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.
In Addition to being a Psychotherapist, Reggie is an Employment Labor Relations Specialist and a U. S. C. Graduate
My Approach to Therapy
My passion is to bring healing to people who have experienced trauma or debilitating circumstances. My goal is to help them find healthy perceptions of themselves to discover inner peace and wholesomeness. I have experience working with youth, adolescents, adults, families, and veterans. I have worked with persons from all socioeconomic backgrounds who have experienced trauma, are struggling with substance abuse or mental illness, or are in crisis from emotional numbness, anxiety, depression, grief, anger, or shame. Whether of school-age, incarcerated in prison or jail, or inpatient or outpatient settings, if their psychological symptoms don’t ease up, they become even worse. I am trained in psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and systemic approaches to therapy at the University of Southern California. I believe therapy can help a person develop resilience, increase their ability to cope with adversity and to adapt to challenges they have yet to face. I strive to empower people to overcome their personal obstacles through positive support techniques and evidenced-based interventions.
Substance Use Disorders
Just about everyone in our society, if you think about it, knows of a family member or someone else close to them with a mental health or substance abuse problem. Addiction has become so mainstream and prevalent in our society that nearly every day we here of Doctors over prescribing opiates and the nationwide opiate epidemic. Whether it be helping a patient find positive alternatives to self-medicating with drugs and alcohol or addressing the harmful effects caused by substance abuse, or psychotropic and pain medications, I am available to assist with these problems.
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, mindfulness meditation, massage therapy and spa treatments as additional treatments for substance abuse and mental illness. Understanding how to manage and treat mental illness is essential to long – term stabilization.
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 have extensive experience working with men and women who batter and help them recognize the core issues behind their problem behavior. I am certified by the State of California in Domestic Violence Counseling and Advocacy. Because of my training with victims and batterers, I have the unique ability to provide a safe, nonjudgmental, empowering and understanding environment for my clients.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Military Sexual Trauma
PTSD is not always limited to witnessing violence or combat. We often minimize the effect and significance of divorce, or of growing up in a dysfunctional home where a parent may not have been violent but both or one parent is mentally ill and (or) drug addicted. Everyone has a different threshold for dealing with uncomfortable feelings and circumstances. Helping people to accept, understand, and process their feelings about a situation is their own trauma to work through. I have specialized training working with sexual abuse survivors and especially individuals who have experienced sexual trauma while in the military. Whether it be a difficult divorce or witnessing violence, the trauma experience is unique to each individual.
Youth, Parenting and Family Conflict
Working with youth requires creative interventions to meet them where they are at. During past work experience, I initiated Behavioral Safety Contracts with Middle-School youth who made a pact to inflict damage to their bodies by cutting their wrists and concealing the cuts under jackets, sweatshirts, hoodies, and sweaters. Through discovery the girls revealed their primary reason for cutting was to reduce negative emotions, to stop bad feelings, to relieve feelings of aloneness, to distract from other problems, to release tension, and to deal with inappropriate impulsive thoughts. I utilize CBT techniques to target the cognitive distortion that cutting provided relief to their problem and challenged them to change their behavior using art therapy techniques which included drawings, poems, and writing rap lyrics.
Helping patents recognize warning signs of troubled youth and the need to build stronger positive communication is important. As a Psychotherapist, helping youth respectfully discuss their concerns and problems with their parents and co-parents is always helpful. Our children watch and emulate us because we are their role models.
As Steward, Chief Steward, President, and Legislative Coordinator for over 15 years with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), I filed briefs and structured infractions into Grievances, Unfair Labor Practices (ULP), and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaints using Case law, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), United States Code (U.S.C.), Negotiated Agreements, and Merit System Protection Board (MSPB) decisions. I am considered an expert by some in Representation, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Compliance Proceedings, Negotiations, EEO Complaints, and Office of Inspector General (OIG) Examinations. As an EEO Counselor for a number years in a collateral position of employment, I evaluated complaints of discrimination, sexual harassment, and workplace violence against bargaining unit members, managers, and supervisors. I initiated the informal stages of filing the complaint, counseling, ADR, and mediation. I am trained in ADR, Mediation, Conflict Resolution, Labor and Management Relations (LMR), and EEO Counseling techniques. I am uniquely familiar with the needs of others and understand that complaints of aggrieved actions may require follow up with a therapists or an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) referral. Labor Relations, Contract Negotiations, and Conflict Resolution are areas of specialized expertise.
Psychotherapy provides individuals with the opportunity to have an impartial person evaluate and assist with improving their communication skills. We are often unaware of how our actions affect others. We oftentimes take the actions of others personally. Psychotherapy provides an opportunity and the environment to improve an individual’s ability to communicate with those they know and love.
Having worked for many years in the federal prison system, I am familiar with the challenges of conflict resolution. Managing the unique demands of law enforcement while balancing family demands are very difficult. It is important to help clients learn to focus on solutions to their problems versus having the problem define who they are.
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. Coordinated individual prison release plans, probation and drug testing, reentry into former communities, reunification with families, halfway house placement, mandated drug treatment orders, and work release programs. 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. I co-authored H.R. 6462 (110th): Jose Rivera Correctional Officer Protection Act (2008) with Congressman, Dennis Cardoza, Merced, CA, to provide stab-resistant personal body armor and pepper spray to all correctional officers of the Bureau, and to require such officers to wear such armor while on duty.
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, #ASW76376
Board of Behavioral Sciences – Supervised by Alicia MacGowan, LCSW (LCS# 21303)
Domestic Violence Peer Counseling and Advocacy
State of California Certified Domestic Violence Counselor
Military Social Work and Family Services
University of Southern California
Drug Treatment Therapy
University of Southern California
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