Individual Counselling

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Individual Counselling is a form of therapy that takes place between a therapist and client. In a private, confidential manner away from any distractions. This form of counselling is person centred and can be tailored to meet a specific need or address a certain problematic area.

Abbeycare has a team of specialist Psychotherapists on board to deliver this specialist form of therapeutic counselling. The team will deliver one to one counselling to counteract the negative thinking and behaviour patterns surrounding the use of substances.

Supporting the client onto the path of recovery and abstinence from their problematic substance use.

Individual Counselling at Abbeycare – What to Expect

Individual Counselling is an important and effective means of therapy within Abbeycare. Residents will expect to have some component of individual counselling daily.

Be it with their Case Manager or Psychotherapist. NB a Case Manager is allocated to each new resident within the service upon entrance and will be there to support and guide throughout the duration of stay.

Individual Counselling can be used to treat substance use disorders with any presenting substance. Although not exclusive to substance use disorders counselling can also be undertaken to address the root cause of addiction.

Counselling sessions will take place in private (Abbeycare Scotland, Abbeycare Gloucester), without any disruptions so both the client and therapist can chat in confidentiality. These sessions will last from 45 minutes to 60 minutes as sessions of a longer nature may lose focus.

The initial session will involve relationship building, discussion of goals/aims of recovery and means of implementing these goals.

Abbeycare Psychotherapists utilise a number of tried and tested models of counselling such as:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) and 12 Step Philosophy  to achieve abstinence.

CBT explained

CBT if broken down into components means cognitive i.e. thoughts, perceptions, memories, and reasoning. The cognitive component of CBT is concerned with the mind.

The B of CBT means behaviour i.e. actions, attitude, and conduct. The behavioural component of CBT is concerned with the body.

CBT is a structured therapy session, and it deals with the link between cognitions, thoughts and behaviours, actions.

MET explained

This therapy is used by the trained addiction recovery therapists to elicit internal change within and promote the desire to stop using substances for the long term.

Consider a therapy in which the participant is the educator. According to MET all the answers to addiction can be found within. They are within each and every person. This therapy in essence draws them out.

The sessions are designed in such a way that an internal search is commenced, the search to find answers to life’s problems.

12 Step explained

The first step of the 12 Steps requires an honest evaluation of the negative effects created by the use of substance/s.

Acceptance that life under the influence of alcohol and drugs has become unbearable.

The breaking down of denial – accepting the problem can’t be controlled.

The substance must be permanently removed to prevent physical and mental cravings from re-occurring.

These points can all be considered in counselling when address the use of substances hazardous to health.

Individual counselling sessions will:

  • Take place between therapist and client
  • Be confidential
  • Provoke change
  • Set realistic goals
  • Last 45 – 60 minutes per session
  • Occur daily
  • Use different models of therapy

Individual Counselling - A Therapeutic Model of Recovery

All models of Individual Counselling implemented within Abbeycare are designed to cease the use of substances for the long-term by changing the client’s relationship with alcohol and drugs.

Breaking denial and helping participants see ‘the truth’ that substances create negative consequences. And trying to control their use by various means such as: limiting use, changing types or brands, moving to a new house, changing jobs or blaming others will not suffice.

The solution to substance use disorders begins with detox and rehab in a therapeutic environment designed to cease the use of drugs and/or alcohol for the long-term.

The treatment, once abstinent involves Individual Counselling and Group Counselling Therapies. A Holistic Approach such as the use of mediation, yoga, light exercise, and healthy eating is also adopted.

Combining all the above with Individual Counselling creates a comprehensive, person-centred approach to the phenomena of substance use disorders and their associated effects.

A component of therapeutic Individual Counselling sessions is a feeling of mutual respect and understanding between therapist and client. Clients are encouraged to set their own goals with support from their therapist.

The goal is to feel like an ‘active participant and not a passive recipient’ of the counselling process.

Individual Counselling as part of a therapeutic model should be:

  • Confidential
  • Supportive
  • Rewarding
  • Informative
  • Transformative

Aims of Individual Counselling within Abbeycare

The aims of counselling within Abbeycare can differ for client to client however as a residential rehab facility specifically designed for the detox of and rehabilitation from alcohol and drugs the main aims will be centred around long-term abstinence.

So, what is long-term abstinence.

Long-term abstinence is the act of stopping the use of alcohol and drugs and staying stopped regardless of any challenges that life may present.

Before long-term abstinence is achieved short-term goals between therapist and client will be arranged.

What are short-term goals in relation to ‘abstinence.’

Short-term goals are negotiated between therapist and client to reach the end result of continuous abstinence.

A short-term goal may be to:

  • Be honest with therapist
  • Discuss triggers to substance use
  • Explore negative feelings/emotions
  • Consider negative thinking and behaviour patterns
  • Picture life without alcohol and drugs

A longer-term goal in relation to ‘abstinence’ may be to:

  • Complete the Detox
  • Attend all 121 Counselling sessions
  • Participate in all aspects of the therapeutic programme on offer within Abbeycare
  • Change negative thought patterns, beliefs, and behaviours around substance use
  • Finish rehab with an understanding of how addiction manifests within
  • Have an Aftercare Plan in place for leaving rehab 

Types of Individual Counselling at Abbeycare

The team of trained Psychotherapists use various techniques such as CBT, MET and 12 Step. 

