Addiction Specialist - Researcher - Writer
Welcome to my website. I am an academic, researcher, writer and addiction specialist that offer online and in-person psychological and philosophical counselling services.
I have worked in the mental health field for over 20 years as an addiction specialist, clinical & program director, trainer, academic, writer and researcher.
I am currently a researcher and instructor at the I-System Institute for Transdisciplinary Studies, Utah State University; and a faculty member at the Wayne Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy, Loyola University Chicago. In addition to working as an adjunct professor in the United States, I have been a guest lecturer at South African universities, and was a visiting scholar at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) where I conducted research in the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, and the Institute of Philosophy, Centre for Phenomenology and Continental Philosophy.
I have BA Health and Social Services (cum laude), BA Hons Psychology (cum laude) and MA Psychology (cum laude) degrees from the University of South Africa, and am currently pursuing postgraduate studies in philosophy at the University of Cape Town. I am registered counsellor with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), certified as a Logic-Based Therapist by the National Philosophical Counselling Association (NPCA), and a certified Mind-Body Bridging Therapist (Utah State University).
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, theoretical psychology and philosophy. I am currently working on a two book contract for Cambridge University Press.
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 by NREPP 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.