About me

I am a licensed mental health counselor and have been practicing recovery-based psychotherapy since 2003.  My work with my clients is based on the principle that recovery from mental health crises and conditions is possible, and that recovery is best achieved through a combination of trauma-informed care, a non-pathological perspective of mental health crisis, and recovery-oriented practice.

My work is informed by the ten fundamental components of recovery as outlined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) which are:

  1. Self-direction — Each person leads, controls, chooses, and determines her or his own path of recovery by optimizing autonomy, independence, and control of resources to achieve a self-determined life.
  2. Individualized and person-centered — There are multiple pathways to recovery based on each person’s unique strengths and resiliencies as well as his or her needs, preferences, experiences, and  cultural background.
  3. Empowerment — Each person has the authority to choose from a range of options and to participate in all decisions that might affect her or his life. Through empowerment, a person gains control of her or his destiny and influences the organizational and societal structures in her or his life.
  4. Holistic — Recovery encompasses a person’s whole life, including mind, body, spirit and community.
  5. Non-linear — Recovery is not a step-by-step process but one based on continual growth, occasional setbacks, and learning from experience.
  6. Strengths-based — Recovery focuses on valuing and building on the multiple capacities, resiliencies, talents, coping abilities, and inherent worth of individuals.
  7. Peer Support — Mutual support plays an invaluable role in recovery. People with lived experience of mental health challenges encourage and engage each other in recovery and provide each other with a sense of belonging, supportive relationships, valued roles, and community.
  8. Respect — Community, systems, and societal acceptance and appreciation of people with lived experience of mental health challenges are crucial in achieving recovery. Respect ensures the inclusion and full participation of each person with lived experience in all aspects of his or her life.
  9. Responsibility — Each person has a personal responsibility for his or her own self-care and journey of recovery. Each person must strive to understand and give meaning to her or his experiences and identify coping strategies and healing processes to promote wellness.
  10. Hope — Recovery provides the essential and motivating message of a better future — that people can overcome the barriers and obstacles that confront them. Hope is internalized, but can be fostered by peers, family, friends, providers, and others. Hope is the catalyst of the recovery process.

         (go to www.samhsa.gov/ for more information)

If you are interested in making an appointment, please email me at annelweaver@hotmail.com or call me at 617-583-2348.
I have office hours in Brookline on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
At this time, I take Blue Cross Blue Shield and self-pay.

 

 

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