Steve Crites, M.S., L.C.P.C.

Steve Crites, MS, LCPCGive a man a fish, and you feed him for a day.  Teach a man how to fish, and you feed him for life.

Through questioning, I help you come to an understanding of how previously held beliefs and preconceived notions have held you hostage, preventing you from experiencing the joy and happiness that is your birthright.  Together, we peel away the layers of accumulated conditioning and reveal your “inner” self.  As a result, you become true to yourself and, as a natural consequence, to others.  Relationships tend to improve, but none more so than the relationship you have with self; being kinder, gentler and compassionate with yourself enables you to be likewise with others.

Therapeutic Approach: Your Guide Through The Process

Much of my approach to therapy is akin to an investigation; through collaborative inquiry, you and I amass all the “details” of what is problematic for you and concur on a course of remedial action.  My role is primarily one of being a guide, rather than a director.  It is realized that you are the expert on you and, as such, I employ non-directional therapeutic techniques to assist you in obtaining your treatment goals.  These techniques are derived from cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness based approaches.

I have extensive experience and understanding of substance abuse and addictive processes.  Currently, I am involved in mental health counseling for various afflictions, particularly depression, anxiety, life transitions, and substance use disorders.   As a retired military (Navy) and airline (Pan Am) pilot, I have unique experience addressing alcoholism and these aviation communities.

Multi-Diagnosis/Dual Diagnosis

My primary interest in counseling is what used to be referred to as “dual diagnosis,” but which is now known as multi-diagnosis.  Essentially, this is a client with more than one (stand alone) diagnosis, usually one being a substance use disorder, such as alcoholism or other drug addiction, and another disorder(s), such as depression.  An ideal client would have recognized his or her chemical dependence and has taken measures to abstain from usage while wanting to address the other disorder(s).

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