I am an Adjunct Professor in the School of Behavioral Sciences at California Southern University, Faculty at the Wayne Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy at Bellarmine University, Part-time Lecturer at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and HPCSA Registered Psychological Counselor. I am the author of the books An Integral Guide to Recovery: Twelve Steps and Beyond (Integral Publishers), An Integral Foundation for Addiction Treatment: Beyond the Biopsychosocial Model (Integral Publishers), co-author of Mind-Body Workbook for Addiction: Effective Tools for Relapse Prevention and Recovery (New Harbinger Publishers), developer of the Integrated Recovery Program and the Integrated Recovery Meta-Therapy therapeutic framework, and have published numerous academic articles in the fields of addiction treatment and studies, theoretical psychology and philosophy.
I worked in the addiction treatment and mental health field for over 18 years as Head of Treatment, Clinical Director, Program Director, Researcher, Counselor, Trainer, and Program Developer. I hold a BA in Psychological Counselling (cum laude), BA Hons in Psychology (cum laude), and MA in Psychology (cum laude) degrees from the University of South Africa (Unisa), and currently pursuing my PhD at the Unisa.
My current research is exploring the relationship between ideology and addiction (ideology addiction). My hypothesis is that ideologies are psychoactive and potentially addictive. Ideology addiction can be understood as a type of ideological possession and zealotry, with deleterious consequences for the individual and society. An individual in the grips of an ideology addiction exhibits psychological and behavioral patterns common to all addicted populations. From a psychodynamic perspective, ideology addiction can be understood as the result of a narcissistic disturbance of self experience and deficits in self capabilities. Consequently, the activism of an ideology addict is fundamentally a narcissistic project. A misguided attempt at self repair and satisfaction of archaic narcissistic needs, and seldom motivated by the ideals of the ideology.
My research into the often deleterious effects of ideology generated an interest in the Seastead Institute’s ‘meta-ideological’ vision and social experiment.