• 4915 Bathurst Street, Suite 221, North York, Ontario M2R 1X8
  • 905-325- 7077

Helen Northcott, RP, RPN, MA, CCC
Addiction Counsellor
Family Life Educator


elen has been in private practice since 2008, counselling individuals and families with issues such as substance & drug abuse, cutting, grief, separation, divorce, workplace stress, mental health of elderly and those with post traumatic stress. She teaches Anger Mgt and Alcohol Education for those mandated by the court. She uses cognitive behavioural therapy, art and forgiveness therapy.

Helen has been a member of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc.  She has been trained in Individual crisis intervention and peer support, group crisis intervention and advanced crises intervention by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.

At Choosing a lifestyle mental health is the key to a healthier you and all your relationships. Whatever disturbs your peace of mind and happiness is worth talking about.

Whether you experience struggles with relationships or have developed a need for harmful substance or harming yourself you will be helped. I offer access to a Psychologist to expedite a specialized treatment plan for recovery.

Family Life Education is vital in helping others achieve their personal and family goals. Marital and premarital counselling offers couples a fresh start.


Master Degree with a minor in Temperance
Bachelor Degree with a minor in medical secretarial
Diploma in Practical Nursing in Ontario
Certificate in Family Life Education
Ontario College Graduate Certificate in Addiction Counselling

Member of the Ontario College of Nurses
Member of the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Ass.
CCPA certification as a Canadian Certified Counsellor
Registered Member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario

Watch for Signs & Symptoms of Mental Illness
They can vary depending on the particular disorder, circumstances or other factors. Mental illness symptoms can affect emotions, thoughts and behaviors.

Examples include:

  • Feeling sad or down
  • Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate
  • Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt
  • Extreme mood changes of highs and lows
  • Withdrawal from friends and activities
  • Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping
  • Detachment from reality (delusions), paranoia or hallucinations
  • Inability to cope with daily problems or stress
  • Trouble understanding and relating to situations and to people
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Major changes in eating habits
  • Sex drive changes
  • Excessive anger, hostility or violence
  • Suicidal thinking

Sometimes symptoms of a mental health disorder appear as physical problems, such as stomach pain, back pain, headache, or other unexplained aches and pains.

Most mental illnesses don’t improve on their own, and if untreated may get worse over time and cause serious problems. See a doctor, mental health specialist or Registered Psychotherapist if you have any signs or symptoms of a mental illness.

Get help Right Away if you have suicidal thoughts, behaviour common with some mental illnesses or if you think you may hurt yourself or attempt suicide.

  • Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
  • Reach out to a close friend or loved one.
  • Contact a minister, spiritual leader or someone in your faith community.
  • Contact your doctor, other health care provider or mental health specialist.

Suicidal thinking doesn’t get better on its own — so get help.

When helping a loved one showing signs of mental illness have an open and honest discussion about your concerns. Offer encouragement and support by helping them find a qualified mental health provider so they can make an appointment. You may even be able to go along to the appointment.

If your loved one has done self-harm or is seriously considering doing so, take the person to the hospital or call for emergency help.