As we’re working to heal, one of the best things we can do for ourselves is change our limiting beliefs around our addictions, our ability to heal and our identity as addicts. When we’re struggling with addiction, we tend to believe that we aren’t strong enough to heal. We don’t think we’re capable of doing what’s best for ourselves. We create our identity around our addictions, and we revolve our lives around our addictive patterns and the lifestyles we develop around those patterns. We believe our addictions represent all of who we are, forgetting all of the wonderful, unique and interesting parts of our identities. We believe that addiction defines us. We believe we’re powerless over our addictions and mental health issues. We don’t realize that not only do we have more control over our thoughts, feelings and behaviors than we thought we did, but we also have the power to heal ourselves.
When we’re working to change our beliefs, we don’t want to fight against the existing ones. We don’t want to add fuel to their fire by increasing our resistance to them. Whatever we focus on grows, so if we’re focusing on the old beliefs, we will only make them grow stronger. We don’t want to give our energy to trying to stop thinking them. That only exacerbates them. Instead, we want to switch focus and turn our attention to the new beliefs we want to instill in our minds and hearts. We want to give our energy to the beliefs we’re replacing the old ones with. We want to build up the new beliefs so they can naturally take over and replace the old ones. Rather than trying to remove the unwanted, problematic ones, let’s focus more on implementing the new, healthy, beneficial beliefs we want to believe going forward.
“I am more than my addiction. I am more than my pain. Addiction does not define me. I am capable of healing. I am strong enough to heal. I am strong enough to do what’s best for myself. I have power over my addictions. I have control over my thoughts, emotions and behaviors. I have control over my choices. I have faith in my ability to recover. I believe in myself. Every day I am getting stronger. Every day I am healing. I am in recovery. I am growing, learning, changing and transforming. I love and accept myself unconditionally through the whole process. I am strong, brave and resilient. I am special, lovable, worthy and deserving.”
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Cheryl has a 24-year history of founding and managing treatment programs for adolescents, in addition to providing therapy for them and is now excited to work with adults at Corner Canyon Health Centers. Her own treatment experiences informed the development and implementation of the foundational components of Corner Canyon, and she looks forward to directing a program that meets all the expectations she had while in treatment and includes all the therapeutic practices that she has found to be effective throughout her career.
In 1998 Cheryl co-founded Second Nature Wilderness Program, which grew to be the largest private wilderness therapeutic program in the United States and included 5 separate locations. Cheryl also helped found Gateway Academy, a pre-eminent residential treatment program for adolescent boys, and looks forward to working with the Gateway Academy owners at Corner Canyon.
In 2003, Cheryl was elected by her colleagues throughout the United States to serve as a board member for the National Association for Therapeutic Schools and Programs. Cheryl works clinically with addiction, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, family systems problems, and other co-occurring issues. She loves working with clients the most out of all the different roles she has played. Cheryl completed her education at Brigham Young University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology in 1991 and her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1993. Her clinical training included CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Assertive Communication, and providing individual, family, group therapy and marriage counseling.
Cheryl is the oldest of ten children and has two adult children, a daughter and a son. Her interests include water sports, photography, interior design, household projects, and spending time with her family and friends. She loves house boating on Lake Powell, but her favorite pastime is spending time with her 5 wonderful grandchildren.