Addiction Counselling explores the individual’s thoughts, beliefs, feelings and ultimately their addictive behaviour. It focuses on the underlying issues that are motivating people to behave in the manner that is causing disruption in thier life.
Nu Energy specializes in addiction and other compulsive behaviours that negatively impact peoples lives. Addiction is usually accompanied by the absence of coping skills in particular areas of people’s lives. One predominant area is coping with emotional stressors. Addiction Counselling explores what is not working for an individual and replaces it with skills that will make life more fulfilling.
Nu Energy uses the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model to assess/treat addiction:
Nu Energy uses the Transtheoretical Model of Behaviour Change (Stages of Change Prochaska & DiClemente,1992) when working with our clients. This model is the foundation of the work I do. My goal is to support you from one stage to the next, bringing you closer to recovery.
Change is a process and when you decide to do something different such as discontinuing your use of drugs and/or alcohol, not taking another drink or drug does not mean the change is complete. There needs to be things done differently to stick to your plan of not drinking, doing drugs, or engaging in other addictive behaviors. This will increase your chance of being successful. Let’s explore these stages in more detail
Cognitive Restructuring/Behaviour Modification- cognitive refers to our thought process. This service will provide you with skills to analyze and restructure your thoughts, beliefs, and feelings that are contributing to your addiction. This service will also teach you how to modify your behaviours by employing the practical skills you learn.
Craving Management- learn how to identify, de-escalate and reduce the intensity, duration, and frequency of your cravings.
Stress Management- stress is a common condition many people experience. Stress can cause addiction and addiction can cause stress. This service focuses on identifying, deescalating, and managing stressors in your life. This service is skill-based and will help you learn to cope with stress.
Trauma Exploration and Healing- trauma is a major predictor to forming an addiction. Many people who suffer from addiction have experienced trauma over the course of their lives. Some examples of trauma are: death of a loved one, divorce, abuse/neglect, witnessing or experiencing a tragedy, natural disasters, etc. This service focuses on understanding the effects of trauma on the mind and body and how you can start the process of healing.
Mindfulness Practice- this service explores the mind-body connection of the individual. Many people who suffer from stress and anxiety can benefit from breathing exercises, meditation, guided imageries and simple observation of their thought process. This service can be very soothing and calming especially after a laser treatment.
Ego Exploration- Ego in this context can be defined as the part of our identity that preserves our self-image to others. Ego masks our flaws, feelings of inferiority and insecurities by projecting to the world that I don’t have these perceived inadequacies. Addiction and ego often co-exist. This service will help you explore how your ego is preventing you from getting on the road to recovery.
Family of Origin Exploration- our experiences within our family system are powerful and often shape who we are as a person and how we see ourselves fitting into the world. Negative family experiences are common and may be contributing to your addiction. This service explores your experiences within your family system and focuses on healing and letting go of past hurts that may be contributing to your addiction.
Develop Self-Esteem- positive self-esteem is crucial to recovery from addiction. This service will help you expand your ability to self-love. We explore ‘authentic self’ and ‘false self’ constructs. I believe recovery is about being congruent with who you are and how you represent yourself in the world.
One hour counselling session: $110.00
Counselling services may be claimed through benefits coverage from your insurance carrier. It is a good rule of thumb to get prior authorization. I ask all clients to contact their insurance providers to get an explanation of their counselling coverage. Please contact the clinic to get the information your insurance company will require.