Addictions | Unhealthy Habits
Effective – Practical & Research-Based
At the root of all addiction is pain ~ Ancient Wisdom
Addictions are an epidemic in Australia
The truth is we cannot escape knowing someone who has been affected by addiction. People often engage in addictive behaviors such as drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex, eating, shopping, internet addictions, etc., to avoid difficult thoughts and emotions that seem to be intolerable. Addictive behaviors may also serve to help prolong or maintain pleasant feelings that we want to hold on to.
Unfortunately, painful experiences are a part of life and pleasant feelings are fleeting as well…these are unavoidable aspects of being human. When we try to escape or deny this reality by engaging in addictive behaviors, we create more distress and suffering in our lives. When this approach provides only short-term relief in exchange for long-term problems, it is essential to realize that the solution becomes self-defeating.
Treatment for Addictions
If you find yourself or someone you love struggling with the following issues, let’s work together to find more skillful ways of coping:
- Drug and alcohol use
- Excessive gambling
- Compulsive impulses and behaviors related to sex
- Bingeing and/or purging on food
- Excessive internet addictions
- Being a workaholic
- Self-defeating behaviors that always seem to undermine your growth and success
- Issues of shame, guilt and a chronic sense of unworthiness
Through psychotherapy and hypnosis you can begin to truly address the unhealthy habits and addictions. We will uncover the environmental factors that play a role in your habits and addictions to begin reversing your ways of behaving, thinking, and dealing with your emotions that no longer serve you well.
At Positive help Therapy I use psychotherapy to help you better understand your habits & addictions, and using hypnosis I can help you deal with them at a deeper level so that you can live with more freedom and calm. Just imagine how wonderful it will feel, knowing that you have left those old, destructive behaviours behind you once and for all.
I am always open about my thought process and the approaches I use because I consider the work to be collaboration.
Here are some of the issues I work with:
- Emerging from depression
- Becoming less anxious, more relaxed, more confident
- Healing traumatic memories that may be inhibiting or upsetting you in the present
- Improving your relationship with yourself
- Improving your relationship with others
- Taming a harsh inner critic
- Mastering panic attacks
- Overcoming phobias
- Grieving in a healthy way
- And many other issues as well
Regardless of the issues, my overall goal is to provide a place that is welcoming and confidential where you can engage with a skilled psychotherapist to create positive changes in your life.
My Unique Approaches
I don’t confine myself to any single theoretical orientation. I utilize a variety of approaches always favouring brief solution focused (BSF) methods
My practice is influenced by Positive psychology, Human Givens psychology, Internal Family Systems, Focusing, Emotional Intelligence, Positive NeuroPlasticity Therapies and Hypnosis.
It's All About You
I may have a favorite theory or therapeutic technique that I tend to use more often or fall back on, but I am always willing to and often use all that are available to me.
After all, the key here is to help you as quickly and as effectively as possible ~ Not to pigeon-hole you into some set way of looking at all people, whether it works for you or not.
Contact me if you could benefit from a therapist who will work with you to find the solutions that YOU want, efficiently and effectively.