Chief Clinical Officer
Foundry Treatment Center
Steamboat Springs, CO
My 35-years as a counselor, clinical supervisor, program administrator, and professor has informed my specialty in treating the impact of trauma, addiction, and life-threatening illness on individuals, couples, and families.
Even with our best efforts, solutions to these life-changing issues are difficult to find. The longer people live with the problem, the more normal the anxiety, pain, and fear become and the harder it is to gather the energy and insight needed to make the changes required to restore overall health. Over time, lives and relationships that were once satisfying and joyful become painful and conflicted.
There are so many times that I hear families say that they just wish their loved one would get sober so the family can get back to normal! The longer an individual and their family live with active addiction and trauma, a new normal has already started to form. There is no going back to normal. There is only going forward to creating a "newer," healthier normal! Therefore, successful therapy is built on a foundation of client and family acceptance, hope, honesty, and the willingness to engage in difficult conversations. Healing occurs when individuals and their family members can move beyond the thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and behaviors that maintain their problems and begin to engage in new thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and behaviors that promote healing!
Foundry Steamboat Springs can help you and your family navigate through the difficult process of change and growth.
Dr. Mike Barnes is a speaker and author. His topics include The Trauma Continuum, Trauma-Integrated Addiction Treatment, Families Trauma and Addiction, Understanding and Working with Traumatized Families, and Compassion Fatigue.
He can be reached to discuss speaking opportunities at 303-885-1846 or at email@example.com.