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About Bridging The Barriers

Bridging the Barriers was founded in 2007 and operated as a successful therapeutic consulting company servicing both the human services and private sectors. In 2015 our focus turned to private practice, with a focus on addiction recovery and relationships. We are based in Banora Point NSW.

Our Method

Our personal recovery programs and services have been influenced by relational gestalt therapy, contemporary spirituality and holistic recovery practices, which promote human flourishing and healing.

Grounded in self – awareness we explore how you interact with and relate to people, place and things. This deepening of awareness leads to new creative alternatives and choices around old fixed and unsatisfying ways of being: addiction and its associated behaviours.

“Change happens when you become what you truly are, not when you try to be what you are not”. Arnold Beisser

This relational perspective is embedded in the here and now and honours authentic relational engagement, promotes improved emotional wellbeing, relational wholeness and ultimately a healthy satisfying life free of addiction.


Through engaging in our proven relationship centred services couples, families and individuals will be empowered to move through their current situation into a life with improved emotional wellbeing, relational wholeness and ultimately healthier more satisfying relationships free of addiction.

About Ian Waugh

Through his lived experience Ian understands the human cost of addiction and what it takes to recover. He has successfully moved through the addiction process, the journey of recovery and beyond. Ian is a compassionate therapist, recovery coach and activist who has been gifted with a deep insight into the dynamics of addiction and the recovery journey.

Throughout his journey he has been privileged to meet and study with many gifted and insightful teachers and therapists. Now, an accomplished addiction specialist and therapist he assists individuals, couples and families to better understand the dynamics of addiction and empower his clientele to do whatever it takes to move beyond their addictions and into a well-lived life.

Professionally, Ian has held clinical positions in a large therapeutic community, implemented therapeutic programs in indigenous treatment settings and consulted on program development and clinical protocols for treating addiction. He has presented workshops, seminars and trainings to organisations on subjects such as, working with clients presenting with addiction and co-morbidity, trauma informed practice and case management.

Academically, Ian has been awarded a Masters of Gestalt Therapy and Diploma of Human Services (Alcohol and Other Drugs). He has taught Gestalt Therapy within a Masters program and presented on the subject of working with clients presenting with addiction issues, to postgraduate students.

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Contact Information

Bridging The Barriers
Addiction Recovery Specialists

0413 653 396

Locations We Cover:

Coolangatta – Tweed Heads – Gold Coast – Banora Point – Online

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