At Advene Health Group, our mission is to raise the standards of addiction treatment and help people heal from their addiction challenges. Advene Health Group is committed in providing exceptional mental health and substance abuse support and treatment. We believe that addiction is an illness that is progressive in nature and terminal if left untreated. Our group takes pride in reaching the individuals experiencing addiction and mental health challenges and providing them with the tools and personalized treatment, tailored to their specific needs. We provide the individuals that we treat the tools to uncover roadblocks to recovery, to face issues that may increase symptoms and to take charge of their lives. We understand that addiction is not created in isolation and thus we take a holistic approach to recovery in treating the client’s thinking patterns, emotional triggers, environmental stressors, purpose of life and the level of recovery support. We assist clients in creating a balanced, happy and purposeful life for themselves and their family. We provided a treatment approach without stigmas and judgment.
Advene Health is very proud of its experienced and caring clinical staff, who are dedicated to providing the highest level of care for individuals with the need for our dual diagnosis services. A board certified physician is also on staff should a medication assessment be needed.
Laura Seitz, LCAS-A
Laura is a licensed clinical social worker since 1992. Laura graduated Florida in 1985 with a Bachelor’s Degree in clinical psychology. She obtained her MSW in 1988 from Barry University in Miami, Florida. Laura has been a practicing clinician since 1985. She began her career in south Florida where she began as a pre-school, adolescent, teen and family clinician.
She was clinical director of a program called Tree House at the Parent Child Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, for many years (1985- 1992) in which she worked with a population of children, teens, adolescents and families. This program required the writing of block grants to fund the facility, she was part of the publications of these grants. The program was incorporated with the Department of Education and Board of Education. This program also require off-site services such as government-funded housing project. The Parent Child Center mirrored the Ackerman Center in New York, in which it was a complete team and learning approach.
From 1992 to 1997, Laura was a full-scaled psychotherapist treating at The Center for Family Service in Boca Raton, Florida. Her case load consisted of a full range of mental disorders ranging from adjustment disorders to more complex psychosis. The population treated was all ages, any gender and not exclusive to any one field of practice. Her style of practice is eclectic based on the needs of the individual client. During this time, Laura participated in a local news show regarding tools for healthy marriages as well as many newspaper interviews on specific mental health disorders. Laura also did group therapy in ACLFs and individual therapy along with comprehensive evaluations.
From 1997 to 2008, Laura was in private practice as a sole practitioner in Boynton Beach, Florida, and had a full case load of clients ranging from small children to geriatric. She treated all ranges of mental health disorders along with marital and family therapy.
In 2008, Laura relocated to North Carolina and began working heavily with the addicted population as she recognized a strong need in services. Together with her husband they own and operate an outpatient substance abuse and Suboxone facility which incorporates a full range staff to address underlying issues of addiction, main streaming back into a functional lifestyle and relapse prevention.
Laura’s objective is to provide safe, comfortable and judgment-free environment for clients to work through issues. In addition, she provides warmth and flexibility in working with her clients. She has experience working with anxiety, depression, addiction, grief and loss, living with chronic medical conditions, self-esteem issues, and relationship and career issues, among others.
Overall, she sees her role is to respect the goals that her clients come in with, and support the process of working toward these goals.
Her services also include creative approaches to addiction (education, individual and group counseling) to help people emotionally accept changes in their lives. Unresolved issues from the past can get in the way of attaining personal and professional growth. Therapy can enhance one’s self-awareness and the ability to recognize in one’s own self-defeating and self-sabotaging patterns, and to change these patterns. Laura is committed to traveling the lengthy road of psychoanalysis with those who want to take the journey. Laura works with adolescents and adults of all ages.
Thomas P. Hamilton, Life Coach.
Thomas is a professional interventionist, life coach, trainer and motivational speaker, who utilizes his extensive professional, entrepreneurial and personal knowledge and experiences to communicate to those he assists – a spiritual path, a renewal, a recovery – which inspires people to examine themselves, expand their thinking, and vision of self and others, so that they can reach their desired dreams and goals. Tom spent 19 years of his life addicted to alcohol, heroin and cocaine. He has been clean and sober for 28 years. Tom brings over 25 years of senior management, supervisory, mentoring and leadership experience from the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Tom is committed and passionate about the spirituality of life and our own unique relationship with God (not religions or institutions) and he is dedicated to his mission, which is to help ordinary people do extraordinary things. Tom loves being a “service station” to others. His formal education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health with a Minor in Psychology. Tom has extensive knowledge and experience (professionally and voluntarily) working with those facing addictions of all kinds and with those facing life-threatening health challenges. Thomas is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselior Intern (CASC I), a Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE) and International Association of Coaches (IAC) Board Certified Life Coach, and a Certified Human Behavior Consultant (DISC Model). Thomas is married with five wonderful children and ten grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, hanging out on the beach, yoga, walking, meeting new people and prayer and meditation.