I am currently accepting new clients
My specialty since 2002 has been in treating addictions – alcohol and other drugs, food, and shopping are the most common in my practice. The impulse control disorders very often cause relationship issues and therapy is one way to deal with these issues.
There are a variety of substances that people can abuse/become dependent on which cause relational and other life issues. The drugs of abuse and dependence that I am familiar with treating in early/middle/late abstinence and recovery include:
Alcohol, Amphetamines – Methamphetamine, CocaineOpiates – Heroin, Vicodin, Oxycontin, Codeine, Morphine, Dilaudid, FentanylOther Non-Opiate Sedatives/Benzodiazepines: Valium, Ativan, Soma, Klonopin, Xanax, Marijuana, PCP and GHB.
While I do not treat actively using clients, I do treat clients struggling with recovery (staying clean) and those who are working on abstaining from illicit substances/substances that are legal (like alcohol) which cause life and relationship difficulties. There are certain characteristics that are common with the different classes of drugs. For instance, many of my alcohol abusing clients also suffer from anxiety and depression. Substance abusers often have other co-occurring DSM-IV diagnoses or symptoms. Bulimia, Anorexia, Binge Eating/Overeating are common co-existing issues with alcohol or other drug addiction. Sometimes the removal of the substance allows a client to resume previous functioning and other times further mental illness/difficulties in life functioning are revealed. I encourage you to contact me with any questions.
While I have developed a specialty in treating alcohol and drug addiction while working for the County of Santa Clara in The Department of Alcohol and Drug Services, I also treat a variety of relationship issues including those that present with: