I am passionate about helping people realize there is another way to live and that they are capable of making that choice.
An Adult Child of an Alcoholic and survivor of childhood physical abuse, you could say I’ve worked in the addictions treatment and recovery services field since birth. My upbringing in an addicted and mentally ill household taught me firsthand that addiction and codependence is a family disease and not that of one individual. There doesn't have to be addiction nor severe mental illness in a family to create a codependent dynamic.
For the last several years, I've worked as a contributor to the SAMHSA grant funded agency: Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTCnetwork.org). The ATTC strives to disseminate the latest evidence based practices in the field of substance abuse recovery to front line workers.
Through this work, plus being exposed to the most current research in addiction science, I've learned there is no “one size fits all” substance abuse treatment model. What works for one family or even one individual in a family may not work for another. I do support Twelve Step methods when they resonate with the individual and I also support more holistic, Eastern Philosophy and Buddhist approaches to treating addiction. While Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Modification and EMDR might be appropriate for some, exploring the mind, body and spirit through yoga, meditation and art therapy, provide healing for others.
Ultimately, my approach to addictions treatment is straight forward, strength based and solution focused while always laden with compassion, curiosity, non-judgement and human connection. I work most effectively with those who have already decided they want a life free from addiction. Our work together will support creating that new life in a treatment plan that uniquely fits you.