Hi! I've been counseling since 2006, and am experienced in everything from military/veterans to methadone treatment.
Addictions Counselor in North Carolina
Stopping substance use is the easy part. Ongoing recovery means ongoing growth, and I have specialized training in post-treatment issues and how to move forward. I'm also certified as a professional coach, and can proved post-treatment services even if you don't meet criterial for a substance use disorder
A lot of the time, we have aspects of our personality that make us vulnerable to substance use and abuse, or that can make it difficult to attend treatment with other people. Figuring those things out takes time and patience. I have specific experience and training with people assessed with Borderline Personality and Anti-social disorder or symptoms.
My counseling is focused on addiction and substance use disorders. My masters is in Addiction Studies, and I have hundreds of hours and training in the field over the past 16 years. I have specific training in Harm Reduction, Motivational Enhancement and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
I have certification in CBT for substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders. It's important to note that it's not my first choice in treatment, as I think other treatment options are more effective, especially in the first 30 days.
Motivational Interviewing is my go-to, starting on the first session. I have been actively practicing it for 16 years, and also teach and train other counselors in how to do it
Harm Reduction is a practical, nonjudgemental approach that encourages you to make decisions and do things in such away that it diminishes harm. Abstinence can be a goal, but it's not THE goal. My masters was focused on it, and it's the foundation of everything I do in treatment.