My education includes two Masters Degrees, specifically Educational Psychology (Counseling & Guidance) and Clinical Social Work, as well as, a Master level Certificate in Addictions Counseling. I am also certified in Cognitive Restructuring and Challenge Course (Ropes Course) therapy. In addition, I have been trained by Dr Daniel Amen with the Amen Clinics as to the effects of trauma and substance use on the brain and how that can and does alter the personality of the individual.
I am licensed in Utah and Nevada, as both a Clinical Social Worker and Addictions Counselor. Including my years as a School District Psychologist and Trade School Administrator, I have over 35 years experience as a counselor and psycho-therapist for adolescents, adults and families. I have worked with substance abusing &/or addicted adults and their families in residential, intensive outpatient and educational treatment settings. I have considerable experience providing therapy for various issues including, but not limited to mental/behavioral health social work and relationship counseling. I also provide “Intervention” services for families of treatment resistant individuals, and formerly served as an Educational Consultant and Program Advisor to families searching for the best out-of-home placement for their loved ones, be it adolescent, young adult, or adult.
Although I primarily work with adult clientele, my experience as a School District Psychologist provided an opportunity to work with students demonstrating many types of learning disabilities, i.e. ADD/ADHD, reading, math, and written language disabilities, and many psychological disorders. My training in academic and cognitive testing provides an understanding of Special Education issues, as well as, additional psychological testing which may need further interpretation for proper treatment and/or placement.
My background and varied experiences have provided me the opportunity to develop exceptional abilities and attributes gaining respect throughout the community, as well as, increasing my perception and knowledge in the field of treatment and recovery. I have worked closely with Ecclesiastical Leaders, Families, Attorneys, Courts, Juvenile and Adult Probation and Parole in Northern Arizona, Southern Nevada and Southern Utah counties. My areas of expertise include:
* Addictions (Alcohol/Drug, Gambling, Internet, other)
* Marital and Premarital Counseling
* Domestic Violence & Anger Management
* Family Counseling & Coaching
* Educational Consulting & Program Placement Services
* Intervention Services
I look forward to meeting with you and assisting you on your journey through recovery.
Additional areas of focus: Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Abandonment, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Cancer, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hoarding, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation/Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Traumatic Brain Injury, Trichotillomania, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Gottman Method, Hypnotherapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
UT LCSW 264436-3501
NV LCSW 2110-C
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Written on Jun 24, 2022 after therapy with Russell for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd