As a clinician who is deeply invested in her clients, Belina does something that no other Interventionist does. She prefers to continue working with the designated client after their inpatient stay in complete. She believes that solid and comprehensive after care is critical. After establishing a relations with the client, Belina knows that the client does not want to start all over with a new therapist or clinician, he/she needs quality after care therapy in order to maintain success in the community. An inpatient milieu is supportive and safe, the challenge is upon discharge. Many clients lack the proper professional care after inpatient, leading to a slippery slope of relapse. Hence, she believes that it is in the client’s best interest to have a step down after inpatient in order to ensure success in the community. Published literature echoes this, clients need a thorough after care plan upon discharge from inpatient settings.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1997, Belina attended the University of Denver where she earned her Master’s in Social Work in 1995. Since then she has worked in the field of mental health and addictions of all kind. She became a Certified Addictions Counselor lll in 1995 and since managed a residential program, taught for 11 years at the college level in the social work department at Metropolitan State University (MSU) and has owned and operated an outpatient program for women called “A Woman’s Way to Recovery.” Her work has centered around addictions of all kinds: drug both illicit and licit, alcohol, hoarding, social networking, pornography, food and shopping.
While an adjunct professor at MSU she played a role in developing the mental health class in the new graduate program for the Master’s in Social Work Department. As the owner and founder of A Woman’s Way to Recovery, she created the only gender specific women’s only program for DUI in the state of Colorado. Given the vast professional experience Belina holds, she has the professional knowledge and expertise to be an effective interventionist.