Addiction

From Addiction to Recovery, isolation to connection.

Recovery takes specific Knowledge, Insight, Commitment and consistent Effort; it’s a process, not an event. That is to say, any relapse, back sliding or returning to what was, can occur. It happens when someone is not actively and consistently applying this Knowledge, Insight, Commitment and Effort into their recovery on an ongoing basis. Like driving a car, recovery for many gets easier but even when practiced for years, the person in recovery needs to be aware of the dangers and behave in a way that keeps them safe.  Addiction, like driving a car recklessly can be fatal for the addict and others.

Some people may feel that they have no choice around addictions but this is not true because they have; they do however need to apply Knowledge, Insight, Commitment and Effort to connect with that choice and the ability to carry it out consistently.

The motivation to change can be a confusing aspect of addiction and recovery for many people because they can hold both awareness and a desire to stop at the same time as a compulsion to continue. This can often be a feature of addiction and is referred to as ambivalence. This is further confirmation that an addiction is present.  Some people have lost the ability to see clearly and consistently the damage that their addiction is doing and therefore minimise or deny the reality; once again, this is addiction. Denial and its many forms will keep the addict stationary and those around them confused, frustrated and affected.

The elevator of addiction stops at many floors and people don’t have to go down to the bottom to get off; however, if they do get off, recovery is still possible. Loss in an addiction comes in many forms and can be emotional, material, relational, psychological, health and reputation – any number of and sometimes all of these things can be repaired in recovery.

 

Addiction

         

Addiction is less about giving something up but more about gaining something, such as a more meaningful, authentic and connected life. Addiction takes things away whereas recovery gives them back. This could include self-esteem, love for and from self and others, meaning, passion, ability to deal with life’s challenges, healing, and hope.

 

The Knowledge, Insight, Commitment and Effort mentioned throughout this article are best acquired and understood from and with others. These others might be a support group and/or a counsellor. Commitment and Effort can often relate to and be increased, by hope and a shift in belief – the belief that one can overcome an addiction. Once gain this can be found in connection with others.  In some ways the journey from addiction to recovery is the journey from isolation to connection.

For help with addiction, addictions counselling and therapy see specialist addiction recovery website.

 

English online therapy and counselling

English online therapy and counselling is something Andrew Harvey, counsellor, has been doing for many years. You may be living abroad and as such need access to a qualified and experienced counsellor / therapist whom speaks your language. Many clients find online therapy extremely helpful when living or traveling abroad.

Andrew works with clients from all over the world via a secure online platform that is easy to access and technically stable, confidential and suitable for online counselling and therapy.  Andrew is prepared to be flexible in terms of times, number of sessions and ways of working, many clients feels this makes accessing therapy more convenient and productive.

Payment can be made via bank transfer  or  PayPal.  The fee is £50 (uk pounds) per session.

A good way forward is a Free initial 15 minutes online consolation, you can ask any questions you may have and then decide if online therapy is for you.  You can contact Andrew here.

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 A past clients experience of working with Andrew for english online therapy. 

“Andrew is a wonderful, caring counsellor who has become a trusted professional helping me with my anger issues.  Andrew is prompt, courteous, and respectful of your time, and is never late for a session and has never cancelled.  I had my doubts about therapy via Skype, but living in a country where they didn’t speak English and the availability of mental health services very low I decided to give it a shot, and am I ever glad I did!  I am happier, healthier, and more able to tackle the challenges in my life thanks to Andrew and owe him my sincerest thanks for everything.” 

Confidential Counselling Notice – Our Privacy Notice

Counselling Services Nottingham Ltd Privacy Notice. Confidential Counselling Notice. 

About this Privacy Notice.

Counselling Services Nottingham (CSN) (referred to below as CSN and / or The Service) is committed to complying with the terms of the General Data Protection Regulation made on 27 April 2016, and to the responsible and secure use of your personal data. Providing Confidential counselling  and privacy is a core part of what we do, we provide confidential counselling services. CSN  has a legitimate interest in processing personal data to provide counselling and other related services. This notice sets out  what personal information CSN collects and holds, why we collect this data, how long it is kept and your rights over your personal data. CSN is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

 

  1. Information about you

We collect personal information from you when you enquire about our services and then during the delivery of our services.  We may collect and store  information including your contact details, details of others associated with the provision of our services and you, payment and invoicing details,  your availability and other relevant personal information. Given the nature of service some of the information we hold may be of a personal and private nature, for example details of health conditions you may have, events in your life and or other personal historical and current information you share in counselling and with the service.  Once a client ends counselling, all data regarding their counselling is stored securely for 5 years and then destroyed. Your information is only shared within the service with those who need to know that piece of  information. Most of the information held is only accessible to the Counsellor you see.

We may store personal data of those whom engage in other services from us, this is information might include contact details and other relevant details as outlined above, when appropriate. Other services include Group Therapy, Consultancy and / or Training.

  1. How we use your information?

Your personal information will be used only to provide you with our services and to give you information relating to our services. We will not share your personal details with any other person or organisation without your knowledge and permission unless we need to meet our legal and / or safeguarding obligations. These obligations may require us to disclose your information in order to safeguard you or others, details available on request.

 

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 3. How do we take care of your information?

