City Addictions is a partnership of specialist Consultant Psychologists providing one-to-one treatment for Cocaine Addiction, along with a whole range of substance and behavioural addictions. Our evidence-based treatment integrates CBT with a mindfulness-based approach to relapse prevention.
We have extensive experience in helping people get clear of addictions — by understanding how their problems are maintained, and discovering new ways of responding to thoughts and feelings that promote a commitment to long term payoffs, in preference to the gratification of immediate urges.
While rehab is necessary for some, not everyone can take 4 weeks away from work or other commitments.
City Addictions psychologists are all registered with the Health & Care Professions Council
Engage one-to-one with experienced specialist psychologists with no insistence on joining support groups
Convenient consulting rooms in London EC1 & London W1, both with excellent transport links
As a high functioning addict, you may not be willing take a month out of work and life for rehab, or reveal all within a 12 step group. While rehab is entirely appropriate in some cases, we provide an alternative approach to help individuals overcome addiction within the context of their everyday lives.LEARN MORE
We treat individuals using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which is proven to work for addictions. CBT assumes that learned behaviour and habitual thinking patterns play an important role in the development and persistence of addiction, and changing these patterns can help individuals break their addiction and move forward.LEARN MORE
Central to the way we work is the ‘psychological formulation’ – a diagnostic and analytical tool which explores in detail each individual’s situation, and what’s really going on. It reveals the triggers, drivers and contributing factors that led to and sustain the addiction, and helps us understand how to treat it most effectively.LEARN MORE
There are two effective approaches to relapse prevention, and we employ a combination of the two. The first is a practical, CBT-based approach. The second applies the practice of mindfulness to develop a calm awareness of urges and the ability to experience discomfort without giving in to them.LEARN MORE
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