Who can this service help?
What makes me different from other therapists? My personal experience with addiction, and during my time volunteering at drug recovery projects it has given me insight into just how different peoples experiences are. Also for my clients seeing me with addiction, my phone is always on. The power of knowing you have someone to talk to that understands is second to none. No one should face their recovery alone.
For the use of alcohol and some substances it always advisable to seek medical attention when deciding to stop. I support you by helping to deal with your cravings and looking for and at, the root cause of your addiction. We can look at your past attempts and see what worked and what did not.
The stages of addiction and recovery I offer support for are:
The client/therapist relationship is very important to me, it is a partnership. I know what is like when the people around you do not understand the How, What or Why's the way we are feeling. I am there for you every step of the way. That is I why I offer the 24/7 SOS phone support so that you do have contact with someone you can talk openly with and not be judged. Even after the sessions are completed, I am always available as I know that life continues and that taking control is just the start of the journey.
The word addiction conjures a picture of an unkempt person highly dependant on alcohol or drugs. Everything is on a spectrum and that picture is the latter stages of addiction. Before that, however, there are many more people that a functioning, they are still working, keeping to responsibilities but are not fully in the present, they always thinking about their next drink, next drug or gamble (to name a few). Their moods change, they are just about functioning, doing what they have to do to get through a day. Full of denial, I prefer the terms 'miss using' or 'abusing'.
I also know the feeling of taking control back of my life, getting family and friends back in my life, finding a purpose again, feeling some freedom from the voices and incorrect perceptions I had about myself and how the world saw me. It is possible.
I will not lie to you it was not easy, but that hard work and effort has given me a life I thought I neither deserved or that I could have. It is a journey and the wonderful things I learned about myself continue to help me.
Others affected by addiction.
For the other people in your life that support you.
Addiction does not just affect the addict, but also their family and friends. Think of a pebble being tossed into a pond. There are ripples in the water that flow outwards This is the same with addiction. I also offer therapy for those who are not addicts but living with addiction. This can be stress, sleep issues or just to offer support and direction where they can also seek relief.
The Vesta Approach specifically deals with the family and friends living with addiction
"After initially making contact with Thomas it was apparent immediately how approachable and down to earth he is, not in the least bit judgemental. As a mother with young children, being judged because I was looking for help to control my alcohol intake, was something I had been worried about.
We arranged the first session and chatted in detail. The next sessions included the hypnotherapy which Thomas performs in a way that makes the client feel completely at ease. I really enjoyed these sessions and felt very relaxed during and afterward, often even for a few days afterwards!
My treatments with Thomas were a success. I knew I drank too much alcohol having created this habit over many, many years. I am now freed of this unhelpful activity and cannot thank Thomas enough. I feel and look better than I have for years. Thank you so much."
"Sessions with Thomas were great. So relaxed and chilled. It created the perfect environment for the therapy. Thomas is a top bloke and has also become a good friend. The follow-up care and his assurance is 2nd to none. I would recommend his therapy to anyone as he is a genuine chap who has time for anyone. Since seeing Thomas, I've reduced my alcohol intake and been able to control myself. What was a problem has now been made easier to control. I hope whoever reads this review trusts me. I'd have been a proper mess otherwise. Thanks again Tom"
"Thomas came to see me when I was at my lowest points. I was stuck in what felt like a hole. Struggling with addiction, and ruining all my relationships with those close to me. With his help and the help of hypnotherapy, I was able to this unhealthy cycle and find myself again. Can't thank him enough for his help"
"Thomas was fantastic at uncovering any early signs which could lead to how the addiction was born and with uncovering any personality traits that could lead to addiction. He makes the whole process very relaxed but with a great deal of focus. I couldn't recommend him highly enough."