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If you are willing, you will enjoy a beautiful journey of self-discovery, allowing you to find, accept and love your new healthy self

The first obstacle in the treatment process is accepting that you have a problem which you cannot control and asking for help. The stigma associated with drug and alcohol addiction makes it hard for people to admit and share their problem with friends, family and professionals. Fear is the biggest barrier to successful rehabilitation.

Barriers to acceptance

– “Addicts” are masters of denial and often only accept they need help when they reach breaking point.

– The widespread public stigma associated with substance use disorders (SUDs) and historical harmful stereotyping of “Addicts” leads to:

Delays/refusals to seek help for fear of judgement.

Reluctance to admit and share their problem with friends, family, and professionals. Friends and family members may themselves have little understanding of the disorder and can find themselves stigmatised by association. Family and couple counselling.

– An exacerbation of the feelings of shame, guilt, low self-esteem, and isolation associated with the disorder, negatively impacting their recovery path.
Fear of change

Therapeutic Bond Between Counsellor and Client

Although there are many different types of counselling to choose from, evidence informs us that the most critical and crucial factor in determining a successful client outcome is the therapeutic bond between counsellor and client, “the relationship”.

I have experienced both sides of “the relationship” which has given me empathy and compassion for the challenges my clients are facing.

I love what I do and feel honoured to be able to help my clients overcome and free themselves from addiction.

What treatment methods are used at The Warm?


Unlike many Rehab facilities, the Warm does not focus on one treatment method, such as the 12-step programme of Alcoholics Anonymous. All my clients are treated as individuals. I DO NOT RELY ON CASE STUDIES OR PAINT MY CLIENTS WITH THE SAME BRUSH!!! I find that approach to be unprofessional, unethical, and utterly appalling.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a structured, problem-solving, action-based talking therapy often used to treat many types of addiction and mental health conditions. It aims to proactively address the underlying reasons for the cycle of dysfunctional thought processes by breaking them down into smaller, more manageable parts, and changing the way that you think, behave, and respond to them. Each problem is addressed in turn and destructive, negative thought patterns are challenged to encourage you to view and evaluate your problems in healthier ways.

In addition, CBT deals with current problems as opposed to focusing upon issues from your past. This means that your thought processes and state of mind are constantly being improved and you are equipped with lifelong skills, enabling you to continue enhancing your levels of wellbeing.

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)

ERP is often used together with CBT for treatment of OCD. It involves taking carefully controlled steps where you are slowly and safely exposed to your intrusive thoughts and work towards breaking the accompanying compulsive behaviours.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is based on the principles that underpin CBT, but this form of therapy has been specifically designed to help individuals who are suffering from very intense and often destructive emotions. In DBT, therapy is focused on the individual and how they can learn to understand and accept themselves, to reduce dysfunctional and distressing emotions and return to a healthier way of life.

The four elements of DBT are:

– Radical Acceptance
– Emotional Regulation
– Distress Tolerance
– Interpersonal effectiveness skills

DBT has been found to be particularly effective in treating personality disorders and addictive behaviours, mood disorders, trauma, anger management issues, and can also be used in the treatment of sexual abuse victims. Again, one of the main benefits of DBT is that it equips you with skills for life, allowing healthy, functional, and rational thinking.


Mindfulness is a well-known therapeutic method that encourages you to focus on how you feel in the present moment, whilst accepting and processing any negative feelings or thoughts without becoming overwhelmed by them. Once you have learned and practised the principles of mindfulness as part of your therapy sessions, you will be equipped to process feelings and thoughts in a healthy way in the future.

Mindfulness has been found to be particularly effective in the treatment of anxiety, depression and stress and can be complemented with relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation and breathing exercises.

Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)

Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) is a type of therapy that brings together elements of CBT as well as other psychoanalytic approaches. CAT examines how past life experiences and events may be contributing to current mental health difficulties and encourages individuals to problem solve and develop new ways of coping. CAT sessions are highly collaborative and empathetic, and I will work closely with you to plan coping methods that are the best suited to you as an individual.

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a form of therapy that combines acceptance and mindfulness techniques with commitment and behavioural change techniques. ACT is underpinned by the belief that mental health difficulties are caused by psychological rigidity which prevents individuals from taking the necessary steps to improve their mental wellbeing. As such, ACT encourages you to accept what is out of your control and commit to strategies that promote psychological flexibility to improve mental wellbeing. It has been found to be effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders and depression,

Interpersonal therapy (IPT)

Interpersonal therapy focuses on the impact that our relationships with other people have on our mental health. Interpersonal therapy is based on the belief that mental health concerns can manifest as a result of unhealthy relationships and difficulties in interacting with others. This form of therapy aims to equip you with new and healthier ways of interacting with other people and has been found to be particularly effective in the treatment of anxiety, depression and eating disorders.

