About the Diamond IOP at Chesapeake Counseling
The Gloucester IOP is a six-week program for people with addiction. Its four-day-a-week structure provides addiction education and counseling components while encouraging clients to apply the recovery skills to their daily lives as productive members of their community. This supportive IOP can serve in a continuum of care following a residential treatment program or as appropriate initial therapy based on criteria set by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
The IOP runs evenings, from six to nine o’clock, and allows patients to continue working, maintain their current living situation, and improve their relationships, all while receiving services right in their community.
Diamond IOP at Chesapeake Counseling Counselor
STEPHEN L. SIMMERS, LPC, NCC, CSAC, MAC, CCFAS
Steve brings a broad spectrum of mental health, substance abuse, and business experience to Diamond Healthcare. Steve’s past experience has also involved the development of Forensic substance abuse programs involving individual and group treatment programs for individuals involved in the judicial system by providing therapeutic treatment as an alternative to incarceration. Steve also has experience facilitating Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Anger Management groups, Crisis Stabilization, MAT programs, and Individual counseling settings. He works with his patients using a person centered approach integrating 12-Step recovery and cognitive behavioral therapy into addiction treatment. Prior to his Clinical Counseling career, he spent 20 years in the business world in the development and ownership of various businesses and partnerships involving real estate sales, marketing, and financial services.
Steve obtained his Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Messiah College, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Management, and a minor in Psychology, from Elizabethtown College. He is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He also holds professional certification as a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC), a Masters Addictions Counselor (MAC), and a Clinically Certified Forensic Addictions Counselor (CCFAS). Steve is a member of the National and State Association of Addiction Professionals and the National Association of Forensic Counselors. Steve and his wife reside in the Gloucester area, and he enjoys boating, fishing, and anything else that places him on or near salt water.