Mike Bellamy, LCSW, LCADC
Narrative of Services:
In the past several I have treated five individuals with OCD, three of which suffered from co-occurring substance abuse disorders. Since I’ve worked in a hospital setting where my client list was controlled by assignment and am now setting up my private practice, it is impossible to predict the future percentage of clients with OCD. It is my hope that the percentage of OCD clients will be high as I had good results with those clients I did treat and liked the experience of working with them—that positive experience resulting in my advancing my education in the treatment of OCD.
Besides treating these disorders individually, I treat OCD and related disorders that co-occur with Substance Use Disorders. I primarily use motivational interviewing, mindfulness based therapy and exposure and response prevention therapy. I find it best to work with clients on a weekly basis until a certain level of improvement has been achieved, thereafter, gradually reducing therapeutic interactions. I do see therapy as having a goal and an end point with possible temporary resumption of consultations in the event of slips or relapse.
Facilities accessible by clients of all mobility levels: Yes
Besides treating these disorders individually, I treat OCD and related disorders that co-occur with Substance Use Disorders. Mindfulness based and Exposure and Ritual Prevention are my preferred therapeutic models. It seems best to work with clients on a weekly basis until a certain level of improvement has been achieved, thereafter, gradually reducing therapeutic interactions. Therapy, it seem to me, has a goal and an end point with the possible temporary resumption of consultations in the event of slips or relapse.
My experience as an LCSW and Licensed Addictions Counselor at a public hospital, the largest hospital in New Jersey with by far the greatest psychiatric population, has exposed me to a wide diversity of diagnoses as well as cultural, ethnic and racial mixes. Having also traveled widely and lived on four different continents I must admit that the variety of human experience never fails to fascinate and delight me. I love the fact that my job allows me to meet such a variety of interesting people.