Alcohol Counsellor

Speak with a top specialist Alcohol Counsellor today and get your drinking under control.

What is an Alcohol Counsellor?

They are a specialized professional trained to help individuals cope with and recover from heavy drinking, alcoholism and addictive behaviours.

They understand the complexities of alcohol dependence, both from a psychological and physiological perspective and utilize evidence-based practices to support individuals on their journey to recovery.

FREE 1:1 Phone Consultation

(worth £75)

  • ​30-minute phone consultation call with the lead counsellor Luke Worsfold
  • ​Availability Mon-Sat 7 AM to 9 PM
  • ​​We help clients nationally across the UK​
  • ​​Confidential and non-judgmental
  • ​​No obligation or hard sell!

If You Choose To Work With Us

  • ​Sign up and book your first session
  • ​Receive FAST treatment
  • ​No waiting list (but spaces are limited)
  • ​Money-back guarantee

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A certified Alcohol Counsellor - Role and Responsibilities

  • Assessment: Before beginning any treatment, the therapist evaluates a patient’s alcohol dependence, any underlying mental health conditions, and their readiness for change.
  • ​Individual Therapy: Offer one-on-one alcohol counselling sessions to address the root causes of alcohol abuse, identify triggers, and develop coping strategies.
  • ​Group Therapy: Facilitate group sessions where individuals can share their experiences, gain peer support, and learn from others in recovery.
  • Family Therapy: Educate and support the families of those affected by alcohol addiction, enabling them to better understand the illness and how they can assist in the recovery process.
  • ​Treatment Planning: Develop tailored treatment plans based on individual needs, often coordinating with other health professionals to provide comprehensive care.
  • Relapse Prevention: Equip individuals with the tools and strategies needed to prevent relapse and maintain long-term sobriety.
  • Continuous Education: Keep updated with the latest research and advancements in alcohol counselling to provide the best possible care.

Free Online Self-Assessment

DECODE THE MYSTERY BEHIND YOUR DRINKING PROBLEM

  • ​​40 SIMPLE YES/NO QUESTIONS designed by an expert therapist
  • ​​PERSONALISED INSIGHTS revealing why you can't control your drinking
  • ​​INSTANT RESULTS DELIVERED via your personalised confidential (38 page) PDF assessment

How does an Alcohol Counsellor Differ From Normal Counsellors:

  • Specialised Training: While all counsellors undergo rigorous training in therapeutic methods, alcohol counsellors have additional training specifically in alcoholism and withdrawal symptoms.
  • ​Experience with Alcohol Addiction: Many alcohol counsellors either have personal experience with alcoholism or have worked closely with those who have. This can offer a unique perspective and a deep understanding of the challenges faced by individuals in recovery.
  • Specific Techniques: alcohol counsellors employ specialised techniques tailored to alcohol misuse, such as motivational interviewing or cognitive behavioural therapy focused on substance abuse.
  • Holistic Approach: They often integrate a combination of medical, psychological, and social strategies to address all facets of alcohol problems.

In essence, while general counsellors are equipped to handle a broad spectrum of mental health issues, alcohol counsellors are specialised in the unique challenges and nuances of alcohol addiction. Their combination of personal experience and targeted training allows them to empathise with, support, and guide those navigating the complexities of addiction treatment.

During Your FREE 30-minute consultation we will

  • Assess Your Situation: Discuss your symptoms, triggers, and underlying mental health conditions with a trained therapist to identify what’s holding you back from getting your drinking under control.
  • Explore Your Options: Explore a range of our treatment options as well as AA, NHS, GP, and rehab to find the best path based on your unique needs. We believe that you should exercise your right to choose your own treatment method.
  • Learn About Us: Discover our unique approach combining 1:1 counselling sessions, a self-paced video programme, psychoanalysis of your worksheets and accountability phone calls.
  • ​Expert Guidance: Receive guidance on navigating the financial landscape of treatments – from seeing your GP for free to £20,000 rehabs to make the most of your financial resources.

If You Choose To Work With Us

  • ​Sign up and book your first session
  • ​Receive FAST treatment
  • ​No waiting list (but spaces are limited)
  • ​Money-back guarantee

FREE 1:1 Phone Consultation

(worth £75)

  • ​30-minute phone consultation call with the lead counsellor Luke Worsfold
  • ​Availability Mon-Sat 7 AM to 9 PM
  • ​​We help clients in Southend
  • ​​Confidential and non-judgmental
  • ​​No obligation or hard sell!

COMPLETE THE FORM BELOW

REVIEWS

What our SOBER clients have to say

4.7 stars out of 30+ reviews

"I am so glad I found the counselling course!"

