Adelaide-based alcohol counselling and therapy service
Briony’s approach to alcohol issues, whether you are concerned about your own or another person’s use of alcohol, is non-judgemental, relaxed and compassionate.
Her view of alcohol use is that it can be behaviour like any other. Many people enjoy alcohol in moderation and it is a source of conviviality, enjoyment and a way to relax. It is only when alcohol is not used in moderation that it can become problematic.
Alcohol in Society
Why is this the case? Alcohol is as much a part of the fabric of Australian society as football, meat pies, kangaroos and Holden so goes the song! Australia is a country where every occasion – be it glad or sad – is celebrated or commiserated by alcohol use.
Many of us have our first drink when we are very young. We may drive past several alcohol outlets every time we leave the house. Our sporting events are often sponsored by alcohol companies, and our weddings and our wakes more often than involve varying degrees of alcohol use.
What should you do when alcohol use becomes problematic?
Consult a specialist.
Briony Barton is a social worker with over twenty five years experience who has worked as a counsellor, family therapist, group leader and educator in the area of alcohol use. Briony has worked at the Drug and Alcohol Services (SA); the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction and for ten years in her own private practice with people who are concerned about their own or friend or family member’s alcohol use.
A percentage of the population find that there are also negative aspects to alcohol use and these largely fall into three categories of problem use: intoxication, regular excessive use and dependence.
Regular excessive alcohol use
Dependence is a life that revolves around alcohol:
What happens when you attend an appointment with Briony?
Briony believes it is respectful and helpful to get to know you as a person. We look for your strengths and what may underlie the alcohol use becoming problematic. Some people engage in excessive use of alcohol as the fondness for it results in more and more consumption until they develop a large tolerance and find it difficult to modify or cease their behaviour. Some people have issues with grief, anxiety, depression, relationships, worry about the future or some troubling aspects in their past
Briony will do a thorough assessment only of your use of alcohol and other substances over time.
She will then collaborate with the person and together they will agree on the most appropriate evidence-based intervention available tailored to, and matching that person’s specific needs.
Briony has worked with many, many families and friends. Often the parents or partners of problem drinkers may also need considerable information, support and strategies for managing.
Hi, nice to meet you. A little about me:
I am a member of:
- Australian Association of Social Workers (Accredited Mental Health)
- Australian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapists
- Society of Australian Sexology (General Member)
- Australian Society of Hypnosis (Associate)