Alcohol and Drugs Counselling
From Guildford, Godalming and Horsham with Paul Byford
BSc (Hons) MBACP (accred) FDAP member

About Counselling

About Counselling

Counselling provides a regular time and space for people to explore their problems, anxieties and fears. It is a Psychological Therapy ultimately helping the person to feel better about themselves. The Counsellor will be non judgemental, respecting your points of view, non intrusive and completely confidential.

What conditions can it help?

Evidence and Research suggest that CBT ( Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Humanistic Person Centered Counselling and MI (Motivational Interviewing) are very beneficial in the Treatment of Addictions. These may include ingested addictions to Alcohol, and Recreational or prescription drugs like Benzodiazipanes or to painkillers. Self defeating behaviours that affect your quality of life, for example, self esteem including dysfunctional relationships, gambling, self harm, eating disorders, compulsive shopping, workaholism and over eating and exercising.


Person Centered Therapy

Person Centered Therapy or Rogerian Psychotherapy is a type of Talk Therapy developed by Carl Rogers to help the client get a sense of self. The Therapist works with the client creating a relaxed non-judgemental environment and demonstrating a congruent empathic approach with Unconditional Positive Regard (Respect) for the client using a non directive method aiding the client to find a solution to their problems.

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy )

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic approach that addresses dysfunctional emotions, maladaptive behaviours and cognitive processes and contents through a number of goal-oriented, explicit systematic procedures. The name refers to behaviour therapy, cognitive therapy, and to therapy based upon a combination of basic behavioural and cognitive principles and research.
CBT is thought to be effective for the treatment of a variety of conditions, including mood, anxiety, personality, eating, substance abuse, and psychotic disorders. Many CBT treatment programs for specific disorders have been evaluated for efficacy; the health-care trend of evidence-based treatment, where specific treatments for symptom-based diagnoses are recommended, has favoured CBT over other approaches such as psychodynamic treatments.


A Counselling approach developed by two clinical and well respected Psychologists: Professor William R Miller, Ph.D. and Professor Stephen Rollnick, Ph.D. This type of counselling was first used in the treatment of problem drinkers and is therefore very transferable with clients with other addictions. MI recognises that clients can be at various stages of readiness to change and this approach is useful to help deal with ambivalence. It is a tool that can be used in conjunction with a person centered approach.


The Minnesota Model or 12 step model is a Treatment Modality adopted from the Philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous which is actually the most widely used and established Treatment in the world. Alcoholics Anonymous estimate over 2 million members worldwide. The sister fellowships of Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous etc
continue to grow as there are positive outcomes throughout these organisations. and Paul Byford provide the same model of Treatment that has been successful in many Residential and Day programmes throughout Britain and the rest of the Western World. The benefits that can be expected are improved Physical and Mental Health with Well Being leading to eventual abstinence.

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