Substance Abuse & Addictions
Contrary to many assumptions, addiction affects people from all walks of life. Although addiction is often associated with other mental health challenges like depression or anxiety, these difficulties are often secondary to substance use (including alcohol abuse and both legal and illegal drug abuse), and most certainly aggravated by it. Substance use disorders are often poorly understood by health care professionals in general, and interventions can thus be unhelpful. Successful interventions on the other hand can yield dramatic and holistic improvement in wellbeing and general functioning.
I have worked as a psychologist in numerous addiction treatment settings I am comfortable combining 12 step approaches to treatment with contemporary mainstream models.