As a Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist, Christine Michaels
, LMHC, CEAP, co-founder of the Center, has extensive experience and success in working in the field of addictions. She is nationally recognized for her experience in substance abuse assessment, early intervention and relapse prevention. Clinically, Ms. Michaels is highly skilled in utilizing a short-term, solution focused approach. She primarily works with adults and couples with diverse emotional and behavioral issues. She favors cognitive behavioral techniques and has training in EMDR. Ms. Michaels has integrated her experience as an attorney into her mental health profession by becoming certified as a family mediator.Nikita
, CPTD (Certified Pet Therapy Dog), is a beautiful female Maltese who has been with the Center since its' inception. Nikita has proven to be highly skilled at her duties which include: barking to alert staff of a client's arrival; tail wagging and toe licking to greet and familiarize herself with new clients; and bringing her favorite toy into the waiting room to play with returning clients. In the session, Nikita's presence provides a warm and loving atmosphere to put clients at ease. We sometimes think that our clients come to the Center more for "Nikita Therapy" than ours. The only payment she requires is unlimited kisses and treats.