My current practice, philosophy, and approach to counseling
Today, I specialize in what I call “Stage II Recovery.” Earnie Larsen has been a leader and author writing on this subject now for over 20 years. What he would say is that, “Stage II Recovery is the rebuilding of our life to change self-defeating behaviors helping clients heal past and current relationships with themselves and others.”
To find out more about my counseling approach, visit my “What I Do” web page.
Past Counseling Experiences
I have worked in both inpatient and intensive outpatient treatment settings for addictions. I specialized in families and adolescent in the first part of my career. I’ve always believed that working with families was an essential component in the healing of addictions and brought that component into our programs.
I helped start the first adolescent treatment program in the Tacoma, Washington area, and specialized in group counseling.
I was a treatment director of an inpatient treatment program for adolescents and families.
I worked in a variety of settings, and even though my focus was on addictions, I also brought in components of family of origin issues and how that affects us from childhood through our adult life.
I was a certified relapse counselor and an alcohol and drug information school trainer.
I was a co-owner of Passages, and helped develop programs for children, adolescents and families addressing long term care and past traumas.