I have been the Mid-Missouri Regional Coordinator for the MPHP since February 2008. Since that time, I have seen many physicians graduate from the program. Throughout, I continue to be amazed by the transformations I see as physicians grow in their recovery and careers. I believe the key to these transformations is the longterm commitment that the MPHP makes to ensure their participants' success. The factor that has been repeatedly demonstrated to predict success in addictions treatment is length of time in treatment. The success of the MPHP approach bears out not only in the success rates of participants, but also in the continued engagement of graduates of the MPHP program.
In addition to coordinating the MPHP program, I own a private psychotherapy practice in Columbia. I specialize in working with people with substance use disorders and other addictions as well as marriage and family counseling. I especially enjoy working with young people and their families. My practice has a personal growth orientation focusing on enhancing people’s strengths and not just treating their symptoms.
The practice, Individual Marriage and Family Enrichment LLC, was started by Don Howard who was an early adopter of family interventions for people with addictions. I have been influenced by Don’s innovative and compassionate Family Approach to Problem Drinking. His work influenced me to focus beyond the illness of chemical dependency and on to the development of the individual. It also influenced my understanding of the importance of family and community in a person’s recovery. Don was tireless in his work and taught me to be persistent in the sometimes difficult struggle to help a person overcome addiction.
Before entering private practice full-time in 2004, I was the clinical manager and assistant director of Phoenix Programs, Inc., a drug and alcohol treatment agency in Columbia, where I worked in both residential and outpatient settings for seven years. It is through my work at Phoenix Programs that I became interested in addictions treatment.
In addition to my work I enjoy spending time with my family. I currently live in Columbia with my wife Kyna Byerly, who is a Genetics Counselor, and two teenage children, Rachel and Jacob. My oldest son Eli is a freshman at Vanderbilt University. We enjoy traveling and camping as a family. Some of our favorite destinations are the mountains of Colorado and Wyoming and the Ozark Rivers of Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas.
I am also deeply involved in my church. I spend many of my Sundays teaching Sunday school, facilitating a youth group, or doing service work. In addition I have traveled with church members on two service trips to Honduras, where we worked on ongoing sanitation projects in the rural Cangrejal River Valley.
I have been licensed as a counselor in Missouri since 2001 and received a Master’s Degree in Educational and Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. I am grateful to have been involved in the MPHP for the past seven years and for the participants who have shared their journey with me. I look forward to working with the program into the future. If I can be helpful or you would like to connect, please feel free to call or email me at email@example.com.