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Ask An Expert

These are interviews with trained professionals who come into contact with people struggling with addiction.

Ask An Expert: Warner (Peer Support Worker)

Wednesday 20 Sep, 2017, 8:59am by Mrs D 2 comments

Today’s expert is Warner, a Peer Support Worker at Christchurch Central Service. ========== Mrs D: What is the Christchurch Central Service? Warner: It’s an assessment, referral and resource service for people requiring help with alcohol and drug problems. Our service will complete a brief screening, usually over the phone and from there we are able […]

Ask An Expert: Selina (Addiction Clinician)

Sunday 3 Sep, 2017, 10:18am by Mrs D 1 comment

Today’s expert is Selina, an ACC counsellor and Addiction Clinician/Clinical Supervisor working in Private Practice in the Southland region. ======== Mrs D: How are you put in contact with people who have a problem with alcohol? Selina: Through either self-referral or from agencies or businesses that wish to support their staff that are having issues with […]

Ask An Expert: Nicki (Alcohol Healthwatch)

Wednesday 31 May, 2017, 9:00am by Mrs D 9 comments

Today’s expert is Dr Nicki Jackson, the Executive Director of Alcohol Healthwatch – a charitable trust which promotes evidence-based policies and practice to reduce alcohol-related harm in Aotearoa New Zealand. ============== Mrs D: Alcohol Healthwatch is all about reducing alcohol-related harm in NZ, how bad is it right now? What are the latest trends in […]

Ask An Expert: Michelle (Addiction Clinician)

Monday 15 May, 2017, 2:06pm by Mrs D 2 comments

Today’s expert is Michelle, a Registered Nurse and Addiction Clinician working at Werry Workforce Wharaurau in Canterbury. ============= Mrs D: How are you usually put into contact with people who have a problem with alcohol? Michelle: They’re usually referred from community services such as such as GP’s, the Alcohol Drug Helpline, schools, courts. Mrs D: What sort of […]

Ask An Expert: Anna (Narrative Therapist)

Friday 5 May, 2017, 10:50am by Mrs D 11 comments

Today’s expert is Anna – a Narrative Therapist and HypnoBirthing practitioner based in Christchurch. ========= Mrs D: What is your experience of working with people struggling with addiction? Anna: I was drawn to working in the addiction field when I began training as a counsellor. I’ve always believed that it’s a hefty problem in our culture, and […]

Ask An Expert: Cheryl (Mindfulness teacher)

Wednesday 8 Mar, 2017, 9:15am by Mrs D 7 comments

Today’s expert is Cheryl – a mindfulness practitioner who runs courses and retreats through her company Mindfulness 4u. ============ Mrs D: How did you get into this line of work? Cheryl: I was in a therapy/coaching role and went to a mindfulness workshop to learn how I could use mindfulness with my clients. I had […]

Ask An Expert: Karen (Psychologist)

Monday 23 Jan, 2017, 3:00pm by Mrs D 14 comments

These ‘Ask An Expert’ posts are interviews I’m carrying out with trained individuals who come into contact with people struggling with booze. The idea is to humanise and demystify the clinical/medical field for us all, to draw information from these kind and knowledgable people, and hopefully in some instances empower us to reach out more […]

Ask An Expert: Sabien (Occupational Therapist)

Wednesday 9 Nov, 2016, 1:57pm by Mrs D 8 comments

Today’s expert is Sabien, a case manager and occupational therapist at the Nelson-Marlborough District Health Board’s Outpatient Addictions Service. ============= Mrs D: What is Occupational Therapy? Sabien: Occupational Therapy (OT) is client-centred, and is concerned with promoting health and well being through “occupation”. “Occupation” refers to all the sorts of activities we participate in during our day (self-care, […]

Ask An Expert: Rebecca (Addiction Clinician)

Sunday 25 Sep, 2016, 2:07pm by Mrs D 9 comments

Today’s expert is Rebecca, an Addiction Clinician working at the Nelson Addiction Service inside the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board. =========== Mrs D: How are you put in contact with people who have a problem with alcohol? Rebecca: People are referred to our service from a number of different places. Some self-refer, some from the Emergency […]

Ask An Expert: Noelle (Yoga Instructor)

Sunday 4 Sep, 2016, 5:06pm by Mrs D 1 comment

This Ask An Expert comes from Noelle Rodriguez, the founder of LiFE, a yoga, music and art studio in the Philippines. ======== Yoga in your road to recovery The road to recovery from any addiction may be a hard and tiring journey, but, thanks to the people who go through the same thing, more and […]