Professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:
- BSc (Hons) 1st Class, Addictions Counselling
- Accredited Member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP)
My professional experience:
I have worked in the field of substance misuse since 2012,and am experienced in working with people from a variety of backgrounds seeking to find freedom from issues relating to substance or behavioural addictions. I work with people over differing lengths of time.
This ranges from short interventions aimed at helping individuals find coping skills and resources to address the addiction itself, to longer term work which goes beyond this to help understand, address and resolve the issues that lie beneath the substance use or unhealthy behaviour.
My personal statement:
My aim is to form a relationship with my clients which allows me to understand the role and impact of the presenting issues in their lives.
I operate from a position of compassionate enquiry, exploring the addiction, the purposes it may be serving and the needs it may be meeting in a non-judgemental manner.
I draw on a number of evidence based approaches to addiction treatment (e.g. CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Mutual Aid facilitation, Relapse Prevention) to find a way of working which is the best fit for the client in question. This allows me to help them identify coping skills that will support them in their chosen goals.
I have a proven track record of effective working with people with alcohol, drug and behavioural addictions (e.g. sex, gambling, work, technology) of a wide range of ages and backgrounds.
I am a keen traveller, and enjoy a range of hobbies such as film, cooking and nature.