I have worked in addiction for almost 25 years, and have experience of working with both drug and alcohol dependent clients in the private and public sector.
I believe drug addiction and alcohol dependence usually develop as an attitudinal response to, and a behavioural defence against, emotional problems. These problems can be current, and they can originate in early life experiences and relationships.
Most people 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 may be able to help you access this.
Some 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 half my usual session rate), please contact me by email , contact form , or mobile.