I am internationally renowned in the field of substance dependence states and it is my professional experience that without a compassionate approach to addiction, we are in danger of compounding the stigma and shame associated with this illness.
“It is impossible to understand addiction without asking what relief the person finds, or hopes to find, in the drug or the addictive behaviour.”
As someone who has been in recovery for many years, I believe passionately in a person-centred approach to helping those suffering from an addiction, where their individual needs are recognised in the context of a persuasive and supportive relationship.
A key challenge in working with clients in this field is helping them to resolve their ambivalence and fears around change and to promote hope and belief in their ability to achieve their treatment goals. Essential in achieving this is developing a trusting therapeutic alliance through working in a supportive, empathic, and non‑judgmental manner that takes into account the discrimination, too often associated with substance misuse.