Addictive behaviors are rituals enacted in an attempt to soothe pain.
What began as a coping strategy, a part-time way to deal with stress or sadness (or to add fun to your life) became a full-time preoccupation. Rather than serving as one of many possible ways for dealing with difficult feelings, an addiction becomes the primary one, sometimes the only one.
If you are struggling with a potential addiction and want to regain control of your life, I can help you assess the situation accurately. You will be able to determine if a controlled use plan is an option. If we discover that you do indeed have an addiction, I will help you decide what to do about it now. I can help you face the situation and enter into the recovery process if needed. You will learn healthier ways to cope with the stressors in your life and obtain tools to avoid relapse and remain in recovery over time.
"My biggest takeaway from working with Maia was how to affect the changes in my life I wanted to have."
My husband and I had been drifting apart for a while. Eventually I had an affair that devastated me, and ultimately us. We didn’t know how to turn the corner and find one another again. I was consumed with self-hatred, and in my loneliness and confusion, I found myself doing some extremely destructive and dangerous things that were totally addictive; I couldn’t stop. I didn’t know where to turn, so I called Maia.
When I first met Maia I was lost. I felt so sad and alone even though I was surrounded by my loving family and friends. Maia not only taught me how to identify and regulate my emotions, she gave me concrete tools to do so. I stopped the addictive behavior and together paved a path to transition to where I am now.
Now I feel genuine happiness and connectivity with the people in my life. I have changed myself…and I found myself at the same time. I feel like the luckiest person in the world when I see that change reflected back at me.
- Female, Stylist, Mill Valley