Counselling & Gestalt Therapy for Addiction | Tweed Coast

Addiction counselling to help you recover

Anyone, at any stage of their life, can become addicted to a range of things: alcohol, drugs, smoking, gambling, eating disorders, shopping, sex, and work. Addiction is often used as a coping method for people; a way of dealing with a painful past (or present) situation that they don’t want to face.

Through life experiences, I understand the complex nature of addiction and the impact they have on families and intimate relationships.

My addiction recovering counselling offers advice, education, treatment options and recovery coaching. I’m on your side, and I’m here to help you.

Working with you during counselling, we’ll design a personalised addiction recovery program that is designed to optimise the best possible outcome with ongoing success.

And I’m here for those around you too, helping couples and families deal with addiction recovery.

My aim is to empower my clients to tap into their inner wisdom and strengths, to create their own unique recovery journey and move into a well –lived life free of addiction.

Addiction Recovery Care & Family Support

Side effects from addiction often go beyond the person who is recovering (or suffering) from the habit. That’s why I offer a holistic approach, not only taking care of you but helping those around you.

I work closely with families and couples, educating and guiding them through the complexities of living with addiction and the treatment process. Once the treatment phase is completed, I help families develop a personalised aftercare and support package:

  • Family Support is a continuum of care, beginning with pre-treatment education, support and interventions; followed up with treatment options and support; moving into post – treatment planning and after care support and coaching. This continuum of care is evidenced based incorporating best practices principals.
  • After Care incorporates post-treatment planning and care, relapse management and recovery coaching. Once the treatment phase is complete it is time for a well-planned aftercare and recovery management program. Ian liaises with your treatment provider to optimise the best possible outcome and success.

Whether you are searching for advice, education, family support, after care or recovery coaching, Ian is here to help!

Addiction recovery solutions that work

How addiction counselling and therapy works

The integrated recovery programs and services I offer are influenced by relational Gestalt therapy, contemporary spirituality and integrative practices, which are supported by the latest addiction research and best practice.

Grounded in self– awareness, together we explore your relationship with addiction. This deepening of awareness leads to new creative alternatives and choices around old fixed and unsatisfying ways of being.

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

How I can help you beat addiction

  • Treatment options
  • Integrated recovery plans
  • Recovery coaching
  • Couples coaching
  • Family mentoring
  • Education and advocacy
  • Workshops and retreats
  • Online counselling

Your new life after addiction

Forever recovery

The process is simple. Firstly, I will need to assess your personal situation. This happens over three sessions. Once I have a full picture of your situation, I co-develop a personalised integrated recovery plan with you, that best meets your needs and goals. I then support you through the process of realising your goals. The same process is applied to couples and families.

Change happens when you become what you truly are, not when you try to be what you are not.

Arnold Beisser

Your privacy

Understanding the stigma and sensitivity of the issues associated with active addiction and recovery. I operate a private, discreet and independent service where your confidentiality is guaranteed. Your personal information will not be shared without your prior permission.


Ian Waugh – Genuine Relating is a private practice and operates under a fee for service arrangement with my clientele. I understand the financial issues caused by the process of active addiction. Knowing this, I endeavour to deliver cost effective services while maintaining the best possible outcomes.

Ready to change old habits with addiction counselling?

Addictions can be overcome when you’ve got the right support crew. Contact me today to find out how Gestalt Therapy can help you and your family with addiction issues.