Drug & Alcohol Therapy

Lifetime rates of substance abuse/ dependence have been estimated at over 30% for alcohol and over 10% for other drugs. Across a 12 month period approximately 8.5% of the population have an alcohol use disorder, and 2% have a drug use disorder.

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Understanding vulnerability is incredibly useful. Vulnerability is so often framed as a weakness. However, in reality, it is a fabulous tool that can be used to help you improve your self-esteem, mental health and the depth of your relationships/ friendships. If you’ve...

Did you know that when you experience emotions such as fear, worry, and disappointment, it causes physical tension in your body? Research has found that those who experience a high level of these emotions experience higher levels of physical health symptoms in the neur...

An abundance of research suggests that receiving a massage promotes our psychological health; the benefits are reported to extend across areas of mental health (including cognitive, emotional and social/behavioural). More specifically, massage has been found effective...

This post considers the physical component of drug and alcohol addiction.

With continued use, the body becomes physically dependent upon particular drugs/ alcohol (including many prescription drugs and tobacco) in order to function at what feels like a ‘normal’ level. T...

Research findings suggest poor diet and inadequate physical exercise contribute to the development and course of depression. Further to the recommendation that people should improve both their eating habits and partake in regular exercise in an attempt to both reduce t...

Oftentimes when clients attend a psychologist or counsellor, one of their goals in therapy

is to better manage uncomfortable emotions. Following on from the last blog post, there are various ways of managing emotions. Some are not useful, yet are often used to avoid fee...

Before you can understand effective ways to deal with emotions, you need to understand how you experience emotions. Emotions are experienced as sensations within the body. Our mind and body are intimately connected and are designed to communicate information to each ot...

Depression is recognized as a mental health disorder. It is not merely sadness. Sadness is an emotion that everyone can experience at times, whereas depression involves experiencing hopelessness in relation to oneself, the world and the future. Oftentimes those who suf...

This blog follows from the previous post, titled “Understanding self-esteem”.

As noted previously, your thoughts and feelings are inextricably connected. Therefore, to change how you feel, you must change what you think (remember, we can control what we think!). 

Your th...

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