Affluent Neglect

Society expresses great concern for poor, underserved children and the increased likelihood they may lack access to health care and education, or that they may turn to drugs or crime in adulthood. Less attention is paid to children of affluent parents who have their own set of problems. Emotional neglect often goes unnoticed or unreported, which may…

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What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph. in the 1980s, is a type of talk therapy originally designed for high-risk, suicidal people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Today, DBT is used to treat people struggling with a range of complex and intense emotions, including substance abuse and addiction, PTSD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders,…

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Benefits of Yoga in Addiction Treatment

In general terms, yoga is an exercise that benefits the body, mind and spirit through an integration of breathing techniques, strengthening exercises, postures and meditation. There are many types of yoga; all are beneficial. Although yoga is a centuries-old practice, it is a relatively new treatment modality in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. Acceptance…

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Why Some People Think Sex Addiction Doesn’t Exist

Does sex addiction really exist? Is sexual addiction a true disorder? Or is hypersexuality just an excuse for irresponsible behavior or infidelity? Those are complicated questions, and even experts in the world of behavioral health and addiction will probably never agree on the answers.  Many people think hypersexuality should be classified as an addiction. They…

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Julie Dawn Jones

Live-in Therapist

Julie holds a BSc (HONS) in Psychology and is an accredited addiction Counsellor. Her interest in Psychology developed further when she gained her PGCE and lectured Psychology and Counselling in Cardiff and the Vale College (CAVC). She also has qualifications in Systemic Family Therapy, Emotional Focused Therapy, sexual addictions and compulsivity and is a trained Counselling Supervisor. She has had her own private practice for over 20 years and has worked in Rehabilitations Internationally and Nationally in the UK. She works from an integrated perspective, and her skills set has offered her clients a base to explore issues such as abuse, trauma, depression, anxiety, anger management and eating disorders. Her passion for her work is based on her own family history of addictions and negative cycles, and she has been instrumental in forming the integrated family team across the UK. The integrated family service supports families when they are struggling with drug and alcohol issues. She is repeatedly asked to work with vulnerable children and adults to help resolve domestic violence within the family home, which Julie also has a passion for. “Sometimes things don’t make sense until you take time to work the little things through. Your journey starts with one small step”.