My name is Betzalel Wolff. I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (Reg # 001515) and I have a Master’s of Arts in Counselling Psychology. I am also a member of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). I have trained extensively with Dr. Patrick Carnes, a leader in the field of addiction treatment and have been certified as a CMAT-S (Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist-Supervisor) and CSAT-S (Certified Sex Addiction Therapist-Supervisor).
As a trauma and addiction specialist, I am trained in EMDR Therapy which according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and Department of Defense (DOD) is a highly effective therapy for the treatment of trauma and PTSD. I have also trained extensively with Pia Mellody, Senior Clinical Advisor at The Meadows Treatment Center on the Post-Induction Therapy (PIT) model. The PIT model focuses on the treatment of childhood trauma (physical and / or sexual) and childhood relational trauma (defined as anything less than nurturing by primary caregivers). Integrating trauma treatment with addiction treatment has revolutionized clients’ ability to make significant and permanent changes in their healing journey. Clients whom have a trauma history without any addictions will obviously also benefit from these two models of trauma therapy.
In addition to my clinical work, as one of the few CSAT Supervisors in Canada, I assist new CSAT candidates in administration and interpretation of testing instruments, treatment planning, and application of the task model, including materials and interventions. Equally important as my credentials is my ability to build a strong alliance with my clients. I am an empathetic listener with a keen understanding of the issues you and your family are likely facing. My experience in the addiction field will go to work for you! In addition to working with addicts, I am also the only trained and licensed provider in Toronto for administering and interpreting the Abel Assessment which is used in the evaluation of child sex offenders.
Addiction counselling is a challenging field that takes a lot of heart. Whether it’s helping someone struggling with an addiction recognize his or her need for treatment, providing counselling and support for those already in recovery, guiding a client through his or her relapse, or helping the friends and families of the person struggling, whose lives have been severely affected, there are challenges every step of the way. You need a therapist who is prepared to deal with these challenges.
I am dedicated to helping you and your family through this difficult, yet extremely rewarding journey. Your addiction has given you the opportunity to transform your life, a transformation that makes recovery both difficult and rewarding. Recovery is difficult because you have to make changes in your life, and all changes, even good ones, are difficult. Recovery is rewarding because it gives you the opportunity to change your life instead of sleepwalking through it. Most people don’t think about whom they are or what they want to be until one day they wake up and wonder why they aren’t happy.
If you use this opportunity for change, you’ll look back and think of your addiction as one of the best things that ever happened to you. People in recovery often describe themselves as “grateful addicts.” Why would someone be grateful to have an addiction? Because their addiction eventually led them to find the inner peace and tranquillity that most people crave. Recovery can help you transform your life.
If you are covered for psychological services by your extended health plan provider, you are eligible to receive reimbursement for our sessions. Please inform me of your wish to utilize your extended health plan at the time of booking. If you do not have extended health benefits, receipts can still be submitted to the CRA as a deductible expense.