JANET DEMARS, ACMHC, LADC, CAC-III

Licensed Therapist

“I believe in providing a therapeutic space of safety, trust, respect, and compassion so that my clients can do the therapy that will restore them to wellness and peace in their heart, mind, and body.”

“Being in a place of darkness is not insurmountable. It is often the darkest soil that is the most nourishing and in which the most beautiful flowers and plants emerge. Our well-being is like our own personal garden that we tend to by planting, weeding, pruning, and harvesting.”

“Clients have told me that I hear more than the words they speak, I also hear and connect with the unspoken words of their heart, which tell about the deeper stories, emotions, trauma, and fears.”

PROVIDES

Individual Therapy

Family Therapy

Couples Therapy

Group Therapy

SPECIALIZATIONS

Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Grief, Loss and Trauma

Family and Partner Relationships

Mood Difficulties such as Depression and Anxiety

Gambling, Sex and Pornography Addictions

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Emphasis

Other Addictions

CERTIFICATIONS

Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Messiah College (2017), Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor (UT), Certified Addiction Counselor (CO), Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (MN), Association for Addiction Professionals Member (NAADAC), American Counseling Association Member (ACA), Trauma Emphasized Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

I worked in the field of education and holistic wellness for many years as both a teacher and a director. It was during my time on a college campus that I saw that the horrendous consequences of drug and alcohol use and knew that I wanted to help and educate others about a different path—the path of recovery. I went back to school and earned a certificate in Minnesota as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Shortly thereafter I was given the chance to direct a collegiate recovery program for men at a residential treatment facility in Colorado. While there, I continued my education became a Certified Addiction Counselor. It was so powerful witnessing young men start or return to college as sober individuals. They flourished in their recovery and in their education and this confirmed my belief that recovery is not just about substances but is holistic and includes changes in how a person believes and feels about themselves, mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. The culmination and intersection of my professional and personal experiences has brought me to this moment of clarity when I can utilize what I have gained to help others achieve their own holistic wellness.

ABOUT JANET DEMARS

After 20 years of using mostly alcohol and some drugs, I became the alcoholic parent that I said I would never be. With much fear, I started on the path of recovery by giving up the drugs and alcohol that had been my closest companions; they had managed my emotions, my social life, defined all my friendships, accompanied me through years of education, and provided me the courage I needed to navigate through life. Today, I am so grateful to no longer look through the fog of addiction. Today, I have the clarity of recovery. I believe that recovery is possible for everyone, and I compassionately understand the immense amount of grief that happens when a person gives up something that is akin to being a best friend. There is fear in not knowing what happens on the other side of losing the dependable companion that is a drug of choice. In my recovery I’ve taken up mountain biking, road biking, tennis, and refined my game of racquetball. I’ve developed a spiritual practice by studying the Yoga Sutras. I enjoy the calm that my Yoga, mindfulness, and meditation practices provide me, which is beyond anything I could have imagined during my drinking career. But most importantly, I have a relationship with my daughters, the best gift of sobriety. All of my relationships are so much richer now that the veil of denial is gone and I know how to be vulnerable and intimate in relationships, using my voice to speak my truth.