Alaina Breakiron, MA LPC NCC
I get asked frequently:
"Why did you become a counselor?"
I have placed years worth of experience and growth into being able to answer this question.
I became a Licensed Professional Counselor in the year 2017 after 8 years of schooling and 5 years working in the Addiction & MH fields. Presently, I have 8 years within the Counseling Field. I am Finally at a place in my career - to build a dream - an integrative wellness center! I made it to the end game - which now has become another beginning!
This was not an easy road, though; let me tell you.
I have spent my years after my undergrad studies in 2012 and beyond - gaining experience in different areas of Addiction, Mental Health, and Corrections. I gained leadership skills along the way as well. My journey so far - allows me to provide adequate treatment and supervision opportunities to my community and professional peers alike. This was the easy part.
The hard part....
Addiction has always peaked my interest both personally and professionally. Not only do I have countless family members and friends who have suffered the disease of addiction, but I too - have succumbed to various addictions throughout my young lifetime. The road to recovery may seem like an uphill battle, at times; but the reward is well worth it! To lead a healthy, worthwhile lifestyle!
I was successful in developing an individual recovery plan that has since kept me sober for the past 7 years and counting! Not without it's challenges though.
This is WHY I became a Counselor -
To mold evidenced based treatments with holistic approaches - so we can treat the WHOLE person, not just 1 piece!
To provide quality treatment where people can experience real change!
To build a community of healing and badass people!
Currently - Many forms of addiction affect thousands, millions of people. It's not just opiates, cocaine, alcohol, benzos but also gambling, food, phones, social media, video games - even exercise!... and many many others. Addiction does not discriminate. Addictions affect many different communities and people including professionals like me. At SH C&W, we provide a safe place for ALL people (including professionals in the helping / medical fields) to seek treatment and a place where they feel comfortable to be their own Self. We treat the Whole Self by addressing drug use, relapse prevention, developing an individual recovery plan that is fit for the individual person, and providing many types of support. There is a positive lifestyle awaiting you!
When people hear the word "depression", some will think about people who sleep all day, isolating themselves from the world - but depression is much more than the "ordinary" assumptions. Depression may look like Robin Williams, Chester Bennington, Chris Cornell. Depression may look like anger and irritability instead of tiredness and sleeping all day. Millions of people function with depression daily and millions don't function at all - many suffer from suicidal thoughts and attempts. At SH C&W, I use a range of techniques to assist people in finding purpose in their lives once again. By changing the thought processes, addressing core beliefs and values, and developing a more positive lifestyle full of laughter and joy!
Anxiety can be paralyzing for people living with this disorder from day to day. Anxiety can cause people to become "stuck" in their own fears and past whether the cause is trauma, old behaviors that are no longer serving the person, or the other 100 thousand reasons why anxiety seeps into our minds and body. Anxiety is very much a physical response as it is a mental response to maladaptive thoughts and behaviors that are keeping you in the "fear" zone and from reaching your full potential! Here at SH C&W, I will assist people in squashing their anxiety tendencies and work toward reaching their short and long term goals. You no longer have to be weighed down by fear and anxiety! Lets build confidence and a self-care routine that will serve you better in the now!
Trauma has a way of seeping into our minds / bodies / pores and wrapping it's sticky grip around our hearts and brains. Trauma changes us for life. Trauma changes they way our brains function and develop. Trauma leads to substance abuse disorders, other MH disorders such as depression and anxiety, and relationship conflicts; in addition to whole lifestyle struggles surrounding work and socialization. Trauma is insidious. At SH C&W, I will use a variety of techniques to assist in the healing of trauma with both mind/body/ and soul. We provide different workshops that offer both traditional therapy / counseling & holistic approaches so our clients can receive a well rounded treatment approach. You deserve to live a life free from the grip of trauma and pain!
Many therapies, techniques, and counselors focus on anger management as a negative symptoms or behavior issue that needs to be "eradicated" in order for the person to be successful at life. This isn't always the case, however; there is a different way in approaching anger, if appropriate for the client. Anger can be used as a tool for success if the client can be open-minded, take a different perspective, and learn how to hone their anger as a motivational push to reach their goals and dreams. At SH C&W, I will teach and counsel the client in not just learning how to cope and overcome anger, but also how to use anger to their advantage to reach their highest Self and Potential.
Relationship conflicts will often not just affect the people involved, but also the people around them - such as our families, peers, co-workers, and others. Often times, the issue with relationship conflicts involve communication errors or a lack there of. Yelling, screaming, walking away become the norm - which means issues and problems are getting swept under the rug for a later day, maybe a later hour. At SH C&W I work with couples, families, co-workers, etc on how to develop positive communication skills in conflict resolution. As we review the skills, it's going to seem simple. You may even say "well I can do that!" - until the moment comes to apply the skill and all the practice goes out the window. So this will take dedication, commitment and practice on your end! But the end result will be positive relationships and a happier you!