At Mending Fences, we respect the autonomy of our clients. We recognize that no one can move towards a true process of recovery unless they have some desire to do so. We also recognize that the pull towards addiction is extremely powerful, so while the mind wants to strive towards a healthier life of abstinence, the body is craving "what it wants, when it wants it." The program at Mending Fences has been carefully and thoughtfully designed to provide all the tools you need to understand your addiction from both a biological and psychological perspective. We recognize addiction as a brain disease, but believe that understanding yourself and your relationship to others on a deeper level can help you develop a strong sense of self and appreciation of your strengths.
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Valerie Andersen is a licensed psychologist with many years of concentration on the addiction recovery field. She has been in the industry over 15 years and is passionate about helping my clients turn corners and make positive and lasting changes in their lives. She has worked in a variety of environments ranging from psychiatric prisons, private psych hospitals, intensive outpatient centers to residential facilities and community mental health centers. Specialties: Chemical dependency, addiction, individualized recovery programs, life coaching, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, family systems, clinical direction, program coordination, executive direction and consultation, regional training, strategic planning, team building.More
Marilyn Sokolof, PhD, is a licensed psychologist with many years of clinical experience. She has worked in psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics and, for the last thirty years, as a private practitioner in Gainesville, Florida. For the past fifteen years, she has combined her two areas of expertise, providing equine-facilitated psychotherapy to private clients and as clinical director of HorseMpower Inc. She is past president of the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association and currently is a co-faculty member for the PATH International workshop course, Training Equine Specialists in Mental Health and Learning. In 2013 she launched unbridledtherapy.com and her own training program: Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy: A Workshop for Mental Health Practitioners.More