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Addictions Specialist

About me

Only you alone can do it but you can't do it alone...

Addiction is a complex condition.  People use behaviours or substances in an effort to escape the discomfort of their emotions.  My area of expertise and speciality lies in working towards recovery and abstinence with regard to this.

I work collaboratively, primarily using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and work in group settings and with individuals in private practice.

Having worked in this challenging field for over 20 years and successfully counselled many people into recovery, I believe that individuals have the inner resources to overcome their addictions and dependencies.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a diploma in therapeutic counselling and a post-grad certificate in addiction counselling.

I have over 20 years' experience of seeing individual clients and facilitating groups with a local drug and alcohol counselling agency and have trained many new staff and volunteer counsellors.

On a personal note, after 15 years of active addiction I decided I had enough and sought help.

This came in the form of an intensive six-month rehab that I found extremely challenging and at times I wanted to leave. However, at these times of fear and doubt I dug deep and found resilience and strength that I thought I never had.

I'm now 24 years clean and sober and consider my main strength as working with a deep passion and belief in delivering my service as an addictions counsellor, group facilitator and trainer.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Fees

£65.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

My fees are on a sliding scale: £65 - £45 per session.

When I work

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I offer evening and weekend appointments.

Further information

There is ample free parking nearby.

Heston, Middlesex, TW5

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Groups
Employee Assistance Programme