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Initial Consultation and Evaluation

If you know you need some type of help or guidance for yourself or a loved one but are confused about what exactly you may need,  a consultation can be helpful to get you pointed in the right direction.

This comprehensive substance us and mental health evaluation is available to new clients or family members whether or not you are ready to begin treatment. It includes:

  • A review of your concerns and history of attempts to resolve the concerns.
  • History of substance use and co-existing mental health problems.
  • Evaluation of your present support system.
  • Identification of present obstacles making it difficult to resolve your problem.
  • Evaluation of  readiness to change

Evaluation results are presented to you along with feedback and initial recommendations, which may include treatment options or specific information you will need to help you move forward with taking the next steps.

Initial consultations and evaluations may span 1 or 2 sessions depending on your specific situation. Length of the initial consultation will be discussed prior to setting up any appointments.

Harm Reduction Psychotherapy

Therapy begins with where you're currently at in the process of change and is specifically tailored to your needs and goals. I focus on empowering you to begin making small positive steps toward change, blending motivational enhancement, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindful-based strategies, relapse prevention, and insight-oriented approaches. It also includes referral for pharmacological interventions (psychiatric medication), when appropriate.

Individual, Couples, or Family Therapy

Most clients begin with individual sessions to solidify their treatment plan and establish an initial foundation for ongoing treatment. Partners and/or family members may be included in treatment if it is a recommended part of the treatment plan.

Family Counseling and Interventions

Family members and/or partners who are seeking help without participation of the substance user are offered counseling sessions providing psycho-educational information, or the scientifically based intervention CRAFT (Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training) which is designed to engage treatment-refusing family members into treatment.

Parents of Teens and Young Adults

Many parents with teenagers and young adults who are unwilling to start therapy can benefit from starting counseling without their child to help get a better handle on their child and related family issues and to develop a plan to proceed with making an intervention of some kind.

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