SCOTT ANDREW SPACKEY: LIFEMIND in Santa Clarita offers a variety of therapeutic services. Scott is a workshop and seminar leader, State Certified Counselor, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Certified Life-Coach, CA Registered Addiction Specialist, Interventionist & motivational speaker.
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IMPORTANT MMESSAGE ABOUT RECOVERY IN SCV!!!
Photo from the Signal Newspaper: Janette & I showing drug paraphernalia to a family at the symposium
HEROIN KILLS REVIEW:
8 overdose deaths in 2011 and 9 in 2012 and its only August. 2 city supported community programs in 2 years and they are almost identical: same program, same panelists, same resources. And we wonder why the death toll rises. Do the same thing expecting different results is how addicts think. We must do more than talk about the issue. It's getting worse, not better.
Last night was the heroin kills program with an audience of over 200 people. It was great to see the support and enthusiasm of the community and many dedicated professionals. However: What I heard from the panelists chosen to represent the issue was, unfortunately, nothing new. Satistics and sad stories and pumped up rhetoric about having to do something but almost no new, fresh ideas on how to reach those involved or most likely to get involved, with hard drugs. Even Capt. Becker stated that enforcement side and intervention side of the equation was working hard, but the education side was not.
It is my opinion that the officals involved are well intentioned but lack vision and any type of real understanding to the addict way of thinking, being and living. They have great potential, but will need to be more innovative if they are to make a dent in the problem.
I plan on doing a lot more than criticize: I've joined the Blue Ribbon Task force that is assigned to address the issue and will continue to get involved on a community level, offering my perspective and expertise while continuing to educate and counsel on an individual and also larger levels through workshops and seminars.
LIFEMIND offers practical, useful strategies for change, not just ideas and talk-therapy. Using multi-dimensional solutions to complex problems, you can finally get RESULTS.
Every individual's potential for perfection is within them. With proper awareness we can access our inner potential; we can achieve improved states of mind and being that will aid in our success in everything we do. Along with real, practical strategies and plans, we can replace old unwanted behavior with new, positive ones.We will no longer try, we will do!
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LIFEMIND IN SANTA CLARITA: PRIVATE DRUG COUNSELING , TREATMENT & INTERVENTION, HYPNOSIS, HYPNOTHERAPY, LIFE-COACH, FAMILY COUNSELINGFOR ALL AGES:
ALL LEVELS OF SELF-IMPROVEMENT AND CHANGE:
STUDY HABITS, FOCUS, CONCENTRATION
FEARS & PHOBIAS
ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER
CHOOSING AN ADDICTION COUNSELOR
My deepest sympathies to the 2 families who suffered such tragedy recently, losing their young sons. Let their deaths inspire the living. It's the least we can do for them.
I've stated many times that rehab should be a last, not first, resort to addiction treatment. Outpatient, one-on-one counseling is best. By meeting with a person over a period of time I can truly impart to them my experience, knowledge and strategies on how I, a fellow addict, stay clean and live a sober life. By living in their regular world while going through recovery we get to learn as we go and test all we learn in real life instead of practicing in theory in a rehab meeting and then being forced to face challenges, virtually alone, when released. But by what criteria should you choose a private counselor? 1) They must be an addict themselves, no exceptions! No other addict will trust or have confidence in someone who has not had the extremely unique experience of suffering through this horrible issue. Not only should they be an addict, but they should be equal or greater to your own addiction. Their experience through addiction and recovery should exceed your own by far. How else can they help you if they themselves have not been where you're going? 2) Your counselor should come from a similar background. Here in SCV we have good families and good kids. We don't have inner city problems; we're the suburbs! 3) Your counselor should be able to cite many cases to give examples on how they've helped others. These examples should show more than being familiar with program policies, but an ability to be inventive and daring when helping someone, not merely recommending meetings and sponsors. 4) Their explanations and answers should be cogent, cohesive, understandable and fresh, not cryptic or generic. You should feel confident and inspired, safe and comforted after speaking to them. Many programs use fear to convince you. 5) They should have time for you. I return all my calls within a few hours and spend 10-15 (unpaid) hours a week in evenings, weekends, vacations and holidays on the phone with clients in crisis or asking questions. 6) Mature, organized, professional, sense of humor, established... SOBER AT LEAST TEN YEARS! 7) Trust. 8) Experience. The most essential, the hardest to gauge. It's not about documents on the wall or how much time on the job; it's about their story and the battles they fought in the trenches, for themselves and for others. When considering counseling, keep the highest standard. You can't afford to compromise.
LIFE-COACH, HYPNOTHERAPY, COUNSELING:
A WINNING COMBINATION
Life is full of options and you should have access to all of them. In the past, when a person felt confused or overwhelmed, they would seek a therapist. This would typically consist of sessions of cognitive therapy (a lot of talking) resulting in some new understanding of the self and a period of change followed by reverting right back to old behavior. A newer and more effective method is hypnotherapy where cognitive work is done and then the mind is sort of rewired to reinforce the new and better behavior at its source: the subconscious. Hypnotherapy is very effective, plain and simple. More and more people are recognizing this every day. The days of “trying” to feel better are over as hypnosis has been de-mystified and revealed for the true science of mind that it actually is. However, to be truly effective hypnotherapy needs to combined with other methods, like coaching and/or counseling.
Life-Coaching assists clients in determining and then achieving personal goals. These goals can be health, profession, relationship, educational, or anything else the client can dream of. A qualified Life Coach acts as a mentor and understands that success in reaching goals is a formula. I provide effective strategies, not merely ideas to my clients.
So what can happen when these two highly effective practices some together? Life-changing and mind-altering success, that’s what.
As a hypnotherapist I have been extensively trained in consciousness and subconscious behavior. As a Life-Coach and state licensed counselor, I draw from a variety of disciplines that include sociology, psychology, mentoring, management, counseling and even western and eastern philosophy. Between the two of them I have built a successful practice. A private practice only succeeds if my clients succeed. By using non-conventional and highly assertive methods, my clients succeed… and so will you.
When seeking the help of a professional, interview them thoroughly and make sure they have the skills and experience you need for permanent change.
Here’s what Hypnotherapy and Life-Coaching can treat for you: depression, anxiety, unwanted habits, health and weight concerns, relationship and sexual enhancement, career choices and goals, motivation, creativity, memory, life direction/purpose and too much more to list here, including conditions that range form sever to mild. If you truly desire change and feel that a better life is possible, it can happen with a winning combination. Your professional's expertise should cover spectrum from everyday self-improvement to crisis and severe issues.