• 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.


Tom   Pecca

Trained in sex/love addiction, substance and process addictions, as well as addiction interaction, Tom has been a counselor at The Refuge—A Healing Place since 2003. Tom has had extensive training with Dr. Patrick Carnes and is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) and Certified Multiple Addictions Therapist (CMAT). During the past 7 years, Tom has been practicing in residential treatment settings conducting process, experiential and psycho-educational groups. He has an expansive education in process addictions including gambling, gaming and internet addictions. His experience in applying 12 step recovery and SLA treatment has developed into a specific treatment track that he runs at The Refuge. He conducts process, experiential and psycho-educational groups, and co- facilitates trauma healing certification.

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