~ Fighting for Your Freedom from Addiction & Crime ~

Sally

SUBSTANCE MISUSE LEAD THERAPIST
CBT/REBT THERAPIST
PARENTING SUPPORT

DIAGNOSED ADHD

Sally left University with a degree in Sociology knowing that she wanted to do something to support people with addiction. She wasn’t quite sure what. Her father had been alcohol dependent and passed away when she was 19.

The lack of support services and information available at that time impacted on hugely on her family and their ability to handle the loss.

Due to having what she only now knows was undiagnosed ADHD, Sally struggled to hold down numerous jobs she was fully capable of doing but had no passion for, or interest in.

Eventually a job came up with an addiction agency. It was admin which was never Sally’s strong point, BUT for the first time, she felt passionate about her work.

The client group from the Criminal Justice Team was what got her excited about going to work every day. She understood them.

Sally then worked for the Sexual Health Outreach Project and realised her potential for working 1-2-1 with clients. She loved supporting sex workers, encouraging them to access treatment and reduce harm caused to themselves and the community.

Sally naturally worked alongside these clients – always on their level, never judging and genuinely feeling their pain.

Having found her passion – helping marginalised members of society – Sally worked her way up through the organisation for fifteen years and became committed to becoming a Specialist in Drugs and Alcohol. She wanted to learn how to work with people therapeutically and effectively. She wanted to make a difference. Sally started her counselling training.

During this time, Sally began to turn her own life around through learning more about herself. When she was younger she struggled with her emotions and couldn’t cope with any kind of criticism. She always felt like no one understood her. She was too chatty, too much, too XL and not focused enough (Actually too ADHD but she was years from finding this out). She learnt how to manage these feelings and issues and her main motivator was so she could support the people she was working with, without her own issues getting in the way.

With many years experience in the field, Sally knows how many people, if not most, who come for addiction help, have an underlying condition. Sally recognises that without treating the underlying condition properly, it will nearly always be impossible to overcome any addiction.

In more recent years she has worked with young people age 18 to 25 with ADHD and ASD who have Substance Misuse issues. Sally works creatively and ‘out of the box’ to make sure the people she works with get the very best support and opportunities to achieve their goals. Her aim is for her clients to feel empowered to live a life without needing drugs and alcohol. This is her absolute passion and she will advocate and fight for disadvantaged people to be heard and access the right treatment.

Sally’s understanding of ADHD and addiction has grown during this time. She is no longer surprised at the huge number of undiagnosed ADHD clients with addiction issues. The two so often go hand-in-hand. As does addiction and crime.

Sally feels greatly for clients who are diagnosed with ADHD but subsequently abandoned by Adolescent or Adult Mental Health Services often being told that “until you have dealt with the addiction – we cannot medicate for ADHD”. She has too often seen the fallout for these clients who then self- medicate with illicit substances or alcohol. This is where Sally advocates passionately for her ADHD clients.

Sally will start work with you by exploring what your drug, alcohol or other addiction use means to you. She will help you understand your background influences, patterns, drivers and triggers and hold your hand as you build awareness around your addiction. She will be there with you as you take those first steps to freedom from whatever addiction has been impacting you. And she will stay supporting you as you rebuild your new addiction free life.

Sally understands the link between addiction and crime. It’s not hard to see how clients feeding costly addictions often need to steal to maintain their habits. And the amount of crime committed under the influence of drugs or alcohol is very high.

Sally is therefore passionate about helping people with addiction avoid falling into a life of crime.

Sally is happy to support parents. She has two daughters of her own, one in her 20s and has experience of bringing up both ADHD and ASD children.

Sally is a qualified Auricular Acupuncturist using the NADA 5 Point Protocol.

Ear acupuncture has traditionally been used to support people with addiction and is often used in the detox process. However, it is increasingly being used to treat other mental and emotional health issues such as post-traumatic stress, self-harm, anger management and sleep problems.

