David Shapiro, Ph.D.
Within Driving Distance of Aliso Viejo, CA
My work with addictions integrates motivational enhancement and mindfulness interventions along with relapse prevention treatment and psychotherapy aimed at addressing the underlying issues which contribute to the addictive behavior. The first step is to assist the client in overcoming denial and other defensiveness in order to acknowledge the need to let go of the addictive pattern, and to learn how to use awareness to allow the continual making of healthy choices. At the same time, clear plans and strategies need to be put in place to permit the individual to regain control. This involves identifying triggers and coming up with strategies to address them.