Kristen Burkin, MSW, Resident in Counseling

Addictions Counselor Kristen was living on the coast of England where she worked with adults and adolescents experiencing issues with addiction before relocating back to Northern Virginia. It was family experiences that led Kristen to this type of work and has led to an increase in empathy for people addicted to drugs and alcohol. Kristen feels [...]

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Laura First, LCSW-C

Expressive Groups Facilitator  The healing aspects of Laura’s work are rooted in Ancient wisdom and teachings. Those who venture to enhance their recovery journey through movement, song, storytelling and many other forms of creative expression find Laura a willing and helpful guide. She delights in using sound as healing, organic movement that’s both informing and [...]

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Addiction – Brain Disorder or Behavior Issue?

Is Addiction a Brain Disorder or Behavior Issue? For years, arguments have ranged over addiction as a disease or a behavioral issue. Even today, many people think addiction is simply a factor of a lack of self-control. They think the addict is just making poor choices, isn't trying hard enough to get better, or is [...]

By | December 8th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Addiction – Brain Disorder or Behavior Issue?

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