How counselling and EMDR can help with addiction?
An important part of dealing with addiction or compulsive behaviours is to cope with and handle the difficult feelings to do so. If less un-dealt with, the feelings that have led you to carry out the behaviours from your past will still remain. Seeking therapy is a helpful way of dealing with and resolving underlying causes to the addiction or compulsive behaviours. I have found particularly with EMDR that in some cases it is possible for a person to have control over their addiction/compulsion as opposed to abstinence. Some of the benefits of working with a counsellor who has specialist experience and training in addiction can be?
Confidential space to really express how you feel without being judged or without having the protect ‘another’.
To look at and identify other support you may need first before commencing in therapy.
To establish what you want to do about your addiction.
To understand the underlying reasons for the addiction.
To help you to establish here and now coping strategies to help you to take some control and gain confidence in doing so.
You then have the option of working on the possible underlying causes to your addiction and to work through any previous trauma’s that may be contributing to the addiction/compulsion.
Help you to adjust to a new sense of self and a stronger self-worth.
To support you for as long as you need it.
A combination of therapeutic interventions will be used such as counselling, CBT interventions, motivational interviewing and EMDR.