Compassion focused therapy (CFT)

Compassion focused therapy (CFT) is a form of therapy that has been specifically designed to treat individuals who are highly self-critical. The aim of CFT is to help you to be kinder and more compassionate towards yourself and is particularly useful for individuals who have experienced abuse. CFT is also effective in the treatment of self-harm, self-esteem issues, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and anger management issues.

Emotion focused therapy (EFT)

Emotion focused therapy (EFT) aims to increase your understanding, expression, regulation, and awareness of your emotions. By teaching you to engage more with your feelings and different emotional states, EFT enables you to become better at using healthy emotions and decrease the negative effects of unhealthy emotions. Again, these sessions are designed to develop skills and coping mechanisms that you can take forward into your day-to-day life.

Person centred therapy (PCT)/humanistic

Person centred therapy (PCT) or humanistic therapy, is based on the premise that individuals have an innate drive to achieve their full potential, but that this can be hindered by mental health challenges and life experiences.

The focus of PCT is for the therapist to develop an insight into your past to help you better understand your own feelings, what makes you happy and to reconnect with your inner resources.

Psychodynamic therapy (PDT)

Psychodynamic counselling is an in-depth form of counselling that aims to address how your past experiences impact on your current thoughts, feelings, behaviours, and relationships. During psychodynamic counselling, you will be encouraged to explore past life events, including events in childhood, in order to generate an understanding of how your past has shaped your current mind-set and the way that you react to and evaluate different circumstances.
This understanding has been found to help individuals to deal with difficult situations more effectively. The psychodynamic approach to therapy has been found to be effective in treating a wide range of problems, but research suggests that it is most effective in response to specific anxiety disorders such as phobias and OCD.

Integrative counselling

Integrative counselling combines elements from several different therapies (e.g., CBT, PDT, PCT). It is based on the principle that because everyone is unique, no single approach to therapy can treat each patient in all situations. Therefore, integrative counselling maybe an appropriate all-encompassing method of therapy for some conditions.

It has been found to be particularly effective in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

Rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT)

Rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT) is based on the idea that our emotions and feelings are influenced by our thought patterns and beliefs. REBT aims to challenge and change dysfunctional thought processes that may be causing negative emotions, by teaching you to develop rational thinking, healthy behaviours, and positive emotional expression, thus empowering you to achieve recovery from your mental health difficulties. Ultimately,
by re-shaping deeply ingrained beliefs and thought patterns, REBT allows you to alleviate psychological distress and is effective in treating a wide range of mental health conditions.

Rational emotive therapy (RET)

Rational Emotive Therapy (RET) brings together key components of psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, humanistic, and integrative therapeutic techniques, with the overall aim of promoting personal growth and change. RET is based on the idea that our mind controls our feelings and therefore will influence our behaviours and actions. Therapy focuses upon challenging destructive thoughts and emotions and developing the idea that rational thinking comes from within and can be achieved despite external stresses.

Solution focused brief therapy (SFBT)

Solution focused therapy is a widely used therapeutic technique based on solution-building as opposed to problem-solving. This form of therapy does touch upon present mental health challenges or the impact of past events on current feelings. Instead, it focuses on your own inner resources and hopes for the future to overcome your mental health problems and achieve your goals.

SFBT has received excellent reviews from world renowned professionals and is highly effective in treating anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, Inattentive Disorder, body dysmorphia and body image problems and addictive behaviours.


Psychoeducational sessions are designed to help you to develop a greater insight into your unique mental health challenges and the impact they are having on your life and loved ones. Focus is given to specific problem areas, including:

– Self-worth and self-esteem
– Anger management
– Trauma
– Relationships and co-dependence
– Addiction

Autonomic Arousal Model Therapy (AAM)

If you are experiencing prolonged or frequent periods of depressive episodes, AAM can be highly effective. You will learn how to recognise the thoughts and feelings attributed to depressive mood, which may be affecting how you feel and behave in your personal relationships. Improving your ability to interact with people, even during extreme mood swings, will often reduce your overall psychological symptoms.

What are the traditional 12 steps of self-help support groups?

🔵 We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction; that our lives had become unmanageable.

🔵 We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

🔵 We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

🔵 We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

🔵 We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

🔵 We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

🔵 We humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

🔵 We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.

🔵 We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

🔵 We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

🔵 We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

🔵 Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts and to practice these principles in all our affairs.