The path leading to addiction can take many forms. It might be a behaviour you once managed for a long time, but now quite suddenly you cannot, or it may have crept up on you, finding yourself slowly having to take more or a substance, or engage more in an activity that originally made you feel better. And as that need has became stronger, and more harmful, you have found yourself becoming dependent, planning your life around this activity, ultimately it may have tipped into addiction and you find yourself unable to stop. Therapy can help at any of these stages.
Addictions can often evolve from underlying, unresolved issues. This can either be crippling low self-esteem, a constant barrage of internal negative voices, or perhaps a traumatic experience from which you cannot seem to escape.
Working through these issues in a structured way can help you stay in recovery, and can also help you work on yourself at a deeper level. This work may or may not be in conjunction with either the 12-step model or other support groups. However it is important to understand there is a reason why people become addicted, it does not happen in a vacuum, and it is important to accept and recognise it serves a function, provides relief and may be your only way of coping with your life as it stands.
The process of therapy is to provide a safe, non-judgemental space in which we can help you identify your own strengths and inner resilience and help you develop a strategy in place to move forward to a more balanced, happier life. It focuses both past successes as well as failures, exploring and analysing the times when you were able to escape our addiction as much as the time when you couldn't.
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I am a registered therapist with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, hold a Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling,
as well as Diplomas in both CBT and Relationship Therapy.
Whatever issue you present with, I believe anyone can benefit from having a time and space where you can be listened to with compassion, in confidence and without judgement.
I have a professional, welcoming space, in the centre of Bournemouth where you can talk freely without fear of being judged or misunderstood.