Substance use can lead to an array of psychological and physical health concerns. In 2019 it was found 40% of Australians aged over 14 had used illicit substances during their life. While cannabis is the most commonly used illicit substance, a large survey revealed ongoing concerns about the impact of crystal methamphetamine in the Australian community.

Substance use disorders often involve harm not only to the individual but to their family and their ability to engage in life in a meaningful way. They often lead to changes in social functioning, thinking process and behaviours and when they develop into an addiction there may be changes to the underlying brain structure as a result.

However with support, determination and commitment, it is sometimes possible to break free from the cycle of addiction. These are some of the substance use disorders clinicians at Bayside Psychotherapy work with:

Feeling hurt, confused, or out of control? Has an addiction taken over your life? Addictions, and the behaviours they cause and encourage, are diverse in natureeand severity. They also do not occur in isolation. Addictions often have a negative impact on health, emotional well-being, concentration, and, most importantly on the relationships with those we love.

Cannabis Addiction
Cocaine Addiction
Gambling Addiction
Internet Addiction
Pornography Addiction
Cigarette Addiction
Binge Drinking

Call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form to book to enquire. Or, if you are ready to book your first your confidential appointment click here.

What can I expect from a session?

Our team of experienced counsellors take an approach that is focused on you as an individual, and one which aims to help you to discover the factors underlying your addiction. We offer you a safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment for you to process and explore your internal world.

During your first session, you’ll be able to discuss your concerns, ask questions  and decide if your therapist is right for you. The initial consultation will also provide your therapist with valuable insights into the issues involved in your addiction and what you’d like to achieve. In some cases, substance use difficulties can be managed by changing habitual thoughts and responses; thereby naturally resolving the underlying causes of the behaviour.

Each therapist at Bayside Psychotherapy can draw upon several counselling or hypnotherapy treatment approaches,. Depending on your individual circumstances, your therapist might include one or a combination of humanistic person centred therapies such as Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation exercises, existential therapy, psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, dream work, NLP, CBT, DBT, hypnotherapy treatment and other similar techniques.

Regain control of your addiction and your life. Call us on (03) 9557 9113 to book your confidential online appointment.

Addiction treatment


Note: This information is informative only and is not to be used for diagnosis or substitution of appropriate assessment and/or treatment by a registered practitioner. Information on this page and our entire site should not be construed as implying that our therapists are specialists in treating any condition whatsoever. While some of our therapists may have experience working with people suffering from a specific condition, not all of our therapists do. We do not guarantee any particular level of performance, cure or management of symptoms. Each case is unique and responds differently with collaboration between client and therapist being crucial. Always seek appropriate assessment from a qualified professional such as a GP, psychiatrist, clinical psychologist or social worker especially if you are acutely distressed.

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Therapists who do online

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Carolina Selvarajoo
  • Humaira Ansari
  • Kelli Tranter
  • Lawrence Akers
  • Paul Mischel

Therapists who do in-clinic

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Carolina Selvarajoo
  • Lawrence Akers
  • Paul Mischel