Counselor Megan Spees
Megan Spees, M.A., LLP, CAADC, CCTSI, is a Limited Licensed Psychologist who received her master’s degree in clinical counseling psychology from Michigan School of Professional Psychology. Megan is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) and a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist (CCTSI).
I have experience working with teens, adults, and couples. I specialize in helping clients navigate the complexities of relationships while developing a foundation of acceptance, trust, and communication. As an adaptable and caring professional, I help clients reach their life goals both, individually and relationally. I utilize a broad range of therapeutic techniques that are empirically sound with the flexibility to meet individual goals of the client. This is achieved by utilizing the client’s current strengths and then implementing new skills in which the client can employ as they move forward on their journey of life.
Megan's Counseling Services
Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC)
Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Individual (CCTSI)
Sex/Porn Addiction Recovery
People understand drug and alcohol addiction, but many do not understand sexual addiction or sexually compulsive behavior. When sex becomes a strategy to meet our needs, it becomes addictive; sex becomes our most important need. This is the belief system of someone who exhibits compulsive sexual behavior or pornography use. Unmanageability abounds as the addictive belief system takes hold, quickly leading to chaos and uncertainty. Harmed relationships, lost jobs, and family discord are common areas of collateral damage when someone suffers from sexual addiction.
Sexual addiction is any sexually related, compulsive behavior that interferes with everyday living and causes significant impairment or distress in multiple areas. Shame often prevents many individuals suffering from sexual addiction from getting the professional care they need. However, the good news is that there is hope, and there is recovery from sexual addiction or addictive porn use. Megan uses the model developed by Patrick Carnes to help clients break through their denial and find hope in recovery. Using a trauma-informed, humanistic style, Megan will walk with you on your journey in recovery to help you begin to live your best life, free from the constraints of your addiction.
Partner Betrayal Trauma
Trauma is defined as “anything beyond our ability to understand at the time.” Using that definition, one can see how devastating something like learning of your partner’s betrayal can be to the partner on the receiving end. Maybe you just learned that your spouse has been acting out sexually online or that they’ve had extramarital affairs or emotional relationships with others outside of your couple-ship. All these things fall under the category of “anything beyond our ability to understand at the time.” Whenever something like this happens, our nervous system often responds with distressing trauma symptoms, such as nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, images, or even avoidance of specific stimuli.
How your partner responds to you during this time can also affect your recovery. If your partner is active in recovery and responds to your needs effectively, your trauma will begin to resolve. However, partners often find themselves facing gaslighting and other communication patterns that intensify their trauma response. As a betrayed partner, you need support from qualified professionals.
Megan will help work with you to guide you through this process and lead you toward finding post-traumatic growth while working on your recovery. You might feel a little put off by needing treatment, and that’s normal. Many betrayed partners feel like they shouldn’t be the one that needs care because they didn’t cause the pain; their partner did. Getting guidance and validation from a professional can only help in your healing. Megan utilizes a trauma-informed, partner-centric approach to help your nervous system heal and release the trauma that it is holding that’s keeping you feeling stuck.
Megan's Qualifications & Training
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Megan Spees, MA, LLP, CAADC, CCTSI specializes in:
Megan is trained in one of the best treatments for traumatic events and PTSD which is known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. She is classically trained by the EMDR Institute created by the discoverer of EMDR, Dr. Francine Shapiro. Megan will work with clients to help reprocess their memories and install new positive beliefs in order to help eliminate the intrusive effects of PTSD.
Although traditionally used to treat PTSD, EMDR has been shown to have a wide range of positive treatment effects for numerous issues related to negative beliefs we all hold about ourselves.
Just three 90-minute reprocessing sessions has been shown to elicit great change in clients in randomized controlled clinical studies. Therefore, Megan will work with clients in 90-120 minute blocks several times per week to help gain the most positive treatment effects and elicit the most change and symptom reduction. Along with her other psychotherapy techniques, Megan will utilize EMDR where appropriate to help clients on their path to self-actualization.