"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk to blossom."

- Anais Nin
French-born author
(1903-1977)

Addiction Therapy

Susan believes that an addiction (substance abuse) is a complex, multi-layered dynamic that results in maladaptive coping strategies used by individuals seeking to control or regulate their internal emotional states.

Who it's for:

Addiction therapy can apply to:

  • Individuals dealing with a substance-use/abuse issue
    • unaware that the substance is negatively affecting their life
    • needing assistance in entering a treatment program
    • on completion of treatment (to examine underlying issues).
  • Couples struggling with substance-use/abuse in their relationship.
  • Family members who are living with or dealing with substance use/abuse (e.g., spouse, parent, child, sibling or friend).

How Susan can help:

Susan's top priority in every situation is ensuring the safety and well-being of the client. She approaches addiction therapy from a perspective of reducing the harm the individual is causing to themselves and others, and seeks to foster a greater degree of self-care. As needed, Susan can refer clients to suitable organizations and treatment centres.

Desired outcome:

The aim is to help the user understand and successfully deal with the underlying issues such that the addictive behaviour is no longer required as a coping mechanism. For family members and others, the goal is to promote detachment — in a caring manner — from the substance itself while maintaining a positive relationship with the user.


Susan Stephenson, R.P. M.Ed. Toronto, Ontario
586 Eglinton Ave. East, Suite 809, Toronto, Ontario M4P 1P2
Phone: 416-964-8271 Email: susan@susanstephenson.ca