Coaching On Demand Team

Recovery is an intensely personal experience that is hard to define in a general way.

There are multiple pathways to recovery including: treatment, faith/spirituality, natural, criminal justice interventions, support from individuals, and/or family, mutual assistance groups and recovery community centers.

Everyone’s journey results in their own unique experience of recovery.

Therefore, recovery has many definitions and it is hard to agree on a single one. It goes beyond abstinence alone to include a full re-engagement based on hope, resilience, health and wellness, and includes family, friends and community.

Recovery starts when a person begins to make better choices about his or her physical, mental and spiritual health.

Certified Coaches

Dan Devlin - Certified Coach ExpertRating

Dan spent 20 years in the management in various businesses before using his own personal experience with recovery to coach people recovering from addictions. His coaching reflects his vast life experience.

He combines insight, intuition, and an ear for nuance with humour, joy, and deep respect for the human experience. He has the courage to strongly meet his clients in either their joy or pain. Many find his approachable manner soothing and at the same time remark that he asks a lot of them. His strong faith in his clients and his deeply grounded strength come from his personal experience with addiction, his education and training, and an inspired spiritual outlook.

His Philosophy of Care

Dan believes in providing appropriate coaching for each client, referring him or her to others when a problem is beyond his level of skills or scope of practice.

He believes that accurate assessment includes the willingness to see the dark as well as the light and to call things by their right name without judgment.

Dan believes in practicing what he preaches and so is personally committed to life-long learning and maintaining habits of good health.

His Professional Ethics

As a professional coach, he has made certain commitments: 

Dan agrees to uphold the professional ethics of Recovery Coaching and to empower, inform, and offer choice to his clients.

He agrees to maintain strict standards of client confidentiality. 

He agrees to cultivate and maintain appropriate boundaries.

He will promptly refer clients to others when he cannot help them.

Further, he agrees to listen to his conscience and his intuition, to speak the truth compassionately, to listen deeply, to honour differences of culture, race, spirituality and religion, sexual preference, and life style choices.

He agrees to make all efforts to reconcile and resolve all conflicts no matter how small, and to work towards self-transformation while working with others.

Darren Galer : ICADC , Certified Coach ExpertRating

Darren has an enthusiastic approach to change, combined with a sophisticated sense of insight. His approach is very

comfortable and brings about a sense of ease. There are various techniques in which he offers insights to address the issues of emotional baggage, healing from abandonment, putting your past behind you, the trauma of being raised in an addictive family system and avoiding triggers that can lead you back into your addictive behaviour.

He has been trained by “the best” in Group Facilitation and has found a niche in working one on one with motivation and self-realization techniques. Due to his very approachable and inviting energy, he is often asked to speak or host events and conferences that address addiction in the family, the legacy of addiction, family roles, the recovery process, issues that affect recovery, relationships, shame, denial, and how to talk with children of any age about addiction and recovery.

He has been in countless TV interviews, news articles, and currently co-hosts Talk Recovery Radio Show on CFRO 100.5 FM in Vancouver. Darren is accredited through the International Certification of Alcohol and Drug Counsellors and works in one of the top residential treatment centres in North America.

Michael Gabbani- Youth Recovery Coach

Michael is currently completing his psychology degree and has a good understanding of Therapeutic Community model of recovery.

Michael prides himself on living what he talks and his ability to reach younger adults is incredible. Michael also shares with the

people he helps that he has been the success story of an intervention and talks about how that saved his life. Michael's attributes include humour, self disclosure, communication, empathy, and most of all encouragement. As a recovery coach he promotes recovery by helping remove barriers and obstacles and acts as a personal guide and mentor for people seeking or already in recovery.

The nature and functions of recovery coaching vary from one individual to another. Generally, coaches assist peers with tasks such as setting recovery goals, developing recovery action plans, and solving problems directly related to recovery, including

finding sober housing, making new friends, finding new uses of spare time, and improving one’s job skills.

The duration of the relationship between the two depends on a number of factors such as how much recovery time the peer has, how much other support the peer is receiving, or how quickly most pressing problems can be addressed.

Chris Reynolds - Certified Coach - ExpertRating

With over 40 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry at a Senior Executive Level ,  Chris felt it was time for a career change and chose to work in the Recovery Field. He is a strong advocate and prides himself on rooting for the underdog. Chris has his substance Abuse Counselling Certificate through the Justice Institute of BC and Life Coaching Certificate.

Chris has also completed the Intervention Training and is Interning under Linda and brings a wealth of life experience and personal experience having been intervened upon himself. Chris's family has healed from alcoholism and he continues to be a great father and grandfather.

Recovery coaches do not offer primary treatment for addiction, do not diagnose, and are not associated with any particular method or means of recovery. 

Chris coaches clients through supporting positive change, helping persons coming home from treatment to avoid relapse, build community support for recovery, or works on life goals not related to addiction such as relationships, work, education etc.

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