Meditation and Addiction: The Way Through

Meditatio are holding a conference on meditation and addiction on Tuesday, 30 October 9.30 am – 5.00 pm. Meditation and Addiction: The Way Through will be held at 24 Greencoat Place, London SW1P 1RD

Anyone interested in this event please follow the link here:


Noel Bell interviews Paula Hall, UK based sexual and relationship psychotherapist

Yesterday I had the pleasure of interviewing Paula Hall, sexual and relationship psychotherapist.

Paul Hall (pictured below) is a UK based sexual and relationship psychotherapist who has been specialising in the field of sex addiction for over 10 years. Paula has trained with Thaddeus Birchard in the UK and with Dr Patrick Carnes in the US. Paula is a founder member of ATSAC (Association for the Treatment of Sex Addiction and Compulsivity). Click here for a self assessment tool if you are worried about your sexual behaviour. She is a trainer on the UK’s first Professional Certificate in Sex Addiction Treatment.

In the interview we discuss the nature of sex addiction, the treatment models for sex addiction, 12 step recovery programmes, psycho-therapeutic modalities and her plans for the publication of her book on sex addition and treatment.

Click here to listen to the Paula Hall interview.


See also

Sex and love addiction resources

The benefit of 12 step treatments

12 step treatments are not to be confused with the self help followships such as AA and NA

The new edition of Therapy Today dropped through the letterbox today and it is always interesting to see what is inside.  Rachel Young from the Banbury Therapy Centre writes an interesting article on group therapy for addiction.   

12 step group therapy aims to create a safe space where clients with addictions can learn to reconnect with others and create the foundations for recovery. It is important to note that 12 step treatments are not to be confused with the self help fellowships such as AA and NA. These fellowships aim to provide peer support indefinitely but 12 step treatment is typically 3 to 6 months of intensive rehabilitation therapy at the start of the recovery process. AA and NA can often be the perfect after care support system for clients seeking to stay on the straight and narrow.

Trust, peer support and honesty are put forward by Rachel Young as the most important criteria for the success of the treatment. Also, a thorough awareness of group dynamics is essential in order to facilitate a 12 step group therapy treatment model as conflict resolution needs to be tackled very early on. Well worth a read!