One of the first things I read as I entered Dr. McBride's training is her quote, "If we don't clean up trauma, nothing about recovery sticks." This sums up recovery in one very short sentence. It's akin to trying to mop a floor still covered in clutter. Following this training I found myself thinking the entire 5-Step Recovery Model is a gentle path into reality, focusing on acceptance; allowing yourself to feel the sadness, and setting boundaries. The entire model is a blueprint for getting the most out of your therapy sessions.
I frequently hear people in recovery say that they want to get, "through it" as fast as possible. Recovery is viewed as simply riding a freight train from one point to another, going in a straight line, plowing through whatever gets in the way. The ride ends and you move on with your life. This may make great conversation in a coffee shop, but it is not going to produce any lasting, tangible results. Recovery is a circular path, approaching an issue or memory again and again until the lesson it needs to teach you is fully learned. Only then can you, "move on". Dr. McBride's 5-Step Recovery Model leads you down this path with self-love and reflection is always at the forefront of hard work.
As a therapist and Certified Psychodramatist focusing on Complex Trauma, Parental Narcissistic Abuse, and childhood sexual abuse, I found Dr. McBride's 5 Step Recovery Model to fit in nicely with my approach of gently exploring these painful issues and memories that are often at the root of deep unhappiness. Working with women, men, and children, whether in individual, couples, or family sessions, I utilize an eclectic approach tailored to the needs of the client. I work on a sliding scale but unfortunately no longer accept insurance. I prefer meeting in person, but I do utilize phone sessions and Skype when required.
License and Credentials:
LCSW, CP, Reiki Level II (New York, NY, and Online in NY)
Therapist in-person workshop: Level II Clinical Training, 9 hour intensive
Therapist Virtual Workshop: Level I Training