Addiction Counselling in Woodley and Reading

I have worked within addiction services for over ten years and have completed an MSc in Addiction Psychology and Counselling. More recently I have worked within a rehabilitation centre and continue to work with addiction issues in my private practice in Woodley.

If you live near Reading, are struggling with addiction, and would like to talk, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I work with clients dealing with alcohol and drug addiction, as well as gambling, internet, and porn addictions, and other addictive tendencies and behaviors.

Alcohol, drugs, gambling, and porn addiction therapy in Woodley

The word addiction can often be seen as a label to judge people already struggling with how they see themselves. Ultimately it just means that a person is finding it difficult to stop or reduce behaviour which is causing them trouble, which they seem unable to reduce or stop.

These behaviours may be around alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, the internet, pornography, spending, or any pattern of behaviour over which a person feels they lack control. Understanding how these patterns have come to be so strong, the thoughts and emotions that surround the patterns and how this impacts a person’s view of themselves, are all important in helping someone change their behaviours. This helps release people from the shame that can be so debilitating.

Compassionate, honest addiction counselling

Shame and judgment are often very powerful for people who struggle with behaviours that they feel unable to change. I believe therefore that a compassionate, honest environment that seeks understanding and a shared sense of working issues through helps people the most.

Addictions can take many forms, from the internet to porn, drugs, and alcohol. If you would like to talk to an experienced, accredited addiction therapist in the Woodley and Reading area, you can use my online contact form or give me a call.

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