Stephen didn’t always know he wanted to be an interventionist and help people change their lives. He originally pursued a career as a professional musician, receiving an undergraduate degree from the Johns Hopkins University and a graduate degree from the University of Cincinnati. By his junior year in college he outwardly seemed to have it all. He was principal clarinetist, had a girlfriend and lived in a great apartment. However, Stephen heavily relied on alcohol, drugs and partying to cope with the rigors of music school. Stephen realized, just shortly after his 21st birthday, that if he continued down the path of substance abuse things would not end well. This insight, along with the help he received from many people, enabled him to stop partying, focus on personal growth and ultimately change his life.
After graduate school, Stephen realized that the time he had spent in therapy for his unhealthy habits had really changed him and a new passion had been sparked: helping others find recovery from substance use and mental health disorders.
Stephen studied Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) under David Burns, MD, the famed author of Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy who also invented TEAM Therapy, an advanced form of CBT. Stephen is the first Interventionist to achieve Level 3 certification as a TEAM therapist. He has also received certifications from the founders of ARISE Intervention, Systemic Family Intervention and most recently the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals. Stephen is a member of the Network of Independent Interventionists, as well as the Association of Intervention Specialists.
Stephen considers his recovery and his opportunities to work with others the biggest gifts of his life, and he is passionate to share his experiences and the skills he has learned with others.
Many people think that someone suffering from addiction must hit rock bottom to be truly ready to get better. This notion is flat-out false and is an unfortunate myth that keeps many people stuck in a negative and potentially life-threatening situation. Stephen is committed to helping any person affected by addiction, which most emphatically includes those who aren’t necessarily at their lowest point, but who are definitely in a gray zone. They aren’t about to die, but they know they need to change nonetheless. Stephen believes that the sooner someone gets help, the more likely that person will be able to have a full, healthy, and productive life. Start that journey with him today.
SF Intervention highly suggests that you review the following administrative policies before contacting us. A clear understanding of these arrangements will help make our work together as rewarding and successful as it can be. If anything seems confusing or unfair, please feel free to discuss your concerns at your first appointment. We will be quite happy to review any of these topics with you and answer any questions you may have.
SF Intervention’s goal is to provide it’s clients with the highest degree of confidentiality possible. Feeling safe to talk about what is most important to you is necessary for growth and recovery. For these reasons, SF Intervention will not provide information about our work together to others without your permission. However, there are a few situations SF Intervention may be required by law to disclose information to proper authorities. These include imminent threats of suicide, violence or homicide, as well as any pattern of child or senior citizen abuse that may be revealed or that SF Intervention may become aware of as we work together.
SF Intervention requires a 48-hour notification to cancel a session for any reason. If you provide this advance notice, you will not be charged for the missed session. If SF Intervention does not receive a 48-hour notification, you will be charged for the missed session. If SF Intervention needs to cancel an appointment, you will not be charged.
Life threatening Emergency
SF Intervention is not an emergency service provider. For situations where there is any threat of harm or a medical emergency you will need to call 911. It may be necessary to go to an emergency room to receive professional evaluation and treatment on an urgent basis.
For situations that are not medical emergencies or life threatening
For non-urgent matters, SF Intervention can schedule an extra session(s) or a special telephone consultation at SF Intervention’s normal fee. This will be prorated depending on the length of the call. If you think you may need to call frequently, please discuss this at the initial session. If SF Intervention is unable to meet your needs for regular phone calls and check-ins, SF Intervention may recommend a higher level of care.
Emails and Text Messages
With the exception of sending administrative paperwork and homework assignments, SF Intervention does not exchange texts or emails with clients as these are not secure forms of communication for confidential clinical information.
SF Intervention is not currently on any insurance panels and is considered an out-of-network provider. SF Intervention does not contract or negotiate with any insurance companies. This means that payment is due in full before or at the time of the appointment.
While SF Intervention will provide a list of recommended treatment providers, the choice of a provider is ultimately the sole responsibility of the client. It is also the client’s responsibility to make proper financial arrangements with the chosen treatment provider and to ensure that bed availability and all related travel plans and contingencies are resolved and in place prior to treatment entry.