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Who We Are

At The Growth Center, we don’t judge. What we do is support, guide, nurture, and encourage  from a place of compassion. We understand that it takes courage to come to a therapist and share personal and intimate aspects of yourself to a total stranger. We consider it a privileged opportunity to be invited into the private lives of others, and trusted to journey with them to reconciliation and wholeness. We also realize that there are many other competent health care providers to choose from when you are looking for a therapist. Therefore, it is our commitment to do all that we can to be the therapist you need. We desire to be a part of the solution for your concern that has brought you to this point of seeking professional help.

We consider ourselves to be eclectic practitioners with primary influences from the humanistic/existential philosophical perspective and a preference for the clinical characteristics of the cognitive-behavioral orientation. Our approach is best captured in the following words: “Learn your theories as best you can, but put them aside when you touch the miracle of the human soul” (Carl Jung). In short, we strive to be real, genuine, involved in the moment with the client, and endeavor to treat each person with the respect that they deserve as fellow human beings who are courageous enough to embark on the journey of self-discovery.

Individual Therapy

            We provide therapy to individuals suffering from a variety of concerns to include:  Depression & Bipolar Disorder /Anxiety & Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder / Stress / Anger & Impulse Control Problems / Grief and Loss / Trauma & PTSD / Adult ADHD / Eating Disorders / Adjustment reactions to numerous precipitating events such as related to work, school, geographic relocation / Neurocognitive Disorders

 

Interpersonal Therapy

We provide: Couples Therapy / Marital Therapy / Family Therapy

  • We do not do custody or shared parenting evaluations and we do not treat individuals who are involved in the family court system due to litigation during divorce proceedings.

Psychological Evaluations:

We provide a full range of testing services for:

Ø  Neuropsychological Evaluations for: Memory Loss, Strokes, Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, Seizures, Multiple Sclerosis, Migraines, & Traumatic Brain Injury

Ø  Learning Disabilities & ADHD

Ø  Psychological Disorders such as for Depression, Anxiety, & Trauma

Ø  Substance Abuse Evaluations for Rehab Treatment & Legal Charges

Substance Abuse & Addiction Treatment

“Abstinence is not recovery and sobriety is not a life lived in a never ending series of monotonous/boring restrictions of “I can’t do…I can’t take…I can’t enjoy…” - Dr. Tom Antonek

We understand that the first step in healing from alcohol/drug addiction is abstinence from mind altering substances.  Recovery is a journey of healing from a place of brokenness to a metamorphosis of the mind, body, and soul.  Sobriety is the experience of being happy, joyous, and free from the bondage of mind-altering substances that enslave and destroy addicts, families, communities, and society at large.

v  However, the first step (abstinence) is only the beginning of the recovery journey.  Addiction is a brain disease and the brain needs to be rehabilitated which may require medical and pharmacologic intervention under the care of an Addiction Medicine Physician.

v  Emotions are usually unstable or volatile as many addicts are plagued with depression, anxiety, anger, shame, and guilt due to the chronic bombardment of alcohol and drugs on the brain, emotions, and personality of the addict. Psychologists, Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers, and Addiction Therapists specialize in treating the psychological fall out in addicts that results from their alcohol/drug dependence. Most alcoholics/addicts do not drink or drug to feel good. They drink or drug to “NOT FEEL.” Individual psychotherapy is an invaluable resource for accomplishing emotional stability and improving the addict’s ability to live with feelings that are uncomfortable without choosing to anesthetize feelings with alcohol/drugs.

v  Families of alcoholics/addicts are usually crippled and dysfunctional from trying to sustain any degree of cohesiveness or exchange of love and caring while an adult or adolescent family member is in active addiction. Family therapy is critical to provide intervention to the non-addict family members who have become wounded by the toxicity created in the family unit by the alcoholic/addict.  In addition, it is essential for family members to learn new approaches for living and relating to a recovering loved one as the addict in recovery will change the dynamic exchange between family members and upset what has become “familiar.”  Change is necessary, but can also be scary due to the unknown certainty and fear that the addict will relapse as promises have been made before.

v  Recovering addicts need to develop effective relapse prevention strategies as alcoholism/addiction is a chronic and debilitating medical condition. Group therapy with peers who have similar experiences in their personal struggles with addiction is generally an effective process for addicts to realize that they are not alone. Addicts who achieve success in recovery provide an example and instill hope in the early recovering addict that sobriety is attainable and desirable.

v  Supplementary 12-step program participation empowers alcoholics/addicts to generalize lessons learned from treatment into the greater fabric of society as AA/NA groups are accessible globally, affordable to anyone as they are at no cost, and offer an extended support group and community in which to grow in recovery.