Charles “Reggie” Miller, A.S.W., M.S.W.

Psychotherapist Hermosa Beach and San Pedro

Psychotherapist~ Adults, Adolescents, Families, Domestic Violence, Drug Treatment, and Veterans.

My Approach to Therapy

My passion is to bring healing to people by providing counseling, consultation, and crisis intervention while adhering to strict standards of confidentiality. My goal is to help you discover healthy self-perceptions to gain inner peace and wholesomeness. I enjoy working with adolescents, adults, families, and veterans to support psychological and emotional-wellbeing from intimate partner violence, trauma and stress, substance abuse, anxiety and depression, and dissociative disorders. I provide individual, group, and family therapy options. I believe therapy can help you develop resiliency, increase your ability to cope with adversity and adapt to future challenges.

Specialties Experience:

Substance Use Disorders

Addiction is a complex, multifaceted disease that affects the whole person. It disrupts a person’s physical, psychological, interpersonal, emotional and spiritual life. Through counseling I address reducing or stopping substance use, skill building, adherence to a recovery plan, and address the inter-connectedness of social, family, and professional support systems. Treatment options include individual, group, or peer counseling, inpatient and residential treatment, entering intensive outpatient treatment programs, or medication assisted treatment (MAT) to reduce the cravings and other symptoms associated with withdrawal from a substance. Together we will select the option that works best for you.

Mental Illness

I facilitate group and individual therapy with clients to offer new life skills and coping mechanisms. My goal is to direct them through discovery of the thoughts and stressors that need to be refocused and managed. I utilize holistic therapy methods, i.e. exercise programs, nutritional planning, yoga, and mindfulness meditation to help clients understand that managing and receiving treatment for mental illness is essential to long – term stabilization.

Domestic  Violence

I make every effort to recognize symptoms of distress and dysfunction, of cognitive changes in attitude or behavior, and disturbances in relationships as ways people react to traumatic experiences. I practice nonjudgmental acceptance and validate the experiences of battered and sexually abused men and women. I am certified by the State of California in Domestic Violence Counseling and Advocacy. 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Military Sexual Trauma

PTSD is not limited to witnessing violence or from military combat though statistics show that 1 in 8 returning soldiers suffer from PTSD. We often minimize the effects of neighborhood violence, divorce, or growing up in a dysfunctional home where there is violence, mental illness, substance abuse, or a combination of them all. Helping people to understand, accept, and manage their feelings about traumatic events is an individual process.  I have specialized training working with sexual abuse survivors who experienced sexual trauma while in the military.  I received training in evidence based practices and crisis counseling, trauma informed and trauma specific services (including, but not exclusive to, Cognitive Behavior Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TFCBT).

Youth, Parenting and Family Conflict

Working with youth requires creative interventions to meet them where they are.  Many young adults have difficulty managing the mature responsibilities of adulthood and suddenly experience anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and the stress of being overwhelmed. My goal is to help you, your teenaged child or your family create a life that you feel good about, and to help you become stronger to face the challenges that life throws at you. Through Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) techniques we target the cognitive distortions, address the challenges, and work together to find solutions to their problems. Participated in and provided mandated counseling services in accordance with students Individualized Education Programs (IEP).

Workplace Difficulties

I evaluated complaints of discrimination, sexual harassment, and workplace violence. I am trained in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Mediation, Conflict Resolution, Labor and Management Relations (LMR), and EEO Counseling techniques. I am uniquely qualified with addressing complaints of aggrieved actions that require follow up with a therapist or an employee assistance counselor referral.  I am familiar with the challenges of managing workplace complexities and balancing the demands of family life. My goal is to encourage those in treatment to develop a vision of the future and offer support as they determine the skills, resources, and abilities needed to reach personal goals and improve interpersonal relationships.

 

Professional Experience:

FRED BROWN RECOVERY SERVICES, LPHA

Help clients Identify challenging problematic thought patterns using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) techniques in a 12 Step based residential inpatient treatment program. Using cognition techniques I help client challenge their barriers, beliefs and denial of addiction and help them transition from crisis to restored hope, serenity and a lifestyle of healthy choices. Conduct intake assessment using ASAM screening tool to identify least intensive treatment services, client needs, characteristics of substance use disorder using DSM-5 or ICD-10, level of care, health, history, and create documentation to support diagnosis.

TWIN TOWN TREATMENT CENTER, LPHA

Conduct intake and assessment using ASAM screening tool to identify the appropriate level of care in the least restrictive treatment environment according to DSM-5 or ICD-10 diagnosis for substance use and co-occurring disorder. My goal is to initiate the process of recovery through guided practice, planned changes in behavior, abstinence and relapse prevention, and personal commitment to a chemically free and comfortable lifestyle.

PUBLIC COUNSEL’S CENTER FOR VETERANS ADVANCEMENT, Intern

Responsible for assessment and intervention with Veterans and their families from military sexual trauma, homelessness, mental health and substance use, post-traumatic stress disorder, and any other service need.

DAVIS MIDDLE SCHOOL, Compton Unified School District, Intern

Encouraged achievement through academic planning and goal setting, created emotionally supportive relationships by integrating a trauma and resiliency-centered framework to build self-esteem and help children with complex trauma.

COMPREHENSIVE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, Intern

Provided individual and group counseling to individuals suffering from substance use and addictive disorders. Counseled clients with co-occurring substance abuse, depression, anxiety, gambling, and post-traumatic stress disorders.

METROPOLITAN DETENTION CENTER, Case Manager

I used Prochaska’s Stages of Change to assess, evaluate, and measure the degree to which an inmate felt he/she would be tempted to return to their problem behavior in high-risk situations that put them in prison. Helping the individual to conceptualize change in their intentional behavior (what they practiced on the street) and their potential behavior (readiness for best behavior) after rehabilitation. I encouraged clients to be ready for change and instability, to embrace family, to be organized and humble, and to stay focused and determined in their goals despite the obstacles they may face once released from prison.

AFGE, COUNCIL OF PRISON LOCALS, Local 4038, CEO/President

As the Exclusive Representative of 350 Bargaining Unit employees, I filed Grievances, ULP’s, EEO complaints, MSPB Adverse Action appeals, and won Arbitration disputes regarding Code of Conduct issues, working conditions and conditions of employment between labor and management agencies. Successfully implemented contracts regarding Overtime procedures, Basic Prisoner Transportation (BPT), Safety-Toe Shoes costs, Portal to Portal compensation, Ride-Share agreements, and Compressed Work Schedules (CWS). I defended employees under investigation for alleged violations of Agency policy with the Office of Internal Affairs (OIA), OIG, Equal Employee Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and MSPB.

Education

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, Master of Social Work

Hope International University, Fullerton, CA, Bachelor of Arts, Sociology

Licenses & Professionals Affiliations:

Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW), ASW# 76376

Board of Behavioral Sciences – Supervised by Alicia MacGowan, LCSW (LCS# 21303)

State of California Certified Domestic Violence Peer Counselor

Military Social Work and Family Services

Licensed Practitioner of Healing Arts (LPHA)

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Network for Social Work Managers (NSWM)

Southern California Mental Health Professionals (SCMHP)

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)

“Optimism is a choice and people often become what they believe themselves to be. No matter what the situation is, there is a solution or answer that can produce a favorable result. I would love the opportunity to help you to believe in yourself again. “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” – C.S. Lewis

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