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LIGHTNING RELEASES 02/06/14 – Montclair, NJ – A recent study reported that the incidence of physical abuse among alcoholics is three times the national average and that female alcoholics are eight times more likely to have a history of sexual abuse than non-alcoholics. Indeed people with a history of abuse will often turn to drugs and alcohol to self-medicate only to be trapped in the cycle of addiction.

Cathy Roberts is a New Jersey-based licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist who works primarily with addicts, alcoholics and their families. Roberts understands firsthand the challenges of addiction; her mother struggled with alcoholism and Roberts herself is a recovering addict and alcoholic. She found therapy tremendously helpful in dealing with her own addiction and in understanding her family. This experience would inspire her to join the mental health profession to help others suffering under the weight of their addiction.

“There’s so much shame involved with addiction,” says Roberts. “For someone to know they’re talking to someone who’s been there, who understands and doesn’t judge them I think is helpful.”

According to Roberts, each of us develops a belief system about ourselves and about the world. Many times these beliefs can be self-defeating. Roberts’ goal in therapy is to help her clients identify those beliefs, understand where they came from, and challenge them. It’s a process of making people aware.

“I try to understand the main obstacles preventing them from tapping into the resources that they already have,” says Roberts. “It’s a combination of healing past traumas in addition to providing guidance in how to do things differently in the present.

“It sounds clinical, but we want to reprogram those self-defeating messages which keep them stuck,” adds Roberts. “You want to change their thinking so that healthy behaviors come more naturally.”

Roberts says her goal first and foremost is to create a safe and supportive environment where the client can feel comfortable discussing issues that can be very painful.

“When you grow up with an alcoholic parent you become really skilled at reading the emotional temperature of your environment,” says Roberts. “Those were difficult circumstances to grow up in, but it gave me compassion for people living with addiction as well as the addicts themselves. I respect how much courage this takes.”

Close-Up Talk Radio will feature Cathy Roberts in an interview with Doug Llewelyn on February 10th at 1pm.

Listen to the show www.blogtalkradio.com/closeuptalkradio. If you have a question for our guest, call (347) 996-3389.

For more information on Cathy Roberts, visit http://www.cathyrobertslcsw.com

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