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sound-counselingThe Basics

Dave Harris, the owner of Sound Counseling, has been in the chemical dependency business since 1976; back in the day, he even studied with recovery guru Terry Gorski. Harris opened Sound Counseling as an outpatient facility for drug and alcohol rehabilitation in Puyallup, Washington, with an eye to relapse prevention. An hour south of Seattle, the counseling office can be found in a white house with blue trim on Puyallup’s Main Street—a tattoo parlor and a tow truck company are its closest neighbors. Regardless, Sound Counseling offers outpatient substance abuse services, DUI and alcohol education classes in addition to individual therapy, supplemented by 12-step meetings.

Treatment and Staff

Every client new to Sound Counseling meets with a counselor for an initial evaluation. He or she is then placed in the appropriate recovery group. Clients who need considerable support and structure join the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), which meets on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. Relapse prevention and group processing are part of the protocol. One night is reserved for an educational lecture on chemical dependency, led by a speaker from outside the program. These lecture nights usually draw more of an audience but, typically, groups are not very big, with ten or fewer clients at a time. IOP clients are required to attend two 12-step meetings (called “sober support” meetings at Sound Counseling) a week. Individual sessions with a counselor occur at least once a month, but the actual number of meetings is determined on a case-by-case basis. Regular outpatient clients have a similar basic curriculum, but only meet for group therapy once per week.

The facility is run by an addiction therapist with a national certification and the client-to-staff ratio typically remains around four-to-one.


Sound Counseling offers resources beyond outpatient to recovering addicts and their families. Once a week, they host an Adult Children of Alcoholics therapy group. Alcohol and Drug Information School classes are also offered; Sound Counseling’s Facebook page posts updates about these. Another extra: Sound Counseling plans special events for children and youth, from art exhibits to talks on drug prevention and awareness.

In Summary

This is a homegrown business that has stayed small (it’s only one location) but has matured into serving multiple functions and demographic groups—men and women, youth and families. Its Facebook presence demonstrates its outward-looking focus and effort to connect with the community about recovery.

Sound Counseling
719 E Main, Ste C
Puyallup, WA 98372

Sound Counseling Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Sound Counseling by phone at (253) 841-8165 or by email at Find Sound Counseling on Facebook

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