Michele Band,M.A, IMT 1654, EFT, CSAT-S, APC
IMT 1654, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Sexual Addiction Therapist Supervisor (CSAT-S), Certified Pastoral Counselor (member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors; seeking membership level as a Certified Pastoral Counselor-completed supervision, Certified Gambling Addiction
We would like to share with you a little about who we are at A Cause for Success, LLC. I am Michele Band and the Co-Owner/Program Director of A Cause for Success, L.L.C. My husband, Tyler Band, is a Co-Owner with me. Several years ago we envisioned creating a company that would provide the best therapeutic application of addiction and couples research. We wanted to see in-patient quality focus and services that were assessable, task-centered, spiritual and at affordable costs.
My graduate work has included clinical social work, marriage and family therapy and theology. My masters degree is from Loyola University, New Orleans at Loyola’s Institute for Ministry-got to love the Jesuits! My graduate focus was on Marriage and Family Therapy and my internship included working with families struggling with addiction and domestic violence. These have been my two areas of professional focus over the last twenty five years.
In my professional journey, I have worked as a part of a federal government addiction research team, coordinating the parent and family component. This resulted in the integration of a variety of innovative ways to reduce the recidivism of women in treatment and reduce relapses. I am proud to say that the innovation resulted in positive and evidence based outcomes that supported women having their children in treatment, with a day care on site; parent education groups in treatment; and family and relationship groups in treatment. The result: women stayed longer in treatment and had longer periods of sobriety without slips or relapses. As a part of the project, I developed a curriculum that outlined and integrated a woman’s focused model that was non-punitive and addressed the trauma of the women and assisted them in the bonding or reconnection with their children. This model continues to be used in treatment programs throughout the country.
Upon the conclusion of the research project, I went on to work in the domestic violence field as a clinical director and then as an executive director. My background helped me understand the value of integrating an addiction screening protocol and the first pastoral counseling program in a domestic violence center. I am proud of the positive impact these decisions had on a lot of individuals that would otherwise have not come to our shelter, left sooner than they should, or been asked to leave.
In 2004, after 3 of my 4 children were grown, one almost there, I made the decision to separate and then after several months living on my own I got divorced, after many years of struggle. During this time I got back into recovery, and therapy, to address my co-addiction. This was a time of transition and change and a time were I met the man I would marry, who also began his recovery, anew . We married in 2008. Interestingly, at the time we started dating, we made the decision to start couples therapy and we started Recovering Couples Anonymous(RCA). Needless to say this was a challenging way to begin a relationship. We have no regrets that we chose that route.
After a couple of years in recovery, I set out to become a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (C.S.A.T.) with the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals( an organization that Dr. Patrick Carnes founded). Additionally, I decided to become a Certified Pastoral Counselor with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. After 3 years, I completed my training and my supervision.
As co-owners, and as a married couple, we are both open about and are grateful for own recovery process. We have both worked very hard at addressing our own issues, and continue to do so. We continue to work our own individual12 Step recovery programs, as well. We also continue to work a coupleship 12 step program for couples. We continue in couples therapy-remedially, additionally.
As part of our individual and coupleship vision and based on the miracles we have experienced in our own recovery process, we have had additional advanced Family Zone Training and Imago Marriage Education training. We want to ensure we embrace “all” that is research proven as we continue to make our vision of supporting others still struggling and suffering with addiction a reality.
We, as co-owners, are committed to breaking the cycle of addiction in ourselves and supporting others in that same process. We are committed to maintaining the highest ethics and standards and support our clients in their enjoying serene and balanced lives that include healthy, loving, supportive, and secure intimate relationships. Those of us that have struggled with the impact of trauma and addiction deserve that.