Codependence & Addiction Recovery
12 Steps, ACOA, MAT & Harm Reduction
Healthy recovery looks different for everyone.
I’ve worked extensively with people who struggle with substance use and codependency in 12 step communities, buddhist recovery communities, and ACOA communities. I’ve also worked in harm reduction agencies and needle exchanges. I whole heartedly support Medication Assisted Treatment and am committed to helping people who prefer to work on substance use moderation with a harm reduction plan.
Whether you’re abstinent and wanting to identify a higher power and setting boundaries with your sponsor or you’re finding that ayahuasca journeys are supportive and need a person to process your experiences with, you’re welcome to show up as you are. I believe that therapy is a collaboration between two experts. I have skills, supports and tools. You have a lot of experience being you and knowing what’s worked and what hasn’t.
I often work in collaboration with harm reduction psychiatrists, physicians, group facilitators, sponsors, spiritual directors and a whoever is on your team of care providers.
Mindfulness, CBT & Self Compassion
Most people impacted by addiction or a substance use disorder (your own or a close friend or family member’s) can benefit from slowing down and learning to use mindfulness to encourage an open, nonjudgmental awareness of your thoughts and emotions.
I enjoy working with people around spiritual themes in recovery like secular or religious conceptions of a higher power, relationships as a sober person, atheism and agnosticism, conflicts about forgiveness (for self and others), finding meaning and purpose and cultivating authenticity and self compassion.
Most clients find it helpful to develop a strong foundation of cognitive behavioral coping skills and investigate ambivalence. We’ll make sure you have the tools you need to surf urges. We’ll also unearth life stressors and early childhood traumas that drive unconscious and compulsive behaviors so that you can live a life that’s more aligned with your values.
Trauma Treatment, Community and Buddhist Recovery
Buddhism and trauma theory have a lot teach us about managing cravings in day to day life. There’s a long history of people successfully using contemplative practices for support in breaking habits.
For over a decade, I’ve assisted a variety of Buddhist teachers on retreats that focus specifically on combining spirituality and neurobiological approaches to working with addiction and toxic relationships. Learning about your brain and body can have a liberating and empowering effect in moments of crisis or when you’re feeling triggered or overwhelmed.
Come with an open mind and leave with new insights into attachment, craving, and freedom. All paths are welcome.