Service Descriptions

Individual and Group Therapy
Individual therapy, also known as psychotherapy, talk therapy, or counseling—is a collaborative process between therapist and client that aims to facilitate change and improve quality of life. Therapy can help people confront barriers that interfere with emotional and mental well-being, and it can also increase positive feelings such as compassion, self-esteem, love, courage, and peace. Many people find they enjoy the therapeutic journey of becoming more self-aware, and they may pursue ongoing psychotherapy as a means of self-growth and self-actualization.  Group therapy is a shared therapeutic experience that involves the presence of a trained professional and others who are working through similar issues. This collaborative form of healing can focus on interpersonal relationships or on particular concerns shared by group members. There are numerous psychological and emotional issues that are treated in group therapy, ranging from addiction and abuse to anxiety and depression. (goodtherapy.com)

Clinical Supervision

Supervisory style focuses on the work environment to the extent it impacts the counselor and his/her clinical work.  Skills Development Model (goal is to increase supervisees’ skills and conceptual understanding of clients) and Personal Growth Model (goal is to increase the insight and affective sensitivity of the supervisee) are mostly used by way of case reviews, live observation, verbatim, and audio tapes.

As supervisor I help in the development and conduct evaluation of competency in the following 12 Core Functions:

1.       Screening – the process by which the client is determined appropriate and eligible for admission to a program

2.       Intake – the administrative and initial procedures for admission to a program

3.       Orientation – describing to the client nature and goals of the program, rules governing client conduct and infractions that can lead to discharge from the program, in a non-residential program, the hours during which services are available, treatment costs to be borne by the client and client rights

4.       Assessment – the procedures by which a counselor/program identifies and evaluates an individual’s strengths, weaknesses, problems, and needs for the development of a treatment plan

5.       Treatment Planning – process by which the counselor and the client identify and rank problems needing resolution, establish agreed upon immediate long-term goals, and decide upon a treatment process and the resources to be utilized

6.       Counseling – (individual, group, family/couples therapy) – the utilization of special skills to assist individuals, families, or groups in achieving objectives through: exploration of a problem and ramifications, examination of attitudes and feelings, consideration of alternative solutions, and decision making

7.       Case Management – activities which bring services, agencies, resource, or people together within a planned framework of action toward the achievement of established goals. It may involve liaison activities and collateral contracts

8.       Crisis Intervention – Those services which respond to an alcohol and/or other drug abuser’s needs during acute emotional and/or physical distress.

9.       Client Education – provision of information to individuals and groups concerning alcohol and other drug abuse and the available services and resources

10.   Referral – identifying the needs of a client that cannot be met by the counselor or agency and assisting the client to utilize the support systems and community resources available

11.   Report and Record Keeping – charting the results of the assessment and treatment plan, writing reports progress notes, discharge summaries and client-related data

Consultation – with other professionals in regard to client treatment/services – relating with our own and other professionals to assure comprehensive, quality care for the client

Community Outreach and Cultural Sensitivity Training
As part of the effort to address the Public Health Crisis Opioid Epidemic (illicit use and addiction to prescription pain pills) I help connect Justice-Involved individuals on Parole or Probation to the SAMHSA-sponsored MAT-PDOA grant which provides funding and covers the cost of Substance Abuse treatment.  Information Session and events are planned and facilitated to spread the news about the options that those who would normally not be able to afford treatment can now get the help they need.  I help organizations increase awareness of the role that cultural differences play in interactions among staff, and how service delivery is affected either negatively or positively based on a company's cultural sensitivity.  Giving voice to under-served populations who may not have access to mental health treatment or substance abuse treatment is important to address the social issues that affect the entire community.  Connecting people with resources, providing services and education that improve the quality of life for individuals and the community as a whole is the main focus.