What inspired you to become an addiction counselor?
My sobriety date is July 1, 2008. I believe I am still here to help others who have had a similar battle. I know how the mind and body are plagued by chemical dependency. I know what it does to the family structure and the impact it has on our loved ones. I spent a lot of time taking from others, now I only want to give.
What makes The Ridge unique?
We believe in each other and we believe in our clients. Our physicians have incredible amounts of knowledge and speak to clients and their family members in a way that is translatable to people who have no medical knowledge. They do not speak over the heads of our clients. The Ridge is a uniquely tailored program that forms around the client to treat the person as an individual and not a number.
How does your spiritual life fit in with your counseling approach?
Spirituality is defined as a connection. It fits into everything that I do at work and also in life. The counselors at the Ridge see clients individually but also in a group setting. This means we get to interact with, teach, learn from and connect with everyone in our program, not just the people on our caseloads.
Who has been a source of inspiration for you in your career as a counselor?
When I was given my first caseload as a new counselor (2015), I had the ability to learn from Kellie Luley. I sat in on the psychoeducational groups, individual sessions and family sessions she conducted as a shadow taking notes. I was able to see firsthand what a counselor role looked like as an observer. I believe we can find inspiration in all situations and circumstances if we are willing to look and listen. I also find insight through spiritual authors such as Eckhart Tolle, Paul Ferrini, Don Miguel Ruiz, Michael Singer, and others.
How do you define success as a counselor?
I believe success to be establishing rapport with a client. There is something that can’t quite describe hearing a client repeat what you’ve said to them in a group session. When a client believes you care for them and want the best for them, that is an achievement.
What are 3 words your friends/family would use to describe you?
I asked my family this question, the common theme was “compassionate, dedicated, loving.”
Talk about what “recovery” for a client means for you?
Recovery is facing fears, rewriting limiting beliefs, being available to loved ones, challenging irrational thought patters, having difficult conversations, becoming open-minded, thinking before speaking, increasing spirituality/connection to God, self, and others, finding fulfillment, realizing purpose, being vulnerable and exposed, listening, giving, and rediscovering and redefining oneself.
Kyle Short has also authored a book. This book is titled, “I Am Enough”. Anyone who knows Kyle knows his compassionate, balanced, and mindful style. He uses what he has taught and learned in his recovery journey and years of working and volunteering with addicts in this book. He offers this book as a tool to help people see themselves for who they are, good, bad and in-between and take that knowledge and learn to love oneself and use that power to go through all obstacles in their lives positively. You can purchase his book on Amazon.