I have over 20 years experience in group facilitation, individual counselling, and program development. I specialize in addressing issues of anger, addiction, and relapse prevention.
I have also trained in Mindfulness Integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as developed by Dr. Bruno Cayoun at the MiCBT Institute, University of Tasmania. This therapeutic approach teaches people to develop self-awareness and self-control, and to change unwanted patterns of behaviour.
I personally embrace a daily practice of yoga and meditation and share the benefits of this practice with others. I am a certified yoga teacher through the Yoga Alliance (RYT 200 Hours) and a certified teacher in Peaceful Weight Loss Through Yoga, a program developed by Brandt Bhanu Passalacqua of Massachusetts.
I am committed to working with people to achieve optimum well-being and greater balance in their everyday lives.
For more information, please refer to my website at www.heilsaholistic.ca
I have been involved in the social service industry for more than 40 years, specializing in addictions counseling for almost 20 years. I have been extensively trained in Family Systems Theory, Social Work Group Practice and individual counseling using a Motivational Interviewing approach.
Prior to working as an addictions counselor, I worked exclusively with families, utilizing a Systems Theory Approach; this approach helps to understand the family as a whole and the integral role of all family members.
My approach to addictions counseling is holistic in nature initially approaching addictions by using traditional cognitive behavioral techniques coupled with a mindfulness approach to relapse prevention.
Since 1999, I have been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) both training individuals in this approach and utilizing the skills in my professional practice.
I have over 10 years experience working with employer / labor committees designed to help workers reenter the workplace after substance abuse treatment.
I have worked with many clients with a variety of addictions and I have experience working with individuals using the step down methadone treatment. I work with clients both on a individual basis as well as in groups and I have expertise in various intervention methodologies.
As a recoverying alcoholic myself I understand where many are coming from.
Since I was young I have been fascinated by the healing properties of plants. I detoured a bit living in Toronto and Vancouver studying film and advertising. I am a recovering addict. I knew for part of my healing I would have to go back to my roots. I have graduated from the academy of Culinary Nutrition with honours. Certified by YYoga in their 70-Hour Yin Yoga teachers program. I am currently working on a diploma from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. I have found a life of sobriety and have chosen to help others through the process, and to achieve optimal health.
My professional journey began when I stopped drinking and using drugs in 2003. My experiences inspired me to pursue a career in the field of addiction recovery and I have been working in the field since 2006. My background allows me to connect with many clients in a way that enables them to feel understood on a deep level.
I am comfortable working within a 12-Step approach as well as abstinence supported by therapy. I operate from a strength-based perspective that supports and expands on clients’ abilities. My approach to counselling is eclectic and I incorporate many theoretical viewpoints into my philosophy. These include CBT, person-centered, behaviourist, existential, and other points of view; I can therefore tailor my approach to the individual needs of each client.
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Since 2007 Rod has been counselling individuals, couples, families, and therapy groups. Rod specializes in helping people have preferred relationships with themselves and others by aiding them to see their part in making their relationships a place of trust, respect, and connection. Rod has developed group therapy programs for the following counselling concerns: anger management, resentment release therapy, and domestic violence offender therapy. Rod believes that each person has a preferred way to relate to those who they get their emotional needs from. Rod helps his clients navigate through intense emotional truths in a straightforward and sensitive way to help the client express the care they have for those that matter to them. Such an approach is a good fit for those struggling with addictions because it addresses many of the habits of mind that affect the addictions sufferer and their family that supports them.