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Working with Addictions

posted 23 Sep 2010, 08:50 by Debbie Cotton   [ updated 25 Jan 2011, 13:30 ]
A two day psychotherapeutic workshop with Asaf Rolef-Ben Shahar - April 9th and 10th 2011

Addictions in the clinical practice


The ability to form habits is essential for our survival – it frees us to engage with our changing environment. We can speak to the person sitting next to us while driving, listen to the radio and attend to the road properly, instead of calculating how much weight we put on the gas or breaks, or get preoccupied with changing the gear. We learn something consciously, and when it becomes habituated – we exercise it almost automatically.


However, habit formation is also the royal road to addiction. Be it substance addiction (like alcohol, drugs, sugar, coffee) or process addiction (such as love, sex, gambling), our highly adaptive neurology also makes us extra-prone to addictive behaviours.


During these two days we would take an honest look at physiological and psychological aspects of addiction, understand some of the underlying aspects of these processes and at some possibilities for healing and recovery.


There will be a particular emphasis on compensation and addiction (i.e. what are we really hungry for…). We will explore therapeutic tools for dealing with addictions for both psychotherapists and nutritional therapists.

Dr Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar is a psychotherapist, writer and teacher. Asaf has extensive experience of working with addictions and other body-mind conditions.

Dates: April 9th and 10th 2011

Time: 10-6pm

Cost: £210 for practitioners, £195 for students

Location: The Vestry Hall, 21 Paradise Rd Richmond. Closest tube and train- Richmond station

Contact: to book.