Counseling Services Description

Anne Giles, M.A., M.S., L.P.C., offers individual and group counseling for substance use issues, including substance use disorders as defined by Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5) and co-occurring physical and mental disorders. Individual sessions are available in-person and via telehealth.

The primary goal of an evidence-informed substance use disorder treatment plan is to assist individuals in living healthy, functional lives, in connection with others, such that substance use does not result in negative consequences for themselves, others, or society.  In tandem with medical care, individual treatment plans are grounded in evidence-based and interpersonally-based therapeutic modalities that rigorous research suggests are helpful to individuals with substance use issues. Clients receive case management services and support via text messaging and phone.

Therapeutic modalities employed may include: cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and its varieties, including Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for trauma, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), contingency management (CM),  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness-informed therapies, solutions-focused therapy, person-centered therapy, interpersonal effectiveness coaching, and other supportive methods and practices.

According to Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health, November, 2016, Page 4-26, “Unfortunately, despite decades of research, it cannot be concluded that general group counseling is reliably effective in reducing substance use or related problems.”

Instead of offering “general group counseling,” we offer skills-focused groups. We work with specific approaches that research suggests are helpful to people who want to reduce or eliminate their use of substances.

Links to research highlights on evidence-based treatment for addiction

Anne Giles, M.A., M.S., L.P.C.
License #0701007892
2001 South Main Street, Suite 207H
Colony Park
Blacksburg, Virginia 24060-6668