Acceptance, empathy, advocacy and compassion have been at the core of my professional career as a Social Worker. Throughout my twenty five year plus career, I have learned that health is defined in different ways and encompasses many realms including physical, mental, emotional, social, financial and spiritual needs. I believe that helping others to heal begins by meeting clients where they are at in life and supporting them in exploring and finding their own motivation and direction towards health.
After years in direct care with youth, adults and elderly within varied settings including medical, home care, residential treatment and schools, I shifted my focus to leadership positions directed at improving systems of care and to being of support to the professionals providing direct care services. Locally, my experience has included Southern Oregon University, Jackson County Mental Health and Community Works/Lithia Springs Program. I am very pleased to be Director of Kolpia Counseling and am committed to supporting our team in providing quality care for all of our clients.
I love living in southern Oregon and find the beauty of nature here inspiring and rejuvenating. Kolpia Counseling is a great fit for me. It offers a healing environment with it’s natural plant atrium and is friendly, warm and welcoming.
I have been our office manager/receptionist since January, 2014. I was born and raised in England and attended college in Colorado. I am an avid runner and participate in many of the local races in the community. When I am not meeting and greeting our clients here, you can probably find me running on the trails above Ashland.
I was drawn to work as the Addictions Clinical Supervisor for Kolpia Counseling Services because of their integrative approach to recovery. I have broad experience working in the human service and recovery field, with over 30 years of clinical experience in such areas as: addictions, trauma-informed care (e.g., physical, sexual, emotional abuse), as well as co-occurring disorders and family system intervention. I’ve had the privilege of serving a wide-spectrum of clientele: adults in chemical dependency residential and out-patient treatment; abused, addicted, and emotionally disturbed adolescents in long-term residential treatment, as well as in a school-based setting; youth, adults, and families in transition and reconciliation, and with women and children in a domestic violence shelter.
I was once asked what I offer that is unique to me; I believe my greatest gift is my desire and devotion to be absolutely present to the person sitting across from me. Beyond all of my education and experience, what is the most important and most sacred is to be curious about who they are, how they feel, to ask questions that evoke an awareness of themselves for themselves, to be as transparent in the process as possible. As the Clinical Supervisor for Kolpia Counseling Services, I seek to support the counselors to provide the same level of attention to their clients. For me the heart of healing is to co-create a structure, environment, and supportive culture for those who are passionate about being of service, on behalf of those desiring recovery beyond mere physical sobriety.
Sprinkled throughout the past 30+ years I’ve held progressively responsible positions in such roles as service coordinator, clinical supervisor, program manager, and director. After 15+ years I’m still learning what it means to be a leader. I am passionately committed to leadership that is co-creative – I believe strongly in a process, team-oriented approach to management and decision-making. I relish the differences that each person brings as an opportunity to create a learning organization, holding the motto that ‘how we do’ our work is as important as ‘what we do’ in service. Both need to be nurtured if the service we provide is to remain relevant and responsive to the needs of our clients .
I graduated from Southern Oregon University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and am currently working towards completing my hours to receive my CADC. I credential. I lead our DUII program facilitating education groups and providing individual sessions for those who need to meet court mandated requirements. I am a part of the team that facilitates Intensive Outpatient groups with individuals who are striving to enhance their lives away from substance abuse or dependence issues. I am a kind, compassionate person who enjoys working with people in all stages of change during the healing process. I strongly believe in the whole person and incorporate a holistic approach in my therapeutic processes.
Working for eight years as a counselor in the Alcohol and Drug field has been a challenging, enlightening, and rewarding experience. I completed an internship and worked for seven years at Serenity Lane Treatment Services in Eugene and Portland, OR. During that time, I’ve had opportunity to fill most every position that the treatment process entails, and have come to strongly believe in the power of group therapy to enact meaningful and lasting positive change. My personal counseling style combines many counseling modalities, but has an emphasis on Motivational Interviewing, Rogerian Person-Centered Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I believe that the most effective care combines elements of kindness, caring, directness, and honesty.
While working in aftercare groups in Portland, I surprisingly found what has become my passion in A&D counseling – involving family members and supporters in the treatment process, and encouraging them to work a family recovery program and find healing for themselves. By the time an addict or alcoholic is willing to seek professional help, it’s become clear that family members have gone done their own road of pain, fear, confusion, and unhealthy choices. We at Kolpia have created a Family Program that through education, group discussions, and workshops – illuminates how the disease of addiction operates within the family system, and then we teach the skills needed to begin repairing the damage, so that healing can occur. The Family Program curriculum includes: The Disease Concept of Addiction, Relapse Prevention, Communication, Codependency, Family Systems, and many other pertinent topics.
As a recovering addict, I know what it’s like to be a cyclone tearing through our own life, and the lives of the people that we love. I’m very grateful for the chance to return to the Rogue Valley, not only to be closer to my daughter and grandsons, but to be an agent of healing. I attended SOSC (now SOU) for many years and received a Bachelor of Science degree, with honors, in 1992. I hold a CADC II certification and have great belief in the effectiveness of substance use disorder treatment. I look forward to working with anyone who may have an alcohol or drug problem – and their families as well.
Adrienne Tauses, MSW, LCSW, CADC I
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Counselor
“Trust the Process” is a powerful saying when it comes to building a therapeutic relationship with someone through their struggles towards growth and healing. This has served as a mantra throughout my career.
In my clinical practice I work to create a foundation of safety, comfort, and empathy while working with those struggling with emotional health, interpersonal challenges, grief and loss, and substance use. My passion of alternative modalities of healing and experiential therapy led me to my past work as a Wilderness Therapist, taking troubled adolescents into the back country to focus on self-reflection, grief, relationship struggles, and substance use. After my fieldwork, I worked in a variety of settings including crisis management, Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, inpatient medical units, and outpatient counseling in a cancer center. Working with people at the end of their life only enhanced my focus and value placed on being present with my clients. I truly believe that everyone, regardless of his or her current struggle, deserves to have a voice, and to be heard in a safe environment. I am often inspired by resilience and inner strength that comes with those working to be their better self and approach barriers while asking for help, guidance, and support; truly a courageous effort.
I work from a strengths perspective and client-centered base. I often utilize mindfulness, narrative therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, CBT, and experiential modalities throughout the therapeutic relationship. Working in a holistic healing model is important to me as I attempt to help people re-establish their sense of self, find emotional regulation, look at various systems that impact the current struggle, assess client value systems, and work with my clients towards their view of comfort and personal goals.
I enjoy being a part of the Kolpia Counseling team, notably taking part in their valued integrated approach to growth and healing.
Matt Locklin, A.A, CADC I
Through a wide range of life experiences; from construction, extensive world travel, and raising my children as a single father, I have found a career that fits with my heart and nourishes my soul. In my late thirties, I returned to school with the thought of social work and found a career in substance abuse counseling. Working as a alcohol and drug counselor offers me a direct way to help those suffering. I strive to offer compassionate and respectful care to those struggling with compulsive use and the shame it brings. I work to help those who may have lost the ability to believe in themselves and to offer hope and guidance. Being witness to the rebuilding of a life is gift I meet with deep gratitude.