Pain is Inevitable, Suffering is Optional w/ Dr. Laura Petracek Ph.D. (the DBT workbook for Alcohol and Drug Addiction)

Dr. Laura Petracek

[Episode 114 of The Intentional Clinician Podcast]

On this episode, Dr. Laura Petracek Ph.D. talks with Paul Krauss MA LPC on addiction and recovery. Dr. Petracek believes that people can utilize DBT [Dialectical Behavior Therapy] to address the emotions connected with drinking as a way of emotional regulation and relapse avoidance that stabilizes and strengthens recovery journeys. This episode is for you if you or someone you know is struggling, if you are a clinician, or if you are looking for solutions.

Dr. Laura Petracek, Clinical Psychologist, Addiction Specialist, and author of the workbook, The DBT Workbook for Alcohol and Drug Addiction: Skills and Strategies for Emotional Regulation, Recovery, and Relapse Prevention [2023].

Laura Petracek, PhD, LCSW is a qualified DBT therapist who, as a recovering addict, uses her own recovery and treatment experiences to help others. Dr. Petracek earned a master’s degree in social work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work and a doctorate in clinical psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has over thirty years of experience in the field of psychotherapy, twenty-six of which she spent as a practicing Clinical Psychologist in California. Dr. Petracek is a member of the LGBTQ+ community and an ally. She believes that mental illness can feel like you’re in a freefall because you’ve lost control of your mind but emphasizes that it’s okay not to be okay. She is committed to providing the highest quality psychotherapy services, as a psychologist and author, that honor where individuals are on their personal growth journeys. Dr. Petracek is the author of The Anger Workbook for Women and The DBT Workbook for Alcohol and Drug Addiction.

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, an Approved EMDRIA Consultant , host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress) as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Paul has been quoted in the Washington PostNBC NewsWired Magazine, and Counseling Today. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433.

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Original Music:

”Alright” from the forthcoming album Mystic by PAWL (Spotify)

“That Life” from V by Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Spotify)

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