Candace Plattor is an addictions counsellor in Vancouver, B.C., and is passionate about helping those in the grip of an addiction, as well as their loved ones.
She is the author of Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself and the accompanying workbook of the same name.
In this interview Candace shares:
- How she came to be interested in the field of addictions
- Some of the tell-tale signs therapists need to look for that may indicate addiction
- What is considered a safe level of drug or alcohol use and what is considered a dependence
- How to assess how serious the addiction is and what intervention is required
- What the research says about which treatment models are the most effective in working with addictions
- Whether a person can recover from addiction with individual therapy, or if they need a multi-modal approach
- How enabling shows up in the therapy room
- How to approach the issue of enabling with an individual, couple or family
Watch the video below or listen to the podcast audio above.
Resources and links mentioned in this podcast
- Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself [Book]
- Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself: The Workbook
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Smart Recovery
- Australia Counselling membership – Join Australia Counselling to promote your private practice
For over 20 years in her private practice in Vancouver, BC, Candace Plattor,. has helped both addicted clients and their loved ones understand addictive behaviours and make healthier life choices. She also provides Clinical Supervision for therapists working with addicts and their loved ones, and writes a blog called Psyched on the Vancouver Observer website. An author and Registered Clinical Counsellor, Candace earned her M.A. in Counselling Psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Vancouver.
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