We begin with a 90 minute comprehensive biopsychosocial evaluation. Using a holistic approach I work to relieve the pressing issues first. Then, we address the ares of life where change can have huge impacts on stress reduction and increase levels of happiness. I teach ways to “re-frame” thoughts (CBT or REBT) and provide you with valuable life tools to cope with life’s obstacles, including mindfulness techniques. We work to solve current problems and change unhelpful thinking and behaviors which get in the way of your goals.
Relationships are constantly evolving and we must have effective and compassionate communication skills to survive these changes. I use a solution-focused approach with couples in order to move away from pain and in to healing. I teach you very quickly how to communicate at a deeper level by expanding you emotional vocabulary around your thoughts and feelings.
Post Treatment and Continuing Care
I continue the deeper therapeutic work that must happen after individuals complete substance use treatment to maintain long-term sobriety. I work with the original treatment team, follow the discharge plan, and create long term goals around your sobriety. We address the underlying clinical issues needed to assure long term sobriety is reached.
Growing up in the South and the Midwest of the United States, I quickly learned how men were "supposed" to behave, talk, and communicate. I never found these ideas to be helpful in my relationships with others. Quite the opposite, in fact: I did have the tools to identify, express and communicate my emotions to others in healthy, effective, and productive ways. I fell in love with psychology, the study of the human mind and human behaviors. I found myself reading and researching what contributes to addictive behaviors, what strengthens relationships with others, and what keeps us disconnected from each other and ourselves.
Most of us have created constructs (narratives) about how the world works over our lifetime and we tend to move in life as if these constructs were true in all circumstances. Sometimes these constructs can be helpful but more often they become overly rigid or too loose. I work in solution-focused ways, always validating the emotional experience of your body and your mind but keeping you focused in reality. We test your narrative about the way your thinking about the world and either build on these ideas or deconstruct them and rebuild new ways of thinking and approaching the problems and relationships in your life.
We are social creatures and yes we must be in relationships with each other. This is the human condition. Knowing how to navigate relationships is the skill I will teach you. All of us want to feel we belong. Shame and criticism keeps us disconnected. I do not use language that keeps you stuck or in pain. I challenge these unhelpful and unhealthy narrative keeping you stuck and work to find evidence on alternatives ways for your mind to think about your role in life.