I am the Founder and CEO of Fostering Resilience™, Co-Founder of the Center for Sobriety, Spirituality & Healing, Family Program Director for the Beachcomber Family Center for Alcoholism and Addiction Recovery, Author of "The Warrior's Guide to Successful Sobriety" and "The Resilient Warrior Journal."
I created and manualized Fostering Resilience™ Relapse Prevention, an integrated program model for adults with substance use disorders. I've also authored numerous articles and book chapters. I present locally, nationally and internationally on the topics of addiction recovery, drug abuse prevention, shame and spirituality.
I've earned a PhD in Counselor Education. I'm a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Addiction Professional, Advanced Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist, Trauma Specialist, and professionally trained in Mindfulness Meditation and Compassion-Focused Therapy.
I've been working with individuals and families helping them to overcome substance abuse issues for over 10 years.
I live in Boca Raton, Florida with my husband, Dr. Tony Foster. We have three sons, one grandson, the sweetest dog on the planet, and four disagreeable cats.
More About Me...
Recovery Changes Everything
My recoveryfrom addiction over 12 years ago
changed absolutely everything!
Looking at my life today, it's hard to believe that there was a time when I felt totally hopeless and didn't want to live anymore.
A time when I couldn't stop drinking.
A time when I was also struggling with the overwhelming fear and desperation of having a son addicted to drugs.
An addiction that was robbing his very soul, while my addiction was taking over mine.
An illness and compulsion that completely takes over the mind, body and behavior of the sufferer!
As I watched my son continue to spiral out of control, slowly killing himself before my very eyes, I felt terrified, overwhelmed, and completely powerless.
The truth is... I was powerless!
Until the day the pain to stay the same became greater than the pain to change.
This is where my recovery journey began... with pain!
Lots and lots of pain!!
I realized that if I wanted to help my son, I needed to help myself first.
When I was 14 months sober, my son began his own journey of recovery. He is now healthier, stronger and more powerful than he ever was before the addiction took hold.
We both are!! And it all started with focusing on my own change, my own recovery.
Since that time, over a decade ago, I went back to school and became a licensed mental health counselor, a certified addiction professional, a specialist in relapse prevention, and earned a doctorate in counselor education.
I have been blessed to work with thousands of individuals and families helping them to overcome addiction.
Yet, before any of this... I was a single mother, struggling to survive, broke, completely depleated of all my strength and power, and desperate for my life to change.