I help individuals and their family members at all different places on the continuum of use and recovery.
I will listen to your concern about how your use or your loved one’s use is affecting your life and how you would like your life to be different. I also view substance use and other addictive behaviors in a non-judgmental light by focusing on the impact of the use (ex. fights or disconnection from spouse or children) versus judging someone’s use of a substance or a behavior.
As a certified addiction counselor (CAC III), I can assess whether moderation or abstinence is an appropriate goal.
Since approximately 30% of Americans struggle with alcohol use disorder (not addiction) and others have behavioral issues related to everyday needs, such as food, work, technology, and sex, it is crucial that I am familiar with strategies to help my clients achieve moderation since abstinence is not always an appropriate or realistic goal. On the other hand, if my assessment concludes that you would benefit from specialized treatment beyond what I offer, I will respectfully recommend the most effective programs for your specific issue.
I am also well aware of the pain of addiction and respect multiple paths to healing.
Having experienced addiction in my personal life and working in almost all levels of addiction treatment from residential, intensive outpatient, DUI groups, family programs, and private practice, I utilize an extremely empathetic, skillful, and honest approach with individuals and their families.
Whenever possible, I provide a variety of treatment and support group options depending on your unique situation (Moderation Management, Women for Sobriety, Refuge for Recovery, Phoenix Multisport, Mindfulness Meditation Recovery, AA/NA, Al-Anon, CoDA, etc.) because there really are hundreds of ways up the mountain.
As a marriage and family therapist, I utilize a systemic approach that can include ALL family members in the recovery process:
- I help individuals struggling with addiction to reconnect with their true selves and re-establish a deeply satisfying relationship with their family members to replace their relationship with their addictive behavior or substance.
- I offer a couples in recovery workshop called “Have Each Other’s Backs Again” twice a year for individuals who are looking to heal and strengthen their intimate relationship so they can enjoy their recovery journey with someone by their side.
- I have extensive experience empowering, educating, and guiding family members of individuals with addiction issues to employ different strategies to help save their loved one’s life and work on their own recovery as well.
- I provide experiential family therapy sessions that give children and teens an equal voice in expressing the pain of addiction and help heal and reunite these families.
- I support adult children of addicts to let go of resentments, forgive their parents, and let them back into their life. Or, if they decide that reconciliation is not their goal, they can still work on letting go of the pain, finding acceptance in their parents’ limitations, and moving forward with their life.
What sets me apart as a substance abuse, addiction and recovery therapist:
- I continue to do my own personal and relational recovery work and professional development. Beyond earning my CAC III, I have completed The Gottman Institute’s training, “Couples and Addiction Recovery”, PACT Level I training (influenced by John Bradshaw), and RLT Level I training (influenced by Pia Mellody).
- I created a powerful piece to illustrate the family’s story: Addiction Divides Us, Recovery Unites Us and support clients who wish to also use creative therapy modalities for telling their story and deeply healing.
My MISSION is to help equip couples with the tools to pass down the gifts of recovery and healthy intimate relationships to future generations.