Dr. Jones is a licensed clinical psychologist and a psychoanalyst. She has worked at CMC for twelve years treating individuals, couples and family members and running groups. Prior to working in substance use, she worked in inpatient and outpatient settings treating individuals for depression, anxiety, mood and personality disorders integrating psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, motivational and stress reduction approaches.
She earned her doctorate from Adelphi University’s Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological studies and completed an internship and fellowship at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and post-doctoral work at New York University. Her research interests are in the intergenerational transmission of attachment patterns and the influence of those patterns on cognitive and interpersonal functioning. She is a supervisor for Pace Psychology graduate students and also has a private practice.
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There are few evidence-based treatment options for those with substance use disorders, and even less for their families. The Invitation to Change Approach is a method that I have seen be extremely beneficial for families because it provides concepts and skills to help a family convey important messages to their loved ones. Connection is key to countering substance use and mental health problems: we all need to feel known, accepted, and cared for. Families begin to understand the behaviors that drive their loved one’s substance use and then learn how to invite change through behavioral and communication strategies.
I am proud to be part of a mission that helps families know there is a way, a compassionate way, to reduce isolation, despair, and shame while increasing connection, acceptance, and willingness.
There is a profound shift that happens when parents begin to look at substance use from their loved one’s perspective, instead of their own or society’s. Parents feel compassion for their child in a new way and gain a deeper understanding of the reasons why their child continues to seek substances. It is an impactful “aha” moment that is central to the training.
Be patient with yourself.
Your self-care and self-awareness are both key in staying the course throughout the entire process of change. Change is hard and takes time! Remember your willingness and continue to practice, practice, practice – something ever so useful for your loved one.