Thank you to Luke for keeping me on track while on the programme. Speaking to him for an hour each week was a huge help, and the modules (videos and worksheets) alongside the calls were perfect. I am so glad I found the counselling course! Thank you again.

- Cara Codey

"It's a fantastic programme"

Luke and team really helped me understand how my drinking was entwined and linked with past experiences (including my early years) in life. This helped me understand more about my triggers and what has kept me in the endless loop. The approach is broad and the various tools I now have in my tool box feel like a good base going forward. It's a fantastic programme and combined with the one on one counselling has helped me get to where I am now. A very big thank you to Luke and team!

- Grant

"It's the best thing that could have happened at the difficult time in my life."

After many failed attempts at getting clean, I was pointed in the direction of Luke by my partner. It's the best thing that could have happened at the difficult time in my life. He gave me the skills to get my life back on track, a better understanding of why I was doing it and helped me to rebuild the trust I'd lost. Thanks Luke

- Mark

What to look for in an alcohol counsellor

  • Shared Experiences: it can be immensely beneficial to opt for someone who has personally grappled with similar challenges, such as mental health problems and alcohol misuse. A recovering alcoholic, as a counsellor, can offer unique insights and understanding, having travelled a similar path.
  • Adequate Personal Therapy: It's essential to ensure your chosen counsellor isn't just trained academically but has also undergone extensive alcohol counselling themselves. This guarantees that they truly understand the intricacies of alcohol addiction from both a professional and personal perspective, ensuring they've dealt with their own issues and "walked a mile in your shoes."
  • Specialisation and Experience: When diving into the counsellor's professional background, make sure their specialisation matches your needs. It's crucial to ascertain that a significant part of their caseload pertains to alcohol addiction, indicating their daily engagement with such clients.

Our counsellors and therapists

We pride ourselves on our team of counsellors who tick all the above boxes. Not only do they bring their professional expertise to the table, but they also provide genuine empathy and understanding, stemming from their personal experiences. This is further backed up by their extensive training and qualifications as well as their high standards guided by the ethical framework laid out by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

REVIEWS

What our SOBER clients have to say

4.7 stars out of 30+ reviews

"Even in my first few sessions he helped me change my way of thinking"

Luke is really easy to talk to, I am currently having counselling with him and even in my first few sessions he helped me change my way of thinking and make some really positive changes in my life to ultimately make me happy.

- LEAH

"He is empathetic, knowledgeable and really makes the sessions fit you"

I was hesitant about therapy as a concept and questioned if it would benefit me at the start. Firstly, Luke is a great counsellor. He is empathetic, knowledgeable and really makes the sessions fit you. Counselling is not a magic wand where you’re suddenly ‘cured’, but much of a journey and Luke really supports you along the way. I would absolutely recommend Luke wholeheartedly.

- JAMES

"He listens intently and without prejudice"

If i could leave a 100 star review for Luke I would, he has been amazing from day 1. He listens intently and without prejudice, the skills he has taught me over the time I have worked with him will be with me for a lifetime and I will be forever thankful that I found him when I needed it the most. Thank you so much for everything.

- TOM

Alcohol Therapist London

London, a bustling metropolis with diverse cultures and lifestyles, is not immune to the challenges of alcohol problems. Whether grappling with drug or alcohol addictions, individuals in the city often seek professional help. Addiction counselling in London plays an essential role in offering support, guidance, and therapeutic intervention to those in need.

Logistics of Finding Alcohol Counselling

1. Options for Therapy:

  • NHS: The National Health Service offers free counselling services, making it an accessible choice for many. However, these services come with limitations such as wait times, and sometimes a restricted choice in the type of therapy or therapist available.
  • Private: Opting for private alcohol counselling, though it requires payment, grants patients more freedom in their choice of therapist and therapy type. It often provides a wider array of specialized services and can offer more immediate attention.

2. Delivery for Therapy:

  • Remote: Remote therapy has surged in popularity due to its convenience. This mode offers the flexibility of attending sessions from the comfort of one's home. Furthermore, it broadens the choice of therapists, as geographic location becomes less of a constraint.
  • Face-to-face: Traditional face-to-face sessions offer a personal touch, which some patients prefer. Being physically present can sometimes facilitate a deeper connection and understanding between the therapist and the patient.

3. Formats for Therapy:

  • Group Sessions: Group therapy provides an opportunity for patients to learn from the experiences of others. It fosters a sense of community, where individuals can draw strength from shared struggles and victories.
  • ​1:1 Sessions: One-on-one sessions are tailored to the individual's specific needs. These sessions provide a more personalised approach, allowing for in-depth exploration of personal issues and targeted guidance from the therapist.

