Recovery Coaching

Recovery coaches are in recovery themselves, and help people along the path of recovery—either before, during, after or instead of treatment. Recovery coaches act as a personal guide and mentor to people seeking or already in early recovery. The relationship of a coach to a participant is strength-based and highly supportive rather than directive.  It differs from the role of a 12-step sponsor or professional counsellor. Recovery coaches do not provide clinical services, diagnose, or provide therapy.

I am an addiction recovery advocate/peer mentor for adults experiencing difficulties with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) and other substance use disorders.

Understanding Alcohol Use Disorder

My coaching style is integrative, combining a person-centred foundation with cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) strategies, tools, and insights. I endeavour to support each individual in relation to their preferred recovery pathway, whether that is through professional support, medication assisted treatment, coaching, or via attendance at mutual support groups like SMART Recovery and 12 Step Recovery meetings.

My aim is to provide a safe, confidential, and a supportive mentoring relationship where individuals feel free to explore issues that are important to them and related to their recovery. I also help to build and maintain the motivation to achieve desired recovery goals, suggest strategies for coping with urges/cravings, offer CBT based interventions for managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, and promote the development of a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

My coaching style also promotes self-empowerment, self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-compassion.

Qualifications & Experience

I am a qualified counsellor (currently non-practicing) with experience and training in acute mental health problems including addiction recovery. I successfully completed a level 4 advanced diploma in counselling in 2001 (3-year training). I have extensive experience in group facilitation having run groups for The Priory Alcohol Treatment Unit MDGH, Adullam Housing, Acorn Recovery Projects, and Change Grow Live (CGL). I am also a certified SMART Recovery Facilitator.

I have significant experience of providing one to one support via counselling, mentoring, advocacy, sponsorship, and case work roles (Disability & Welfare Rights).

I have personal experience of addiction to alcohol and other drugs and have been in recovery for over 17 years.

I volunteered on a national mental health helpline for approximately eight years, providing emotional and crisis support to callers experiencing a variety of mental health issues. In my spare time I write an addiction recovery-based blog 12-Step Philosophy, have been a guest on addiction recovery-based podcasts discussing my work and writing, and have had several articles published in recovery magazines and on addiction recovery-based websites.

Other training and qualifications include: Level 3 Certificate in Counselling (1999), Level 3 Accredited Mental Health Training Programme (2005), Level 4 Further Education Adult Teaching Certificate (2005), Level 3 Addiction Recovery Coaching Course (2012), Mentor training for Cheshire Probation Service (2013), Group Facilitation Training Course (2016).

Accreditation and Memberships

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).

12 Step Philosophy – Reflections on Recovery YouTube Channel