My advice for anyone taking up this service would be to persevere if at first you don’t think this is for you.  By the end of our 6 sessions I felt like everything had clicked into place.  I really felt like Dave had understood where I was coming from and had very quickly (considering the fairly limited amount of time) managed to get the measure of me and my situation.  Everyone is different but I don’t tend to confide in people so this in itself was a big deal for me.

Claire

Client

It was a pleasure being in the company of and in conversation with other counsellors. I now have a much deeper understanding of addiction and clarification of a successful approach to working with those who wish to break the cycle of addiction. Just want to say thank you – the workshop was much appreciated.

Sue

Course Delegate

I came away with a real insight into the psychology of addiction as well as an insight into the difference between general therapy and addiction therapy.

Anonymous

Course Delegate

Very good and enjoyable experience in a friendly and relaxed environment.

Anonymous

Course Delegate

The course raised my awareness of a way of working with addictions.

Anonymous

Course Delegate

This is very different to general counselling.

Anonymous

Course Delegate

This gave me new ideas for working with addictions.

Anonymous

Course Delegate

Understanding how addictions emerge and the techniques that can be used – not to try to stop the addiction but to work on the underlying causes. It was all I hoped that it would be – and more.

Anonymous

Course Delegate

Liked working with the model of a house – brilliant…for my clients and for me personally!! I love the visual way of working – this is how I learn…and my clients too. I just work with children and young people. It was a fabulous day.

Anonymous

Course Delegate

The building model & it’s uses is brilliant…thank you for a brilliant day with so much detailed information. Your experiences are so relevant and so needed today.

John

Course Delegate

The course was a consolidation of my own experiences with clients and a new perspective of viewing addiction.

Anonymous

Course Delegate

The course gave me a structure upon which I can build my contact with heroin addicts. It gave me confidence to continue to interact with my contacts. Great day. Excellent quality.

Phil

Course Delegate

I enjoyed “The Building Model” and the explanation of two types of addiction. Thanks to everyone involved.

Anonymous

Course Delegate

I found the ‘Exit Door & gate’ useful and also learned that all addictions involve developing relationships with inanimate objects. I liked the recovery box & the diagonal line as ALL experiences mean success & growth. Brilliant that you are talking from experience. Superb! Thank you!

Anonymous

Course Delegate

“Learning from my mistakes” and “owning my own stuff”!!

Anonymous

Course Delegate

I liked the metaphor of “Building a House for recovery and growth”. Very good Dave – I wish I had heard you long ago. Thanks.

Anonymous

Course Delegate

This gave me so much to think about. I also got to connect with 2 fellow christian counsellors.

Anonymous

Course Delegate

Deepened my understanding of demands and other ways of working with addictions.

Anonymous

Course Delegate

I admire Dave’s passion and commitment. I desire to learn and understand more about addictions.

Anonymous

Course Delegate

I have a completely new understanding of how to approach addiction. The course was extremely useful.

Helen

Course Delegate

I was impressed with the depth of information and John’s share. Thank you.

Christine

Course Delegate

The course communicated the enormity of the subject. I liked the “building of the house” and the “Recovery Box”. I also enjoyed the anecdotal stories.

Anonymous

Course Delegate

I found the sections on Addictive Personalities and Self-Medicating Trauma very informative. I also liked the House Building Model. Valuable content communicated clearly.

Anonymous

Course Delegate

I like the automatic “EXIT” of an addict and not giving attention to the addiction by fighting it. Excellent!

Anonymous

Course Delegate

I learned that difficulties are learning opportunities and that growth, not abstinence, is the goal.

Anonymous

Course Delegate

Addiction is an inappropriate relationship with a substance or behaviour. I liked “FREDS List”.

Anonymous

Course Delegate

The use of metaphors has been very useful. I now understand ‘the Dave approach”.

Anonymous

Course Delegate

More understanding and more tools / ways of working / transferable skills / shifting my perspective.

Anonymous

Course Delegate

This is a huge subject and I realise that this course is just an appetizer. I realised that addicts have lived their lives by lying and deceit so the need for them arriving and taking responsibility for their addiction.

Anonymous

Course Delegate

Excellent insightful teaching. Helpful input from previous clients. Thank you!

Anonymous

Course Delegate

I gained a lot of new & varied perspectives. A personal testimony from the presenter and other people who have been through it made it very relevant.

Anonymous

Course Delegate

I appreciated the many statements made during the day which affirmed to me that this process is not always easy for the counsellor or client. I loved the box and building and that negatives can be used in the growth & development process. I enjoyed the day.

Anonymous

Course Delegate

I gained a useful insight into addiction, meeting others and networking. The course gave me a new perspective too.

Anonymous

Course Delegate

I liked “Building the house” as well as the differences between the addicts personality and trauma based dependency. Very interesting and informative.

Anonymous

Course Delegate

“The House” and the “The Baby” were excellent metaphors. I loved the idea of the straight line of recovery and the recovery box.

Anonymous

Course Delegate

I just love the model and for me (a pastoral carer at ‘The Hub’) this is a structure/model we could use. I am already doing something similar (not as defined!) with 2 clients now in their 3rd year of journeying. Both gave their lives to Christ last year. One has a job and the other volunteering at the Hub. Their addictions are almost a thing of the past.

Anonymous

Course Delegate

I found the recovery box useful and the analogy of the “BABY”. Gained knowledge regarding the left and right side of the brain. Very interesting. Would have liked a longer 2-day workshop.

Anonymous

Course Delegate