“In 2006, after six hellish years of active addiction, I began my journey of recovery and healing. Early on, I attended weekly therapy and immersed myself in a twelve step program. I took the suggestions I was given and did the work I was asked to do. Over time, I began to heal and learn about myself. Unaddressed traumas, trapped emotions, and old beliefs were released. A deeper understanding, appreciation, and acceptance began to emerge. New, meaningful relationships were created and old ones were rekindled. Life became enjoyable again… and the blessings didn’t stop there. I’ve become an uncle and a godfather. I completed my studies and received degrees. I’ve become a regular meditation practitioner. I’ve sweat in native american purification ceremonies and floated in sensory deprivation chambers. I’ve made pilgrimages to India and Peru, where I’ve sat in ceremony with shaman in the Amazon, practiced meditation with monks in the Himalayas, and bathed in the Ganges. Life has been amazing… but don’t get me wrong, it hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows. There’s been plenty of challenges and difficulties, plenty of stumbling and struggling and falling down and getting back up again… and I can honestly say that I wouldn’t change a thing. Really, I feel like I’m just getting started.”
PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS & EXPERIENCE
Drew received his Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Rowan University in 2011 and is currently licensed in the state of NJ as both a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LCADC). Drew’s worked with mental health, substance abuse, and co-occurring populations across the continuum of care (Residential, PHP, IOP, OP) and life span (14-72 years of age) in a variety of direct care and supervisory roles. Drew has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in psychology, addictions, and mental health counseling at universities and colleges in New Jersey, and has recently accepted a full-time academic position in Oregon where he now resides.
“My experience with Drew reminded me of who I really am… and that I have the power to create the life I thought I would only daydream about. Now I feel an enthusiasm and gratitude for life that I never thought was possible.”
“For many years I struggled to find someone that I could talk to comfortably about the issues that I was dealing with. When I found Drew, opening up was effortless. He has shown me great support and encouragement and I feel confident and ready to take on any challenges ahead of me.”
“Before I started working with Drew my life had spiraled to a sad, dark place. After hearing of him, I thought he was the light at the end of the tunnel. Drew showed me that light I saw was not from him, it was actually inside of me the whole time. He helped open my eyes to a world of possibilities I would have never imagined before meeting him.”
“When we live guided by our heart and gut we experience a joyful and more peaceful existence. Drew guided me, in a very compassionate way, to a deeper understanding of how to do that. He is easy to talk with and moving forward I have the tools needed to tap into myself as being "enough". Would highly recommend some time with Drew.”