Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
I approach counseling from a strengths-based, humanistic and relational-cultural perspective and have been fortunate to work with programs that utilize motivational interviewing, trauma informed care and harm reduction approaches. I also have experience working with diverse individuals, and find such work to be notably energizing and meaningful. I entered the helping professions in 2002 when I began working with youth experiencing homelessness and conflict within the home. My work with serving runaway/homeless youth continued until 2012 when I sought to obtain additional training in addiction counseling from Metropolitan State University, St. Paul. My experience as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) has included facilitating the Helping Men Recover curriculum in an outpatient setting, providing counseling in a residential program for youth who have experienced sex trafficking and through a community-based mental health program as a high school based LADC. One of my driving passions has been establishing a local alternative sober support group, Save Our Selves (SOS), in the Twin Cities.
I believe some of the many possible components to successful recovery are facilitating supportive, meaningful connections between individuals, establishing a new sense of self in recovery and finding humor in everyday situations. I strive to integrate these beliefs in my work with clients and work passionately to help clients heal.
Chris is launching the new Relapse Prevention program at Club Recovery with group meetings weekday evenings.