My Approach to Helping
Are you tired of being told “just say no”? Are you tired of being called weak-willed or defective? Have you grown tired of being treated like a problem and not a person? Do you keep drinking or using in spite of the negative ways those habits affect your life? Having counseled people troubled by addiction for the past 10 years, I feel confident that recovery is possible.
When life overwhelms, that drink or hit can seem like a best friend, soothing our anxieties and fears with comforting numbness. Apart from the physical dependence and withdrawal, overcoming addiction means allowing neglected, buried and ignored emotions to come flooding back all at once.
Far too often, we confuse what we do with who we are. Are you an alcoholic, or a person who misuses alcohol? My approach to treating addiction and takes an outside-in and inside-out approach. By outside-in, I mean addressing behavioral and environmental factors. This might mean removing all alcohol and drugs from their hiding places, and surrounding yourself with a supportive sober community.
By inside-out, we will process the deep wounds that made you want to find that comforting numbing agent to begin with. Narrative therapy is an approach to counseling that begins with the premise that you are not the problem; the problem is the problem. Using a narrative approach, we will work together to identify those unique exceptions in which you chose not to use, maintained commitments or lived consistently with your values in spite of the hold of a villain named Addiction.
My approach is nonjudgmental, encouraging and patient. I don’t believe in powerlessness. I believe we all have the strength to change.