Specialist in Addictions

Life may be chaotic, but it doesn’t have to be unmanageable.

Individuals are not born addicts or alcoholics – they become them due to a variety of factors. The inability to control the use of alcohol,  drugs or behaviours, despite negative consequences, is potentially fatal.  Starting to stop is hard and the process of recovery takes time and is emotionally challenging. It is possible with the right help and worth the effort because you are worth it.

Addiction counselling helps to resolve immediate difficulties that are adversely impacting daily living. Addiction therapy is a more in-depth process that addresses underlying causes  to promote long-term recovery.  A specialist in addiction therapy helps you gain self-awareness and understanding of the root causes behind  the addictive behaviour, so you can begin a process of personal growth and development . Addictive behaviour is a maladaptive  coping mechanism that negatively impacts all aspects of a person’s life.   Therapy can hep you challenge deeply held-beliefs about self and others that are damaging relationships, most importantly, the one you have with yourself. The insanity of addiction is doing the same thing over and over, hoping for a different outcome.

“Nothing changes if nothing changes.”

My name is Kathleen Kelly and I am a qualified addiction therapist and counsellor. I help individuals struggling with alcohol, drug, food and behavioural addictions. I also work with adult children of alcoholics, developmental trauma, co-dependency, and relapse prevention.  I have an MSc in Addiction Psychology and Counselling from a London university,  and trained at The Priory in London, and The Meadows in Arizona, working with  Pia Mellody’s PIT model of developmental trauma.  I am a member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners, and my practice is insured and registered in Belgium. I engage in continuing education and clinical supervision and adhere to the code of ethics endorsed by the British Psychological Society. In addition to an MSc in Addiction Psychology and Counselling, I also hold a PhD in Pharmacology from the Medical College of Virginia, and have expertise in Psychological Coaching, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness.

Addiction is like an iceberg, and what you see on the surface is only a fraction of what lies below. My approach to working with addiction is founded on connecting with the individual to understand what is going on for them. I use evidence-based practices drawn from Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Cognitive-Behavioural schools of theory to help clients challenge what may be difficult or painful to confront. Ultimately, therapy is about the relationship between client and practitioner.  Change and growth occur out of a therapeutic relationship that is based on trust and feels safe and supportive for the client. Progress is about moving forward with a new toolkit.

If you would like to schedule an introductory meeting or ask for further information,  please feel free to contact me using the email form at the bottom of this page or by calling me at 0497 23 0447.





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