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Statistics revealed the presence of around 2,415 users of marijuana, 1,057 prescription drug addicts, 395 addicted to cocaine, 179 hallucinogen addicts, 100 people who use inhalants, and 22 people who are addicted to heroin in Renton, Washington. The epidemic of substance abuse has assumed epic proportions to alarm authorities and citizens in not just Renton but also the nation as a whole. Heroin is gaining popularity as the preferred drug of abuse as it is a cheaper alternative to opiates. Renton drug problems are compounded by the fact that the youth also indulge in binge drinking. The Healthy Youth Survey discovered that alcohol was most abused by youth. 46% of the students participating in the survey admitted to consuming alcohol in that particular month. The rampant abuse of prescription drugs was also a matter of great concern within Renton. 12% of the students admitted using prescription drugs to achieve a high during the past month, according to results from the Healthy Youth Survey.

The primary step to recovery involves accepting that one is indeed addicted which is not easy for the patient. Denial makes it even more difficult for the friends and family of the patient to help him or her on the path to recovery. Our website offers assistance in the form of trained therapists and physicians who will make the process of treatment easier and also support you in order to prevent relapse.
Sandy Tudor
Sandy Tudor
Renton, WA 98057

What types of services do you offer?


I offer mental health counseling for adults, adolescents, children and couples. My primary interests are in working with people dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma/abuse, depression, anxiety disorders and bipolar disorder. Although I don’t specialize in addiction treatment at this time, I often work with clients struggling with both mental health issues and addictive or compulsive behavior.


What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?


I use a variety of therapeutic modalities including but not limited to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), trauma-focused CBT, solution-focused, narrative and play therapy. I enjoy educating people about psychology including some of the neuroscience around their mental health or addiction issues. Faith and spirituality are integrated into therapy as desired by the client. The form of treatment selected is based on what the client wants, where he is at in life and his comfort level. I believe that our past often informs our present so I find that it is helpful for many clients to work on family of origin issues. This often leads a person to understand herself better and identify the changes she wants to make. EMDR is used for a variety of issues, particularly, trauma. It is remarkable to see people free themselves of the past baggage that has weighed them down and see them move toward personal growth and wholeness.


When should one seek treatment?


A person should seek treatment as early as possible. Early intervention saves a person from what can be years of needless suffering. It is estimated that a person with depression or anxiety waits an average of 8 to 10 years before seeking treatment! That is a lot of lost years of healthy relationships, productive living and an internal sense of satisfaction and fulfillment. Just like early intervention with medical conditions, the outcome for mental health issues are more positive with early intervention. So how do you know if you need treatment? If your symptoms are affecting your ability to learn, work, have satisfying relationships, enjoy life, or carry on your daily activities, checking in with a mental health professional or your medical doctor for treatment options is a good first step to feeling better.


Why should someone choose to come to your practice?


One of the most important components to a counseling experience that makes a difference in a person’s life, is the connection the person has with their therapist. My clients have told me that I am down-to-earth and easy to connect with. I think it may be because my personal journey has had a lot of twists and turns, ups and downs. I’ve experienced, seen and heard a lot. I find that my life experience has provided me with a glimpse into many different aspects of life. This has resulted in a great deal of understanding for what people have been through, positive regard for who they are now and who they want to be in the future, and the belief that people are remarkably resilient.


What relationship exists between mental health and addiction? How do you approach dual diagnosis in your practice?


There is a strong connection between mental health issues and addictions. It’s hard to say what came first “the chicken or the egg” (the mental health issue or the addiction), but often when people don’t get treatment for their mental health issues, they start “self-medicating” with mood altering substances or behaviors. This is a coping response that is usually done unconsciously to escape emotional pain – even if it is just a temporary escape. This temporary escape can take on a life of it’s own and become as big a problem (or bigger) than what originally caused it. Learning healthy coping skills and mental health management techniques are much better ways to deal with the problem. Treating mental health issues without addressing underlying addictions is not responding to the problems holistically. Both need to be screened for, addressed and treated for a person to become healthy and achieve their personal goals.


Sandy is a licensed mental health counselor with offices in Renton and Bellevue, WA. Learn more about Sandy’s services by calling (206) 914-0426.

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Sandy Tudor
304 Main Ave S. #301
Renton, WA 98057
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