I am a California Marriage & Family Therapist Registered Intern (#IMF-82754) and Professional Clinical Counselor Registered Intern (#PCCI-1522) with John Hamel & Associates, a private practice agency, where I facilitate therapy groups with individuals who have intimate relationship issues and substance abuse issues under the supervision of John Hamel, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, #15194.
I am a substance use disorder specialist with the Mission Mental Health Community Clinic through the San Francisco Department of Public Health. I am also a substance use counselor with the Center for Open Recovery/National Council on Alcoholism and other Drug Addictions - Bay Area.
I have years of experience working in a variety of clinical settings (inpatient, outpatient, DUI, community mental health, private practice) with clients who have presented with the following:
Alcohol and Drug Use
Anger /Violent behavior
I embrace cognitive behavioral, solutions focused, and spiritual awareness counseling approaches for my clients to self-identify and positively reshape thinking about, and behavior toward, self and relationships.
I facilitate groups that focus on addiction and recovery, spiritual awareness as well as interpersonal conflict. Clients represent a diversity of experiences and while in groups, they explore and gain a greater awareness to self as well as to others in identifying and implementing constructive and responsible decisions.
Drug and Alcohol Assessments:
I provide substance use assessments. The purpose of the assessment is to determine if an alcohol or drug addiction is present, the extent of the addiction, if there are co-occurring conditions, and to assist in the development of a treatment plan. I will conduct a face to face interview asking about your current drug and/or alcohol use, treatment history, health history, pattern of behavior, symptoms, and the effects the addiction has had on your life. The assessment also includes using the Triage Assessment for Addictive Disorders (TAAD-5), Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (MAST), Drinking Related Internal-External Locus of Control Scale (DRIE), and the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), all of which are objective tools designed to help the assessor rule-out bias. These assessments are acknowledged and used by the Courts, DMV, licensing boards and private employers.