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…

Working with teenagers, I often have parents who are concerned about their teenager using marijuana or alcohol.  Besides the concern that their teenager may be using drugs or alcohol, they are concerned about their teenager becoming addicted.  Besides marijuana and alcohol, parents are concerned about methamphetamines and heroin.  Currently there is an epidemic of  teenagers…

Purchase: Emotional Wound First Aid Kit If you answered YES to more than one of these questions, there is reason to suspect that an emotional injury, wound or pain is present in your life. I often suppress my feelings. I choose to keep hurtful events a secret. I hold anger or resentment. I have trouble trusting…