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ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTERS IN SAN RAFAEL, CALIFORNIA

Drug addiction is becoming an increasingly difficult problem to address in the United States. The easy availability of drugs and general pressures in life seem to be the main reasons for turning to drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is among the agencies compiling information to help other organizations in the fight to rid San Rafael of drug abuse. The latest numbers show the largest group is marijuana users with approximately 2,700 people, while 1,283 are prescription drug abusers, leaving 442 cocaine addicts and 221 indulging in hallucinogens for their drug fix. Realizing that something, has to change, the various governmental agencies are working together to formulate new plans. Ideally, this will effectively ensure the better managements and eventual successful eradication of drug from the area.

Surveys taken in 2007 on San Rafael Drug Admissions showed about 24,000 people entered treatment centers. Although this is a good first step for the addicts, there are still many out there not seeking treatment for various reasons. San Rafael has many drug rehab programs in place but the response from the public is less than ideal. If you know of someone who needs help, encouraging him or her to seek treatment is a step in the right direction and with our website you will be able to find all the help needed.
WHAT THERAPISTS IN SAN RAFAEL HAVE TO SAY
Daniel Linder
Daniel Linder
San Rafael, CA 94903

What types of services do you offer?

I am licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, an ‘addiction specialist’ and ‘relationship trainer’ in private practice, doing individual, couple, family and group therapy for the past 30 yrs. I provide clinical consultation, needs assessments and intervention planning for those seeking a better understand and direction for themselves or loved ones struggling with mental health and/or addiction related issues. Along side of my clinical work, serving as an information and education resource to my clients is a valuable an integral part of what I do.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

As an ‘addiction specialist,’ I have developed The Relationship Model of Addiction (TRMA), a new paradigm for understanding and treating addiction, which applies to substance dependence, porn and sex additions, compulsive gambling, love addictions and codependency as well food addictions. I provide guidance for navigating the recovery journey, with intensive self-study workbook type assignments, education modules and processes that takes the recovery addict through The Three Stages of Recovery: “Breaking-up” (with the means of relief); Developing the Relationship with your Self and Developing Emotionally Nourishing Relationships with others, which includes intensive relationship training.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

I deem myself to be a ‘self and relationships based therapist,’ with a phenomenological orientation, which places attention on your ‘experience.’ You will see an eclectic approach that integrates mindfulness, systems theory, humanistic and existential psychology, and communication skills development to empower the transformation of one’s life and relationships, and to master the art of relating and intimacy.

When should one seek treatment?

When you’re ready to recognize there are problems and admit that you could use some support and direction for making changes to improve the quality of your life and relationships, and are ready to act to seek the help you need.

Why should someone choose you?

I am a “one of a kind” therapist with new, original, ‘game-changing approaches. Consider me intensely passionate and committed to building therapeutic alliances to bring about desired changes. I love what I do, have 30 years of experience and am a leader in the field of psychotherapy.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you offer for someone suffering with either one or both?

I define addiction as a relationship with a means of relief of pain from unmet emotional needs, which can be applied to all addictions and mental health issues. My work is based on the premise that the need for love is a basic human need, and when denied, there is going to be pain, and depending the amount of pain that had built up, there are going to be desperate measures taken to relief it, i.e. addiction or there are going to be debilitating symptoms resulting, i.e. depression, anxiety that serve to disconnect from the pain or trauma.

Daniel is a Marriage and Family Therapist and clinician of RelationshipVision in San Rafael, California. For more information on his services please contact the office at (415) 800-3854.

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Daniel Linder
710 C Street, Suite 7
San Rafael, CA 94903
Kristin Young
Kristin Young
San Rafael, CA 94901

1) What types of services do you offer?

I offer individual therapy and couple's counseling for adults who are in a place in their lives where they feel they could use more clarity, growth, healing or change.  Individuals and couples come in to see me when they become aware of needing or wanting a shift to happen in their lives or relationships where they can feel more fulfillment and clarity.

 

2) What modalities do you use in your practice?

I have studied and use many different modalities, mainly, humanistic, gestault, psychodynamic, existential, and mindfullness. That being said, rather than think in terms of modalities when I work with a client, I think in terms of who is this person and what would best serve them in their situation now.

 

3) When should one seek treatment?

Individuals should seek treatment when they are wanting to experience more fulfillment in their lives and/or when they find themselves feeling they are struggling too much. I often want to tell people they don't have to struggle so much as help is available, and they also don't have to go about their struggles so alone.

 

4) What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either/and or both?

