Dean Alan Sims, MAR, LCDC

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor

Specialties: Addiction recovery counseling; spiritual emergence coaching

Services Offered: Individual, group, psychedelic integration (individuals), harm reduction therapy (groups), pre- and post-ritual counseling, trauma-focused psychotherapy, substance use disorder counseling, substance use disorder programs, treatment planning, holistic approaches, mind-body therapy, somatic therapy, relational and family therapy, mindfulness training, access breathwork, spiritual emergence coaching, spiritual emergency, spiritual direction

Sessions: Telehealth

Accepting New Clients: Yes

Website: www.fifthdirection.org

Biography

I have a background that is non-traditional and as I tell clients, “I earned my seat here the hard way.” I have extensive personal experience with psychedelics and transpersonal states of consciousness. I have a breadth of experience and see the connections and weave them together in a coherent way that will offer you an expanded awareness of what is possible.

I have a Master’s Degree from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Iowa in Spiritual Care. My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Arts in History from The University of Texas at Austin; I also took 24 hours of Philosophy. I got my Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate from Lone Star College – Montgomery – Greater Houston Area and am a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in Texas.

I am also a Certified Spiritual Emergence Coach. I have studied and read extensively in the fields of spirituality, psychology, and religion. If you are interested in something I can probably talk about it with you and help you explore further.

How I work with clients

I utilize a Collaborative Conversational Model grounded in intentional authentic presence. I am interested in you and your story and helping you unwind it to find the meaning and message that is there for you. I am not going to pathologize you. I am going to treat you like a competent human being who has the ability to muster all the resources required to live a life of recovery. By the way, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) definition of recovery is: A process of change where individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. Real recovery for me is recovering my True Self.

Integrative & Trauma-informed Theoretical Orientation – I combine Jungian theory of personality, past insight, and archetypes, including the view of addiction as a form of Initiation; Attachment Theory – how you connected with your primary caregivers as a child and whether you felt the world is a safe place or not; Bowen Family Systems which tells us that we are products of a family system and that we must look at our relationships to understand the individual behavior; Choice Theory also known as Reality Therapy which says we have basic needs and we will choose to act in ways to get those needs met; Solution Focused, which is all about doing. Awareness without action gets me nowhere.

I am always learning and will show you how having this perspective will make your life more interesting and meaningful. I am also aware of the convergence happening in any situation, i.e., my past propelling me into the future. I look forward to discovering with clients who they are and how they want to be. I can teach you the methods that will facilitate your own story coming together in an AMAZING way you probably could never have imagined.

Licenses

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor

Education

University of Dubuque Theological Seminary

Languages

English

Trainings

Certified Spiritual Emergence Coach

Location

Online

Accepting New Clients

Yes

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