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Founding Therapist

Belina Fruitman, LCSW, CACIII

As a clinician who is deeply invested in her clients, Belina does something that no other Interventionist does. She prefers to continue working with the designated client after their inpatient stay is complete, if they enroll inpatient or IOP ( Intensive Outpatient Program). She believes that solid and comprehensive after care is critical. After establishing a relationship with the client, Belina knows that the client does not want to start all over with a new therapist or clinician, he/she needs quality after care therapy in order to maintain success in the community. An inpatient milieu is supportive and safe, the challenge is upon discharge. Many clients lack the proper professional care after inpatient, leading to a slippery slope of relapse. Hence, she believes that it is in the client’s best interest to have a step down after inpatient in order to ensure success in the community.

Published literature echoes this, clients need a thorough after care plan upon discharge from inpatient settings. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1997, Belina attended the University of Denver where she earned her Master’s in Social Work in 1995. Since then she has worked in the field of mental health and addictions of all kinds.

She became a Certified Addictions Counselor lll in 1995 and since managed a residential program, taught for 11 years at the college level in the social work department at Metropolitan State University (MSU) and has owned and operated an outpatient program for women called “A Woman’s Way to Recovery.” Her work has centered around addictions of all kinds: drug both illicit and licit, alcohol, hoarding, social networking, pornography, food and shopping. While an adjunct professor at MSU she played a role in developing the mental health class in the new graduate program for the Master’s in Social Work Department.

As the owner and founder of A Woman’s Way to Recovery, she created the only gender specific women’s only program for DUI in the state of Colorado. Given the vast professional experience Belina holds, she has the professional knowledge and expertise to be an effective interventionist.

Our Philosphy

Our philosophy as Licensed Clinical Social Workers comes from the premise of meeting women where they are in their life. Through an empowering approach, the client determines her goals and learns how to discover which root issues are the obstacles to lasting change.As providers and counselors our perspective tends to be existential. Therefore women need to find a sense of meaning and purpose in their life in order to feel fulfilled and valued.

Another approach that is integrated into therapy is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a system of therapy originally developed by Marsha M. Linehan. DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotion regulation and reality-testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness largely derived from Buddhist meditative practice. DBT may be the first therapy that has been experimentally demonstrated to be generally effective in treating certain clinical diagnosis. Research indicates that DBT is also effective in treating patients who present varied symptoms and behaviors associated with mood disorders, self-injury, and is effective with sexual abuse survivors and chemical dependency. Therefore, DBT can be used with women who have experienced trauma such as sexual abuse.

Licensure Supervision

Are you looking for Licensure Supervision?

For those of you with a Master's Degree in Social Work or a Master's of Arts in Psychology, you need professional supervision (and passage of the state board exam and other state requirements) in order to gain licensure in Colorado. Belina Fruitman, LCSW, CAClll, provides professional supervision privately and/or in a group setting. As a former professor of social work and clinician since 1997, she specializes in mental health, addictions, women's issues, trauma, family/couples therapy and group therapy. Please contact her to talk further about your professional needs and advancement in your career, 303-523-0621.

Professional supervision is a key component to honing your skills, preventing burn out and staying on the edge of your knowledge base.

This link will get you to state licensure requirements for LCSW: MORE INFO

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