Experienced Addiction Therapist in Brighton and Hove and London SW11
I have many years experience as a therapist in private practice and have also worked for organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors. If you, or a family member, are struggling with an addiction to drugs, alcohol, sex, love, shopping, social media, internet, gambling or food then I can help. I have helped lots of people in their journey to recovery.
Addiction is a cunning psychological issue and recovery requires us to get a perspective on ourselves and to explore often associated areas like anxiety, depression, stress, loss, relationship difficulties, intimacy and codependency. It is also important to understand the nature of addiction and the seemingly never ending desire to change or avoid reality. Therefore sessions with me will focus on both self-awareness as well as getting a thorough understanding of the problem and how it affects the life of the individual as well as families and friends. In my experience there are no ‘silver bullet’ remedies or ‘quick fixes’ to addictive behaviour patterns but if there is a desire and commitment to change it is very achievable.
I integrate various cognitive behavioural and humanistic approaches and I have extensive experience with the 12 step model of recovery. If you are in the Brighton and Hove or London 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.
An addiction is a behaviour that is difficult or seemingly 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.
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 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.
I passionately believe that it is possible to overcome addiction and I have been a part of the recovery journey of countless individuals in my time as a therapist. If you, or someone close to you, is struggling to cope and feel that change is required please email, text or call and I will get back to you as soon as possible.