Ian Smith is a Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate (RCT) with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT). Ian has a MA in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and a BA with a major in Psychology from the University of Manitoba.
Previously Ian had a lengthy career in the Royal Canadian Air Force, part of which was facilitating aftercare groups for military personnel returning from treatment for addictions and concurrent disorders. In addition, he facilitated numerous Health Promotion seminars on topics ranging from basic Addictions Awareness to training for supervisors and management. Prior to receiving his MA in Counselling Psychology, Ian had over twenty-five years of experience working with clients diagnosed with substance use disorders and associated mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and trauma.
Ian believes in a biopsychosocial and spiritual approach to counselling, considering all aspects of the client’s well-being. Ian’s preferred therapeutic approach is eclectic as he believes it is critical the treatment fits the client not vice-versa. He views counselling as a partnership with the client where his main goal is to enable clients to make positive changes leading to an improved quality of life.