As a behavioral health therapist in the Women’s Relapse Program, Brandy Bressler provides individual and family therapy; facilitates groups, including a trauma group; offers educational lectures; and keeps referents and family members updated.
Facilitating the trauma group has been particularly rewarding since many patients do not realize that trauma and substance use often go hand in hand. She finds the work she does with the trauma group particularly rewarding, because many of her patients did not realize how often substance use is connected to trauma, which can help them in their recovery.
She came to Caron as a behavioral health therapist working with teen and young adult women and moved into her current role in 2020. She brings dedication and empathy to her work as well as knowledge of the need to have firm boundaries. These form the foundation of her ability to guide her patients to uncover and understand the core issues at the heart of their substance use.
Her previous experience includes working as a therapist in both inpatient and outpatient treatment centers, facilitating groups dealing with co-occurring disorders, and providing individual therapy and case management.
She has a Master of Social Work degree from Edinboro University and is a licensed social worker.
I like to see a patient succeed and have the gift of a lifetime in recovery. For women in relapse, what is often most important is overcoming the guilt and shame that comes with being a woman with a substance use disorder.”