Addiction Counselling


We treat addiction and support recovery through counselling and therapy at both our centres in London & Hertfordshire. Contact us if you would like more information or if you would like to book a consultation.

Addiction can manifest in a number of different ways. It might be an activity addiction like gambling, a substance addiction like alcohol, a thought addiction like thinking obsessively or being co-dependent on people, love or sex. Addictions can be a sign of underlying unresolved issues such as shame, splitting or trauma. When an addiction becomes harmful or plays too big a role in our lives it can be beneficial getting some help.

Do I Need Addiction Counselling?

There are a number of signs which show that you have addiction that you need some help with. These signs might include:

  • The substance no longer provides relief
  • Obsessively thinking about the activity or substance
  • Being unable to imagine life without it
  • The addiction is encroaching into other areas of your life
  • Prioritising the addiction at the compromise of your values
  • The substance or activity controls you
  • Rationalising and justifying why you are addicted to something that is unhealthy
  • Friends and relatives are beginning to notice that something is wrong

What Would Addiction Counselling Involve?

Addiction counselling involves talking through the difficulties which you might be having in relation to the addiction itself and life as a whole. It will also involve what might be underlying the addiction and processing unresolved difficulties. Our addiction counselling is centred around self-empowerment, taking positive action in line with values to move forward without the addiction.

Addiction is usually accompanied by secondary conditions which might include trauma, anxiety and depression. These secondary difficulties will also be addressed. We also signpost to other organisations and groups who will be able to help. Examples include, Gambler Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous.

How Addiction Counselling Can Help You?

  • Living a life free from the activity or addiction
  • Understand the way your thinking affects your choices in life
  • Processing underlying difficulties
  • Finding new ways to cope with difficulties in life
  • Reconnecting to your true self
  • Recognising addictive behaviour triggers
  • Move forward in an orderly direction so you can reach your goals
  • Become the best you, you can be

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Addiction Therapy Benefits

Break Free

Addiction counselling & psychotherapy will help you break free from destructive addiction behaviours.

Be The Real You

Addictions prevent us from being true to ourselves, our values and the genuine person we were born to be. Addiction therapy helps you to realise the real you and bridge the gap between your persona and true self.

Accept Life On Life's Terms

Mind altering substances might provide temporary relief from difficulties in life. Living a life free from addiction enables you to live life on your own terms with its up and downs in a congruent healthy way.


One of the reasons we might develop an addiction is because we are not relaxed or happy with our current situation. Addiction therapy can help you to feel and in a state of balance without the addiction.

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Addiction Counsellor


Matthew Alderton

BSc, MA, Dip, Dip Psych

Hello my name is Matthew Alderton. I trained for 7 years at The Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in Paddington London to become a counsellor and psychotherapist. I am now accredited by UKCP.

I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). EMDR can help with addiction in relation to helping you process trauma and anxiety triggers.

I work in a holistic way using an integrated psychotherapeutic approach. This includes body psychotherapy, psychotherapy techniques and EMDR therapy to help with addiction.

I like to see people make progress in therapy and in their lives. I am down to earth and friendly enabling you to feel safe to process your difficulties. I’m pleased to offer a range of PTSD treatments in Hertfordshire.

Addiction therapies


Addiction counselling enables you to feel heard and process addiction related difficulties in a contained safe environment. It will give you new ways to manage your life without the addictive behaviours.

EMDR Therapy

Most people who struggle with addiction have experienced a number of different traumas or difficulties in relation to trauma. Processing trauma can enable you to move forward in life without additional complications relating to trauma.  


Psychotherapy helps you to get to the root of your difficulties in relation to your addiction. It is sometimes necessary to reflect back on where, when and how the difficulties you have in the present have been affected by the past. 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is based on the premise that our thoughts influence the way we behave. If you are able to change your thinking you can change the way you behave. CBT is very helpful when trying to manage your thoughts & behaviours in relation to your addiction.

Client Comments Following Addiction Counselling

"I have been abstinent for six weeks now. This the longest I have ever gone without alcohol"

"I no longer feel like i have to reach for a drug when I have a difficulty in life"

"I have never felt so positive about by future and life"

"I feel like I am myself again without living under the shadow of my addiction"

Addiction Counselling FAQ

What does an addiction counselling session involve?

Addiction counselling is a talking therapy to help support you through the early stages of abstinence. We might discuss difficulties you have in relation to life and addiction. We might also help you to process these difficulties.

How long will addiction counselling last?

Addiction counselling is usually twelve weeks of therapy. This enables you to get the support you need in early abstinence. If you are looking to do some more self development therapy might last longer.

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