Month: April 2016

Dr. Kim Graham – Top 15 in 2016!

Our very own Dr. Kim Graham has been named one of the top 15 Acupuncturists in Vancouver for 2016! Kim has been facilitating acupuncture and wellness groups at TWC since 2002 as our Dr. TCM. With eight years of education in Eastern and Western medicine, Kim is well-versed in traditional and contemporary therapies. Kim also has hands-on experience with homelessness, addiction, and mental illness through spending many years with her grandfather assisting those in need on the DTES at Harbour Light.  Acupuncture has a breadth of health benefits and is a proven, effective treatment for those suffering from post-acute withdrawal symptoms such as sleeplessness, anxiety and obsessive thinking.  Congratulations Kim on another year as one of the top 15 acupuncturists in Vancouver!

Second Stage Transitional Housing – Client Testimonial

Living at the TWC recovery house has been the single most important decision and experience that I have been a part of coming out of treatment. These past 4.5 months living at the Victoria, BC house has transitioned me almost seamlessly from the bubble of treatment to the real life world. It has provided me with tremendous peer support through my early recovery, enough structure to hold me responsible for my meeting attendance and my weekly duties, and the leeway to go out and enjoy my new sober life with friends and family. I have experienced first hand what it takes to live with different people from all walks of life, helping me overcome some of my defects of character and bring to light some of my true values and principles that I strive to live by today. I personally know that I would not be where I am at today in my recovery without TWC and the fellowship that they have provided to me during my stay. They have equipped me with some important life skills that I had lost in my addiction which I will take with me into the next stage of my recovery. I forever owe a part of my sobriety and my life that I now thoroughly enjoy to TWC, Trevor F, and the rest of their staff. Thank you!



Matt A.

Second Stage Residential Housing Client

Kundalini Yoga at Alliance

Kj Wiik has begun to lead clients at our Alliance Program through introductory Kundalini yoga sessions on a weekly basis. Kundalini is described as “the yoga of awareness,” it aims to awaken levels of consciousness not typically experienced in our day to day lives. Yoga practice is based on the philosophy that energy centers exist throughout the body which can be tapped into through breathing, stretching and meditative techniques. Regularly practicing yoga has been proven to reduce stress, still the mind and improve sleep to name just a few of the benefits.

“The primary objective [of Kundalini] is to awaken the full potential of human awareness in each individual; that is, recognize our awareness, refine that awareness, and expand that awareness to our unlimited Self. Clear any inner duality, create the power to deeply listen, cultivate inner stillness, and prosper and deliver excellence in all that we do.” –Kundalini Research Institute

Kundalini Yoga is one of the many therapeutic techniques offered to our clients as they explore a variety of traditional and contemporary belief systems and spiritual philosophies. We aim to give the men in our Residential Treatment Program a variety of paths to explore as they walk towards self-discovery and freedom from active addiction.

Staff Additions at Together We Can

LouieGrant_200x250Louie Grant  

Indigenous Certified Addictions Specialist

Louie Grant is one of our addictions counsellors at Together We Can. He is registered with the FNWACCB and has acquired an ICAS III – SAAT III designation as a Level Three Indigenous Certified Addictions Specialist. Louis participates in a variety of traditional approaches and harnesses the principles and concepts embedded in Aboriginal spirituality for use in daily therapeutic practices and counselling sessions with our clients. He currently participates in daily smudging with clients at our main facility and also brings alumni and clients to sweat ceremonies on weekends with Old Hands, an Elder who mentors him in the community. Aside from these activities, Louie has also formed a relationship with the Native Court Worker and Counselling Association of BC and actively participates in a weekly Talking Circle, communication courses and ceremonial teachings. Louis is highly experienced at facilitating educational seminars on Aboriginal culture and teachings. Louis has a profound and unique ability to gain insight into client issues through empathy and a strong connection with the spiritual realm.


Michael BarnhardtMichael Barnhardt

Career Development Practicioner

Michael holds a diploma in Career Development Practice from Douglas College and has over seven years of experience working in the addictions field. Previous to being employed at Together We Can, Michael was employed by the Last Door at their Youth Program, Family Services Youth Detox and facilitated career development workshops at Inner Choices Job Club. In conjunction with his educational endeavours at Douglas College, Michael has also been certified in Satir Family Therapy and Conflict Resolution Training. Michael is a fun-loving, engaging and passionate individual who enthusiastically transmits his knowledge and experience of recovery and addiction to the men in our Residential Treatment Program. When he isn’t facilitating groups or helping clients on an individual basis, Michael enjoys hiking or playing racquetball with friends and family.


Welcome To The Team Mike!

Mike Mathers RCC, M.Sc, M.A.

Mike has a M.Sc. from Kings College London (UK) in the Philosophy of Mental Disorder as well as an M.A. in Counselling Psychology from the Adler University in Vancouver and he has been a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) since 2012. He has also completed a 4-year psychotherapy training program with the International Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis – Vienna. Existential Analysis is an approach that aims to assist people in finding more meaning and fulfillment in their lives.

Mike’s therapeutic style is a blend of many different approaches including: Motivational Interviewing (considered to be the gold standard for working with substance use disorders), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Existential Analysis (EA) and Adlerian psychotherapy. Above all else, he works on cultivating a collaborative and trusting relationship with each client and aims to develop a treatment plan based on the unique needs of the individual.

Along with his private practice on Broadway and Cypress (Wellness Evolved Counselling) Mike also sees clients at a holistic health clinic (Alliance Wellness) and he works as a group therapist in a forensic setting where he co-facilitates treatment groups for men. He also teaches Addiction Counselling at the Vancouver College of Counsellor Training. Mike has an interest in mindfulness meditation and enjoys spending time with his family and he stays active by playing basketball, biking on the seawall, golfing poorly and going to the gym.