We serve people who are concerned with their own or someone else’s involvement with
alcohol, drugs or problem gambling.
We provide comprehensive assessments, treatment planning, case management,
referrals, education, and individual and group counselling – tailored to meet your
We provide a spiritual component with a deliverance session.
An assessment helps us understand your circumstances and helps us guide you to the services
and type of help that will meet your needs. We use a standardized assessment and other forms
and questionnaires to help us gather information. We also want to hear from you! Your
counsellor will listen to understand your unique situation. You will have an individual session
with your counsellor when you will be able to talk about how substance use, gambling or
gaming, or other addictions are affecting your life, and what challenges you face that make it
difficult to make changes. Then you and your counsellor will discuss your goals and explore
treatment options to help you meet your goals. Sometimes it is helpful for our counsellor to
speak to other people, such as your physician, your employer, your probation officer, social
workers, or family member. This will only be done with your written consent
Confidentiality is the foundation of counselling. If people couldn’t trust that what they shared in
therapy stayed between them and their counsellor, there would be no point of going.
At COH-CARC confidentiality means that:
What you share in counselling remains between you and your therapist
If you see your therapist in public, he or she will not greet you unless you greet him or her first
The only thing that takes precedence over confidentiality is safety. That is why there are four
limits to confidentiality where your counsellor must report to the appropriate authorities:
If you say you are going to hurt yourself
If you say you are going to hurt someone else
If you say that a child is being abused
If you say that you have been abused by a licensed professional, such as a physician or another
If you are involved in a court case, your therapist notes could be subpoenaed.
What We Do
COH-CARC is aware of the diverse difficulties and the feelings of ambivalence that usuallyprecedes and surrounds any one who has made a decision to come for counselling or any onewho is in crisis or any one who has been recommended for counselling. The desire for healing,hope, personal and interpersonal health does not reduce the personal struggles, the ongoingchallenges and difficulties that are associated with the process of counselling, neither does italleviate the doubts, or answers the queries that you might have.
Since COH-CARC is interestedin ensuring that you have sufficient knowledge about our services and the process ofcounselling the following information is provided in order to allow you to have the knowledgethat is necessary to make an informed decision about counselling. Should you at any time havequestions that are not addressed below, you are encouraged to talk to your counsellor.