Men & Substance Use / Addiction

Men are taught from an early age that “real men” take risks and don’t show emotion. Often this expectation causes men to try and prove their masculinity by using alcohol, drugs or other substances and addictions. Many men mask their emotions, which feel uncomfortable, with substance use.

There are several other life pressures and circumstances that drive men to use substances, which include but are not limited to:

  • Career pressure and a drive to succeed
  • Family history of substance use
  • To cope with health conditions, i.e., using substance as a form of painkiller
  • Trauma, either as a child or an adult
  • Coping with grief

I provide a safe space for men to slowly and safely explore their buried emotions and to start to work on the root cause of their substance use or addiction issues.

Why Work With Me?


In my 13 years as a Registered Psychotherapist I have grown by engaging in continuing education, meeting regularly with peers to share best practices, developing a broader toolbox of appropriate clinical interventions, and limiting my caseload so that I can be present and focused for each client and each session.


My service to clients is based on the principles of both strengths-based therapy and client-focused therapy. Using both of these techniques allows me to be present and focused on client strengths and client needs.


I do my best to schedule clients as soon as possible in my very busy practice. Often a cancellation by another client will open up an earlier session for you. There are no fixed number of psychotherapy sessions for each client - it will be a discussion between client and therapist about how many sessions the client would like to have.

The Armchair Collective #204-2437 Princess Street, KINGSTON ON K7M 3G1 (Shoppers Drug Mart Plaza/Building)