Working with an addiction recovery specialist:
In addition to being a licensed clinical social worker, I am credentialed by the state of New York as an alcoholism and substance abuse counselor. Clinical social workers, psychologists, and MDs without the CASAC credential may not have specialized training or experience in helping people with substance use issues. In addition I am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and have received advanced training through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. Therapists without the CSAT may not have the best set of tools to aid people experiencing out of control sexual behaviors and/or sex addiction.
How can an addiction recovery specialist help me?
As an addiction recovery specialist, I can help you confront problems with alcohol, cocaine, crystal meth, marijuana, heroin, pills, nicotine, gambling, out of control sexual behaviors, sex addiction, and more. In addition to having many years of experience working with people who are questioning their substance use and other addictive/compulsive behaviors, I have worked as a therapist and supervisor at community-based rehabilitation treatment centers, harm reduction programs, specialized programs for LGBT people, and in
I recently competed a rehab program. Isn't that all I need?
Completing a rehab is a wonderful way to start your recovery. Reintegrating your life into the community without drugs and alcohol can be challenging. As an addiction recovery specialist, I can help you avoid relapse and make healthy choices while we work on the underlying issues that kept you in the grips of addiction before rehab.
I don't think I have a problem, I'm just a recreational user -- but I do want to cut down. Can you help me?
Substance use and other behavioral problems such as out of control sexual behaviors occur on a continuum from use to abuse to dependence. Some people can’t control their behaviors. Others can learn to cut down by implementing a moderation plan using harm reduction. I have unique training and experience that allows me to work with you using a variety of therapeutic approaches that prioritize putting you in the driver’s seat. Together, we'll figure out what works best.
What about 12-step programs?
12-step programs are universally known to help people live free from addictions. If you embrace the 12-step model, I’ll help you get the most from it. If you don’t feel the 12-step approach is for you, I’ll help you find what works.
I've been in recovery a while. Do I still need therapy?
People who have achieved time in recovery sometimes feel stuck or find themselves asking, “Now what?” Working with an addiction recovery specialist trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy can enhance your recovery by helping you explore and work through underlying issues that may have played a part in your addictive behaviors. Together, we will work through core issues to support ongoing, long-term recovery.
How do I get started working with an addiction recovery specialist?
You can start the recovery process by contacting me today. To schedule an appointment, call 646-504-4359. Look through the rest of this site to learn more about services I offer and how therapy works.