Relationship on the rocks

A client review: This particular client’s Relationship was on the rocks. Comments like this one fuels me to continue doing what I love.

Michael is terrific; not only he listens and identifies problems, but unlike other therapists, he will make specific suggestions that his patients can use to address specific situations in their lives. Michael can provide the tools to help resolve conflicts and remedy situations that appear to be insurmountable! I recommend his services with no hesitation.

I don’t often get men willing and wanting to work on their marriage. This particular client was special in the sense that he wanted to make his marriage work even though his wife did not attend any sessions. I gave him the tools that he needed to navigate in his marriage and with his children.

No one said relationships are easy. However, if you are willing to put in the work the outcome can be very rewarding.

Family dysfunction and substance abuse

We are not winning the war on drugs and the average age that a person first experiences alcohol keeps dropping. I am not okay with this. Every day as I talk to people who have had tough starts in life, tough childhoods, and struggle as adults I see why they in fact choose to drink and do drugs to cope and survive.

Family dysfunction and substance abuse is a systemic problem that is passed from generation to generation until the cycle of neglect and abuse (be it directly or indirectly experienced) is put to rest and healing occurs for the individual. I do not see substance abuse as a disease. I do see that for many it becomes an escape hatch from tough situations, if only for a short while.

April Marks 28th Alcohol Awareness Month