Specialised in Eating Disorders, Food Addiction, Family Support with someone with an eating disorder, Pre and Post Bariatric Surgery Support, IBS, IBD, Type 1 and 2 Diabetes support, Weight Management along side with dietitians, Emotional Ill-Health, Transpersonal Psychology and Psycho-Spiritual Development.
Stephan’s expertise is rooted in the Buddhist Psychology Therapeutic Model of Health and Wellness, as part integral of the individual’s personal development and organic growth of the Whole Person.
Having experienced several co-existing addictions, Stephan realised that everyone develops at some point in their life, an addiction. ‘the onset of addiction manifests in an individual’s life psychologically, emotionally, physically and spiritually as a response to an intense experience of fear, illness, loss of someone, neglect from a care giver or accident, to name a few.
More importantly, Trauma and Addiction go inevitably hand in hand. Often the sufferer adopted a coping mechanism that helped soothing the experience of a related trauma to suppress the uncomfortable experience or psychological pain of that trauma.
Stephane also realised that at the very moment of the trauma, the individual finds itself powerless, hopeless stuck in a distressful situation directly causing harm. In that situation, the individual is deprived from psychological, emotional, physical security and safety. This deprivation or sense of insecurity creates a void within oneself. To avoid this unpleasant feeling, the sufferer tends to create a psychological prison in which they can find long lasting happiness through recreational drugs, substance abuse and other behavioural activities.
If unresolved, the sufferer develops somatic, psychological and neurological adverse effects causing long-term and debilitating life changes; often, manifested as physical and psychological cravings. From biomedical, behavioural and addiction models of addiction, there is a strong focus on the symptoms which, limits the complete healing of the sufferer. Stephane advocates the need to move away from these models, and instead integrate spirituality or religion as the lens to explore the individual’s addictive conditions – in essence considering this void as spiritual void/crisis rather than just being bodily reaction to a trauma.
Buddhism and Buddhist Psychology enabled Stephan to establish a unique method of teaching meditation and healing technique to safely explore these extra-ordinary experiences, in which they can be transformed within a transpersonal and psycho-spiritual framework