Hafizi Harun is our licensed in-house counselor registered with the Malaysian Board of Counsellors. He is an International Certified Addiction Professional with more than 20 years of experience in the field of addiction treatment and rehabilitation.
Addiction counselling is highly specialized counselling that views addiction seriously as a disease, and not just a symptom of another underlying issue that has created an impact on the person’s behaviour toward alcohol or illicit drugs.
Assessment will be done based on the problems and challenges faced by the person that led them to use drugs. A specialized treatment plan is constructed based on the evaluation done. Then, the therapy will aid the client through their attempts to achieve the goals that they have set for themselves.
Ashwin is a Clinical Psychologist with a special interest in substance and alcohol use disorders, behavioural addictions and trauma. He is additionally skilled in supporting people in managing anxiety, depression, psychosis, and personality disorders. He holds a trauma-informed approach towards therapy and practices Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). Ashwin is a trained EMDR clinician (Level I and II) registered with the EMDR Association of Australia (EMDRAA). He adopts an integrative approach and works from a Motivational Interviewing and Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT) perspective.
Ashwin received intensive training on substance use disorders from the Drug Advisory Program under the Colombo Plan, where he obtained both the International Certified Addiction Professional (ICAP II) and Recovery Coach credentials. He has undergone both Primary and Advanced Practicum training in REBT with the renowned Albert Ellis Institute. He is also currently working towards completing his accreditation in EMDR. He advocates for Harm Reduction and Evidence-Based Drug Policies that include decarceration, decriminalisation and regulation of substances. He is a passionate Global Trainer with the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime (UNODC) and Colombo Plan, focusing on the prevention, treatment and recovery promotion of Substance Use Disorders.
A recovery coach’s focus is to support a client in pursuing their own goals by offering them the tools and guidance needed in the day-to-day process. This is to ensure that they can follow the path of recovery that they have chosen.