San Jose Counseling and Psychotherapy
For a variety of reasons, we become addicted to people, places and things, and when we do, our quality of life – as well as that of those around us – declines. When it gets to this point, we need help to restore a manageable and enjoyable quality of life.
I offer a unique approach to psychotherapy and addiction counseling by combining my expertise as a Registered Addictions Specialist with my training from my Doctorates in Psychology and Naturopathy.
I’m able to develop a truly comprehensive and individualized addiction treatment plan for each individual. Using my multi-disciplinary approach, people tend to feel better faster and enjoy lasting results.
Treating All Addictions
Do you have a problem with substance abuse or a particular behavior? I can help you decide what the next right step is. Is formal addiction treatment your only option? Should you go to 12 step meetings? Will outpatient addiction counseling work for you?
These are questions that are best navigated with a qualified and caring addictions specialist. Together we can help you make a decision as to what options work best for your individual situation.
Perhaps your addiction is around something other than drugs or alcohol. Are you always late? Is your house a mess? Do you shop too much? You could have a soft addiction. These “little habits’ can actually prevent us from living better lives.
Soft addictions can actually be just as hard to stop as hard addictions like drug use or gambling. For both soft and hard addictions. there are often co-occurring disorders, such as depression and anxiety that need to be addressed in addiction treatment.
There is some argument between what defines a soft or hard addiction, or what constitutes at addiction. For example, some experts question whether food addiction is real, but those who have it would tell you it is. On the right are links to information that may help you understand better.
Addiction Treatment Counseling
Addictions, no matter what kind, can be challenging to overcome without help. Formal inpatient treatment and even hospitalization are sometimes needed for alcohol and drug withdrawal.
Whether or not someone does inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, or a self-help group such as Alcoholic Anonymous, psychotherapy and counseling are needed to help the person to address the different aspects of their addictive behavior, thoughts and feelings.
If you’re suffering and looking for resolution from the cycle of addiction, addiction counseling combined with psychotherapy can help you to overcome your addiction once and for all.
If you’re already in recovery from an addiction but your life isn’t going exactly as you had planned, counseling and psychotherapy can help you to find out what is preventing you from succeeding and addressing those issues.
Alternative Medicine and Psychotherapy
Over the years, there has been tens of thousands of research studies showing that addiction treatment when combined with nutrition, herbs and/or lifestyle changes can help heal psychological problems. That’s why I combine psychology, naturopathy and nutrition – so the people I work with can feel better faster and enjoy lasting results.
My book Healing & Wholeness: Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Mental Health contains an entire chapter that details how the blending of psychotherapy and natural healing can help people to recover and prevent relapse.
In addition to offering psychotherapy, I’m a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor. I have over 30 years of experience helping individuals, couples, and families in dealing with all types of addiction. If you would like to learn more about how I can help and schedule an appointment, please call my office at (408) 264-3082.