Addictions Counselling

Addictions Counseling & Group Therapy Manitoba

You will receive dedicated therapy sessions, as well as contact on an as-needed basis to ensure you have access to support anytime you require it. You are never alone in your recovery process.  

Also, Group work allows you to build connections, develop new and healthy relationships, and provides a safe avenue to learn about yourself while you interact with your peers.

Counseling & Group Therapy

At EMS, our comprehensive program includes education, counselling, group therapy, and skill-building. We provide a guided pathway to navigate recovery in an effective way. We will explore addiction and recovery, self-values, self-compassion, resentment, honesty, complex trauma, mindfulness, distress, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, forgiveness, grieving, boundaries, stress, self-doubt, self-improvement and more. 

We also recognize that everyone needs to escape, relax and rewind themselves. Those are essential coping skills for a happy life. But people with addictions haven’t yet developed skills that will help them do this without using a substance. At EMS you will gradually build a toolbox of skills and strategies to create a foundation for a less chaotic life and manage stress as it arises. 

There is research to indicate that individuals who have the most success in recovery do the following: take the appropriate amount of time for treatment, surround themselves with support, embrace change, be honest and accountable, consider co-occurring conditions and commit to building a better life.  

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Everyone has the capacity for wisdom. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) uses the concept of a reasonable, emotional, and wise mind to describe a person’s thoughts and behaviors. The reasonable mind is driven by logic, the emotional mind is driven by feelings and the wise mind is a middle ground between the two.

Wise mind is an inner wisdom that everyone has; when we access it, we can say that we are in wise mind. Inner wisdom includes the ability to identify and use skilful methods for attaining things we value. It can also be defined as the ability to apply knowledge, experience and common sense to the situation at hand.

In recovery from the disease of addiction, living in our wise mind can help us stay calm and stable. It can make us more likely to make choices that help us on our journey to recovery.

The skills-based strategies that we teach are in harmony with the skills offered in your standard residential treatment centres, but with the variation, that completion takes place in the community and will be extended over a longer period of time. At EMS we recognize, based on empirical evidence, that the length of time that clients remain in treatment programs is commonly not long enough to effectively create change and cement healthy behaviour patternsOur programming is intended to expose our clients to all life situations and to be there to support them through the process of living sober.


Meet Jennith Guertin, our addiction counsellor, with the lived experience of addiction, going through recovery, and finding stability in her life.

Your time is now! We are here to provide a safe and supportive environment through your new and exciting journey.