Addiction Counseling Oklahoma City OK

Most women (and increasingly men, too) turn to food in one way or another as a substitute for hard'to'stomach emotions. Others abandon themselves through exercise, alcohol, sex, or even compulsive shopping. All addictions dramatize the inner struggle of how we claim our identity and our right to exist.

Mr. Chad McKnight
Chad McKnight, LCSW
(405) 604-0657
4200 Perimeter Center Suite 245
Oklahoma City, OK
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Oklahoma
19 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Interpersonal Relationships, Pain Management
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Step Families, Chronic Illness
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Cynthia Sherbon
(405) 310-9986
717 N.W. 56th Street
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Addiction, Depression, Trauma and PTSD, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Oklahoma
Year of Graduation: 1995
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Average Cost
$90 - $110
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Lynn Sims
(405) 259-2620
Sims Counseling Services4323 NW 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Addiction, Mood Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Central Oklahoma
Year of Graduation: 1985
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$20 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: APS Healthcare

Ms. Jamie Leal
(405) 281-9948
10001 S Pennsylvania Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Addiction, Loss or Grief, Mood Disorders
Qualification
School: Indiana University
Year of Graduation: 1976
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any, Latino
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$90 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Mrs. Marcia Leys
(405) 622-5657
Transforming Life Counseling Center16301 Sonoma Park Dr
Edmond, OK
Specialties
Trauma and PTSD, Sexual Addiction, Relationship Issues, Mood Disorders
Qualification
School: Southern Nazarene University
Year of Graduation: 1997
Years In Practice: 3 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$80 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Health Choice

A Chance to Change
(405) 694-4166
A Chance to Change5228 Classen Circle
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Addiction, Trauma and PTSD, Dual Diagnosis, Bipolar Disorder
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Ms. Beverly Rapp
(405) 310-9919
6051 N Brookline Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Addiction, Spirituality
Qualification
School: Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
Year of Graduation: 1997
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$100 - $110
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Beech Street

Angie Ridings
(405) 418-4440
301 NW 63rd St.
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Trauma and PTSD, Addiction, Child or Adolescent, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: University of Central Oklahoma
Year of Graduation: 2007
Years In Practice: 4 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$90 - $110
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Dr. Stan Gassaway
(405) 320-9980
Northwest Expressway and Council Road
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, OCD, Sexual addiction, Thinking Disorders
Qualification
School: Grad. Faculty: New School for Social Research, NYC
Year of Graduation: 2001
Years In Practice: 10 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Male
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$140 - $170
Payment Methods
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Health Choice for State Empl.

Kyle McGraw
(405) 694-4023
Transforming Life Counseling Center16301 Sonoma Park Drive
Edmond, OK
Specialties
Addiction, Substance Abuse, Drug and Alcohol Interventions, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: The University of Oklahoma
Year of Graduation: 1989
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$100 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Health Choice

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Moving Through Addiction

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By Elizabeth Marglin

For Ana Forrest, yoga began as a form of poor man’s therapy. Sexually abused as a child, living in poverty, not having enough to eat, Forrest’s early life seemed a setup for addiction. In the beginning she turned to drugs, alcohol, and food—anything that could help her check out. At 18, her addiction was bulimia. She ate and ate and then purged. She got so skillful at controlling her body she could swallow backward—immediately vomiting her food back up.

Kicking drugs and alcohol was no easy feat, but once she put her mind to it, she quit cold turkey. However, overcoming her eating disorder was a different matter. She obviously couldn’t stop eating; food required that she face her addictive nature daily, instead of just the addiction itself. And face it she did, which demanded a whole different level of healing and maturing. “Bulimia, in a kind of perverse way, forced me to evolve—or die,” says Forrest.

How did she finally control her urge to purge? Her yoga. Sun Salutations, to be exact. This flowing sequence, done at the beginning of a yoga class to warm up the muscles, provided the kinetic focus she needed to take her mind off her food obsession. When the desire to binge threatened to control her, she’d do these poses until she felt calmer and the feeling of overwhelm subsided.

The Dictates of Abuse
Recovery programs often provide yoga classes for those who suffer eating disorders, in part because yoga calls for the ability to feel sensation—most anorexics, bulimics, and binge eaters are entrenched in some sort of gridlock of numbness and denial. At the heart of eating disorders beats a poignant contradiction, in which the need to feel and connect struggles with its shadow—the longing to disappear, protect, check out. “Eating disorders are so misnamed. They are only partially about eating,” says Kathryn Zerbe, MD, professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University and author of Beyond the Body Betrayed (W. W. Norton & Company, 2008). “People often use the binge-purge cycle to feel their bodies or put certain feelings to sleep.” When you can help the body learn to wake up and withstand the barrage of feelings, Zerbe says, the eating disorder often improves.

Most women (and increasingly men, too) turn to food in one way or another as a substitute for hard-to-stomach emotions. Others abandon themselves through exercise, alcohol, sex, or even compulsive shopping. All addictions dramatize the inner struggle of how we claim our identity and our right to exist. To live out loud, free of the muffler of debilitating obsession, we need to accept our current circumstances but also learn to recognize what’s at stake.

Forrest has since worked with thousands of people with eating disorders. Often, she says, a traumatic experience (such as sexual abuse) sets a person up for this behavior. “It’s not simply about wanting to be a small size,” says Forrest, “it is about self-esteem. Something happened to shatter th...

Author: Elizabeth Marglin

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