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Barry Lessin - Addictions Counselor - Fort Washington PAI'm a licensed psychologist and addiction treatment consultant serving the Blue Bell, Lower Gwynedd, Plymouth Meeting, East Norriton and West Conshohocken PA region who began working in the addictions field 38 years ago at Eagleville Hospital, a pioneer in addiction treatment located in suburban Philadelphia, PA.

A review of my career path will shed some light on my values and principles as a person and therapist:

Personal Experience with Addiction and Mental Illness in My Family

My practice and career have been significantly affected by my personal experience with my nephew's struggle with mental illness and addiction. This humbling experience, combined with my awareness of the stigmatizing and criminalizing drug policies in our country that make it difficult for people with substance use problems to access treatment, have shifted my focus to embrace treatment approaches that are individualized, evidence-based (proven effective by scientific research), and collaborative.

Foundation Built on Core Values

Eagleville Hospital, and then at PATH, Inc., a community mental health center in Philadelphia, is where my career foundation was built. It’s where I learned to appreciate:

  • The value of a varied and flexible set of counseling skills and approaches to working with individuals and families with severe mental health and addiction problems.
  • The importance of embracing people’s strengths and resources while understanding the overall interaction among biological, psychological, behavioral, social, and spiritual aspects of people’s lives
  • The impact of families on our development; that's why I embrace working with parents and families whenever possible to facilitate improvement.
  • The powerful energy of resiliency that resides inside us and the importance of tapping into this energy.

Collaboration and Partnering

While training at Temple University’s School Psychology program:

  • I appreciated the advantages of collaborating with school personnel and community resources
  • I learned that putting extra effort into developing a network of support in our lives increases the likelihood for positive changes to take hold.

Becoming a partner in my clients’ unique paths in recovery, I discovered:

  • The value of what harm reduction principles can offer to people wanting to build healthy lifestyles.
  • The importance of a holistic foundation of physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

My most valuable training, however, has come directly from my clients themselves. Being a witness to their honesty and courage while sharing life experiences and knowledge with me has made me a better therapist.

Compassionate, Uncompromising Quality

As you get to know me, I expect you to discover my genuine sense of caring and a willingness to put maximum effort into providing quality service at all times.

For more information about the nuts and bolts of my training and experience, here's My Resumé.

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