As an addictions counselor, I am very familiar with abstinence based and harm reduction models of treatment. In my work, I assist people as they determine the most appropriate course of action, develop cognitive, mindfulness, and spiritual disciplines, and ultimately recover that which they have lost to addiction: connection to others and a renewed sense of who they are and what it means to genuinely, vitally, move forward.
Initially, in my role as a mental health therapist I help people develop strategies through which they are able to get a little distance from thoughts and narratives that the human mind seems to compulsively generate to sustain feelings such as anger, depression, anxiety, cravings, and shame. People learn, within a relatively short period of time, if they take specific actions, to experience feelings of distress, not as protracted conditions they are inevitably doomed to suffer, but simply as unpleasant feelings that naturally rise, fall, and fade away. With a little space and a growing ability to tolerate the occasional feeling of distress, other stories, based on strength and competency, begin to emerge. I have found the most important aspects of this collaborative process are bearing witness, offering insight, and validating heroic effort as people become compassionate stewards of themselves and others.
I have chosen this work because I believe without exception we are all gifted and that it is a deeply human desire to bring this giftedness into the world. Since 1990, I have contributed my abiding awareness, knowledge, and skill to anyone who has communicated the need for assistance in clearing the path, disarming the demons, and moving forward, much less emburdened, into a fascinating life. I would be honored to offer my service to you.
Basil Steele ReachesPortland ME