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Elise Schuurmans, C.Y.W. (She/Her)

Position: Addictions Counsellor
Categories: Clinical Staff

Elise has significant experience creating and implementing treatment plans, providing emotional and practical support and teaching individuals with unique learning styles. At her residency at the Center for Addictions and Mental Health, she facilitated a variety of groups such as The Incredible Years Parenting program, Addressing Behaviour & Treatment Effectiveness Coping Power program, CATCH (day program for children with clinically significant emotional, behavioural and learning complexities), REACH Youth Day Treatment program (for youth ages 16-21 participating in earning school credits while receiving treatment for addiction and concurrent disorders) and the Dual Diagnosis program where she assisted clients with developmental disabilities and emotional or psychiatric difficulties. Elise is committed to meeting clients where they are “at” and is dedicated to learning as many therapeutic approaches as needed to help assist in one’s unique and individual recovery process. She is trauma-informed and is currently earning her Neuro-linguistic Programming Certificate (NLP is a therapeutic approach focusing on the relationship between neurological processes, language, and behavioural patterns learned through experience).

Elise has been living a clean and sober life for nearly a decade, completed the 12 steps to recovery, and has travelled globally to share her knowledge, strength and hope at worldwide recovery conventions. She devotes her free time to facilitating emotional support groups within her community that specialize in breath-work meditation and somatic healing experiences within the body.

In 2013, Elise graduated from George Brown College with an advanced Child and Youth Work Diploma. Her education specialized in group facilitation and developmental psychology. In 2019 she completed a year of Addiction Counseling studies at St. Lawrence College before transferring to Queen’s University, where she is currently completing her degree in Psychology.

“What I love the most about Newgate 180 is the diversity amongst our team of staff. Everyone here comes from different backgrounds and has something unique to offer. Diversity is key to a successful recovery as every person has their own unique experiences and requires tailored approaches to their healing. Here, there is a true sense of unity and teamwork as we all care deeply about the welfare of our clients. I believe this creates a tightly woven support network that is strong enough to help anyone in need. There is always someone here to help you with a genuine glad heart.”