Guy du Plessis  

Addiction Specialist

Psychological & Philosophical Counsellor

Welcome to my website. I offer online and in-person psychological and philosophical counselling to adults and families. 

I have worked in the mental health field for over 20 years as an addictions and psychological counsellor, program director, clinical director, program developer, trainer, academic and researcher.

In addition to offering counseling services, I am a researcher and adjunct faculty at the I-System Institute for Transdisciplinary Studies, Utah State University; adjunct professor at the School of Behavioural Sciences, California Southern University; and a faculty member at the Wayne Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy, Loyola University Chicago. 

I have BA (cum laude), BA Hons (cum laude) and MA (cum laude) degrees in psychology from the University of South Africa. I am a PhD candidate in psychology, and completed part of my doctoral research as a visiting scholar at the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium. I am registered counsellor with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), and certified as a Logic-Based Therapist by the National Philosophical Counselling Association (NPCA).

I am the author of the books An Integral Guide to Recovery (Integral Publishers), An Integral Foundation for Addiction Treatment (Integral Publishers), co-author of Mind-Body Workbook for Addiction (New Harbinger), Social Unrest (Utah State University), Resilient Mind Skills Workbook (Utah State University) and a contributing author to Opioids in South Africa: Towards a Policy of Harm Reduction (Human Sciences Research Council Press), and have published academic articles, and presented at national and international conferences, in the fields of addiction treatment and studies, psychotherapy, theoretical psychology and philosophy.

I am the developer of Integrated Recovery Meta-therapy, which is a metatheoretical framework for substance use disorder treatment. My research on the development of an integral metatheory of addiction and its therapeutic applications has been implemented in several addiction treatment facilities, included in graduate and postgraduate university curriculums, and presented in academic textbooks. I am also the co-developer of a substance use disorder intervention (Mind-Body Bridging Substance Abuse Program) that was listed as an evidence-based intervention by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.