These models of therapy can be used in both a group and 121 session. Here are the benefits Individual Counselling as opposed to Group Therapy:

  • Sessions are tailored to meet specific needs
  • Clients may feel more confident and more honest
  • Therapist and client can build a rapport
  • Specific person-centred tasks can be set post-session

Individual Counselling – Is it right for me?

Before accessing therapy reflecting on current life circumstances and feeling/emotions can be a good start.

Points to consider.

Are there feelings/emotions in life which are causing discomfort? These feelings could be:

  • Low mood
  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Low self esteem
  • Impending doom
  • Sadness

If the answer is ‘yes’ to any of these questions then counselling can be of assistance. The counsellor will try to pinpoint where these feelings are coming from. Talking about feelings can lift them and help put them into context.

Are there problems in life which are difficult to deal with? These problems ‘could be’ to do with:

  • Alcohol use
  • Drug use
  • Financial problems
  • Work related issues
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Family relations
  • Physical and/or mental health

If the answer is ‘yes’ to any of the above, then Individual Counselling can be of assistance.

From the old saying ‘a problem shared is a problem halved.’  The impartial conversation with a trained Psychotherapist could alleviate these issues

The Counsellor will use techniques from CBT and MET to place a different perspective on the problem. Helping clients change their thinking and behaviours and implement positive lifestyle changes.

If life problems are dealt with in a different more positive way then feelings/emotions improve. A persons actions and thinking are intrinsically linked.

Counselling will help the participant visualise a healthier, happier life and then implement the changes required to live that life such as stop drinking alcohol or taking drugs.

Are there behaviour patterns that bring negative consequences?  Such as:

  • Arguments with a spouse when under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Overspending on alcohol or drugs
  • Taking days of work due to ill effects of alcohol or drugs
  • Not having energy for children
  • Driving Under the Influence

If the answer is ‘yes’ to any of these negative behaviour patterns then Individual Counselling is the correct choice. Human beings can sometimes become trapped in negative behaviour patterns.

With the assistance of counselling these negative behaviour patterns can be addressed and coping strategies implemented to stop their re-occurrence.

The ultimate goal of Counselling Therapy within Abbeycare is:

  • Freedom from substance use
  • A better perspective on life
  • A renewed sense of self
  • Inner peace and contentment
  • Resilience
  • Contentment
  • A zest for life
  • Better decision-making skills
  • Positive choices and behaviours

Counselling is not only active whilst in rehab the intention is that the participant can practice newfound skills at home. If difficulties arise, they can visualise the sessions or read from the information packs.

In essence the participant has now become their own teacher. And has a tool bag of new coping strategies ready to be used for any of life’s challenges post-rehab.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have had 121 Counselling sessions and they didn’t stop me drinking how will Abbeycare’s work?

Right time, right place, right counsellor! At Abbeycare we hope to deliver an informative and transformative programme of Individual Counselling sessions.

Providing an environment conducive to recovery from alcohol and drugs in a facility designed to illicit this change.

Friendly, warm and person-centred the sessions will be carried out by specialist recovery therapists with years of training and expertise.

In this environment away from the pressures of daily living Individual Counselling has been shown to aid recovery. Abbeycare asks that all you maintain and open-mind and try our programme.

What if there are areas I don’t want to talk about?

As the Individual Counselling is person-centred and therapeutic you will never be forced to disclose anything you don’t want to.

If you feel you have benefitted from this form of counselling you can book more sessions with our trained Psychotherapists Post-Rehab.

The Aftercare service on offer also supports Continuous Therapeutic Interventions CTI with a trained professional on a one to one basis after rehab and these can be discussed or booked with the team. The CTI component of post-rehab therapy incurs a fee and prices are available on request.

Who will find out about these sessions?

The Individual Counselling sessions such as CBT will be private and confidential. As in line with Abbeycare’s Confidentiality Policy.

Confidentiality will only be broken if you threaten to harm yourself or another person.

Or if you tell us a child’s safety is at risk.

Other than that, all information will be kept in line with our GDPR Policy and confidentially stored.

Can any of my family member access Individual Counselling?

At Abbeycare we offer a Family Support Programme. Family support is Group Led, we do not offer Individual Counselling for family members.

However, the team can provide phone numbers for counsellors specialising in family therapy or family support services within your local community.

Do I have to stop taking my Anti- Depressants to access Individual Counselling?

Anti-Depressants were originally created to be taken in conjunction with Individual or Group Counselling. Whereas tablets are concerned with a medical model of treatment Individual Counselling is from a Psychotherapy i.e. talking therapy form of treatment.

So, the answer is no as they complement one another.

Individual Counselling can be used when discussing any area of life. From stress, depression, anxiety, relationship problems to difficulties in the workplace.

There is no area Counselling can-not address.

Individual Counselling within Abbeycare will consider the use of substances hazardous to health in a private and confidential manner. Offering the client insight into their own lives and the tools required to make the changes.

Counselling is a form of therapy created to reduce problems by discussing solutions in a safe, informative and transformative manner. Individual Counselling is life changing.

Addiction to alcohol and drugs can affect every area of life from health, finances, relationships, jobs, children and peace of mind. Addiction is all consuming.

Therefore, recovery needs to be progressive and positive in its attempt to eliminate the desire to use substances harmful to health. Recovery involves freedom.

Recovery is available for anyone regardless of background, drug they choose to use or length of time they have used substances for. The cycle can be broken.

If you visualise yourself free from alcohol and drugs living a happy and productive life?

And wish to learn more about our Individual Counselling call our free 24/7 Helpline on 01603 513 091 or fill out the form below to speak to a trained addiction counsellor.


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