Addictions/Substance/Drug abuse counselling
Somerset West, Strand, Gordons Bay, Stellenbosch
Life is about the choices we make : We make choices and then our choices make us : Say No to crazy and Yes to Life !
What classifies as addiction?
Addictive behaviour is be an umbrella term for many different problems ranging from relationship addiction (where you are unable to free yourself from a relationship which disempowers and/or overwhelms you), to anorexia and bulimia, substance abuse (alcohol and drug abuse) gambling or pornography.
My view on treatment
Your life might look good from the outside but you know the opposite is true. All forms of addiction share a common pattern: there is always a self that is attempting to escape from life’s hardships and anxieties. Are you or a loved one suffering from addiction?
If you feel that an addiction is crippling you, taking precedence over everything else, make the choice for change now! Choose to live a purpose-driven, satisfying life. You have the power and can make the right choices now!
- People close to you have expressed concern
- You feel powerless to say “no” but deep down you desire change
- You are petrified of change because it means giving up the “comfort zone” addiction provides – a way of escaping life’s problems
- You have difficulty opening up to others, and are becoming increasingly isolated
- You experience deep sadness and depression, often coupled with fear, shame and guilt
If you are suffering from addiction or are concerned for the well-being of a loved one, please do not hesitate to contact me. I promise to offer uncompromising compassion, support and guidance, and will do my utmost to help you develop new perspectives and a richer, more fulfilling life.
I can help you! I have helped many individuals confront the true nature of their addiction and establish healthy behaviour and coping strategies. Through counselling committed to you, I focus on helping you face the causes of addiction head-on.
If you are suffering from an addiction or are concerned for the well-being of a loved one, please do not hesitate to contact me.
“I am so thankful to be alive and was indeed lucky to have had Joan as my psychological counsellor. Having been lost in anorexia’s black hole of nothingness, Joan never gave up on me, her commitment to my journey will always be treasured by myself and my family”.
“Joan’s appreciation of life and all things beautiful convinced me that I too can live without ongoing chaos caused by alcohol controlling my life. The journey to let go was hard with many setbacks. Joan’s ongoing commitment to my journey is what pulled me through. I can stand back in appreciation and look how far I have come, knowing I will never ever go back to where I was.”
“I am so grateful I took my daughter to see Joan when I did. Joan has a very unusual way of working with young people. She connects with them at a very deep level and gain their trust right at the start. After only one session with Joan I could see the difference in my child. She was smiling again after a very long time! “
“Four years after I lost my first wife I decided to remarry. It was hard for my children aged 10 and 12 to accept some-one new. Always sensitive to our difficulties, Joan assisted us individually and together to build and strengthen family ties. She supported us in the healing process and enabled us all to move forward.”
“By treating me not as a patient, but as a person – as a friend – Joan gained my trust, and I valued what she had to say. She showed me ways of getting back in touch with myself. Ways of getting to know myself again. I now have plans for my life. I have dreams and ambitions and I feel I have potential”
“We experienced relationship problems, causing our marriage to suffer. We contracted with Joan for a few sessions. Joan has a heart for people and a passion for what she is doing. Her friendly, yet professional manner of dealing with people is something which comes very naturally for her, something which immediately made us very comfortable with her and really impressed us. It was a pleasure for us to work alongside Joan.”