewing falls under the umbrella of client-centred therapy. I The goal of this kind of counselling is to enable the person in recovery to find what they desire and what drives them. It also helps the individual in making healthier decisions and not merely being coerced into doing them through guilt or shaming.
During the sessions for motivational interviewing, the treatment will be more effective if the following are met:
- If the person in recovery works to collaborate with the therapist, and the therapist also works on understanding their perception rather than challenging them.
- If the patient can find it within himself or herself to set goals and commitments toward his or her treatment for the long-term.
- If the patients can become responsible for themselves and be able to make decisions on their own.
The task of the counsellor is to help build the patient’s desire to really bring some changes to their life. Throughout the process, the counsellor is empathetic in managing any resistance from the patient. The counsellor will also help the patient realize the differences of what they desire and what they have been doing so that they can achieve it. So, for example, if the patient wants to have a happier life, the therapist will ask them if using drugs is aiding them to reach that goal or is it a hindrance?
Benefits of One-on-One Counselling
When the problems that have led the person to drug addiction have been identified through counselling, then there is a bigger chance for a successful recovery. Some factors that push a person to use drugs can be life stressors, emotional traumas, bad influences, and others.
With the help of counsellors specializing in addiction, the causal events can be dealt with and the patient can be guided in becoming more aware of his or her decisions. Here are some of the ways that addiction counselling can be beneficial for a person trying to recover from drug addiction.
The people who will be able to benefit from addiction counselling are those that are trying to recover from drug addiction as well as the people who have been affected by their behaviour. This can be their spouse, parents, siblings, friends, and other loved ones. That is why it is also beneficial if the loved ones can attend the counselling sessions. With addiction counselling, the social and psychological factors that often cause relapse can be addressed and the person who is recovering can learn how to cope with these issues without resorting to the use of a drug or alcohol.