Addiction Counselling (Alcohol, Drugs, Love, Sex, Pornography, etc.)
I have worked in addiction for almost 25 years. Much of my experience is working in the private and public sector with people with drug abuse and alcohol problems, but in recent years my clientele has broadened to include those struggling with sex addiction, love addiction and porn addiction, as well as other compulsive behaviours.
I believe these dependencies usually develop as an attitudinal response to, and a behavioural defence against, emotional problems. These problems can be current, and they can originate in traumatic early life experiences and relationships.
Some people with drug abuse or alcohol problems need detoxification treatment from their substance of abuse before beginning therapy, or require medical treatment alongside counselling. If you do need treatment, please get in touch, as I can refer you to a specialist evidence-based treatment facility in London, offering out-patient treatments for mental health disorders and addiction.
Some over-drinkers want to move from problematic drinking to what we call 'controlled' or 'moderate' drinking. This transition may require a temporary period of abstinence, with the support of addiction counselling. Achieving a moderation of one's drinking habits, however, is not necessarily an easier option than complete abstinence, as it involves changing the way you think about alcohol, as well as constantly exercising a similarly strict level of self-control, which is obviously more difficult to do after a couple of drinks.
If you have an addiction and are seeking help, I can assess your needs at our first appointment.
If you would like to arrange an initial assessment appointment (charged at almost half my usual session rate), please contact me by email, contact form, or mobile.