Samuel Waldner Counselling and Addiction Services
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Call for an initial interview to discuss your needs and options. Together we can create a plan of action that will begin to enable you to reach your goals.   Contact us today

Call for an initial interview to discuss your needs and options.
Together we can create a plan of action that will begin to enable you to reach your goals.

Contact us today

My mission is to give help and hope to people who are seeking freedom from addictions and negative patterns of behaviour.

Individual and couple/family counselling services are provided to those who are living with:

  • Alcoholism / Drug Addiction: Counselling can help clients to choose new, life-affirming behaviours that will enable them to live happier lives.

  • Anxiety / Depression: Counselling encourages clients to challenge their negative beliefs, which in turn helps them to change their self-defeating feelings and behaviours.

  • Compulsive Shopping: Counselling enables the client to abstain from repetitive behaviours that create shame and debt.

  • Weight Preoccupation / Compulsive Eating: Counselling helps clients to become more self-accepting, and facilitates abstinence from destructive behaviours.

  • Relationship Problems: The counselling process helps clients to identify their blocks to experiencing the love and intimacy that they desire.

  • Nicotine Dependency: Through the help of counselling, individuals learn how to live successfully without needing to smoke.


Questions & Answers with Sam

Q: What kind of person can benefit from counselling?
S: If you find yourself engaging in some kind of destructive behaviour again and again, and you don’t know why, or how to stop, you’re a good candidate for therapy with me.

Q: What are your clients like?
S: I’ve seen pretty much every imaginable demographic.

Q: Do your clients usually have previous counselling before they see you?
S: I’d say about half have had previous counselling. The other half have never set foot in a counselling office before. 

Q: I find the idea of coming to a therapist intimidating. Do most people feel like that?
S: Sure, of course. Most people don’t know what to expect. I understand that, and I try to make it as easy on everyone as I possibly can. The worst part is getting to the first session. After that barrier is overcome, most find it much easier.

Q: How do you put your clients at ease?
S: A good therapist listens and cares, tries to offer practical advice, and doesn’t push people into areas they don’t want to go. There has to be a certain rapport and trust, and an attitude of mutual respect.

Q: What do your clients say about you?
S:  Clients who I’ve worked with tell me they like that fact that I don’t come across as judgmental, and that I offer practical solutions.

Q: How much do people understand about their issues that are bringing them to counselling?
S: When it comes to mental health and addiction, there is more stigma and blame out there than useful information. Most people have a lot to learn. Often they’ve tried to manage their issues on their own on a number of occasions, but without understanding the mechanisms, they don’t have a lot of success. 

Q: What happens in the first session with a new client?
S: When a client arrives, they will be welcomed and they will be asked to fill out a brief information form. They will be asked why they have come to see me and what they're hoping to achieve through counselling. I gather information about their history i.e. what triggered the decision to contact me and we begin to explore solutions. 

Q: How long is it before clients begin to see results?
S: Obviously there is a wide variation. But I’d say, on average, clients begin to see positive changes after about a month. Some people begin to see changes after the first session.

Q: I noticed you offer phone and online sessions. Why?
S: Some people prefer to talk on the phone or speak via the internet, while others prefer in-office contact. I like to offer clients the choice.

Q: Do people actually get better?
S: Yes. I can’t emphasize this strongly enough. Yes. Most clients are pretty sceptical when they come to me. They’ve tried a lot of things on their own, and nothing has worked. But I see people turn their lives around. I see it every day. When I started this practice almost 30 years ago, I believed that it’s never too late. I still believe that.