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Drug & Alcohol Counselling Melbourne.

Addiction isn’t a simply lack of willpower – it’s a serious condition that responds to treatment. In the same way that asthma impairs the lungs, or diabetes affects the pancreas, addiction hijacks the brain.

The drive to compulsively use drugs or alcohol can be strong, but counselling helps to rewire the neural circuits of the brain by gradual modification of habitual behaviours.

By focusing on and participating in a diverse range of other pleasurable activities that bring meaning to your life, and learning skills and strategies to effectively reduce your dependency on drugs or alcohol, recovery is possible.

Breaking the Cycle

With extensive experience in addiction, substance dependency, and recovery, My Practice can help you face the pain you’ve been avoiding and break free from the chains of addiction.

Any addiction is difficult to overcome on your own, and most people who experience it need additional help. Whether your addiction is to alcohol, drugs, food, sex, pornography, or love, exploring and facing the underlying issues through therapy can set you free from the compulsive need to engage in addictive behaviours that hurt you and the ones you love.

Drug & Alcohol Counselling can help you to find:


You will have the confidence that whatever happens, you will be able to handle it, reach your full potential, and become the person you have always wanted to be.


Clarity can help you tackle the obstacles that are holding you back and open up new avenues of discovery and growth.


You will learn constructive ways to manage the issues that life presents, enabling you to cope with turbulent times, and bounce back from hardship and tragedy.


With focus, you can cope with life’s stresses, recognise your abilities, and find the answers you seek.


Empower you to discover personal strengths and capacities so that you are able to take control of your life.

Behavioural Change

Together, we can make a real difference in how your beliefs, values, and attitudes influence your daily life.

An Understanding Approach to Alcohol Addiction

Our approach is to work with you to understand your needs and the ways in which your drinking may be affecting your health and relationships. We can assist you to identify the changes needed to deal with your addiction.

You may already know that excessive and prolonged alcohol abuse can affect your brain chemistry and become habit-forming, with the subsequent addiction classed as a chronic disease with many associated health issues.

Working with a counsellor can assist you to deal with your addiction and guide you along with a managed recovery plan.

Getting to the Root Causes

Regardless of how your addiction developed or where you’re at in acknowledging its presence, there is always a way to end it and make a positive change to your life. Talking to a counsellor can help you identify whether you have a problem with alcohol addiction and ways to tackle the problem.

A clear understanding of your dependence or addiction will assist you to plan a way forward. Getting the right help at the right time can make a big difference on your journey to recovery.

Interesting fact: Many people who struggle with addiction don’t even realize they are addicted.

​Looking for Drug & Alcohol Counselling in Melbourne? Contact us today!

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What’s the difference between a counsellor and a psychologist?

Counsellors and psychologists are both licensed professionals who offer people mental health support. These two healthcare professions are often confused with each other as they overlap in terms of the help they can provide.

Counselling generally refers to short-term treatment while psychologists typically refers to longer-term treatment such as mental health disorders. Counselling can help a person process powerful emotions such as grief or anger, deal with immediate causes of stress and anxiety, clarify values and identify options when making important personal or professional decisions, manage conflicts within relationships, develop better interpersonal and communication skills, or intentionally change unproductive thoughts and behaviours.

What types of issues can a counsellor assist a person with?

Counsellors can confidentially listen to, empathise and talk with you about the following issues and problems;

  • Relationship Conflicts
  • Life transitions such as the Birth of a New Baby, Separation, Divorce
  • Parenting
  • Anger Management
  • Domestic Violence
  • Battling Addictions
  • Dealing with Loss and Bereavement
  • Resolving Work-related Issues
  • Overcoming Depression, Stress and Anxiety
  • Eating Concerns / Self-Esteem / Body Image
  • Resolving Family and Relationship Issues
  • Increasing Self-confidence and Self-esteem
  • Recovering from Trauma
  • Spirituality
  • Suicidality
Why do I have to pay online and is it safe?

Our mission is to make counselling affordable for all people, so we use Calendly and Stripe to keep costs low for you. Data that passes through Calendly is encrypted, both in transit and at rest. All connections from the browser to the Calendly platform are encrypted in transit using TLS SHA-256 with RSA Encryption. Stripe is the most stringent level of certification available in the payments industry. To accomplish this, Stripe uses the best-in-class security tools and practices to maintain a high level of security.

Do people often feel nervous about coming to see a counsellor?

Yes, it is common for people to experience some initial nervousness. My Practice always endeavours to provide a warm and understanding environment in which to help people feel more comfortable.

How often will I need to come?

Generally, counselling typically involves a few weeks of relatively intensive treatment (usually 1 appointment per week), followed by as many maintenance sessions as you and your counsellor feel is appropriate (usually fortnightly or monthly).

How do I prepare for my first counselling session?

There is no need to prepare anything specific prior to your initial appointment. It can however be helpful to think about what you might want to talk about in the sessions. If you have areas you would like to target, think about describing these. If you have goals for improvement (in your relationships, work, or self-esteem, for example), bring them to your first session, as well as any obvious obstacles or barriers you are aware of.

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