Unknown to us, my ex-husband’s cousin who came to visit was an alcoholic (a well-kept secret by his family). He was a breath of fresh air to have around.
Well until we came back one afternoon, found all the plates on the stove turned up to maximum (he had been using the plates as lighters for his cigarettes), the toilet floor covered with urine and a total stranger (a new mate of his from the pub)sleeping on the floor in our lounge.
He finally finished the afternoon episode by going outside and shouting on top of his voice insulting all our neighbours.
I couldn’t face my neighbors for days!
I am a Mental Health Counselor who is licensed in both New York (LMHC) and North Carolina (LCMHC). I have been working in the Mental Health field since 2015. I have worked in a residential setting, an outpatient program and an inpatient addictions program. I began working in Long Island, NY and then in Guelph, Ontario after moving to Canada. I have since settled in North Carolina. I have experience working with various stages of addiction, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, stages of life concerns and relationship concerns.
I tend to use a person-centered approach which simply means that I meet you where you are and work collaboratively to help you identify and work towards accomplishing goals. I will often pull from CBT when appropriate. I do encourage use of mindfulness and meditation and practice these skills in my own life. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity and compassion.
I recognize that reaching out for help is hard and commend you for taking the first step. We have professionals available who would be happy to help you move closer to reaching your goals related to your drinking concerns. You may reach these professionals by calling 877-322-2694.