Drug & Alcohol Counselling

Your someone.health psychologist can work with you to manage drug & alcohol addiction through evidence-based video and telephone counselling.
Your someone.health psychologist can work with you to manage drug & alcohol addiction through evidence-based video and telephone counselling.
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Learn about drug & alcohol addiction

People use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs for many reasons. Some people use these substances to help them to relax, to feel more lively, to feel less inhibited or to feel pleasure. Others find the effects of substances make it easier for them to cope with problems.

 

Substance use can cause problems for an individual and their families, even when they are not highly dependent or addicted to the substance. If you are taking a substance, you might find it difficult to judge whether the substance use has become a problem. However, if the substance use has started to impact on any aspect of your daily life, including your performance at work, or relationships with a partner, colleagues, family members, or friends, then you should seek the advice of a psychologist.

 

Some of the more common substances that can be problematic include legal substances (alcohol, benzodiazepines: anti-anxiety drugs, painkillers with codeine in them like Nurofen Plus or Panadeine Extra/Forte and tobacco) and illegal substances including cannabis-marijuana, heroin and amphetamines including dexamphetamine without prescription, and ice. These are all drugs that can bring about high levels of dependence, and can be problematic even when used in low doses.

 

When we think about substance use problems, we often think of stereotypical ‘addicts’ or ‘druggies’ as the ones who have the ‘real’ concerns. However, if you are taking a substance regularly, you may feel strongly that you do not belong in this category. Most people who with substance use problems are just everyday people who might use substances to ease the stressors and difficult feelings of everyday life. However, often they use these substances in a way that makes their problems worse in the long-run. It is unlikely that you have spontaneously developed a pattern of substance use for no reason. Usually there are underlying issues that prompt it. Stress is highly effective at causing a craving for substances, and are a major cause of relapse to problematic substance use. Other conditions associated with substance use include depression, anxiety disorders, impulsivity and attention problems, and bipolar disorder.

 

You may feel that you are using a substance a little more than you would like to, or that you are running into problems at work or home because the substance affects you at the wrong time. If substance use is beginning to affect your wellbeing, seek help before the problem escalates and has a more severe impact on your functioning. If you are unsure, the staff at VCPS are happy to provide an assessment of your situation and feedback on what we can do together to manage the concern.

 

Our psychologists are specialised in assisting in this area in a number of ways, including:

Helping you to acknowledge the concern

Providing emotional support for you to release any concerns or negative thoughts

Educating you on the best practices for reducing the substance use

Identifying the underlying concerns that have led to the substance use

Focusing on the thoughts and feelings you have about using substances, and providing unique ways to address those thoughts and feelings

Providing you with new ways of relating to your thoughts and feelings that can contribute to making better decisions about substance use

Help to build up your own support system and self-care plan, in order to reduce any stress and maintain a positive daily life despite any negative circumstances

Working with you to find a treatment program that will work for you in both the short and long term

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Drug & Alcohol Counselling Psychologists

Meet the someone.health psychologists currently available to see new clients for counselling for drug and alcohol addiction. 

Dimple Bathla

Dimple work with clients from different cultural backgrounds including children, adolescents and adults. She has extensive experience working with people having drug and alcohol addiction, depression, anxiety, perfectionism, low self-esteem, relationship challenges, development delays, workplace stress, and burn out. Dimple is multilingual and can support clients in English, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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Barry Sierra

Barry has worked extensively in trauma-specific settings in both South Africa and Australia, having worked with individuals, families, emergency and defence force personnel, and victims of crime. Barry works primarily with adults and has experience across private practice, community-mental health and NGOs.

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Stephanie Johnson

Stephanie is an experienced psychologist who is warm and nonjudgmental with over 10 years experience in mental health. She has treated a range of concerns, including anxiety/depression, relational issues, drug/alcohol concerns and grief and loss. Stephanie enjoys working with people of all different ages, cultures and religions. Stephanie works hard for her clients and feels passionately about coming along side them to create lasting change in their lives.

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Louise Brealey

Louise has gained a wealth of experience working with clients from a wide range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, seeing clients ranging from school age to the elderly population. Louise is passionate about working with anyone experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, perfectionistic/obsessive, compulsive traits, sleep difficulties and interpersonal issues.

