My work combines 8 main approaches:
- Behavioural Activation
- Self-Determination Theory
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- ITEP Mapping
- Brief Intervention
- Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention
- Appreciative Inquiry
The vast majority of my clients are frustrated with their inability to change unwanted habits despite repeatedly resolving to do so. They feel that their thoughts and behaviours have gone on autopilot and that a more moderate, personal-development approach would be more suited to their needs than addiction treatment or abstinence.
Whilst physical dependency, dual-diagnoses and highly entrenched behaviours often require clinical intervention, the tools required to change day-to-day habits can lie entirely in our own hands. Despite this, we often look outside of ourselves when we’ve once again ‘hit rock bottom’, investing rashly in a new craze or guru.
I aim to guide my clients to look inwards instead, and develop lasting insight into what is holding them back. The intention of my work is to equip clients with the personal insight and clarity they require to action any plan of their choosing.
Something that many addictions therapists have in common is that they rarely focus on the substance itself, because they know that the concepts used to illicit motivation apply to almost all habit-change. I am confident that the same therapeutic approaches used with people in active addiction can be used even more effectively with those who wish to gain preemptive insight into habits that they fear may become more problematic in the future.