It involves putting 5 very fine needles into certain points in the ear which is not painful at all. You then sit in quiet, and you can use meditation and mindfulness whilst doing so to enhance the benefits, for 40 minutes, after which, the needles are removed. The 5 points are all designed to help keep you calm, to aid your motivation, to keep anxiety at bay and to improve your general well-being.

Sally offer lots of advice and information around meditation and grounding techniques. This is often something that many people with ADHD find difficult but it is very beneficial if you can practice it regularly. It can help with symptoms such as racing thoughts, emotional dysregulation, RSD, anxiety and sleep. It’s a great tool to have in your ADHD management toolbox.

Sally is a qualified Personal Trainer and can offer advice to help you create an exercise plan that suits you specifically. People with ADHD benefit from becoming more active as it helps to manage many of the ADHD symptoms. Exercise reduces tension, stress and mental fatigue and gives a natural energy boost. It helps to improve focus and motivation and reduces feelings of anger and frustration. It can also help to balance appetite and last but not least …it can actually be fun!

Sally totally gets from her own journey with exercise that it can be hard to kick-start and maintain routines which is why it’s important to have someone to guide you and support you along the way.

Qualifications

  • Life Coach Level 3 2021
  • Diploma Working with Substance Misuse Level 4 2018
  • Certificate in Counselling Studies Level 3 2015
  • Groupwork Facilitation Level 3 2015
  • SMART Recovery Facilitator 2015
  • Bachelor of Science Sociology 1998
  • Personal Trainer Level 3

CPD

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • CBT based Relapse Prevention
  • Callers in Crisis
  • Groupwork Skills
  • Basic Life Support
  • Safer injecting and Blood Borne Viruses
  • Good Practice Guide to Comprehensive Assessments
  • Over the counter, Under the Net
  • Prescribing Interventions with Alcohol Clients
  • Safeguarding and Parental Substance Misuse
  • Delivering Psychosocial Interventions
  • Delivering Brief Interventions
  • Recovery Planning and Risk management
  • Adult Safeguarding
  • Understanding Child Protection
  • Equality and Diversity Training

 

 

 

Sally

SUBSTANCE MISUSE LEAD THERAPIST
CBT/REBT THERAPIST
PARENTING SUPPORT

DIAGNOSED ADHD

Sally left University with a degree in Sociology knowing that she wanted to do something to support people with addiction. She wasn’t quite sure what. Her father had been alcohol dependent and passed away when she was 19.

The lack of support services and information available at that time impacted on hugely on her family and their ability to handle the loss.

Due to having what she only now knows was undiagnosed ADHD, Sally struggled to hold down numerous jobs she was fully capable of doing but had no passion for, or interest in.

Eventually a job came up with an addiction agency. It was admin which was never Sally’s strong point, BUT for the first time, she felt passionate about her work.

The client group from the Criminal Justice Team was what got her excited about going to work every day. She understood them.

Sally then worked for the Sexual Health Outreach Project and realised her potential for working 1-2-1 with clients. She loved supporting sex workers, encouraging them to access treatment and reduce harm caused to themselves and the community.

Sally naturally worked alongside these clients – always on their level, never judging and genuinely feeling their pain.

Having found her passion – helping marginalised members of society – Sally worked her way up through the organisation for fifteen years and became committed to becoming a Specialist in Drugs and Alcohol. She wanted to learn how to work with people therapeutically and effectively. She wanted to make a difference. Sally started her counselling training.

During this time, Sally began to turn her own life around through learning more about herself. When she was younger she struggled with her emotions and couldn’t cope with any kind of criticism. She always felt like no one understood her. She was too chatty, too much, too XL and not focused enough (Actually too ADHD but she was years from finding this out). She learnt how to manage these feelings and issues and her main motivator was so she could support the people she was working with, without her own issues getting in the way.

With many years experience in the field, Sally knows how many people, if not most, who come for addiction help, have an underlying condition. Sally recognises that without treating the underlying condition properly, it will nearly always be impossible to overcome any addiction.

