Gifford Smith is a Board Registered Interventionist, (BRI) who holds a Master’s degree in theology and specializes spirituality and addiction recovery. Also a certified CDAC, Smith has a private practice, called Smith Intervention Solutions in the upscale LA suburb of Westlake Village, California. Smith serves families, individuals and executives in their recovery needs.
The Rev. Gifford “Giff” Smith is minister for the United Church of Christ, a hospice chaplain and member of the Conejo Valley Interfaith Association. Smith has been in the field of recovery for about 30 years. In addition to operating his own agency, he was also part of the Arise Intervention Team for a number of years. He offers personal coaching and counseling services as well as spiritual services.
Smith uses an invitational intervention style. He describes his personal intervention technique as “specific, compassionate and solution focused” by uniting the family members, friends and loved ones to bring the gift of treatment to the client. The intervention process begins with the individual’s family members, loved ones, or co-workers contacting Smith for support. He then coaches the clients in what the intervention process looks like, and what to expect from the addict. Sometimes this initial stage is enough to get the client into treatment, though if not, Giff is able arrange the intervention and treatment arrangements. He communicates with the facility and the client to make the transition go smoothly.
Smith usually is in contact with the client and their families for a total of about six months. After the individual gets out of treatment there are counseling, life coaching services and aftercare. In addition, Smith can offer referrals for support groups, like Al-Anon, or counseling offered to the family and friends.
Smith brings his many years of experience to compassionate intervention style. His style combines honesty tempered with kindness, showing the addict how they have affected those around them. This has proven to be successful with his clientele.
4607 Lakeview Canyon Rd
Westlake Village, CA 91361
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