Together We Can – Staff Spotlights


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Courtney Nichols – MC:AT, RCC

Art Therapist, Registered Clinical Counsellor

staff_courtney1Courtney Nichols obtained a Master’s degree in Art Therapy in 2003 and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in B.C. She is also Certified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist for anxiety disorders with additional specialty training and experience working in the areas of depression, PTSD, OCD & psychosis. Often suppressed memories can play an integral role in addiction and identifying this through therapy can help unlock traumatic memories to aid in recovery.

Art therapy gives clients the ability to ‘be in the moment’ and regain sustained attention.

“Often with recognition of thought patterns & emotions, individuals can start to shift behaviours and gain empowerment to make changes over behaviours that aren’t working or strengthening those that are beneficial. The art process is a wonderful way to reflect on one’s life. Art can be used to help pull together and make sense of events from the past and present and helps us plan for the future.”

PROGRAMS:

  • Courtney began facilitating an Art Therapy group at Together We Can in 2013. Art Therapy is a self driven and non-directive process, so unconsciously or consciously clients are able to create what they need in the moment – not merely what others think they need. Many people recovering from addiction have difficulty maintaining focus or the ability to concentrate.
  • Art therapy gives clients the ability to ‘be in the moment’ and regain sustained attention. “Often with recognition of thought patterns & emotions, individuals can start to shift behaviors and gain empowerment to make changes over behaviors that aren’t working or strengthening those that are beneficial. The art process is a wonderful way to reflect on one’s life. Art can be used to help pull together and make sense of events from the past and present and helps us plan for the future.
  • Courtney facilitates a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy group where anxiety symptoms, triggers and coping strategies are discussed. Together in a group setting, clients are able to share their experiences with anxiety and constructively come up with healthy ways to manage daily worries.

She also uses her extensive knowledge and experience to counsel clients in Individual Mental Health Session regarding issues such as self-esteem, trauma, grief, and loss. Courtney is an expert at investigating how feelings, thoughts and behaviours are influencing an individual’s current behaviour. She helps clients find patterns of negative self-talk and identifies how they are impacting the client’s self-esteem and sense of self-worth.


Louis Grant – Indigenous Certified Addictions Specialist

Together We Can has specific Addiction Therapy Programs that address and treat addiction issues within the indigenous community, but also offers First Nations spiritual healing traditions and teachings to all of our residents.

louiegrant_200x250C.C.A.C Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor
I.C.A.S Level 3 Indigenous Certified Addictions Specialist III
Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy – Level 1
S.M.A.R.T Recovery Certification
Counselling Resource Group Assessment Systems Certification
National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program
Substance Abuse Family Education Certification

Staff member Louis Grant is a highly experienced and certified addictions counsellor at Together We Can who has worked in the addiction recovery field for over 13 years. He is registered with the FNWACCB and has acquired an ICAS III – SAAT III designation as a Level Three Indigenous Certified Addictions Specialist. Louis employs a variety of traditional approaches to healing, and uses the principles and concepts embedded in Aboriginal spirituality for use in his daily therapeutic treatments and counselling sessions. He also leads a daily smudging ceremony with our residents, and invites alumni and residents to sweat ceremonies on weekends with “Old Hands”, an Elder who mentors him in the community.

In addition to these activities, Louis has also formed a relationship with the Native Court Worker and Counselling Association of BC. He actively participates in weekly Talking Circles, ceremonial teachings, personal development workshops, career exploration workshops and communication courses. He is highly experienced at facilitating educational seminars on Aboriginal culture and teachings, and has a profound and unique ability to gain insight into client issues through empathy and a strong connection with the spiritual realm.

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