In more recent years she has worked with young people age 18 to 25 with ADHD and ASD who have Substance Misuse issues. Sally works creatively and ‘out of the box’ to make sure the people she works with get the very best support and opportunities to achieve their goals. Her aim is for her clients to feel empowered to live a life without needing drugs and alcohol. This is her absolute passion and she will advocate and fight for disadvantaged people to be heard and access the right treatment.

Sally’s understanding of ADHD and addiction has grown during this time. She is no longer surprised at the huge number of undiagnosed ADHD clients with addiction issues. The two so often go hand-in-hand. As does addiction and crime.

Sally feels greatly for clients who are diagnosed with ADHD but subsequently abandoned by Adolescent or Adult Mental Health Services often being told that “until you have dealt with the addiction – we cannot medicate for ADHD”. She has too often seen the fallout for these clients who then self- medicate with illicit substances or alcohol. This is where Sally advocates passionately for her ADHD clients.

Sally will start work with you by exploring what your drug, alcohol or other addiction use means to you. She will help you understand your background influences, patterns, drivers and triggers and hold your hand as you build awareness around your addiction. She will be there with you as you take those first steps to freedom from whatever addiction has been impacting you. And she will stay supporting you as you rebuild your new addiction free life.

Sally understands the link between addiction and crime. It’s not hard to see how clients feeding costly addictions often need to steal to maintain their habits. And the amount of crime committed under the influence of drugs or alcohol is very high.

Sally is therefore passionate about helping people with addiction avoid falling into a life of crime.

Sally is happy to support parents. She has two daughters of her own, one in her 20s and has experience of bringing up both ADHD and ASD children.

Sally is a qualified Auricular Acupuncturist using the NADA 5 Point Protocol.

Ear acupuncture has traditionally been used to support people with addiction and is often used in the detox process. However, it is increasingly being used to treat other mental and emotional health issues such as post-traumatic stress, self-harm, anger management and sleep problems.

It involves putting 5 very fine needles into certain points in the ear which is not painful at all. You then sit in quiet, and you can use meditation and mindfulness whilst doing so to enhance the benefits, for 40 minutes, after which, the needles are removed. The 5 points are all designed to help keep you calm, to aid your motivation, to keep anxiety at bay and to improve your general well-being.

Sally offer lots of advice and information around meditation and grounding techniques. This is often something that many people with ADHD find difficult but it is very beneficial if you can practice it regularly. It can help with symptoms such as racing thoughts, emotional dysregulation, RSD, anxiety and sleep. It’s a great tool to have in your ADHD management toolbox.

Sally is a qualified Personal Trainer and can offer advice to help you create an exercise plan that suits you specifically. People with ADHD benefit from becoming more active as it helps to manage many of the ADHD symptoms. Exercise reduces tension, stress and mental fatigue and gives a natural energy boost. It helps to improve focus and motivation and reduces feelings of anger and frustration. It can also help to balance appetite and last but not least …it can actually be fun!

Sally totally gets from her own journey with exercise that it can be hard to kick-start and maintain routines which is why it’s important to have someone to guide you and support you along the way.

 

Qualifications

  • Life Coach Level 3 2021
  • Diploma Working with Substance Misuse Level 4 2018
  • Certificate in Counselling Studies Level 3 2015
  • Groupwork Facilitation Level 3 2015
  • SMART Recovery Facilitator 2015
  • Bachelor of Science Sociology 1998
  • Personal Trainer Level 3

CPD

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • CBT based Relapse Prevention
  • Callers in Crisis
  • Groupwork Skills
  • Basic Life Support
  • Safer injecting and Blood Borne Viruses
  • Good Practice Guide to Comprehensive Assessments
  • Over the counter, Under the Net
  • Prescribing Interventions with Alcohol Clients
  • Safeguarding and Parental Substance Misuse
  • Delivering Psychosocial Interventions
  • Delivering Brief Interventions
  • Recovery Planning and Risk management
  • Adult Safeguarding
  • Understanding Child Protection
  • Equality and Diversity Training