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The Principals

  • ALBERT DE GOIAS
    ALBERT DE GOIAS Executive Director

    I am a physician. I have retired my medical practice (cum emeritus) in order to concentrate on what is an educational, not a therapeutic process. This only no longer allows me to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for medical conditions. I have, however, been trained, first as a medical doctor, then through post graduate residencies, I have acquired knowledge, though not certificates, in psychiatry and neuropathology. I have also trained in causes and management of addictions. I have worked for forty years in this field of mental health and addictions. In that time, I have published numerous opinion articles, research papers, and a book on looking at the underlying cause of mental health insufficiency and unhealthy behaviours. The book is not about diagnosis and treatment of an end condition, but about searching for the underlying states and examining the exercises needed to fix them. I have been invited to present talks to professional associations, educators, corporate management teams, and lay community including people with addictions. This allows me to use my knowledge, if not to treat, then to teach what I know. In these pages, I wish to share this knowledge.

    In this website, therefore, I will try to educate the viewer in areas that are not commonly examined or even considered. As intelligent beings, we have a penchant for trying to solve a problem when the problem appears. We have developed sophisticated equipment to help us to identify and even treat a condition when it appears. We have not spent a lot of energy looking into the preventive aspect. In fact, the common quip, “If it ain’t broke’, don’t fix it”, is more a reality than the humor it was meant to convey. Yet, when we are determined to look for the preventive causes and manage them, we can much more effectively treat even the precipitating problem. Let me give you an example. It stretches the imagination but it gets to the point.

    You notice that your stools are bloody. You see red blood.  You search the most direct solution and apply it.  You use a suppository that is meant to stop the bleed.  After a few days, you notice that the bleeding has stopped.  Are you satisfied that the problem has been addressed?  No.  You still don’t know the cause.

    So you go to a physician who looks into the rectum, confirms that there is bleeding but from higher up.  He suggests that you may have an ulcer and treats you for that.  The bleeding stops.  Are you satisfied? No. Do you really rave an ulcer? Or could it be something else.  You go back to the physician who sends you to a specialist who looks insider with a scope. He confirms that you do have a stomach ulcer that is bleeding.  You treat that.  Are you satisfied?  Some people are, but why do you have an ulcer?

    You seek further.  A physician takes a history of what you eat, drink, do.  Your diet is okay and you have no stress, but you take ten to twelve aspirins a day to treat a headache that comes every morning.  He takes note and sends you to a neurologist who discovers that you have a small benign tumor in your meninges of the brain.  You get that removed.  The headaches stop.  You do not need daily aspirins.  The ulcer heals and the rectal bleeding stops.

    You see?  Every symptom can have a cause if we look deeply.  Yet we treat an addiction by immediately focusing on stopping the use. But who does this? Who will look that deeply for you?  The answer is YOU.  But you have to have the guidance to do it, the information on what to look for, and the desire to build the capability.  This is why I choose to use Prometheum Institute as an educational facility rather than a treatment facility.  Education – in the right area – gives you ownership, not of your behaviour, but of the source of your behaviour – your attitude and the understanding that drives it.

  • ANDREA DE GOIAS
    ANDREA DE GOIAS Program Administrator

    Andrea de Goias is a qualified addictions counselor. She did her training at George Brown College in Toronto and her initial practical experience at CAMH. She has worked in the rehabilitation and recovery field since 1992. Her initial training in Hungary was in Philosophy and Liberal Arts. Her training in Toronto allowed her the international addictions certificate, ICADC. Andrea brings a deep understanding of philosophy and a highly spiritual impact to her work. Andrea uses her knowledge of The Arts extensively, being able to lead clients to look at themselves objectively using cinematographic art as her canvas. She can place anyone within a movie and get them to feel the emotions while also interpreting it within their own lifestyle.

    Currently Andrea is the primary counsellor at Prometheum Institute. She is involved in the personal guidance and management of clients. Her technique takes on two forms. She has developed a way of engaging each client in a way that makes them feel empowered from the get go. She uses both her skill as an addictions counsellor and a well-balanced understanding of psycho/socio/spiritual interplay to encourage each client to see life from a purposeful, analytical perspective. She has an extensive collection of movies she uses with a unique ability to define that client’s feelings and behaviour within that movie and so get the client to see self with objectivity and insight. She does this while fllowing the script that has been designed for that client.

    Secondly, she engages each client in the exploration of activities that will expand and stimulate. She sees an addict as one who may be quite experienced in one field but lacks the variety of options that can excite and stimulate mentally, socially, spiritually. She will arrange to take that client to an experience that will expand – from analyzing an art display at the AGO to exploring something at the ROM to attending a classical or operatic presentation, all the while explaining and introducing the person to that genre.

    Andrea is also engaged in teaching these techniques to other counsellors and encouraging them to use them in their own practice.