Experienced addiction counsellor based in Brighton and Hove
I am an addictions therapist working in Brighton and Hove. I have experience of private practice and have worked as a therapist for organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
If you are struggling with any kind of addiction including (but not limited to) drugs and alcohol, sex, love, shopping, internet/social media, gambling and food then I might be able to help. I also work with often associated areas like anxiety, social anxiety, depression, stress, loss, relationship difficulties, intimacy and codependency.
I practice a therapeutic style that integrates various cognitive behavioural and humanistic approaches and I also have extensive experience with the 12 step model of recovery. If you are in the Brighton and Hove area and would like to talk about an addiction problem or related issue please make contact, it might be one of the best decisions you have made in a long time.
Put simply an addiction is a behaviour that is difficult or seemingly impossible to control, one that it 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.
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 characterized by 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.
I passionately believe that it is possible to overcome addictive behaviour patterns and have been a part of the recovery journeys of countless individuals in the time I have been involved in working with others. There are no ‘silver bullet’ ways of recovering, it tends to be a process that requires commitment. I am highly experienced in walking others through this process and if you are committed there are solutions.
If you, or someone close to you, is struggling to cope please email or call and I will get back to you as soon as possible.