Tom is Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist in Ontario. He completed an undergraduate degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Carleton University and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Toronto.
Tom is a registered professional member in good standing with both the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers.
Tom has nine years of experience treating and supporting individuals, couples, and families affected by mental illness, addictions, and criminal justice issues.
Tom has specialized training and experience in a number of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness Meditation.
Treating Concurrent Disorders
Tom brings an expertise to Rob’s practice in providing treatment to youth and adults who experience ‘Concurrent Disorders’. A Concurrent Disorder occurs when an individual is experiencing a mental health problem and a substance use problem at the same time.
As a therapist with significant experience supporting and treating individuals with both mental health and substance use problems, Tom is both client centered and recovery orientated. His approach is grounded in current ‘best practices’ in both assessing and treating clients that have the desire to better manage symptoms of their illnesses.
Tom can support you with the following:
- Enhancing motivation
- Identifying triggers
- Naming emotions
- Enhancing social support networks
- Tolerating distress
- Regulating emotions
- Managing urges to use substances
- Reconnecting with meaningful activity
- Relapse prevention planning
With a practical, skills based approach, Tom can help you to learn new ways to both manage distressing emotions and to develop strategies to manage your urges to use substances.
Concurrent Disorders can include:
Substance Use Concerns
If you, or some one close to you, have concerns about your use of alcohol or other substances, treatment may be helpful to minimize the negative impact of this use on in your life.
Traditional, faith based treatment programs follow a strict abstinence oriented approach to ‘recovery’ and rely heavily on creating new support networks as a strategy to manage substance use.
However, within the field of addictions, there is increasing recognition that this approach is not the only effective treatment option.
Tom’s approach to treatment is firmly grounded in evidence and empirically based treatment programming.
Drawing heavily on principles of ‘Motivational Interviewing’, including approaching therapy without judgment or confrontation, together we will explore your desire for change and develop practical strategies to support you as you more towards your goals around your substance use.
In addition, Tom’s work is also informed by principles of ‘Harm Reduction’. That is, Tom recognizes that abstaining from all substances may not be your goal in coming to treatment.
Instead, together we will establish goals that are achievable, consistent with your personal values and that will minimize the likelihood that your use will have negative impact on your life.
Difficulties with Mood and Emotions
Feelings of depression and anxiety can get in the way of you connecting with the things that you value most in your life.
For many people, medication is the cornerstone of treatment for serious difficulties with mood disruptions and anxiety. However, there are many complementary strategies that you can use, either in addition to or instead of, medication.
Tom uses principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) to support you to develop a new relationship with challenging thoughts and feelings.
That is, while we may not always have the ability to change the thoughts we have from occurring, we can always change how we respond to them.
Often times, we feel that we are defined by our emotions or thoughts, or that these feelings are predictors of our behaviour.
Instead, in therapy you will learn skills to recognize difficult thoughts when they occur. You will develop the ability to decide how to manage the thought, rather than allow it to become a ‘truth’ about yourself.
In addition, you will develop strategies to redirect yourself from these thought processes when they occur, rather than have your thoughts, feelings and behaviours become ‘fused’ together and resulting in ‘states’ of depression and anxiety.
BOOKING A SESSION
Appointments with Tom can be directly arranged with him by phoning 647-867-8662 or by email at tcolquho [at] gmail.com.
Tom has office hours several evenings a week and on selected Saturdays. He is also available to offer sessions by phone or Skype as well.
Tom’s fee is $110 per 50 minute session.