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Mary Osborn

Mary is very keen to equip you with the life skills, social and behavioural skills, cognitive skills using acceptance and mindfulness techniques. This will build your repertoire of tools to better manage life on a day to day basis so that you are leading a more fulfilling and functional lifestyle with confidence.

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Eyleia Saleeb

Eyleia has worked with a broad range of people presenting with different life experiences and problems. Eyleia has worked with children who suffer from internal problems such as anxiety and depression, as well as external issues such as ADHD and ODD.

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Teresa Caruso

Teresa’s approach is compassionate, open-minded, and collaborative – she employs various strategies and techniques that will best suit you as an individual. Teresa has broad experience with a range of difficulties including anxiety, OCD, depression, LGBTQ concerns, PTSD, addiction, ADHD, NDIS, eating disorders, grief and loss, stress & anger management, violence or family trauma, personality disorders, career & couples counselling.

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Ross Leembruggen

With over 22 years experience as a psychologist and executive leader, Ross has developed a highly professional suite of organisational and clinical skills to provide compassionate, caring and committed evidence-based psychological services to individuals and couples that makes a real difference.

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Madaline Boyd

Madaline has experience in working with a diverse range of clients across the lifespan. She has a keen interest in working with people who are experiencing anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and experiencing the effects of trauma. As well as supporting Children and Families. She has extensive experiencing in working with people with Autism and Intellectual Disability.

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James Minson

James’ approach to mental health is about mind-body integration and looking at the “whole person”. Mental health influences how we feel, think and move, how we communicate and relate to the world, and can seriously impact our physical health. James will hep make sense of how this all fits together, to explore unhelpful thoughts and behaviour, and identify different options.

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Lauren McKeogh

Lauren works with people of all ages with concerns including anxiety, depression, stress, self esteem, grief and loss, substance use and addiction, trauma, abuse, and children with behavioural and emotional regulation concerns, and social skills deficits. Lauren uses CBT, ACT, DBT, Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing.

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Michelle Kelly

Michelle is experienced working with clients presenting for depression and anxiety in addition to those experiencing issues relating to substance use, emotional regulation and relationship challenges.

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Finola Richardson

Fin believes that understanding how we think and what experiences led us to these cognitions is the only way to get to know ourselves fully and lead a more balanced life. Fin is trained in several evidence based approaches, including CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy and EMDR for the treatment of trauma.

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Trisha Nowland

Trisha has experience working with a diverse range of clients including children, community from different cultural backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, and LGBT+ community.

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Louise Stanley

Louise has extensive experience with children and adolescents but is very comfortable working with all age groups. Clients with issues in the areas of self esteem, stress, anxiety and depression, substance use issues and body/weight related issues would be assisted by Louise’s experience in these fields.

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Ari Goldberger

Ari doesn’t just rely on “talk therapy” but also works with the subconscious and body. He utilises a variety of techniques including guided meditation, visualizations, somatic experiencing, brainspotting, and emotion-focused release to let go of trapped negative energy keeping you “blocked” in an unwanted state of consciousness as a result of past trauma.

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Jade Munsel

Jade has more than 20 years experience in working with people of all ages, across both private and government settings. She has a special interest in weight management psychology, as well as mood disorders (anxiety and depression), stress management and health psychology.

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Chris Santalucia

Chris has experience working with a diverse range of clients. This includes working with people with anxiety and depression, PTSD and trauma related recovery, relationship issues, family dysfunction, grief and loss, low self esteem and interpersonal difficulties and much more.

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Eva Macros

Eva has over 20 years experience as a psychologist and she is committed to making counselling therapy a compassionate and collaborative process, so you feel supported throughout the process. Conducting sessions with genuine positive regard each client is valued for who they are.

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Stephanie Cook

Stephanie has had nearly three decades of working with a diversity of clients of all ages, issues and genres. Stephanie is keen to support you with with relationship issues, family issues, depression and anxiety, faulty thinking, self esteem, learning difficulties, stress, performance management and parenting.

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