Addiction Counseling

Drug abuse is thought to be a maladaptive means of coping with life problems that often become habitual and lead to progressive deterioration. Addiction counseling addresses the symptoms of drug addiction and related areas of impaired functioning and will structure an ongoing recovery program. Addiction counseling works by first helping the client recognize the problem and associated irrational thinking. Next, abstinence is encouraged. And finally, necessary psychosocial skills and spiritual development are taught to help continue lifelong recovery.

Essex Wellness Center would like to introduce Psychotherapist and Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Joanna Crowell:

Joanna is certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors. She holds a Master of Science in Community Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University. Joanna is an experienced Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor. She has written and provided lectures on treating addiction, and is certified by Medication Assisted Therapy to help the growing population of people addicted to opiates and other substances.

Joanna is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR helps trauma survivors reprocess disturbing thoughts and memories, providing profound and stable treatment effects in a short period of time. It ameliorates symptoms of both acute and chronic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Joanna worked as a Certified Hospice Counselor helping people address their spiritual, social, and emotional needs as their loved ones moved through the end of life transition. She now works to facilitate the recovery process, meeting people where they are in life. She is passionate about helping people move forward in life so that they can recognize and reach their full potential. In addition to EMDR, Joanna utilizes Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy and Existential Therapies.