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Recovery Counseling

All About You Recovery provides the following recovery services to our clients.

I believe that recovery services should be developed using a “Person Centered Approach”, and I believe that It Is My Job To Tailor My Services To You. I will work with you to identify your concerns, issues and struggles related to your substance use and how it has impacted your life. Together we will use the information to set Recovery Counseling goals; that are consistent with your beliefs, needs and preferences, and that will assist you in achieving the life that you have hoped and dreamed for. I offer a safe, comfortable and supportive environment to help you develop and maintain your own individualized program of recovery.

As a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, I use my educational and professional expertise to help my clients map out their long term recovery goals, and help them explore and resolve any bumps they may encounter along the way.

Do any of the following statements apply to you?

  • I still experience emotional, psychological or physical triggers from past trauma issues
  • I still experience cravings or urges to use or to engage in old behaviors
  • I sometimes wonder if I am really an Alcoholic/Addict, and wonder if I could still drink/use again without any problems.
  • I have experienced one or more relapse episodes and have no idea what happened.
  • I am sober, but my life hasn’t really changed.
  • I was really happy in early recovery, but now, even though I am still sober, I feel the same way I did when I was using.
  • Most of my friends and family still use.
  • My family and friends don’t understand/support my recovery.
  • I feel overwhelmed; there just isn’t enough time to get things done.
  • I want to be sober, but Treatment/12 Step Programs just don’t work for me.
  • I can’t seem to find a recovery program that really seems to fit me.
  • I don’t know what to do with all my free time; what can I do for fun now?
  • Is recovery just going to meetings several times a week for the rest of my life?
  • I am getting bored with meetings; does that mean I am in relapse mode?
  • I am going to meetings; why do I still feel crabby, irritable and discontented.
  • I want my life to be “better”, but I have no idea how to begin.
  • I am worried I don’t have what it takes to do this… at all… on my own… without help.
  • I feel like I just got started on working on things in treatment, I have so much left to do.
  • I need someone to help keep me accountable.
  • I need someone to talk to that understands and won’t judge me.

If you could relate to one or more of the statements listed above - Recovery Counseling might be just what you need.

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What is Recovery Counseling?

Recovery Counseling helps individuals learn the skills they need to develop, navigate and maintain, a strong and life long program of recovery that is based on their strengths, beliefs, needs and preferences. Recovery is a life long journey, and it can bring joy and struggles along the way. Recovery Counseling can teach individuals how to maximize the joy and minimize the struggles. I can help you identify your “Triggers” and “Stuck Points” in each Stage of Recovery, and develop Plans to successfully work through them.

Stages of Recovery

  • Early Recovery can be very difficult; I can help you learn skills you need to get through it.
  • Middle Recovery brings new challenges; I can help you identify what they are, and help you learn how to manage them, before they could become major obstacles.
  • Late Recovery can be slippery; just when you think you have it all under control..... This can be a dangerous time period. I can help you learn the long term skills necessary to help you stay the course, so you can maintain lifelong recovery.

What do I need to do to start Recovery Counseling?

Just call me to schedule an intake appointment. Or, if you’d rather, you can schedule a free 30 minute "Meet and Greet" appointment if you just want to meet me and ask a few questions about my services before deciding if Recovery Counseling is right for you.

What can I expect during my appointments?

The first 1-2 appointments are generally used for intake purposes. This is when we start to get to know one another, and I will ask a lot of questions at the beginning so that I can do my best to gain an understanding of what you have been through, where you have been, where you are now, and where you want to be with your recovery, and the rest of your life, in the future.

Generally beginning with your second or third session, we will start with a check-in or catch-up period; what’s happened since we last met any successes, any struggles, etc. Next we will proceed with anything that seems to need immediate attention and/or move on to what we had previously been working on, or begin working on something new. The last few minutes will be used to recap the session and make sure we are in a good place to stop.

How often will we meet and for how long?

The time between counseling sessions and the total length of service will vary with each person. This is your time. I may have recommendations. This is something we can discuss together, but in the end, it is your decision. I am here to support you. You may leave, and later return for a “Tune Up”. There is no right or wrong answer here. It will be different for everyone.

Does what we talk about remain confidential?

Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and a counselor. Successful progress requires a high degree of trust, with highly sensitive information that is generally not discussed outside of the counseling relationship. I will not discuss or disclose anything that we discuss in our sessions without your Informed Consent and without a written and signed Release of Information.

Why Choose Me for your Recovery Counseling?

I am a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor….. In Recovery. After I got sober, I went back to school to get my License in Alcohol and Drug Counseling and left my Social Service career of over 20 years; to dedicate my time to helping others in recovery. I will never forget the counselors that helped me, believed in me when no one else did, and stood by me, sometimes holding me up, until I could stand on my own two feet again. I am here now, as the counselor, offering the same thing to clients that need someone in their corner. I have been there, I understand, and I am here now to give back, to help you!

I have gone into Private Practice because I like working one-to-one with my clients. I want to help you work on the things that mean the most to you, not what anyone else thinks or says you need to work on. My Recovery Counseling Services are “Person Centered” - Centered On You !! - and on What You Want And Need, When You Want And Need It!


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