A few words about my background within this specialty:
When I moved to Sarasota in 1981, I took the position of Director of Psychological Services for a local residential treatment program for adolescents and their families. Those in treatment had drug and/ or alcohol dependencies. While at that facility, I obtained my state certification as a Certified Addictions Professional and practiced a treatment strongly influenced by twelve step principles and the cognitive behavior therapy of Maultsby.
Now in private practice, I continue to work with teenagers, adults and couples who have concerns about their drug or alcohol use.Additionally, I work with the families of addicts/alcoholics, helping them cope more effectively with their impaired spouses or children. As a Certified Addictions Professional, I am also permitted to conduct evaluations for probationary purposes and/or court related issues.
Addiction therapy may also cover the following concerns:
• Legal problems - DUI
• When alcohol and/or drugs are harming family relationships
• When clients are alcohol and/or drug dependent and
also have a mood disorder
• Co-dependency issues
• Adult Children of Alcoholics issues
• Dependency on pain medications
• When alcohol and/or drugs are impairing work performance
or grades in school
Please Note: When warranted, the treatment goal is abstinence from all mood-altering substances. However, some clients are able to change the conditions under which they drink and the way they drink and become social drinkers again after having been problem drinkers before.