My clients and workshop attendees tend to be those who are frustrated with their inability to change unwanted habits despite repeatedly resolving to do so. They feel that their thoughts and behaviours have gone on autopilot and that a casual, general personal-development approach would be more suited to their needs than traditional talking therapies or addiction treatment.
Whilst physical dependency and some highly entrenched behaviours often require more focused or clinical interventions, I believe that the tools required to change day-to-day habits can lie entirely in our own hands. Despite this, we often look outside of ourselves when we’ve once again ‘hit rock bottom’, investing rashly in a new craze or guru.
I aim to guide my clients and workshop attendees to look inwards instead, and develop lasting insight into what is holding them back from staying on track with any plan of their choosing. The intention of my work is to show people how simple it can be to integrate basic motivational tools and practices into their daily lives, so that they are better placed to address unwanted habits as and when they crop up.
Something that many practitioners working in the addiction treatment field have in common is that they rarely focus on the substance itself, because they know that the concepts used to illicit motivation apply to almost all habit-change. The same therapeutic approaches used to help those in active addiction can be extremely effective for addressing any day-to-day habits and gaining preemptive insight into patterns of behaviour that may become more problematic in the future.