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Candace Plattor

Candace Plattor graduated from the Adler School of Professional Psychology with a Masters degree (M.A.) in Counseling Psychology, in 2001. For over 20 years in her private practice, she’s been helping clients and their loved ones understand their addictive behaviors and make healthier life choices.

Ms. Plattor’s award winning book Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself: The Top 10 Survival Tips for Loving Someone with an Addiction is available through her website.

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If nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies: the power of transformation

An addictions counselor talks about her own "butterfly moment" of beating substance abuse.

Kicking addiction: allowing discomfort is the secret to successful recovery

Challenging your preconceptions about beating addiction You've given it a lot of thought. You know that your addiction is overwhelming your life and causing you a lot of problems. You really want to...

5 tips for avoiding holiday stress and over indulgence

Number one. Lower your expectations - especially if you are a perfectionist. Lower the bar of perfection you may have set for yourself, and see if you can't enjoy the holidays as much – and perhaps...

Get out of my pocket, Uncle Sam

U.S. tax law hits Canadians with a sledgehammer.

Amy Winehouse: "No, no, no," to rehab

I’ve seen Amy Winehouse perform on TV several times over the past few years – and I was always amazed at how much her voice reminded me of Janis Joplin’s.  I was a big Janis fan back in the...

It was 24 years ago today

…and if Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play my tune today, it would be a victory march. But it could have been a funeral march.

After Vancouver riots, signs of gratitude shown to Vancouver Police

In the wake of the  heartbreaking riots here in  Vancouver after the Stanley Cup hockey finals, citizens gathered in an impromptu fashion to thank police officers -– the men and women who,...

The morning after: shame on WHO??

This August will mark 30 years since I intentionally and consciously made Vancouver my home. Throughout these years, I have always been very happy about that decision – until the hockey game was...

Ooops -- oh well! : The antidote to perfectionism

One of my spiritual teachers used to talk about the futility of trying to be perfect as a human being.  When she made a mistake, she would immediately say -- with a dollop of amusement --“Ooops...

Relationship choice points

Have you ever felt the temptation to not deal with things? I find that it’s especially tempting to not deal with issues in relationships when they come up – especially the ones where I feel shamed...