Setting Time Aside for Recovery of Self
Natasha Field. BA(hons). MBAPC.
I am a fully trained Therapeutic Integrative Psychotherapist and have a Psychology degree. Human behaviour has always interested me and this is the reason I chose to study Psychology and Psychotherapy as I believe it is our thoughts, feelings and beliefs that in turn affect our behaviour. Sometimes, we make lifestyle ‘choices’ or find ourselves compulsively displaying actions which are to the detriment of our wellbeing. A way we may do this is through the destructive phenomenon of ADDICTION.
My aim is to aid the individual discuss their addiction in a comfortable, confidential setting wherein causes, effects, behaviours, thoughts, feelings, belief systems and consequences can be examined and discussed. I have a passion to help those struggling with addiction and have personal experience of the road of recovery, so I have a good understanding of essential changes which must be made, in order to change outcomes and find freedom.
How can psychotherapy help?
One definition of psychotherapy is: “Psychotherapy is the use of psychological methods, particularly when based on regular personal interaction, to help a person change and overcome problems in desired ways."
Admitting there is a problem in our lives can be very difficult and is extremely brave. Admitting distressing, confusing emotions and thoughts to a Psychotherapist can help the client feel understood and empowered.
Psychotherapy is often termed ‘talking therapy’ and clarity can be just one of the benefits of airing difficult thought processes, feelings and/or actions with a Psychotherapist.
This is a vital part of the process as clients explore issues. Knowing difficulties are shared in a confidential setting helps the client to explore to a greater degree.
Working through difficult experiences and situations with a Psychotherapist can lead to certain acceptance and closure on certain periods of our lives.
Exploring the inner self with a Psychotherapist can lead to greater understanding and awareness for the client as the client gains input from the Psychotherapist through the psychotherapy process.
Gaining knowledge of the discussed issue through sessions with a Psychotherapist can lead to greater understanding of ourselves and in turn an eventual change of behaviour.
The psychotherapy process acknowledges a commitment to the care of self which in turn positively affects those us as well as around us.
As the professional relationship progresses, the client will naturally experience the ability to trust to a greater degree, with the eventual aim being the client beginning to trust themselves.
Psychotherapy involves empathy which should enable a client to feel understood and be free of judgement from the Psychotherapist.
Types of Addiction
There are many addictions an individual can suffer with, some of which are very destructive, others less so but all serve as a false aid of distraction from our thoughts, feelings or circumstances. Addiction serves to change how we think or feel for a short time which is the relative pay off, but is short lived. Common ones are listed below, each of which I offer addiction psychotherapy for. There are, of course, often much more subtle addictions a person may find themselves in bondage to, which can be specific to the individual.
Consumption of high levels of alcohol is a common way people deal with high levels of stress, an avoidance mechanism or trauma in their past, this consumption can lead to habitual mental and physical dependence.
Illegal and prescription drugs can be mentally and physically addictive and this can be addressed in psychotherapy.
Compulsive eating as well as the control of food can be an addiction. This can be the use of food to control emotions within and in time become an addiction very difficult to understand or break.
Excessive gambling can become an addiction and psychotherapy is offered for this to explore the reasons and feelings behind this action.
SEX AND LOVE ADDICTION
The constant preoccupation with sex and the acquisition of love from another can also be an addiction to take us away from our own difficulties but again can have devastating repurcussions.
Being in a codependent, damaging relationship and unable to free oneself from this can also be a form of addiction, albeit a subtle one. Reasons behind staying in the relationship can be considered in psychotherapy.
Psychotherapy can aid the individual to explore an eating disorder by exploring inner turmoil and shame experienced at different points in their life and offers the client time to understand more around their eating behaviours and determine feelings, thoughts and behaviours around food and body image.
Psychotherapy can help the client explore those emotions and then construct an action plan and consider ways forward from the pain and distress experienced when living with an eating disorder. Eating disorders covered are Anorexia, Bulimia, Compulsive Overeating, chewing and spitting food and Binge Eating Disorder(BED).
Equine Assisted Therapy
I work together with an Equine Specialist as part of an Equine Assisted Therapy team in picturesque Buckinghamshire, offering Psychotherapy with the use of the horse as a tool to access the human psyche. This can aid those suffering with addictions, eating disorders and mental health due to the calming nature of the horse and their natural ability to mirror human emotion.
In addition to this, the power and size of the horse often enables emotions to manifest quicker than through mainstream therapy and enables the client to become aware of key feelings quickly and manage them. Equine Assisted Therapy can help those suffering with addiction, eating disorders, anxiety and depression and may be an alternative to other types of talking therapies.
- Psychology Degree
- Diploma in Therapeutic Integrative Psychotherapy
- Post graduate level – 1 yr in Psychoanalysis.
- Various courses in dual diagnosis, metal health awareness, addiction awareness, behaviour management, motivational interviewing.
I have with those in addiction for 15 years, have 6 years’ experience in psychotherapy and presently work at a Rehabilitation centre as an Addiction Psychotherapist. Within this role I see approximately 12 clients a week on a 1-1 basis and see clients who suffer with a variety of addictions, as well as Anxiety. I have my own experience of recovery and am well informed of changes essential to those suffering with an addiction and understand the difficulties in identifying and making those shifts in thinking and in turn behaviour
- Food addiction
- Binge eating disorder
- Drug addiction
- Sex and love addiction
- Gambling Addiction
- Co dependency
Telephone: 0208 123 3737