Summer Jeirles SummerJeirles

Summer Jeirles is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor with a background in addictions and co-occurring disorders in adults. She currently practices in Virginia.



  • A Parallel between Dealing with Employee Issues and Dealing with Client Issues

    May 30, 2017
    I attended a leadership class not that long ago, and one of the topics discussed by people with a specialty in Human Resources, was “how to have difficult conversations with employees.”
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  • Respecting the Opinions of other Professionals Regarding Addiction

    May 01, 2017
    A couple of weeks ago I attended a conference with a variety of health professionals (most of whom were doctors and nurses). One of my colleagues discussed the fact that addiction is a disease (recognized by the American Medical Association in 1956), one of many points discussed about the current opioid crisis.
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  • Using Small Goals to Achieve Balance and Stave off Rigidity

    Mar 28, 2017
    Rigidity often lures the mind away from balance—it can keep us down and defeat us before we even start something. Locking in on how something is supposed to be, or how much someone should be doing something, can keep a person from starting something from the get-go.
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  • Helping clients find “That feeling” right now

    Mar 06, 2017
    A while back, I had read a book by Augusten Burroughs, titled “This is How: Help for the Self,” (2012). One thing that had stuck with me is a passage about how people are looking for happiness from external things.
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  • Peak Relapse Time

    Jan 04, 2017
    Because addiction is not a disease that is ever cured (it can be treated, but not cured), this time of year can be particularly difficult for those in early recovery (or just in recovery, period) attempting to maintain their sobriety.
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