• The Scarlet Sisterhood: Treating Partners of Sex Addicts

    Addiction is a disease, end of discussion . . . right? As practitioners within the field of behavioral health and wellness, we have all heard the message, loud and clear. Many of us subscribe to the concept without question, confident in our convictions that addicts are sick people, not bad people. Some of us have built our careers upon this assertion, while others espouse it personally, within our own lives and family relationships.


  • Evaluating a Competency-Based Supervision Approach for Motivational Interviewing

    Motivational interviewing (MI) is a well-known, evidence-based, brief counseling approach for substance use disorders (SUDs) that combines person-centered principles with strategies for enhancing motivation for change (Miller & Rollnick, 2012). Counselors using MI help their clients talk themselves into change by exploring and developing their motivations for change and lessening and resolving their arguments against it.


Heather  Hayes

Heather Hayes is a licensed counselor, educational consultant and board-registered interventionist (BRI II). Heather is currently in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her BA from Emory University and her MEd from Antioch University. Ms. Hayes has treated addictions and other disorders for over 29 years. She specializes in the treatment of adolescents/young adults, trauma, brain disorders and the full spectrum of addictive disorders. She is currently the president of the Network of Independent Interventionists. Ms. Hayes has presented nationally and internationally on the issues of addiction, co-occurring and psychiatric disorders, disordered eating, trauma, and adolescent and young adult issues. In addition, she is the psychological profiler for the Hostage Negotiation and SWAT team for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department.