I am a qualified and experienced counsellor who alongside general counselling and therapy, specialises in treatment for and recovery from addiction, I am also a front-line drug and alcohol counsellor spending part of my time working within a residential rehabilitation clinic.
I am an effective therapist and counsellor for help with anxiety, depression, stress, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, social anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, compulsive and obsessive behaviours, life transitions, relationship issues and co-dependency.
Substance addiction and addictive behaviours, include; alcoholism, drugs, (illegal and prescription) gambling, work, relationships, exercise, sex, pornography, social media, OCD, gaming, shopping, food and eating, the list could go on, whatever it is you do more of than you would like to be doing and is causing you distress or problems in your life, I can offer help.
Through my own recovery journey and personal life challenges I became involved in healing and recovery communities and set out on a path that would ultimately change my life in ways that I could not have believed possible. Through finding the right healing relationships, the right support and accepting the help on offer, I changed, and changed for the better, and so today, I am working to help others find recovery for themselves.
Addiction counselling is about treating the mind, body, and spirit. It is a holistic approach that can be directional, challenging, and instructive, but can equally be empathic, relational, and compassionate. Firstly, I help my clients to properly understand and then hopefully accept their illness, before moving on to the effective treatment that is available to them. Then, if they have a genuine desire to be free, and can be open, honest, and willing to recover, there is a solution.
Addiction does not only affect the addict, it affects everyone close to them and family support and guidance can be an important part of the process. Along with ongoing support and guidance for the client, there is considerable recovery support available within the community if you know where to find it, and ongoing and aftercare services can be designed to meet the individual client's needs.
There is a solution. You can be free of your addiction, you can live a happy, joyous, and free life, you do not have to live this way anymore, there is a proven and tested way out.
Keywords : generalised anxiety disorder, feeling sad, family issues, couples counselling, trauma, affairs and betrayals, cognitive behavioural therapy, CBT, bipolar disorder, separation and divorce, adhd, sexual abuse, person-centred therapy, loneliness, emotional abuse, suicidal thoughts, post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd), anger management, obsessive compulsive disorder (ocd), emdr, integrative, work-related stress, eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, psychoanalytical and psychodynamic, alcoholism, sex problems, abuse, binge-eating disorder, health anxiety, autism, addiction(s), self-harm, asperger's syndrome, sexuality, attachment disorder, drug addiction, gambling, sex addiction, hoarding, gambling, smoking.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications: Level 4, 3 & 2 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
My own personal recovery, and I am a BACP member.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Substance addiction and addictive behaviours include alcohol, drugs (illegal and prescription), gambling, work, relationships, exercise, sex, pornography, social media, OCD, gaming, shopping, food and eating, the list could go on. Whatever it is you do more of than you would like to be doing, and is causing you distress or problems in your life, I can offer help.
What to expect
Firstly, you can expect a warm and friendly approach, I will seek to understand what it is that you hope to achieve from counselling and we will work together to have the best chance of achieving that. Therapy is a healing process that requires work by both the client and counsellor, but I know through experience that when these relationships work well, healing takes place and positive change is born, clients are empowered and lives are changed for the better.
Please message or call me and I will arrange a free initial consultation at your convenience, we'll informally chat and if I feel I can help you, I will offer you a course of sessions. I will not ask you to decide there and then, you will be free to go away and think about it if you wish.