Counselor / Therapist

Patt Denning, PhD

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Harm Reduction for Alcohol and Drug Use
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I am the Director of Clinical Services and Training at the Harm Reduction Therapy Center. My staff are mental health professionals with Master's or Doctorate degrees. They are specially trained to work with people with alcohol and other drug issues who want an alternative to the 12- Step programs. We don't require abstinence as a condition of treatment entry, nor do we require that abstinence be your goal. We work with all of you...relationships, work, emotional or psychiatric problems, as well as drugs and alcohol. We'll help you assess the harms that these drugs may be causing and work with you to decide how you want to reduce that harm: quit using one or all substances; moderate and control you use; or any other goal you might have. We focus on your power to change and, at the same time, know that deciding to change is not easy- and actually doing it can be really hard and take some time. WIth our treatment, you can talk about it all and not be worried that you'll be pressured into anything.
I have been a psychotherapist since 1974, a licensed psychologist since 1988. I have experience in a wide variety of settings and with many different kinds of people. I directed a psychiatric residential treatment center for 5 years, then an outpatient clinic for 10 years. I have worked with people with severe depression,schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, and of course, alcohol and drug problems. I developed the model of Harm Reduction Psychotherapy over the past 15 years. I also train other therapists around the country to work in this more humane and effective way. I have published 3 books and many articles on the subject of harm reduction psychotherapy: "Practicing Harm Reduction Psychotherapy" (2000). The 2d edition of this book has been completely re-written and update and includes sections on ethics, trauma, and culture. My book for the general public: "Over the Influence: THe Harm Reduction Guide for Managing Drugs and Alcohol (2004) is being used in several self-help "book clubs" around the country.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Depression  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Addiction / Drug Rehab  Divorce  Online / Phone / Skype Therapy
 Anger Management  Eating Disorders  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Anxiety and Panic  Gay or Lesbian Issues  Relationship Issues
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Grief and Loss  Self Esteem Issues
 Body Image Issues  Life Transitions  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Caregiver Issues  Loneliness  Stress Management
 Chronic Illness  Marriage & Family Therapy  Trauma and PTSD
 Couples Therapy  Marriage Counseling  Work and Career Issues
 United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
MA in Counseling Psychology Webster College (St. Louis, MO) 1974
PhD in Psychology Professional School of Psychology (San Francisco) 1985
Diplomate-Fellow Prescribing Psychologist Register
APA College of Professional Psychology Certificate: Treatment of Alcohol & Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders
American Psychological Association
California Psychological Association
Prescribing Psychologist Register- Fellow
Payments Accepted
Cash, Check, Credit Cards
Hours:10-5 Monday through Friday
License:PSY 10443CA
45 Franklin St.
Suite 320
Additional Location
315 Broadway
Oakland,  CA 94607
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