I have over 7 years experience working in the addiction field in Portland, Oregon. I help my clients see how their current coping strategies, while no longer effective, served a purpose at one time. This perspective aids one with developing self-acceptance while making changes simultaneously. I have found that Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a particularly valuable skill set to have if one is struggling with addiction or other impulsive behaviors. This approach consists of 4 basic skills sets: Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Mindfulness skills are proven to help decrease stress and anxiety, improve focus and attention, promote a non-judgmental view, and increase overall physical, emotional and spiritual health. Learning how to regulate one’s emotions, tolerate stress, and communicate effectively are other key life skills that foster sober living. I believe that learning relapse prevention and DBT skills, in conjunction with peer support can increase success rates for lasting change.
Please contact me if you would like to discuss various options for treatment.