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Sunshine Coast, Leading British Columbia Alcohol, Drug, PTSD & Trauma Treatment Center, Announces New Counselor

Sunshine Coast Health Centre
Posted on: 13 Apr 18
Sunshine Coast, Leading British Columbia Alcohol, Drug, PTSD & Trauma Treatment Center, Announces New Counselor Sunshine Coast Health Centre is a leading treatment program for men based in Powell River, BC, focusing on alcohol, drugs, PTSD, and trauma. The Centre is announcing a new counselor.

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Apr. 13, 2018

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Apr. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Sunshine Coast Health Centre (, one of the top Centres in British Columbia for drug, alcohol, trauma, and PTSD treatment, is proud to announce an important new hire. The Centre is bringing on board Heather Gaskill, as part of its expansion of treatment options to better cover PTSD and trauma.

"We are very excited to have Heather join our team as we expand our treatment options and philosophy to better address trauma and PTSD issues," explained Casey Jordan, Chief Marketing Officer. "Heather is well-versed in these issues and brings a background that will be a great asset to our program."

Heather has worked as a researcher, community educator, advocate, and hospital social worker, but shifted to a primary focus of psychotherapy in 2006. Having spent most of her career so far on Canada's East Coast, her background includes time with two sexual assault centres, program design and facilitation with a program dedicated to the treatment of women struggling with substance use, and most recently four years with community mental health, specializing in trauma. Heather also has experience in the design and facilitation of workshops on trauma therapy for other professionals.


To learn more about the Centre's trauma therapy and treatment options, visit The trauma program is available to all clients who are struggling with work-related stress and focuses on (1) how clients can self-regulate to deal with dissociation, anxiety, depression, anger, and other symptoms of trauma, and (2) how clients can pursue a fulfilling life, in spite of suffering. Although there is a Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) component in the trauma program, therapies that focus on the trauma experience are kept to a minimum. Even though clients inevitably bring up their trauma experiences during the course of treatment, therapists do not focus on these experiences. It is, of course, therapeutically necessary to validate these experiences, but the emphasis is on how clients can begin to pursue a more fulfilling life while suffering from trauma symptoms.

It should be noted that the trauma program is a residential program at the Centre's facility in Powell River, BC, and is male only. However, it reaches men from throughout Western Canada, such as cities like Vancouver or Victoria in BC, or Edmonton or Alberta in Alberta. An outpatient trauma program for both males and females is expected to be available later this year. Persons interested the trauma therapy and treatment program are urged to visit the website and reach out for a confidential consultation.


Sunshine Coast Health Centre is a 47-bed drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility exclusively designed for men, officially opened on the 15th of March 2004. The Centre has a philosophy of care that goes beyond just addiction to include personal transformation based on three key therapeutic principles: interpersonal relatedness, self definition (autonomy & competence), and intrinsic motivation. The Centre offers both drug rehabilitation and alcohol treatment near Vancouver, BC, but serving patients across Canada, particularly British Columbia and Alberta and cities such as Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer. Sunshine Coast Health Centre uses a form of drug rehabilitation based on the research of Viktor Frankl and methodology of Paul T.P. Wong, namely 'Meaning ­Centered Therapy'.

Canada Drug Rehab Website (A Project of Sunshine Coast Heatlh Center) at


SOURCE Sunshine Coast Health Centre

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Last updated on: 13/04/2018

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