My Personal Mission & Philosophy

 

  • I believe the following to be true through my own recovery and through clinical experience.


  • I believe that at times there is a big difference between being willing to help, and being able or qualified to help someone else.


  • The art of substance abuse counseling, as I know it, is based on my developing trust and rapport between us.


  • The other aspect of the art of counseling is in applying the proven science of recovery in a manner that fits your situation. I take an eclectic and flexible approach in your treatment. I have witnessed hundreds, if not thousands, of recoveries and I believe that when a person becomes an expert in their own healing, they can get well. However, becoming an expert in one's healing and recovery does require some willingness to experiement with new ways of doing things.


  • I believe that pain motivates us to make changes, as we are able and/or willing. I also believe that love, when applied wisely and with appropriate knowledge, inspires us to change and makes any challenge more tolerable.


  • I believe anyone can recover if they seek out, embrace and wholeheartedly participate in the type of help that matches their needs and personality. I have seen many people shift the focus of their lives to all that is good and postiive, vs. what has been "wrong" with them. When people make this "shift" they can and will experience; hope, peace, joy, forgiveness, of themselves, forgiveness from others, feeling useful and productive, boundless creativity and energy.


  • If I am not able to help you in some manner, I will refer you to someone who may be more suitable.

INITIAL COUNSULTATIONS ARE TO DETERMINE WHAT COURSE OF ACTION APPEARS MOST BENEFICIAL AND APPROPRIATE FOR YOU REGARDING SUBSTANCE USE RELATED ISSUES ONLY. A COUNSULTATION IS NOT FORMAL DIAGNOSIS. I DO NOT PROVIDE CRISIS COUNSELING OR ADVICE FOR PSYCHIATRIC PROBLEMS.