I offer a free initial consultation for you to find a way forward...
Due to the pandemic I am mainly working online (FaceTime, Zoom etc...) or on the phone. Working this way has proven to be very effective. I also provide a limited number of face to face appointments at comfortable, roomy and clean consulting rooms in Hove. I offer a free initial 30 minute consultation on the phone so please call, text or email to arrange a day and time that is convenient.
I have considerable experience of working with addictions to drugs, alcohol, sex, porn, shopping, social media, or gambling. I understand the struggle that you might be having with trying to stop or control something that is starting to get out of hand. Addiction does not discriminate and can affect anyone from any walk of life and the behaviour often makes no sense to the addicted person let alone their loved ones.
Therapy with me will start with what brought you to seek help in the first place. We will look at your current circumstances, your beliefs, attitudes and behaviours and what might need to change in order to achieve the outcomes you would like. The process of the work that we do will often highlight what has driven your desire to change the way you feel with drugs, alcohol or any other addiction. An awareness of what has driven your behaviour will provide an opportunity to understand it in the context of your whole life, and to explore what needs to change in order to get the outcomes you would like from therapy.
I am experienced with working with issues like anxiety, social anxiety, depression, stress, loss, relationship difficulties, intimacy, and codependency. In my experience these, and other issues, underlie addiction and it is usually necessary to explore them in order to achieve lasting change. I have experience of working for organisations in the public and private sector as well as having a private practice.Over the years I have helped countless individuals to achieve real change in their lives.
If you are struggling please email, text or call and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I work from comfortable consulting rooms in Hove and all appointments are confidential in accordance with BACP professional standards.
WHAT IS ADDICTION?
There are no ‘quick fixes’ when trying to change addictive behaviour patterns, but if there is a commitment to do so, change it is very achievable. It really is possible to be a better version of yourself.
Addiction can be described as any behaviour that seems difficult or almost impossible to control, one that is difficult to moderate or stop, and that often leads to difficulties for the addicted person as well as those that are close to them. To overcome addictive behaviour and to achieve real change it is necessary to get an understanding of the 'big picture' and the issues, current or past, that underlie and drive the behaviour.
Up to date theories suggest that addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological and social manifestations. This is reflected in an individual obsessively and compulsively pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.
Addiction is characterised by an inability to consistently abstain, little or no behavioural control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problem behaviours and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic conditions, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.