“It is our persistence in running from uncomfortable feelings and into our addictive pursuits that robs us of a full, whole, integrated, and balanced life.”
Notes from Cheryl about her Private Practice
I seek to form a strong, positive alliance with each person so that the process of therapy and recovery is as successful as possible.
One thing is clear: addictions do not discriminate. Addictions cross all lines of gender, age, geography, ethnicity, and religion.
Though there are common threads in people who suffer and struggle with addictions whatever their age or stage in life, there is no one treatment plan that can be applied to all of them. Therapy is highly individualized; it emphasizes the strengths of each person. It involves history-gathering to best understand a person’s background and how various events and obstacles in his life shaped his beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors.
My practice is diverse, with an age range from adolescence through seniors.
The human condition is an amazing mix of strength and vulnerability, clarity and confusion, creativity and boredom, joy and sorrow, confidence and fear/doubt, anger and mood swings, stress and calm. Healing your life means integrating these various states and overcoming the obstacles that stand between you and a sober, healthy, abundant life, making your life uniquely and authentically your own.
I developed a niche in addiction and recovery because so many clients struggled with one or more addictions, which were also connected to anxiety, depression, mood swings, and many other conditions that interfered with the quality of their lives.
I also work with cancer patients, people with brain injuries, and those going through life transitions.
Though the process may be filled with mountains to climb and potholes to dig out of, I try to find the light and laughter in each person, so that therapy is not only a serious endeavor, but one in which people are able to laugh and manage their challenges in a meaningful and productive way.
If you are geographically inaccessible or need immediate help, you may want to consider seeking help through a physician, qualified mental health care provider, social services agency, or a law enforcement agency. Another immediate resource is a local Crisis Hotline or Crisis Center, usually found through your county’s department of social services, or through a local hospital emergency room.
“Recovery from any addiction means being so sick and tired of the ravages of your
personal addiction that you can finally say, No more.”