Different forms of counselling
Counselling for alcohol addiction exists in many forms. The main form is traditional psychotherapy. This is simply just what is also referred to as ‘talking therapies’ The most predominant one being Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – or CBT. Talking therapies helps to get to ‘the root’ of the addiction. They try and understand the how the addiction affects behaviour. Consciously analysing the motives helps the user to address their current believes, and develop better coping mechanisms and new (healthy beliefs).
Negative emotions inevitably arise during sessions, and are tackled with the help of the counsellor; they are encouraged to develop more positive ways of coping. Often people pick up beliefs that were developed during their childhood – many of these and negative beliefs that are not true, and need to be dispelled in order for the individual to move on. This is a crucial part of talking therapies.