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Addictions & Unhelpful Habits

If you’re finding it tough to cope with addiction, you’re not on your own. We understand how complex and daunting it can feel. Our practice offers a compassionate space where your story is acknowledged and valued. We’re here to support you in navigating through these challenges, helping you find your way back to joy and control in your life.

Recognising the signs

Recognising the signs of unhelpful behaviours linked to addiction is crucial in taking steps towards change. Below are some symptoms and feelings you might notice, which could indicate that it’s time to seek support:

  • Persisting in the behaviour despite clear negative consequences.
  • Experiencing a lack of control over the frequency or intensity of the behaviour.
  • Devoting significant time to engaging in or recovering from the behaviour.
  • Feeling powerful urges or cravings.
  • Experiencing withdrawal-like symptoms when attempting to stop.
  • Reducing or giving up important social, occupational, or recreational activities.
  • Feeling isolated, anxious, or depressed as a result of continued behaviour.

Overcoming addiction or unhelpful behaviours is a journey that involves understanding yourself and the choices you make. We offer a variety of therapeutic approaches to help you navigate this path. Together, we will explore these options and find the one that best supports your individual needs.

Overview of therapies

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): This therapy helps you identify and modify the thought patterns and behaviours that contribute to your addiction or unhelpful habits. By addressing these underlying issues, you can manage triggers more effectively and reduce the likelihood of relapse.
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI): Focused on enhancing your own motivation to change, this approach helps you resolve uncertainty towards your recovery and empowers you to commit to positive life changes.
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT): DBT is useful for managing intense emotions and reducing behaviours that you find harmful or distressing. It teaches skills in mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.
  • Narrative Therapy: This approach focusses on your personal stories to help you see yourself in a more resourceful way, identifying and using your unique strengths to address the problems that arise from addiction.
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): ACT helps you to engage in positive behaviour changes through acceptance of what is out of your personal control and commitment to action that enriches your life.

We understand that each person’s experience with addiction is unique. During our initial discussions, we’ll take the time to get to know you and understand your particular circumstances. This understanding will guide us in recommending the most appropriate therapeutic strategies for you.

What’s next?

Booking a session could be the first step towards the change you’ve been considering. It’s straightforward, with no obligation, and is an opportunity to discuss your situation in a supportive environment. Our team of qualified practitioners is here to listen and work with you towards overcoming your addiction. Take your time, think about what’s best for you, and when you’re ready, we’re here to help. If you’re ready to get started, book your appointment now and let’s talk about your path to recovery.