Why should I come see you?
Seeing any counselor takes courage because it means opening yourself to the process of self-exploration, to uncovering the unknown. Why might this be scary? Because as Robert Bly so eloquently put it, “We spend our life until we’re twenty deciding what parts of ourself to put into the bag, and we spend the rest of our lives trying to get them out again.”
What goes into the bag is different for everyone, but it tends to be the stuff we want to disown, forget, or that taps into our shame. And going into a dark bag can be scary when you are not exactly sure what you are going to find. But we all carry a bag, and the more that goes in it, the heavy our load in life. Part of therapy is about lightening the load, and doing it in a safe, slow and productive way. It is a courageous journey and not for everyone.
Therapists and therapies are very different. There is no one perfect therapist or particular type of therapy that is better than all others. What we know about outcomes is that the best predictor of success in counseling comes from the strength of the therapeutic relationship. This really comes down to how well we connect, share, engage, trust, and feel when we are together.
If after reviewing the information on this site you believe we might be a good fit, then schedule a session and we’ll go from there!
Do you consult on behavioral health issues?
Yes, I have consulted on behavioral health issues for a broad range of clients in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, addiction treatment, and criminal justice industries. What really sets me apart from other consultants is:
- Knowledge from degrees in Marketing, International Business, Counseling Psychology, and Systems Science & Social Psychology
- Real-world experience in corporate, community-based, and private practice settings
- Expertise applying systems solutions and implementation science to individual, corporate, and community problems
- Creative, out-of-the-box perspectives from combining clinical acumen, corporate know-how, and a systems approach to the thorniest of problems
If you believe I may be able to help you, please get in touch with me!
Do you do trainings and presentations?
Yes again. For the past decade I have spoken to thousands of people about a wide range of behavioral health topics. If you are interested in having me as a speaker please check out my training page.
Do you blog?
I have a website – addictionhelp.org – where I have written about addiction treatment since 2001 (I know that is a long time). While the site has gone through many iterations over the years, it has always been about empowering readers to understand addiction accurately and make good treatment decisions. Check it out if addiction is an issue for you.
Have you written anything I might want to read?
That depends on your interests! Here is a selection of writings you may find interesting:
- Case managers as change agents for improving the US addiction treatment system
- Modeling the impact of simulated educational interventions on the use and abuse of pharmaceutical opioids in the US: A report on initial efforts
- Understanding attitudes toward use of medication in substance abuse treatment: A multilevel approach
- Addiction in the workplace: A problem in need of a solution
- A multilevel analysis of individual and organizational-level effects on staff attitudes towards use of medication in substance abuse treatment