Alcohol Counselling in Kent

Qualifications and AccreditationsAlcohol Counselling in Canterbury Kent.

If you have a problem with your drinking I can help. If you have a problem with someone elses  drinking I can help.  If you want to stop drinking I can help. As a Senior addictions and alcohol counsellor in Canterbury, Kent I have helped people with alcohol and other addictions into recovery. I provide a confidential, straight forward and respectful assessment process. I help you look at the facts of your situation and make a workable plan. Call now on 01227 290 098


Alcohol Counselling, counselling for binge drinking and alcohol dependence counselling are provided in a private and safe environment. From a tailored alcohol counselling programme or just one alcohol counselling session to explore what is going on can all be undertaken in a confidential setting, at our office for alcohol counselling in Canterbury. I can help you to stop binge drinking.


If you want to speak with an alcohol counsellor in Canterbury Kent,  we at Canterbury Healthcare have the knowledge and expertise to help you identify your needs and allow you to talk freely, in confidence. Call for appointment 01227 290 098


I can provide single assessment sessions for you to explore how much alcohol is being consumed, the possible effects, the various options available, the types of changes required and what might best suit your unique circumstance. Call now for a single appointment with one the most qualified and experienced alcohol counsellor in Canterbury.

Psychiatric Assessments in Harley Street London are available now please contact me for more information.


Sometimes rehab is the preferred option. We are able to offer information on choices available and provide suitable aftercare.


Your Concerns


If you are concerned about your own or someone else’s addictive behaviour, there are two questions to ask:


1. When the person wants to stop do they find they cannot?

2. When the using or ‘acting out’ does the person have little or no control over the amount or time spent?


What to do


Our approach might appear simplistic, but it needs to be. Confusion, fear and lack of trust usually abound by time a client comes for help. However, it is never too late to change.

  • We examine the problems as presented by the client

  • We examine the lifestyle

  • We examine their personal history

  • We look at the mental functioning

  • We assess for levels of depression

  • We agree where help is need

  • We look at the required changes

  • We prepare for change

  • We look at the responsibilities for those changes

  • We measure the effect of the change

  • We support with the maintenance of the change


If the answer is yes to either or both questions, then call David for a  private consultation with a fully qualified Psychological therapist 01227 290 098


Anger Management – Couples Counselling – Relationships -Depression – Bereavement – Anxiety Addictions – Postnatal Depression – Pre-Birth Concerns – Alcohol Counselling – Co-Dependency Counselling

David is able to see clients strictly by appointment only and his practice is strictly governed by the BACP and FDAP code of ethics for practice. He also consults to the Priory Clinic Canterbury.


A professional counselling service from a fully qualified counsellor within easy reach of Canterbury, Herne Bay, Dover, Folkestone, Deal, Whitstable, Minster, Sittingbourne, Ashford, Faversham, Whitfield, Sandwich. One minute from Canterbury East Station.


Alcohol Addiction Conference Decision

In September of 2003 David Goodlad represented the UK treatment providers at an international conference arranged to agree a consensus on a core framework for the Minnesota Model. Treatment representatives from 27 countries were represented e.g. Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, France, Belgium, Eire, USA, Australia.

Below is a shortened version of the outcome which agreed five pillars to the approach:


The Five Pillars


1. Addiction is a Chronic Relapsing but treatable condition.
2. The 12 Steps (AA-NA etc) are integrated into the Group Treatment Program.
3. Interdisciplinary Team are involved in the treatment process (medical, psychotherapeutic based cognitive behavioural therapy, social work, spiritual needs).
4. Family members and others important to the patient are involved in the treatment process (family meetings, education, support groups, employer, therapy if needed).
5. Aftercare should be conceived as a continuation of rehabilitation (‘In house’ support groups, AA – NA – Al-Anon support groups, family groups, relapse support groups etc as needed).

Addictive Lifestyle


In 1996 Professor George E Vaillant (chair of psychiatry at Harvard) identified four life experiences present in 50% of stable recoveries from addiction [1]. These naturalistic healing processes are found most reliably in cognitive behavioural treatment programmes and in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).
Each of these four naturalistic healing experiences of addiction is described in general below:
1. The first experience is finding a reinforcing behaviour that competes with drug use, (e.g. meditation, compulsive gambling, overeating, in patient treatment etc.) It is no accident that the coffee-drinking, cigarette-smoking and self-esteem-building AA meetings are scheduled to occur during peak drinking hours.
2. Second, being offered compulsory supervision or experiencing a consistent behavioural modification programme (e.g. comprehensive aftercare programme, a painful ulcer or a cognitive-behavioural relapse prevention programme) seems valuable (Miller, 1993). This is because although willpower is important in seeking treatment and for brief cessation of drug use, willpower is not associated with successful prevention of a relapse. Successful relapse prevention, like liberty, depends upon eternal vigilance. Thus, relapse prevention is best achieved by obtaining external reminders (e.g. parole, support groups or behaviour modification). For example, a first step in smoking cessation is to tell all your friends you are stopping – this makes your decision public.
3. Third, inspirational group membership (e.g. discovering a sustained source of hope, inspiration and self-esteem in fundamentalist religion or AA), seems important to maintaining behaviour change and stable reaction formations. (By reaction formation, the cognitive and affective reversal that occurs when a once-pleasurable instinctual goal (e.g. cigarette smoking) becomes disgusting.)
4. Fourth, during recovery it is valuable for addicts to form bonds with people they have not hurt in the past. The formation of a new stable relationship with a non-blood relative is often associated with stable abstinence. In this regard an AA sponsor or support group may be more useful than the dyadic relationship with a long-suffering family member, which must repeatedly reawaken old guilt and old anger – conditioned reinforcers of alcohol use.
1 Vaillant, G.E. (1996) Psychotherapy, Psychological Treatments and the Addictions, Edited by Griffith Edwards and Christopher Dare. Addictions over the life course: therapeutic implications. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.3 – 18.


The Twelve Steps to Destruction

The first line in the fifth chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous reads as follows: “Rarely have we seen a person fail who thoroughly followed our path.”

In taking my inventory I found that I followed a path to destruction which I have condensed into 12 Steps, assuring anyone in doubt that I became a candidate for AA by thoroughly following this path.


These steps are:

1. I stated that I could hold my liquor and was master of my life.

2. Believed I was sane and rational in every respect.

3. Decided to run my own life and be successful in all my undertakings.

4. Made a thorough and searching inventory of my fellow man and found him lacking.

5. Admitted to no one, including God and myself that there was anything wrong with me.

6. Sought through Alcohol to remove my responsibilities and to escape from the realities of life.

7. Got drunk to remove my shortcomings.

8. Made a list of all persons who had harmed me, whether imaginary or real, and swore to get even.

9. Got even whenever possible, except when I would do so, would further injure myself.

10. Continued to find fault with the world and the people in it and when I was right, promptly admitted it.

11. Sought through lying, cheating and stealing to improve myself materially at the expense of my fellow man, asking only for the means to get drunk or stay drunk.

12. After having a complete moral and financial breakdown as the result of this kind of living, I tried to drag those who were dear to me down to my level, and practised these reasoning in all my safaris.

April 1949 Grapevine Wilmington, California, J. F. D.


For a private consultation with a fully qualified therapist call 01227 290 098