Addiction Counselling is a specialised form of counselling that sees problematic use of a substance or behaviour as a symptom of deeper, underlying issues.  Put simply, and form of addictive behaviour is a way of ‘numbing out’ and avoiding what is really going on.

Anyone struggling with an addiction, be it drugs, alcohol, gambling, or time online in any area, can be seen either individually or with a partner, family member or members.

The goals of counselling for addiction are:

  • To work on improving self-esteem and self-worth;
  • To learn better ways to manage stress, difficult feelings and emotions.
  • To put strategies in place for coping with  substance or behavioural triggers.
  • To develop practical skills for dealing with cravings.
  • To assist the individual with rebuilding trusting relationships with others.
  • To become responsible and compliant with other treatment plans.


Yes, addiction counsellors in fact specialise in assisting partners, parents and other family members with the significant struggle of caring for a loved one who has an addiction.

Family members are often remarkable in their ability to carry on despite the worry, fear and stress brought into their lives by the addiction of another. Such family members often find themselves moving from worry and concern to anger and frustration until they eventually find themselves exhausted or even in despair because of the addiction in their family member.

Addiction does not only damage the health and wellbeing of those addicted but also has a significant impact on others. Addiction counsellors have the skill, training and compassion to assist family members in such distress and will provide important therapeutic support for everyone affected.

Riadhna Holahan

BA Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, BA Hons Social Care, CRA & ACRA Supervisor & practitioner, SMART Recovery Facilitator.

Areas of Speciality: Problematic Substance Use/ Addiction, Adolescents, General Counselling.

I am an experienced, competent and professional Psychotherapist with a passion for working collaboratively with her clients, empowering them to enhance their quality of life.

I offer general, integrative therapeutic support for anyone experiencing issues affecting their quality of life in 1:1, family and group settings.

I specialise in Problematic Substance Use/ Addiction and related issues in both adults and adolescents and their families and also work in Community Mental Health in this area.   I facilitate clients in building self-compassion, understanding and awareness to improve their situations.

to contact me directly and arrange an appointment, please email me at

Katie Flynn MNAPCP , BA (HONS) Counselling & Psychotherapy 

Areas of Speciality Include: Addiction, Negative Thought Patterns & General Counselling. Katie also works with adolescents.

Katie is a qualified and fully accredited Psychotherapist who works with clients using a Humanistic and Integrative therapeutic approach.

Katie has completed additional training in evidenced based approaches such as MI, CRA, ACRA and SMART Recovery. Katie currently works in the addiction field and has several years experience helping people to address alcohol and substance misuse issues and areas of concern around this.

Katie is available to work with and provide addiction specific and/or general counselling for adults and under 18’s.

Some of the areas she can help with include Addictions, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Communication Skills, Negative Thought Patterns, Problem Solving, Self Esteem & Stress Management.

Contact Katie Directly on 085 150 1950.

EMDR Therapy for Addictions

There is a clear link between addiction and trauma, with those suffering many traumatic events highly likely to develop addictive behaviour. Addictive behaviours and substances often provide a short-lived soothing impact on stress arising from past trauma that the brain is unable to fully process. While they can temporarily soothe, addictions cannot in any way tackle the problem created by the trauma, however.

EMDR, on the other and, can truly relieve the impact of traumas that feed addictions of all kinds.

Aneta Maliszewska-Billingham, Clinical Psychologist and EMDR Practitioner   

Areas of Speciality: EMDR, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, CBT, Mindfulness and Workplace Stress

Aneta has over 15 years of experience as a clinical psychologist at Our Lady’s Children Hospital, Crumlin. Since gaining validation from the Irish Psychological Association in 2004 she has worked with many trauma survivors and has contributed to several psychological publications.

Aneta is trained in the use of Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) for adults and children, having noted research on its effectiveness in treating trauma, depression, post-traumatic stress symptoms, panic attacks, eating disorders, addiction and anxiety. She also uses EMDR for well-functioning people seeking to decrease fear and stress to help boost their confidence and self-esteem.

Aneta offers EMDR therapy to enable people to heal from emotional distress and psychological difficulties including addictions.

Aneta’s training as a clinical psychologist and many years of clinical work has provided her with a broad understanding of human behaviour and emotions across their lifespan. She is also trained in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and trauma-focused CBT.

To contact Aneta directly please call: 087 132 3843 or email: