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Courage

A different and surprising exploration of courage. What is it and where do we find it when we are faced with a loved one who is addicted.

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Mutuality: Motivation for An Addicted Loved One

“In a real sense all life is inter-related.  All persons are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.  Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.  I can never be what I ought to be until you are what...

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Acceptance: A Pathway Out of Addiction

As a family member, you may want to protect yourself and your loved one from coming to terms with the reality of addiction. You may fear that if you accept your loved one’s addiction, you are giving up on them, admitting defeat or thinking things will get worse....

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Beyond Codependency

I developed an approach called Wise Caring out of my desire to offer families a more compassionate and insightful way of relating to an addicted loved one. It presents an alternative to traditional family treatment models that focus on family members as codependent...

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Listening to Your Loved One

Notice How You Listen To Your Addicted Loved One Listening is highly underrated when it comes to the impact it has on our relationships. In fact, the way you listen to your addicted loved one has the power to change how you respond to them and how that response works...

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As I began my career 30 years ago, my passion and interest were always quite naturally drawn to working with addicts and their families. My first exposure to addictions counseling made clear the enormous transformational power involved in the journey of addiction and its process of discovery. Because spiritual principles are the basis for the predominant treatment modality, I had found a career that reflected my deeply held values and aspirations. There is nothing more empowering than becoming aware of the host of options available to us in what seems to be our most difficult situations. Meeting the challenge of addiction in oneself or a loved one is one of those situations that offers the most life changing opportunities possible. Let's enter this challenge together.

Since 1985, I have worked as a family counselor specializing in helping families and individuals struggling with addiction. I hold a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Masters Certification in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. For five years, I served as a family counselor at the world-renowned Hazelden/Betty Ford Foundation, where I developed curriculum for their family residential program.

To find out how I can help your family meet the challenges of addiction, Please call or contact me for my fee structure and with any questions you might have. Sessions are conducted in person, or via Skype.

Contact me for a free 15 minute introduction for new clients.