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Marty has worked in substance abuse recovery and drug and alcohol treatment for over 30 years.

Beginning as a counselor in 1985, Marty has helped many people begin and sustain their recovery. He has worked as a counselor at the Saint John’s Hospital Chemical Dependency Center in Santa Monica, the New Beginnings program at Ojai Valley Community Hospital and the Vista Del Mar Hospital Addiction Medicine Unit in Ventura.

Since 1993, Marty has been the Program Director of the Genesis Program, an outpatient treatment facility he co-founded, with locations in Ventura and Thousand Oaks. Marty continues in this role as well as a private counseling practice at Coastline Christian Counseling.  Marty’s counseling practice includes the following areas of expertise:

Addiction

Marty is a recovering person himself. He brings to his counseling not only his professional training, but also the experience of walking out his own recovery one day at a time. He helps his clients to gain a complete perspective on their recovery, addressing body, soul and spirit. He emphasizes the development of therapeutic relationships – with God, with self and with others.

Marty offers practical tools to guide his clients through the recovery process, from stabilization to early recovery to relapse prevention to sustained full recovery – health, productivity, intimacy, and citizenship.  Marty can help to reduce and remove the guilt and shame associated with addiction by helping you to understand addiction as a disease and drug abuse as simply a coping tool that at one time may have worked effectively but is now causing problems in your life.

Marty will introduce you to new coping tools to help you better face the hardships of life – past, present and future.  While it is an alcohol or other drug problem that motivates you to seek help in the first place, Marty will help you to understand that alcohol or drugs are not your problem, but rather your solution.  The counseling process then involves seeking out more effective solutions.

Codependency

Much of Marty’s counseling practice involves working with the loved ones of addicts and alcoholics who have been deeply affected by addiction and are feeling frustrated by the fact their efforts to help do not seem to be working.  Marty can help you to develop new strategies that are more effective while also helping you to regain focus on your own life.  Often in our care for our loved ones we have lost sight of the importance of self-care and we are being impacted by stress-related illness.

Assessments

Marty is credentialed to do assessments for the Department of Transportation as an SAP (Substance Abuse Professional), making treatment recommendations and establishing return-to-duty criteria for workers in safety-sensitive positions who have drug-tested positive.

Marty also has experience doing assessments in the following areas:

  • For Family Law Court, where allegations of substance abuse have been made, most often in situations involving child custody.
  • For Children & Family Services, also where questions of child custody or safety are raised due to possible substance abuse.
  • For out-of-state legal problems, usually DUIs or unresolved drug problems that require an assessment by a qualified professional.

Interventions

Trained in the Johnson Institute method of intervention, Marty has done successful interventions since 1986.  Intervention, when done properly, is a caring, non-judgmental method for family members, significant others, friends and/or employers to express concern about an individual’s substance abuse.  This process brings the family, friends and employer together as a team.

Intervention is an emotional response to a situation that does not respond to rational thought.  It is not a confrontation.  The need for help will be recognized when the intervention team overwhelms the denial system with love and concern.