Substance Addiction

I take a very understanding and compassionate approach to the treatment of Substance Addiction. While 12 Step program combined with Psychotherapy has proven to be most effective for long term recovery, it isn't the only way. A wholistic approach to Addiction Recovery includes a supportive environment as well as exploration and resolution of underlying issues combined with a healthy life plan.

Love Addiction

Dave McGuire MFT says Love Addiction in Los Angeles is a serious problem that can result in people being driven to extreme acts. Stalking, threatening and sometimes suicide and homicide can result. The least destructive results are extreme discomfort and unmanageability in everyday life. Addiction treatment helps clients who suffer from this can gain a sense of efficacy in their lives and be free from the obsessive thinking and compulsive behavior that brings about so many other problems.

Sexual Compulsion

Sex Addiction still proves to be a controversial subject. While some see it as a very real addiction because all of the addiction criteria are met, others view it as an excuse for immoral or bad behavior. At its core it is an intimacy disorder. Most treatment for sexually compulsive behavior focuses on relapse prevention. While I agree this is a primary area of focus, I also emphasize the resolution of past traumas and the practice of healthier intimacy.


Talk Therapy

This approach to Addiction Recovery was originally referred to as the "Talking Cure". Today we primarily use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to create change in the addict's life. We build relapse prevention plans and deeper exploration into the origins of addiction and practice healthier coping skills

Experiential Therapy

Developed in the 1970s, this is an approach that encourages clients to identify and address hidden or subconscious issues through activities such as role playing, guided imagery and a range of other active experiences. Using Mindful awareness and Somatic techniques in the "here and now" clients gain experiential insight to many automatic responses that still cause problems.