Susan Dow, MS, LADC, MFT Student Intern
M.S. in Marriage & Family Therapy
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Owner, Red Rock Counseling LLC
My approach is emotionally focused therapy with strategic interventions that bring about insight for lasting change. My job is to work myself out of a job because the clients have learned how to anticipate and navigate life’s challenges, and now have the tools to move through tough transitions.
As a dually licensed clinician, I’m trained to see individuals, couples, and families that are being impacted by substance use.
Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor & Supervisor
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Intern
Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy
Bachelors of Science in Human Services
Associates of Applied Science in Addiction Studies
Trained in EMDR
Having grown up as a military dependent, I have traveled throughout the country and experienced a variety of cultures and landscapes. After being licensed as a drug and alcohol counselor for 20 years, I returned to UNLV and earned a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. My years of experience combined with the latest research in evidence based practices give me a unique and helpful perspective on issues that individuals, couples and families are facing.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Though every case is unique, we travel down the same road. You’ll book your first consultation session and fill out the on-boarding documents that are sent to you. I’ll review your information and contact you if I need any other information. When you come to my office we will spend the first session ensuring I am a good fit for the goals you have for yourself. From there we will discuss options and how to proceed.
Here’s a video on “What is Counseling?”
WHY A FAMILY BASED APPROACH
The inclusion of families in substance abuse treatment is crucial due to the positive impact on the entire family system. When a client’s system (i.e., his or her family, siblings, spouse/partner, etc.) is treated, that system becomes healthier. Ultimately the client has a stronger support network to help him or her in the recovery process, which decreases the potential for relapse.
Researchers concluded that family‐based treatment was effective for motivating individuals to enter treatment and is more effective than an individual‐based approach. Furthermore, family‐based relapse prevention approaches were more effective than an individual‐based approach.