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Unlike many of my colleagues, I didn’t enter college expecting to work in addiction.  I studied Criminal Justice & Sociology at the University of Akron because I wanted to be a detective.  Recognizing patterns and solving problems came easy to me so I figured that would be the way to go.  My mind was changed the third year of school while working as a Youth Resident Supervisor at The Oriana House (Akron’s drug offender reintegration program).

One day a former youth came back to the facility and it turned out to be the first pivotal shift in my life.  He entered the building in a slightly oversize gray suit with his GED in hand and thanked me for helping him.  The overwhelming feelings of pride and gratitude awakened the service in me.  The same service I witnessed in my grandmother as a youth.  I realized then I wanted to use my problem solving skills with people rather than crime scenes.

The day after graduation I packed my belongings and left home for Seattle, WA.  In Seattle, I continued working in Social Services and eventually joined a team of Coaches and Counselors to develop an alternative sentencing program for the King County Juvenile Public Defender’s Office.  That was my introduction to Life Coaching, Drug Court and the next pivotal shift in my life.  I became clear where I wanted to make an impact.

“Learning and studying addiction changed the trajectory of my life.  Understanding laid way for healing and personal adjustments.  In retrospect, I see clearly how I’ve always been directed towards this path.  I see how all the information and experiences come together as pillars for my purpose.”

During my time in Seattle, I was a part of the Law & Ethics Training Advisory Board for Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals.  In addition, I have been part of their Department of Social and Health Services Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse.  In Los Angeles, I’ve created program structure for new Treatment facilities and Sober Livings.  I’ve counseled in high end and non-profit treatment including Tarzana Treatment Center as the Drug Court Liaison.  I’ve even consulted on NIDA funded projects with the prestigious Rand Corporation.

What I noticed working in a diverse spectrum of service is when three key areas are strengthened, people thrive.  During our time together we will focus on these areas (often times simultaneously) in addition to the goals you bring to the table.

¹Recovery Structure

Having a balanced routine, strong coping skills and reliable support is important in early recovery.  The tips and tools you learn in treatment; you will integrate into your everyday living experience. 

 ²Mindset

To achieve long-term recovery, you must interrupt your negative thinking patterns and overcome the limiting beliefs that have been governing your life.  In this area you will focus strongly on elevating your self-esteem, a leading cause of continued relapse.  

³Essential Life Skills

There are specific skills you need to develop to create the life you’d like to live.  In this area you’ll develop those skills in addition to building the confidence to overcome obstacles that may arise long after the coaching relationship ends. 

Who benefits from Online Recovery Coaching?

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People transitioning out of a treatment setting

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People transitioning out of a treatment setting

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People who need additional support and accountability as they focus on accomplishing life goals

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People who has had multiple treatments stays and are looking for alternatives to traditional treatment methods.

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People who aren’t able to regularly get to Recovery support groups

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High-profile and Executive-level professionals who seek anonymity (actors, athletes, musicians, doctors, lawyers, CEO’s etc.)

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Advice to Consider Before Hiring a Coach 

 

  • Be ready to do the work-  A coach is responsible for helping you do the work.  You don’t know what you don’t know, so a coach is that person who gives you guidance and support.
  • Let their body of work speak for itself-  Don’t assume that a certification alone makes for a good coach.  A pretty website is easy to create so connect with them and determine if they’d be a good fit for you.

*Recovery Coaching does not interfere with your participation in other support programs (AA, NA etc).

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