Senior Counselor/Addiction Specialist
Johann Coetzer-Liversage is one of the two co-founders of Inner Peace, alongside his husband Anthony Coetzer-Liversage (who is currently doing his PhD in Public Health at Kent State University, USA, and is a Fulbright Alumni).
Johann graduated from UCT in 2014 with a PostGraduate Diploma in Addiction Care and currently is the only registered facilitator of MRT (Moral Reconation Therapy) in South Africa.
Johann’s interes tin Substance Use Disorders and Addictions, has guided him in completing many other courses, including Social work which has allowed him to register with the South African Counsel for Social Services Professions.
Johann has 10 years of working with people living with substance use disorders, and has had the opportunity of working in the top facilities like Akeso-Kenilworth Clinic, Harmony Clinic in Cape Town, the City of Cape Town’s Employee Wellness out-patient programme, and at Hope House where he was the Clinical Director. He has a passion for people who live withs ubstance use disorders, and also has an interest in dual diagnosis and other disorders that go alongside Substance Use.
He travels to the USA yearly to attend conferences and sees what works when it comes to working with people with substance use disorders. He is currently the Clinical Director of Inner Peace and has been for the last four years and has grown Inner Peace, which has developed its Addiction Treatment Centre into an esteemed facility within the Northern Cape.
Johann is an eclectic therapist, using a blend of Cognitive Behavioural, Motivational Interviewing, MRT, and other evidence-based practices and programmes. His approach to counselling and care, is to always be Trauma informed. Part of his success in supporting clients, and achieving the results he obtains, is that he embraces approaches like: Solution Focused, Reality Based, and psycho-education that build awareness and change within individuals and their families. This means he embraces a holistic approach that explores client’s issues, while promoting education or knowledge awareness within them. This is done though addressing the mind, spirit and body so that they are interconnected. His philosophy and theory is that when people have hope and can learn to challenge and replace irrational thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes, people are free to experience change, finding meaning, purpose and value in how to live a balanced life free from the chains of their mental health disorders.