Simon has 25 years’ experience working with clients struggling with addiction and co-existing mental health problems. He has worked in private practice for the past ten years and combines this with an academic role, where he conducts research and teaching on addiction for the University of Otago in Christchurch.
In treating alcohol and drug problems and other addictions, Simon uses a range of techniques depending on the individual. These may involve enhancing motivation, examining the function of the problem behaviour in order to find alternative ways to meet these needs, or changing the circumstances that are supporting the problem behaviour. Simon will also liaise with GPs or psychiatrists when medication may be useful. Once change has been made, learning to avoid relapse can enhance treatment effectiveness. While he operates from a psychological understanding of addiction, Simon is comfortable with supporting people who wish to engage with the 12-step model (e.g., Alcoholics Anonymous).
Simon works with adults, using a mix of motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural and mindfulness approaches.
Simon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Medicine and Director of the National Addiction Centre. He is also a member of the National Committee for Addiction Treatment (NCAT) and is the addiction specialist on the clinical governance committee of the National Telehealth Service. Assoc Prof Adamson has produced over sixty peer-reviewed publications in the area of addiction assessment and treatment.
Phone: 03 365 6312
Fax: 03 365 6311
My clinic days are Mondays and Thursdays 9am to 6pm, but I can usually respond to enquiries outside of these days.