Jeff Levy, LCSW
Mental Health, Relationships, Trauma, Identity
Jeff Levy, LCSW
(originally posted on Branching Out: The Live Oak Blog, March 2014)
Jordan was seeing me weekly for several years to help him manage his divorce, relationship with his children, and decisions about his career. It became apparent after the first year of therapy that he had started to use alcohol to reduce anxiety. Slowly and steadily, his use of alcohol increased until he reported several blackouts and came to two sessions with bruises on his body, not remembering how he got them. It was after one of these sessions that he asked if he could reduce the frequency of his sessions because he couldn’t afford to keep coming on a regular basis.
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