David Kolker grew up in St. Louis, MO later relocating to South Florida to pursue his interest in Mental Health. David holds a Master Degree in Social Work, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Juris Doctorate (Law Degree). He is the Clinical Director/CEO and a primary therapist that thrives on working closely with clients and watching them grow as individuals. David is published in the area of evidenced-based therapy and specializes in family dynamics and relationships as they relate to recovery. It was his dream to start an Outpatient program that focuses on underlying core issues, healthy attachments, childhood trauma and family of origin issues. He believes that historically, typical treatment, has avoided these issues; thus, creating a 95% failure rate of inpatient treatment for the past 30-40 years.
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- Medicare is not Accepted
- Medicaid is not Accepted
The primary difference between Sober Living Outpatient and other inpatient and outpatient treatment centers is focusing on the core issues. Our groups are primary process groups. We do not focus on psycho-educational materials, although they are addressed within the context of the group. Group therapy at Sober Living Outpatient uses a variety of modalities such as art therapy, psychodrama, sculpting, and many more. We believe in developing a strong, positive relationship with our clients. It is imperative that they trust us, as well as the process involved. We treat each client as if they were our own family. We create an environment in which the client feels safe and loved which enables them to authentically and vulnerably address their issues. Quality treatment first…Finances second…we have never and will never throw someone out because their insurance runs out. If a person wants to be at Sober Living Outpatient and is willing to do the work, we will find a way to make it happen. Our business is not built on repeat business. We help people get well the first time.
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- Aftercare Support
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a highly specific, research-validated form of therapy that can help people overcome traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. With EMDR, a trained practitioner uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement and touch to stimulate parts of the brain as a patient recounts certain experiences and memories as a way to more thoroughly process uncomfortable, painful feelings.
David Kolker, JD, LCSW - CEO/Clinical Director
Maria Merritt, BS - Director of Operations
Maria is from Southampton, MA and relocated to South Florida in January of 2012. She obtained her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from American International College and is in school working on her Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Nova Southeastern University and working toward her Certified Addiction Professional’s certification. Maria began at Sober Living Outpatient as the Utilization Review Specialist and was promoted to the Director of Operations. She is responsible for all operations functions, including oversight of non-clinical functions, including Finance, Human Resources, Quality Assurance and Accreditations. Maria enjoys watching sports, fishing, kayaking and hanging out with friends.
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