Addiction is defined as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you. Addiction is mostly associated with gambling, drugs, alcohol and smoking; however, it is possible to be addicted to just about anything, including: ·         work – some people are obsessed with their work to the extent that they become physically…

Automatic thoughts are mental functions that occur without conscious judgment, deeply affecting our actions and emotions. These thoughts, which occur depending on the events in the environment, originate from our more stable beliefs and schemas. These thoughts are considered by the person to be true. Negative automatic thoughts that lead to dysfunctional and unresolved moods…

An area of specialism within my practice is substance abuse counselling. I have put together a brief outline in relation to habit vs. addiction. Drug addiction can be viewed as a transition from voluntary, recreational drug use to compulsive drug-seeking habits, neutrally underpinned by a transition from prefrontal cortical to striatal control over drug seeking…

More and more people seem to be burdened with some sort of mental illness or condition.  The medical industry, where much of the psychotherapy is conducted, seems hooked on palliative ‘solutions’ such as medication and curtailed programs of manualized ‘sausage-machine’-style psychotherapy which assume that every patient is the average patient.  There’s no time to actually…

Difference between a Holistic Counsellor and a Counsellor   The word holistic means reaching a state of wellbeing within the mind, body and spirit. In holistic counselling , clients get to experience transpersonal therapy. This is a form of therapy that goes beyond the mind. Not only are psychological methodologies applied to help the client…