We will take all reasonable precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of information you share with CSN. These precautions include using professional clinical cloud-based notes software.

Communications in connection with our services may happen via e-mail, online, text, telephone or letter. For ease of use and compatibility, email communications are not sent in an encrypted form unless you require it and give us permission to communicate with you in that way. The aforementioned forms of communication are not fully secure and / or confidential. Whilst we endeavour to keep our systems and communications protected against potential confidentiality breaches , we cannot bear responsibility for all communications being confidential.  Please be assured we take all reasonable precautions when communicating with you and your communication with us.

 

  1. What are your rights with regards to the information we hold about you?

You have the right to ask for a copy of your personal information, free of charge, in an electronic or paper format. You also have the right to CSN to amend or change any incorrect information about you. You have the right to ask CSN to erase any information that the service retains about you. This includes your personal information that is no longer relevant to original purposes, or if you wish to withdraw consent. In all cases and when considering such requests, these rights are obligatory unless it’s information that there is a  legal obligation to retain.

 

  1. Concerns or requests

For the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2018, the data “controller” is Andrew Harvey, Director, CSN.

If you have any questions, concerns or would like clarification on any of the above or other concerns relating to confidentiality, confidential counselling, data storage or privacy please do contact Andrew Harvey the companies data controller.

CSN ltd, 240 Porchester Rd, Nottingham, NG3 6HE. t.07802 767462 e info@CounsellingServicesNottingham.co.uk

Director Andrew Harvey, MBACP, FD (Open) , Fdap.

 

Counselling Services Nottingham (CSN), Also Trading as Addictionscounselling.net, Andrew Harvey and Addictions Counselling Nottingham. 

OCD Client Information Resource.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Client Information Resource

Download CSN Resource PDF OCD

Online …

OCD UK
A charity run by people who have lived experience of the condition. One of the largest and best sources of
information on OCD online. It has a free downloadable informative booklet that is helpful to those
who experience OCD and those wanting to support them, available here
Download PDF OCD UK information booklet
OCD UK Website

 

Intrusive Thoughts. Org (and more)
A USA based site that explores OCD with quality information including Intrusive
Thoughts and Body Dysmorphic Disorder related content. The site is rich in information and video
and has a “community” ethos. One of the better sites in terms of information, the site itself and the
breadth and depth of meaningful content.
Intrusivethoughts.org Website

 

Mind 
A UK based charity, MIND has a wealth of information on their website. The site offers an overview of many key topics with
links to more detailed information and specialist support and websites. The Guides on MIND’S
website can be downloaded as PDF’s for printing or sharing with others.

Download PDF Understanding OCD

 

Royal College of Psychiatrists 
OCD from a psychiatric perspective with a focus on medication alongside other information. The site
appears to only offer a brief overview and draws heavily from “Evidenced-based treatments”. For a
brief overview of the condition, this site could be helpful for some.
Royal College of Psychiatrists – On OCD

 

 

Books …

Break OCD Free from OCD: Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with CBT

by Fiona Challacombe, Victoria Bream Oldfield and Paul M. Salkovskis, published by
Vermilion. Self Help CBT guide that some clients find helpful. This book is sometimes
available from Library.
ISBN: 9780091939694 Format: Paperback Publication date: 1 September 2011 304
pages. Other formats: Ebook (9781446491843)

 

 

OCDOvercoming Obsessive Thoughts: How to Gain Control of Your OCD
By Christine Purdon, Published by New Harbringer Publications.
The book has a focus on helping the reader understand the true nature of distressing
thoughts and disconnect from the distress and power the thoughts sometimes have.
Useful exercises and self-care strategies. A useful and meaningful book.
ISBN-139781572243811 Publication date1 Jan 2005 Pages160.

 

if you are looking for counselling or therapy in relation to struggling with OCD please do make contact.

Andrew Harvey Counsellor

Andrew Harvey Counsellor

This post is about how Andrew Harvey Counsellor works, and what types of therapy clients can expect, for more detailed explanations of the types of therapy see this information here. 

Andrew identifies as a Pluralistic Counsellor

“Pluralism is a way of thinking about therapy that has emerged in recent years. It is based on the assumption that no one therapeutic approach has the monopoly on understanding the causes of distress or on the most helpful therapeutic responses. Instead, it suggests that different clients are likely to want — and benefit from — different things in therapy. Hence, it suggests that therapists should be open to respecting understandings and practices from across the counselling and psychotherapy spectrum” www.pluralistictherapy.com  .

Andrew’s training has included a number of therapy methods and types of therapy. In collaboration with clients he finds the best way to respond to their needs.

Andrew Harvey Counsellor

Andrew’s training includes a number of different modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, Third wave cognitive behavioural therapy, Acceptance and commitment therapy, Person-centred therapy,  Counselling, interpersonal therapy, Behavioural therapy, Gestalt therapy, Solution-focused therapy and Psychodynamic therapy.

Pluralistic counselling can help clients with lots of different challenges and issues including addiction, anxiety, relationship issues, panic, depression, feeling sad, addiction, bereavement, mental health issues, sexual abuse, low self-confidence, low self-esteem, stress, anger, trauma, self-harm, attachment disorders, life challenges and emotional issues.

If you are interested in finding out more, please do make contact.