Addictions Counselling – Dr Catherine Hynes

Dr Catherine Hynes   Quals: Phd (Clinical Psychology & Clinical Neuropsychology), MA (Cognitive Neuroscience), BA Hons (Philosophy & Neuroscience)

Addictions Counselling: Life presents everybody with challenges, and we all must find ways to cope with stress and difficult emotions. When people use addictive substances or addictive activities as their main coping strategies, they can lose control of these behaviours and find themselves in difficulty. Often, the key to resolving an addiction is to explore the purpose the behaviour serves, and the reasons a person might want to change the behaviour. This usually clarifies how the behaviour has become a problem, and waht areas need to be developed in order to cope with challenges without the the addictive behaviour.

Counselling Approach: I work with people in a person-centred way to help them figure out what is and isn’t working with their current coping strategies, and to help them choose and practice more helpful ways of coping in the present and future. I always work from a motivational interviewing perspective, helping people to resolve their natural ambivalence about change, and work according to their values.

If a client identifies current thought and behaviour patterns that are maintaining the addictive behaviour, then I may use cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). If these patterns originated in childhood or adolescence, then I may use Schema Focused Therapy. When a client has analysed thought patterns and recognises them as unhelpful, but is struggling to move on, I may use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is an option for a person whose addiction has strong physical associations.

Dr Catherine Hynes PsychologistCurrent Availability: Usually within a week.

Fees: $230 per hour, negotiable based on financial need. Please contact Dr Hynes before booking if you require a discounted rate.

Practice Location: 3/1420 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt.

Appointments: 1800 877 924  or book Dr Catherine Hynes online now.