Currently the substance abuse assessments and any follow-up individual substance abuse counseling is provided by Blaise Rastello, MSW, CAC II. Blaise also co-facilitates the weekly Co-existing Disorders group (with licensed outpatient therapist Terry Stiven), which is one of Colorado Recovery’s regular outpatient programming groups. Blaise practices Humanistic Existential therapy which is a kind of therapy that promotes self-awareness and personal growth by stressing current reality and by analyzing and altering specific patterns of response to help a person realize his or her potential. Blaise also employs Motivational Interviewing (MI), a therapeutic approach designed to help people identify their readiness, willingness, and ability to change and to make use of their own change-talk. MI is a collaborative, therapeutic conversation with clients that addresses the common problem of ambivalence for change. Its purpose is to strengthen the client’s own motivation for and commitment to change in a manner that is consistent with their values. Therefore, rather than imposing or forcing particular changes, we “meet the client where the client is” and help her/him move toward his/her goals by drawing out and building his/her readiness to change.