Most people do not grow up learning how to deal with difficult emotional states. They are also not taught that they can work through difficult experiences from the past which may be creating difficult emotional states and experiences in the present. In addition, until one has the experience of working through something difficult and finding themselves on the other side of it, it is hard to trust that it is even possible to come to a place of clarity and flow where there used to be struggle and discomfort. Because of these things, individuals will turn to substances to self-medicate their hurts, anger, and discomforts, which of course tends to compound the original problems.

For those suffering with substance abuse I offer psychotherapy where we look at and listen deeply to one's life and situation to find the places where one needs healing and change to occur. I work in collaboration with the client to see that both healing and change occur in the areas where it is needed.  It is also important for clients who come in for substance abuse issues to have outside support in addition to psychotherapy to make certain they have a strong structure in place to facilitate their growth.

 
 
Kristin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with private practices in San Rafael, CA and in Santa Rosa, CA at 1625 Terrace Way, Suite C. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (415) 847-4341
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Kristin Young
700 E Street, Suite 220
San Rafael, CA 94901
Meredith Simpson
Meredith Simpson
San Rafael, CA 94901

What types of services do you offer?

I provide counseling services for children, teens, families and adults. My specialties include working with parents of young children who exhibit disruptive behaviors that impact harmony in the home, affect peer relationships, and achievement in school.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

I have experience treating the following presenting issues:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Family Conflict
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Parenting Concerns
  • Self Esteem
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Social Skills
  • Support Child Abuse 

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

I am trained in several treatment modalities and adapt my work to meet the individual needs of my clients. Modalities I often use when working with children and families include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) EMDR Art Therapy Play Therapy Sandplay Solution-focused Therapy Motivational Interviewing

When should one seek treatment?

When difficult feelings begin to overshadow your happiness and affect your relationships, one may find relief in seeking support from a mental health professional to help understand the cause, symptoms and/or possible treatments for his/her problem.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

I am a skilled clinician with many years of experience working with children and families. My clients tell me they appreciate my warm, positive and collaborative approach. My private practice is one of only a few settings in Marin County to offer Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), an evidenced-based therapy for families with children ages 2-8, exhibiting behavioral problems (e.g. aggression, non-compliance, defiance, and/or temper tantrums.) I am also a trained EMDR therapist and support children and adults experiencing acute and on- going stress related symptoms due to traumatic experiences.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Substance abuse can begin as a means to alleviate mental health symptoms. Or conversely, it can be conceptualized that the use of substances increases one’s vulnerability to mental health problems. Using a systemic approach, I collaborate with clients to identify inner and environmental resources that can help clients cope with mental health and/or substance abuse problems and provide education and referrals when appropriate.

Meredith is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in San Rafael, California. For more information on her services, please contact her at (415) 295-2821. 

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Meredith Simpson
1368 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 210
San Rafael, CA 94901
Wally Phillips
Wally Phillips
San Rafael, CA 94901

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I work a lot with trauma. Nobody escapes it. Many of us act unconsciously from trauma and old relation wounds.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

I employ the use of several modalities in my practice. The most important one is the 'relationship' between myself and my clients. It is critical that people feel safe, that they feel like they have an ally, that they can be accepted for all of who they are, and that they feel like their therapist truly cares about them. I feel most comfortable in the realm of the body. The body holds our history in a different way than our mind does. I use somatic psychology methods such as Hakomi, Process Work, Somatic Experiencing, Psychodrama and other action methods if my clients are comfortable with those methods. I have a strong spiritual background and have worked through my own issues of self-hatred and am familiar with shadow territory.

When should one seek treatment?

I don't have any "should's" around anything. However, people frequently wait until they hit a crisis point before they seek help. There is a stigma in our society that if you go to therapy, you are mentally ill, or there is something wrong with you. Yet, we catch a cold and run to the doctor with no such stigma. It can be helpful to assess yourself - "am I not seeking assistance because of shame?". Support networks (friends, family, clergy, teachers, etc) can be a great help, and they can also be biased. Working with therapist can help you find your own answers so that you are making decisions based on your own authority, not someone elses.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

In my experience, people who dissociate (space out) tend to turn toward substances less often than people who don't dissociate. The horrible discomfort of being with difficult feelings tend to have people turn to substances (or other high risk behaviors) to numb those feelings. This is all very understandable. And, there are also chemical systems in the brain that seek relief in ways that bypass "this isn't good for me" thoughts. Mental health in this case includes, "How can I live in this body and tolerate uncomfortable feelings?  How can I modulate those feelings without substances?"

Wally Phillips is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist at the Imagine Center for Creativity and Healing in San Rafael, California. For more information regarding Wally’s services, please call (415) 788-4444.

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Wally Phillips
1924 4th St.
San Rafael, CA 94901
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