Family Concepts & Communications, PC
We believe that honest communication is the key to wholeness and happiness.
We hope we can provide you the treatment options you need for yourself and for your loved ones. Teresa Tinklenberg, MA, LMFT and Michael Tinklenberg, MAEd, CSAC, are dedicated to providing personal, confidential counseling and psychotherapy services to our clients. With Teresa's wealth of knowledge and experience working with individuals, couples and families as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and Michael's wide knowledge and experience with substance abuse (addictions) counseling, we offer support and strategies to face many of life's challenges.
Addiction is a chronic disease, much like diabetes. We approach treatment toward healing from addiction with an approach that is similar to other chronic conditions. We know that addictive illnesses can be managed effectively with a connection to a support network and treatment team that may include family, friends, faith communities, self- help groups, as well as professional counselors, therapists, and other medical professionals. As with other chronic conditions, medication- assisted treatment is sometimes recommended. Opioid-use disorder, in particular, is different from dependence on other types of substances. This is due to a much higher rate of relapse and a very high risk of overdose and death. However, MAT in most cases, is recommended for a short term along with behavioral therapy and psychotherapy,
“Being cut off from our own natural self-compassion is one of the greatest impairments we can suffer. Along with our ability to feel our own pain go our best hopes for healing, dignity and love. What seems non-adapative and self-harming in the present was, at some point in our lives, an adaptation to help us endure what we then had to go through. If people are addicted to self-soothing behaviors, it's only because in their formative years they did not receive the soothing they needed. Such understanding helps delete toxic self-judgment on the past and supports responsibility for the now. Hence the need for compassionate self-inquiry."
Dr. Gabor Maté :In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction
“The opposite of addiction isn't sobriety. It's connection. It's all I can offer. It's all that will help [you] in the end. If you are alone, you cannot escape addiction. If you are loved, you have a chance. For a hundred years we have been singing war songs about addicts. All along, we should have been singing love songs to them."
Johann Hari: Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
Please call to schedule your initial visit. We provide therapy/ counseling in our office (and in specific situations, online video counseling). We are hopeful that we can meet your specific counseling needs. Look around our website to gain more specific information about the variety of services we provide. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us.
We look forward to serving you and your family!