Addictions Counsellor Bentleigh


ost of us start life well; we’re happy and carefree but at some point things can change.

I’m here to let you know there is a light at the end of the tunnel. With a caring and understanding ear, I’ll help you to uncover the things that are holding you back in life.

We’re not protected when we should have been, we indulge too much in things that are bad for us, or we simply make the wrong decisions about who we are in the world.

*Please note if you are in a state of panic and need assistance of chat support please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or an emergency phone 000.


Transform How You View Yourself and the World Around You


‘ve been a professional counsellor for many years, helping people from all walks of life sort out issues that are holding them back.

Regardless of what you’re dealing with, I can help you look at things objectively, talk with you about how it makes you feel and give you the tools to handle issues when they arise.

It’s all about empowering you to be your full self – confident, happy and feeling centered. Together we can transform your life and give you a different view of the world.


I’ve Got The Skills You Need To Attain your goals


here are many ways I can help, from being the supportive listener you need to providing specialist hypnotherapy /psychotherapy to deal with issues from a different angle. Here’s some of ways I aid clients in feeling better:

Empowering them to regain control of their life when in abusive relationships or dealing with self-abusing traits

Helping them to choose powerfully when faced with habits that need breaking

Giving them the self-assured confidence to go after their goals and aspirations

Teaching them the skills needed to take charge of their lives

Coaching them through challenging situations, letting them know that they’ve got the ability to beat anything they’re currently facing


Addictions Counsellor Servicing the Bentleigh Area and Surrounds


entleigh Addictions Counsellor 

Addiction is a very common and The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders classifies Addiction as a mental health disorder. It is defined as a problematic use leading to significant impairment and needing more to gain the same effect with a history of unsuccessful attempts to control or stop such addictions. 

John Arber Counselling in Bentleigh is a specialised addiction counsellor providing a wide range of interventions and support to people experiencing an addiction. We have experience both theory and practice in addictions and can help you identify your issues and assist you on getting your life back on track. 

How do addictions arise? 

There are numerous ways in which addictions can manifest in one’s lives.  They may start from an occasional use and grow into dependence.  They can start from a small habit, and research stated it takes just 66 days for a habit to form into an addiction. They may arise inheriting the addictive gene  or from unexpected social pressures from peers, or emotional pressure due to sudden change in the way of life, such as a loss or to mask social anxiety. 

Types of addictions 

There are different types of addictions and the most common are, alcohol addiction, drug addiction, ICE addiction, gambling addiction, sex addiction, porn addiction, and smoking addiction

Alcohol addiction, drug addiction, ICE addiction and smoking addiction can together be classified as substance abuse. It can lead to long-term physical and psychological issues if not addressed. Even sex addiction can over work the dopamine receptors which can have long term impacts. 

Porn addiction might not sound like a big thing but can also affect your social life immensely there is often shame and guilt which may lead to social anxiety. Gambling addiction is classed as an excessive behavioural addiction. 

How to overcome addictions? 

Many people have overcome their addictions. Those people generally have the motivation to stop and have a good rapport with their therapist. So, don’t worry, if you wish to quit your addiction the first step to recovering is to recognise your addiction and then seek help from a professional. 

Step 1: Acknowledge your addiction and Take responsibility 

Be honest with yourself about your addiction. If you are using more, on more days. If you have had unsuccessful attempts to cut down or quit and it has an impact on your life you are probably dependent. Taking responsibility is as important as addressing your issue.  

Step 2: Make a plan 

Making a date to quit your addiction can be helpful. Set a date that has significance in your life so that it drives you. After setting a date, identify what triggers you to indulge into your addictions. Try to remove yourself from those triggers 

Step 3: Seek Professional Support 

There is a variety of professional support available. 

Registered Counsellor 

Make an appointment with a skilled professional to help you through your recovery journey Interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), behavioural therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and life skills training are some of the techniques that have been proven beneficial those seeking to overcome addictions. If you are in and around Bentleigh, John Arber Counselling have their doors open to help in your journey  and will tailor an individual treatment plan to assist you to overcome your addiction. 

Lean of your close ones 

If comfortable confide in your family or, people you are comfortable with. Ask them to hold you accountable and support you throughout so that you can lower the risk of relapse. 

Looking for an experienced non-judgemental counsellor in Bentleigh? John Arber Counselling has a vast portfolio of helping people overcome their addictions. Contact us today at 0418 720 176. 

John Arber’s List Of Qualifications

  • Master Degree of  Social Science.  (Human Services Counselling)
  • Graduate Certificate in Social Science. (Couples Counselling)
  • Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Counselling and Intervention
  • Post Graduate Addiction Studies including addictions and Neural Ageing
  • Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol and Other Drugs)
  • Diploma of Health Counselling
  • Certificate IV Hypnotherapy
  • Certificate IV Alcohol and other Drugs
  • Certificate IV Training and Assessment
  • Cert Clinical Supervision
  • Cert CBT