Addictions Counsellor Elsternwick


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 Elsternwick Area and Surrounds


lsternwick Addictions Counsellor 

Addiction, a compulsive, chronic, relapsing urge to do something hard to control or stop, is a very complex disease which takes a lot of mental and physical strength to overcome.

It is important to understand what addiction is, and the types of addictions to properly address it. If you or your loved one is experiencing an addiction, you have landed on the right page. John Arber Counselling is helping people in and around Elsternwick to overcome their addiction.

The first step to overcome addiction is to understand the few general elements of addiction.

Types of Addictions

There are two types of addictions that are most recognised by experts today.

  • Chemical Addiction

This kind of addiction involves the use of substances like alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, etc.

Alcohol addiction, drug addiction, ICE addiction, and smoking addiction are types of Chemical Addiction.

  • Behavioural Addiction

This kind of addiction involves compulsive, persistent and repetitive behaviours, which have no real benefit.

Gambling addiction, sex addiction, social media addiction, and porn addiction are types of Behavioural Addiction. In fact these are also chemical addictions as the person becomes addicted to the dopamine rush.

How Do Addictions Work?

Addictions interfere with normal brain function; it is not a personal failing or choice.

When you do something enjoyable, the body releases Dopamine. The brain associates the activities which cause the release to be sources of pleasure; this could be drinking a bottle of wine, doing drugs or even just dancing. This association drives you to seek these activities in the future. It imprints in your brain reward circuits

The sense of happiness that these activities instil triggers the cravings, especially when people around you are indulging in them too. The continuous use of a substance or engaging in the activities makes the brain secrete more Dopamine. Once it becomes aware that there is plenty of Dopamine in the brain, it starts producing less in response to the normal triggers. But the brain still needs the same amount of Dopamine for regular functioning. To reach the same Dopamine production, you thus, have to use more or engage in the activity more to make up. This is because the bran produced a sensitising chemical known as delta fos B.

Once an addiction develops, the brain stops producing the same amount of Dopamine for other activities that once made you happy. You will still feel the need to use the substances or indulge in the compulsive activities to achieve that euphoric state.

This sometimes gets so out of hand that it leads to loss of control over life. This affects the abuser’s relationships, careers, family, etc.

Treatments for Addiction

There are many different treatments available for Chemical Addictions and Behavioural addictions.

Chemical Addictions

Rehab or Residential Treatment

It involves staying at a treatment facility with trained specialists who help you get over your addiction.  There are many rehab centres in and around Elsternwick to help you get through.


Psychotherapy and Addictions Counselling can help a great deal with substance abuse, especially when someone is dealing with distressing emotions.

John Arber Counseling in Elsternwick has helped many clients overcome their addictions and lead a healthy and happy life.


Medication can be helpful in the case of substance abuse. It helps reduce the craving of the substance you are using like alcohol, nicotine, or opioids.

Support Groups

A self-help treatment method that relies on anonymous support groups. They provide comfort and guidance to people working towards overcoming their addiction.

Behavioural Addictions


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is extremely useful for people trying to overcome behavioural addictions. It focuses on thoughts and emotions that lead to compulsive behaviour.

If you are in and around Elsternwick, John Arber is well-known for helping people through their addictions.

Peer Support Groups

There are many self-help groups and peer support groups, available both online and offline, to help behavioural addicts understand and cope with their addictions.

There is ample help available to overcome addictions. If you or anyone in your family requires any guidance to deal with any addictions, contact John Arber Counselling today on 0418 720 176.