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Alcoholism or alcohol misuse affects millions of people every year, and an average of six people die of alcohol-related deaths in the United States every day.

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Most people with substance abuse problems also suffer from one or more mental health disorders. Disorders most commonly associated with abuse range from anxiety and depression to panic disorders and bipolar. They also likely have experienced some form of childhood or adult trauma in the past and fall back onto the hamster wheel of addiction because they haven’t addressed this ongoing pain.


Programs consist of face to face sessions, education sessions, and group sessions. Counselors bring compassion and humor to the program along with serious discussion and clear learning goals. Granite Wellness’ DUI classes address the effects of alcohol and/or drugs on the body, both physically and mentally, DUI laws, drunk driving, theories of addiction, and methods of preventing another DUI.  There is no homework, but attendees are expected to attend all activities on time and to keep their fees current.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is a short-term, problem-focused form of behavioral treatment that helps people see the difference between beliefs, thoughts, and feelings, and free them from unhelpful patterns of behavior. CBT is grounded in the belief that it is a person’s perception of events – rather than the events themselves – that determines how he or she will feel and act in response.

CBT can help with:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Panic attacks

  • Phobias

  • Obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD)

  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Substance dependency

  • Persistent pain

  • Disordered eating

  • Sexual issues

  • Anger management issues

Most people with clearly defined behavioral and emotional concerns tend to reap the benefits of CBT. If any of the above issues resonate with you, I encourage you to try cognitive behavioral therapy.

With CBT, you’ll be able to adjust the thoughts that directly influence your emotions and behavior. This adjustment process is referred to as cognitive reconstructing, which happens through different CBT techniques.


Some CBT techniques are:

  • Journalling

  • Challenging beliefs

  • Relaxation

  • Meditation

  • Mindfulness

  • Social, physical and thinking exercises


Cognitive behavioral therapy is much more than sitting and talking about whatever comes to mind during a session. CBT sessions are structured to ensure that the therapist and the person in treatment are focused on the different goals of each session, which in turn ensures that each and every session is productive.

If you or someone you know would benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, please contact me today. I would be happy to speak with you about how I may be able to help.

 Personal Addiction Counseling

Inpatient Drug Abuse Treatment


More often than not, drug addictions start with experimental use of a drug in social situations. And for some people, the drug use becomes more frequent. As time passes, a person may feel the need to use more of a drug to get their desired high, and soon a person may need the drug to simply feel “good.”Drug addiction symptoms and behaviors include, among others:​

  • Feeling the need to use the drug regularly, which can be daily or multiple times a day

  • Having intense urges for the drug

  • Over time, needing more of the drug to get the same effect

  • Making certain that you maintain a supply of the drug

  • Not meeting obligations and work responsibilities

  • Doing things you wouldn’t normally do to get the drug, such as stealing

  • Focusing more and more time and energy on getting and using the drug

  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not using the drug

  • Failed attempts to quit using the drug


If you can relate to any of the above symptoms or behaviors, it may be time to consider addiction counseling. As an addiction counselor, I will address the symptoms of your addiction and the related areas of impaired functioning, and together we’ll structure the time and content of your ongoing recovery.I believe that there are many paths to successful recovery that will work with your goals and desires, and ensure you can make the life changes you want to make. Contact the office today.​​                             

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       Counseling for Anxiety

Is anxiety taking over your life? Does it feel like you can’t control it no matter how hard you try? Have you already tried therapy but found it ineffective?

If this sounds like you, I’m confident I can help. My practice offers the most effective forms of treatment, to get the relief from anxiety that you deserve.

When it comes to treating anxiety disorders, research shows that therapy is usually the most effective option. That’s because anxiety therapy – as opposed to anxiety medication – treats more than just symptoms to the problem.

Often, these are the symptoms of anxiety:

  • Nervousness, restlessness or being tense

  • Feelings of danger, panic or dread

  • Rapid breathing or hyperventilation

  • Increased or heavy sweating

  • Trembling or muscle twitching

  • Weakness or lethargy

  • Difficulty focusing or thinking clearly about anything other than the thing you’re worried about

  • Insomnia

  • Obsessions about certain ideas, a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder

  • Anxiety surrounding a particular life event or experience that has occurred in the past, a sign of post-traumatic stress disorder


Therapy can help to uncover the underlying causes of your worries and fears, learn how to relax, look at situations in a new, less frightening way, and develop better coping mechanisms and problem-solving skills.

If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, I invite you to contact me today for a free consultation.

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