Typically we will meet once a week for a 50 minute session. During the counseling process, I will be guiding you in taking an objective look at the problems your substance use has created in your life and help you with the daily challenges that often accompany early sobriety. I provide a safe environment for you to identify and express your experiences, thoughts and feelings. We will also explore what what triggers you to use substances and establish strategies to prevent relapse that fit you as an individual. Because substance dependency is a physical brain chemistry disease, I treat the physical, emotional and spiritual effects that chemicals have had on your life. Even if you are not addicted, you may be experiencing pain in your life due to your alcohol/drug use. I can help! I believe in a holistic approach to treatment. Some examples of this would be exercise, proper nutrition, prayer and meditation, massage therapy, addiction and psychiatric medications when necessary and trauma work, to name a few. Together we will come up with which of these tools will be effective for you and what resources are available.
If this is your first attempt at recovery, I welcome the opportunity to teach you the tools you need to live your best. If you have attempted recovery in the past but have gone back to using, I hope to give you a personalized approach that fits you as a unique person by exploring with you what hasn't worked in the past and what may work for you.
Some people I work with have tried the 12 Step approach and found it was not a good fit for them. Or they are not interested in even trying that method. If that is you, you are in the right place. I respect and honor your choices and preferences. Let's figure out what does work for you.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Will going to individual sessions once a week be enough to help me get off drugs or do I need inpatient treatment first?
I believe in starting with outpatient treatment to build a support system so that you can learn how to live in your current environment without drugs. If recovery is not achieved on an outpatient basis I will help you choose an inpatient treatment center that best suits your individual needs. Inpatient treatment may be necessary because addiction is a brain chemistry disease which could require a more intensive approach, not because you lack "will power". However, many people can achieve life-long recovery through outpatient treatment.
How long is your counseling program?
Everyone who walks through my door is a unique person with a unique personal journey. Therefore, I provide individualized counseling. There are many factors that determine how long you will be in counseling. Please call me and we can discuss your particular needs. Together we will determine when you are ready to end the therapeutic relationship. You are free to end any time .
Do I have to attend Alcoholics Anonymous?
Because this is individualized counseling and you are part of the process, we will discuss if that will be beneficial to your recovery process. I do not ascribe to the belief that you cannot achieve and maintain sobriety without a 12 Step program. However, support is a very important part of recovery. Together we will explore how to best build your support system. Also, because not all people who seek counseling for drug/alcohol use are addicted, 12 Step Programs are not a fit for everyone.
Does insurance pay for counseling?
In some cases yes, but in most cases no. It depends on your particular insurance policy and company. An insurance company may pay for one person and not another because of the differences in their policies. I can provide an insurance form at the end of each month for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. I do not bill insurance companies directly and require payment as you come to each session.
Please call to see if we would be a good fit to work together.
Are you in recovery and looking for a fresh and new approach to help you continue to grow n your life journey? Are you someone who doesn't want to attend 12-Step Meetings? Have you been attending meetings for awhile and are looking for something different to challenge you further?
If so, this group may be for you!
We have designed this group to give you professional tools to use in your everyday life as well as receive support from others in recovery.
The group is professionally facilitated. The counselor leading the session will bring current information on a specific topic and how it relates to recover. Then we will discuss it as a group. Each group member will have an accountability partner who you will communicate with during the week to talk about the topic and how you are implementing the tools given by the counselor.
Sheila Walker, CADC II
Jennifer Harris, CADC II. Please visit Jennifer's website for more information on her services at www.jenniferharriscounseling.com or call her at 916-792-7567
Please contact one of us for more information.
Please note: there is a weekly fee for this professionally lead group
Do you spend a lot of time thinking and worrying bout someone you love who is abusing alcohol or drugs? Do you find yourself doing things that are not helpful?
If you answered yes, you can benefit from your own counseling, whether or not your loved one seeks help. Family members, friends and loved ones lives have been negatively impacted by the behaviors and attitudes of the substance abuser in their life. Therefore, counseling for you is also very important. As a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, I understand the challenges of loving someone who has substance use issues and being scared and frustrated by their choices.
In weekly individual counseling sessions or in a group setting, together we will explore how you can best live your life within your relationship. I will help you identify your behaviors that have not been helpful. The focus in this process is on you! You will learn how to take care of yourself and practice self-care and self-compassion. Begin to appreciate that you have wants and needs and that they matter! Problems in your life occur when you have set aside your own needs and wants and focus on other people. Let's explore healthy ways to set boundaries that clearly state what you want and need. You want to help them but don't know how to help and not contribute to the problem. If that describes you, please contact me.
I am a trained interventionist with over 20 years of experience.
I believe in a loving and caring approach to intervention. An intervention begins with a group of individuals concerned enough to come together and ask the drug/alcohol user to get immediate help.
I help the group decide if an intervention is the best next step. If not, I will offer alternative options and suggestions on how to best help. If an intervention is decided upon, I guide the group in the intervention process. This includes writing a letter that begins with loving statements about the qualities they appreciate as well as examples of they have witnessed substance use negatively affecting the user's life. I also give recommendations for treatment. Interventions tend to be very emotionally charge for all the members involved and can get out of hand very easily. That is why having an interventionist facilitating is so important. I will help keep everyone focused on the purpose of the meeting.
The "surprise approach" is often necessary because of the denial that accompanies addiction. This can be a lifesaving effort that requires swift action. I will help you determine if this approach best suits your situation.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is an intervention where a group of people gang up on someone to force them into getting help?
No. I believe in a kind and respectful approach to an intervention. It starts with a group of concerned loved ones who are willing to express what wonderful qualities the person has and also how those qualities have been impacted by their drug/alcohol use. This is not an "in your face" approach, which I believe is disrespectful.
How many people do we need at the intervention?
It can be two or three people up to about eight. Usually I don't like to have more than ten people but it depends on the individual case. The important factor is deciding what would be most effective without being overwhelming.
Does it have to be a surprise?
The method I use for interventions is usually a surprise approach because the user is in denial about the extent of their problem and would not likely agree to a planned meeting. Denial is typically very deep and an intervention is a chance to intervene in their denial so they will accept help. An intervention can be a good option after other attempts have been made to talk with the user to no avail. At times it is used when the loved ones are concerned about the safety of the individual or others.
Won't they be angry?
We cannot predict how a person will react. At times there is anger and at other times there is relief. Everyone involved in the process has a tendency to become emotional during the intervention because they care so much. That is one reason it is important to have a trained interventionist facilitating the process. It keeps the group and the substance user on point so that emotional responses don't derail the purpose.
How do I know if an intervention is needed and is best?
The best way to determine that is to schedule an initial appointment with me to discuss what you have tried and if this is the best next step. If it isn't, I will help you look at other options. The initial appointment has no obligation and can include the entire team or just a couple of key players to explore the possibility of an intervention.
I am a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC II) in the Sacramento/Roseville, CA area. I work with people from Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado and Yolo Counties. I have been in outpatient private practice for over 20 years providing individual counseling for those who have substance use disorders, and their families. I also counsel individuals who are in a relationship with someone using drugs or alcohol to help them with their relationship. with their loved one as well as with themselves.
I also facilitate formal intervention for those who are concerned about a loved one's substance abuse and want to help them get into treatment. I am passionate about helping people become the best person they can be!
In my spare time I love spending time with my husband Mike, my three children and five grandchildren and friends. I am also very passionate about running.
Certification Number: A016640315
I am a member of:
CAADAC - California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
I am also a part of a Christian Women Therapist networking group.
I volunteer at Tuesday Night Dinner, which serves a free weekly community dinner in Orangevale.