Substance Use, Addiction, and Recovery

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What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?
I offer individual, couples, and group therapy for adults and late-adolescents. My specialty areas include those with histories of abuse or sexual violence, as well as working with the LGBTQ community. I generally work with a broad range of concerns, including substance use issues, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, difficulty coping, relationship issues, and self-worth/self-esteem.

I also provide workshops to businesses/organizations related to diversity, wellness, and conflict/communication.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?
I use an integrative approach to therapy, which includes Interpersonal, Relational-Cultural, Emotion-focused, and Psychodynamic theories. I also utilize some strategies from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

When should one seek treatment?
One should definitely seek treatment when managing life tasks and keeping up with daily functioning becomes difficult or out of control. A person might also seek treatment when small changes in relationships, mood, or life events occur. We can often go much deeper in therapy when a person is feeling okay. If one waits until there is a crisis, the crisis will have to be dealt with first. So, definitely seek therapy in crisis, but also when most pieces of life are okay yet some improvement could be made.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?
Mental health and substance abuse are interrelated and have a cyclical relationship. They both impact one another. We may increase substance use in order to deal with mental health issues (life stressors). Increased substance use also may increase life stressors and mental health concerns. I provide services that focus on the whole person and how substances play a role in their broader picture. I can help with readiness for change, harm-reduction, and increasing more effective coping strategies to replace use over time