My Approach to Helping
Look up successful in the dictionary, and people see you. You're respected in your work, and from what others see, you have it all together. Yet on the inside, you feel like a child, a failure, an imposter waiting for HR to escort you out of the building. If they only knew what it's like to be you. Why is it so easy for other people to manage job, home, relationship, kids and more without falling into a bottle of wine? How did a cocktail at happy hour turn into a daily fifth or two, and when did you start using pain pills hoping to mend the ache in your heart?
Does this sound familiar? It does for lots of us. Putting a plug in the jug won't make a genie appear to make all of your wishes come true, but you will be able to wake up each morning with hope and without a hangover, and you'll start really living instead of slowly killing yourself. You can do this, and I can help.
So many of us learned to drink and drug so that we could fit in and not feel like such an oddball. Some of us endured unspeakable trauma, pain, sorrow and heartache, and being high made it all go away for awhile. No matter how drinking and drugging started for you, right under the surface are probably wounds from your past that never healed. Together, we'll examine those wounds, clean them and heal them properly using techniques that last. And once those wounds are healed, the reasons you turned to alcohol and drugs to cope with your pain will heal, too.
More Info About My Practice
I believe in human resilience, and am not afraid of change in myself or in others. I know that my best days are ahead of me, and believe that they are for you, too. If you agree, and want a future filled with possibility instead of pain, give me a call and let's get started.
I work with individuals, couples and families who've been touched by alcohol and drugs. Substance abuse, alcoholism and drug addiction aren't solo diseases experienced by just one person, but touch the loved ones surrounding the identified patient as well. I work with all of you as you create change - change in beliefs and change in behaviors - in support of the one you care about. Your loved one is sick, and with your help and willingness, I will help your loved one get well. Recovery truly takes a village.
My clients are in all stages of their recovery journey. I meet with clients before, during and after treatment, and in some cases, instead of treatment. I see non-addicted individuals and couples, too, and together, we discover what coping mechanism they've been using that need to be replaced or adjusted. No matter what, my clients are confused and mystified about their past, and look toward the future with curiosity, acceptance, willingness and hope.
If this sounds like the life you've been waiting for, let's talk. If you dream of a better future free of the prison of alcohol and drugs, you can have it. Call me and let's get started. I believe in you. You can do this.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I gave up alcohol and drugs 29 years ago, and can honestly say that I walk the walk. I've been where you are, and want to work with you as you journey toward a genuine, authentic life filled with hope and promise. My life has changed in so many powerful ways since I said "no more," and this can happen for you as well. I won't judge you or shame you, but I will hold up a mirror for you to see yourself. Together, we will work on new skills and new behaviors that will make life easier for you, using a method that gives lasting results. Someone did that for me, and now I do it for my clients everyday. Someone believed in me and I am forever grateful. My life has only gotten better, and so can yours.
I can't wait to meet you, listen to you, align with you, and be your advocate in your corner. The alliance we'll build is strong and real, and lives with no judgement from me. You may surprise me, but you won't shock me. We may cry together; we definitely will laugh together. I will be on your side, in a safe place where you can tell me the truth. You don't have to fight alcohol and drugs alone anymore. You will get well and you will thrive in your new life.