Common Myths and Misconceptions about alcohol counselling

Only alcoholics need alcohol counselling

  • While counselling can certainly benefit those with an alcohol use disorder, it is also beneficial for individuals who might be at the beginning stages of problematic drinking or those who simply want to understand their relationship with alcohol better. Early intervention can often prevent more severe problems down the road.

If I go to counselling, I'll be judged or shamed for my drinking

  • Qualified counsellors provide a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental space for individuals. Their goal is to support, not shame. They understand that addiction is a complex issue intertwined with emotions, past traumas, and various life circumstances.

What you should never tell your therapist

  • While an honest relationship is foundational to effective therapy, it's crucial to understand that therapists have a legal and ethical duty to report information relating to drug trafficking, money laundering, or acts of terrorism.

Alcohol counselling is just about quitting drinking

  • While abstinence from alcohol can be a goal, counselling often focuses on a range of issues, including understanding triggers, developing coping mechanisms, repairing relationships, and building a supportive community. The primary aim is holistic well-being, not just abstinence.

Counselling doesn’t work; people often relapse

  • Recovery is a journey, and setbacks can be a part of the process. While it's true that not everyone will maintain long-term sobriety after counselling, many do. Moreover, even those who experience relapses often find that they benefit from the tools and insights they gained during therapy.

Talking won't help; I just need to have stronger willpower

  • Addiction and problematic drinking aren't merely about willpower. They are often related to underlying emotional issues, societal pressures, genetic predispositions, or co-occurring disorders. Counselling can help address these root causes and provide more sustainable strategies than willpower alone.

This article was written by our lead addiction therapist Luke Worsfold who carries a legacy of battling personal addiction and overcoming the challenges of growing up with an addict mother. With 7 years in recovery and therapy, coupled with 3000+ hours of counselling others, Luke's journey and professional experience offer a unique and credible perspective.

STILL GOT QUESTIONS ABOUT ADDICTION THERAPY?

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you an alcohol therapist based in London?

Yes, we are situated in London and offer specialised alcohol counselling throughout the city. Our London base allows us to tap into the diverse and unique needs of the metropolitan's inhabitants, providing tailored therapeutic interventions that understand and address the specific challenges faced by individuals in this dynamic environment. Leveraging local resources and a deep understanding of the community, we are committed to offering the highest level of care and support to those seeking addiction treatment in the heart of the UK's capital.

What is London known for?

London is renowned for its rich history, iconic landmarks such as the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and the Houses of Parliament, as well as its world-class museums, theatres, and cultural events. The River Thames, London Eye, West End theatre district, and neighbourhoods like Covent Garden and Camden further exemplify its diverse and vibrant character. Additionally, London is known as a major global financial hub.

Can I tell my therapist I drove drunk

While it is inadvisable and unlawful to drink and drive, you can share past instances with your therapist. However, if you indicate an intention to drink and drive immediately or after your session, the therapist has an ethical duty, under their safeguarding responsibilities, to potentially notify the authorities in order to protect you and the wider public.

Are all conversations with an alcohol counsellor confidential?

Generally, yes. Conversations with an alcohol counsellor are treated with utmost confidentiality. However, if there's an immediate risk of harm to oneself or others, or if certain illegal activities are disclosed (like terrorism or drug trafficking in some regions), the therapist may have an ethical and legal obligation to report.

What kind of training does an alcohol counsellor have?

An alcohol counsellor typically holds a degree in counselling, psychology, or a related field, with additional specialised training in alcoholism. This training equips them with the skills to understand and address the complexities of alcohol use disorder.

How often should I see my alcohol therapist?

The frequency of sessions varies based on individual needs. Some might benefit from weekly sessions, while others may attend multiple times a week, especially in the early stages of therapy. Your therapist will recommend a schedule that best supports your recovery journey.

What should I expect in my first session?

In the initial session, your therapist will likely conduct an assessment to understand the severity and nature of your drinking, discuss your goals for therapy, and outline the therapeutic process. It's an opportunity for you to ask questions, share your story, and establish a rapport with the therapist.

When are appointments available?

Appointments for counselling are typically available on Monday to Friday 7 AM to 8 PM and Saturday from 9 AM to 12 AM. You can check the availability of appointments in the counsellor’s diary and book a date and time that works for you. It is important to keep in mind that availability may vary depending on the counsellor’s schedule and the demand for appointments.