Mindy Smith-Bernard, MSW, RSW

registered social worker

 “Don’t ask why the addiction, ask why the pain?”                                                                                    - Gabor Mate

 
As human beings, our brains are very clever.  If we find something that makes us feel better, we do it.  Sometimes those strategies that initially make us feel better/different, end up causing more harm than good.  I have worked for the last 15 years in the field of addiction, helping people identify and work through the pain that has led them to their addiction/substance use.  

My expertise is primarily in drug and alcohol addiction, with experience in process addictions such as sex, gambling, shoplifting, binge eating and pornography.  My other areas of experience include depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, self-esteem, shame, infertility and tobacco cessation.  I also work with family members who are concerned about a loved one’s substance use.

I work from a client-centred approach, which means I meet you where you are at in terms of your goals.  I believe that you are the expert and that sometimes, we all need someone to walk beside us as we navigate our way through the journey of life.  Some of the therapeutic approaches I use come from such theories as Cognitive-Behavioural , Narrative, Emotion-Focused, and Mindfulness.