Andrew da Roza is a qualified addictions psychotherapist. He holds a Masters degree in counselling from Monash University in Australia, and a Master of Science degree in addictions from: King’s College, London University; the Virgina Commonwealth University, USA; and the University of Adelaide, Australia.
He is certified by the Asia Pacific Certified Board as a Substance Abuse Therapist; and also certified by the Association of Practitioners Specialising in Addictions Counselling as a Substance Abuse Counsellor. He is an International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist candidate. Andrew is a Master Solution-Focused Practitioner; and a Singapore Health Promotion Board Quit Smoking Consultant.
Andrew is a member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and the Singapore Association for Counselling; and he is also a member of the ACA College of Alcohol and other Drugs.
Andrew practices motivational interviewing, solution-focused brief therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy, to assist clients to identify their values, goals and strengths, and to effect positive changes in their lives. He also practices mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to help clients build skills for: distress tolerance; emotion regulation; and interpersonal effectiveness. Well connected to the recovery group community, Andrew understands the power of the 12 Steps and providing meaningful service to the both recovery and the wider community.
Andrew practiced as lawyer for over 25 years and has a BA in law from Kent University and a Masters in law from King’s College, London. He was in private practice with Linkers and with Hogan Lovells international law firms; and he was General Counsel of FedEx’s Asia Pacific Division and with International SOS during that time. He also has an Executive MBA, jointly from Kellogg, Northwestern University and HKUST.
Many of us want to know how a person becomes an addict. Such compulsion is often described as a: “bio-psycho-social disease”. Some people inherit genetic vulnerabilities. They are predisposed to anxiety, depression, anger, stress and impulsivity. Some may have suffered dreadful traumas. Neglected childhoods. Were thrill seekers. They got in ... Read More
Clients and their families often want to know: how do people become addicts? We are all very complex beings and it is almost impossible to give a definitive answer to this question. Addiction professionals often described it as a bio-psycho-social “disease” that involves multiple personal risk factor. In order to ... Read More
If using prescription or other drugs and alcohol has become a problem, it’s worth checking how bad the problem is. It’s like eating chocolate or drinking Coke. At one end, is the occasionally pleasure of eating chocolate or drinking a Coke. At the other end, is the pain of bingeing ... Read More
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If you have compelling, irresistible cravings to drink, smoke, use drugs and gamble, which leads to behaviors that is destructive to yourself and others, you can seek help from a professional addictions counselor. They can offer you tools to deal with urges and cravings. One powerful practice that has been ... Read More
Loved ones struggle to believe that sex can be a real addiction. Isn’t it simply bad behavior and selfishness? Isn’t it just a lack of self-control? Surely serial infidelity is a moral failing and should be punished? Those suffering from compulsive sexual behavior are also confused. It’s not like drugs ... Read More
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Family members and friends are often caught in the whirlwind of destruction that come with addiction. They are at a loss what to do. Do they disengage completely? Avoid all contact? Offer help? Do they try to clean up the mess? Give money? Arrange doctors, hospitals rehabs? Buy and dispense ... Read More
Away from their families and long standing networks of school, university, work, sports and church friends; and facing traveling, work, school and domestic pressures; it is not surprising that expatriate families are vulnerable to addictions. One person may be the breadwinner, who has to prove to bosses in distant countries that ... Read More
One of the most baffling and frustrating thing about addiction is that, once it takes hold, almost nothing a person or their families do can help them stop. Many clients have, over the years, tried everything to stop their compulsive and destructive behavior. They are often ingenious, resourceful and creative ... Read More