Paula has been in the behavioral health field since 1982. She has a master’s degree in Rehab Counseling and is licensed as a Chemical Dependency Professional and a Co-occurring Disorder Professional.
Paula worked in a variety of settings, including residential, outpatient, private practice, methadone maintenance, long-term residential, and intensive outpatients programs. For many years, she also served as a behavioral healthcare administrator; she was the clinical director of Highpoint and Gateway, and also served as a supervisor at Codac. In the past year, she has returned to seeing patients, and has enjoyed providing care from both roles.
Paula possesses a strong sense of empathy for her patients, as she herself is in long-term recovery. Her method of is different with each patient. She employs a lot of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and motivational enhancement therapy, and has seen benefits using gestalt therapy. She also incorporates mindfulness and meditation.
“I love seeing the moment when I can see the light turn on in the patient and they start to improve,” said Paula. “I only act as a guide to getting them where they need to go.”
In her time away from work, Paula enjoys cooking, gardening, and being a grandmother.