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Joel Hughes received his Masters degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC and has worked at Edgewood in a Clinical Supervisory capacity since 2008. Joel has worked in the counselling field for over 25 years and has an extensive breadth of experience to draw from. Joel’s passion is to collaborate with individuals, families, communities, and organizations offering addiction services and education to provide the best possible treatment options, and outcomes.
It is my passion to be a warm welcoming presence for clients and families when they arrive at the clinic. My sense of compassion for the difficulties families face when a loved one is struggling with mental health or addiction issues stems from my own personal experience. The team of counselors I work with at EHN are incredible human beings who put skill and heart into their work and I am inspired everyday by seeing how our clients thrive in their care. I have been working with Edgewood in an administrative capacity since 1997.
As a person in recovery, I understand the fear and uncertainty that comes with addressing problematic behaviors. This along with societal stigma can make it very difficult for individuals and families to reach out for help and name what is happening in their lives. I bring sensitivity and compassion to my work and offer a safe, non-judgmental environment for people to explore their situation and make important decisions about their health. Addiction at its core, is a disease of isolation and reconnecting with self and others is a vital step in healing.
Having worked in both residential and outpatient settings, I provided services as a sober companion in Los Angeles and worked as a family and couples therapist in community mental health settings there. I have specialized training in couples therapy, eating disorders and the unique struggles of people in the LGBT community.
I am registered with the BC Association of Clinical Counselors and hold a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology.