As a Northfield-based therapist, I have often been saddened by watching clients who wish to return home to the North Shore from out-of-state treatment or sober-living environments, but have no community to support them. Research is clear that a supportive fellowship of other recovering young people – connection – is the single greatest asset in sustained recovery. Without connection, and faced with integrating a sober lifestyle alone, my clients were struggling. I mean, let’s face it, it’s not easy to be sober and 18-30 years old.
Supporting our recovering young people and their families is the inspiration for Providence.
In my nearly twenty years of practice, I have worn many hats: juvenile court counselor, substance abuse treatment provider, wilderness therapist, program developer, clinical supervisor, and most recently, the owner and director of Transcend Counseling Associates private clinical practice. Perhaps it speaks to the pervasiveness of addiction that, in each role, I have had the privilege of supporting people along every step of their journeys through substance abuse.
Working with people in recovery compels me for many reasons. Here are some: