Tony has been in the mental health field for over 9 years. Tony is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor. Tony is a National Certified Counselor and a Clinical Supervisor assisting associate level counselors to receive independent licensure.
-Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from DePaul University in 1987.
-Master of Science degree in Professional Counseling, University of Phoenix in 2010.
-National Certified Counselor and a member of the American Counselors Association.
-Former Executive Board treasurer for the Arizona Counselors Association.
Tony has provided psychotherapy in a residential and inpatient setting, as well as outpatient treatment for both chemical dependency and mental health. He continues to work with individuals, couples, and families.
is working with addicts (alcoholics) and the addicted families. He has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Tony specializes in mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, bi-polar, trauma, and anger as well as substance abuse.
with addiction included using drugs and alcohol for over 30 years. He decided to ask for help for his addiction in 2006 and voluntarily participated in treatment.
“My treatment experience was such that I received an understanding and therapy for the underlying issue which facilitated my drug and alcohol use. Once the underlying issue was addressed and treated, I no longer needed to use drugs. I still need the support of my family and recovery friends to help me stay clean and sober. My treatment experience and the changes in my life as a result were so amazing that it sent me on a path to help others with mental illness and substance abuse.”
– Tony B.
I know that in my struggles with over 30 years of addiction to opiates, cocaine, alcohol and marijuana, I was unable to stop using drugs even though I knew they were killing me and they were robbing me of my soul and my spirituality. Every time I took that next pill, puff, drink, or snort, it took a little piece of my soul until there was nothing left except for self loathing and despair.
Every day I told myself that I did not want to live the life I was living and wanted to stop using drugs but as soon as the withdrawals became to unbearable, I always believed I had no choice but to use again. This cycle of finding ways and means to continue using, leaving my morals and values negotiable at all times, was evident in the last 10 years of my addiction.
On October 31, 2006 at 6am, I awoke to severe withdrawal symptoms from opiate use which included shaking, shivering, anxiety, restlessness vomiting, cold sweats, and other bodily issues that I chose not to describe here. This is not the miracle; this was an everyday event. This special morning, I jumped out of bed and began a frantic effort pacing around the house obsessed with getting my dealer on the phone in order to get well, with no success. As I was walking through my kids playroom, my 8 month old daughter raised her hands for me to pick her up and I walked right by her. I stopped dead in my tracks and reverted right back to bed. I lay in bed contemplating ending my suffering followed by a prayer for guidance. After the prayer, something different happened that morning than any other morning for the past 10 years. I got out of bed and asked my very patient wife, who was pretty much done with me by this time, to get me help. I was never able to do this simple task of asking for help on my own.