Making Strides Counseling, LLC

Drew Borkovitz, LCSW, CEAP, SAP

About Drew

Thank you for choosing Making Strides Counseling. Drew has been practicing Social Work as a Licensed Professional since 2011. Drew has worked in several different settings including: Outpatient Therapy, Mobile Crisis, and Employee Assistance. Drew received formal training through the Division of Community Psychiatry at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Drew has also learned various therapeutic techniques though ongoing continuing education.

Drew earned his Bachelors of Science in Child Development and Family Relations from the University of Maine in 2008.

Drew then obtained his Master of Social Work with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health from the University of Maryland in 2011.

Currently, Drew is seeing clients via Telehealth or video due to Covid-19. Making Strides Counseling is using a platform called Simple Practice for video sessions. This platform is easy and convenient for anyone to use.

Counseling Services

Individual Therapy

Whether you are experiencing sadness, anxiety, trauma, problems with work, relationship problems, or substance abuse issues Drew is here to help. Feel free to ask if Drew can help you with a specific issue, as there are many more topics he can help you with. If Drew is unable to assist you with a particular topic, he may be able to steer you in the direction of someone who can help. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Supportive Therapy are some of the forms of therapy that Drew uses. He also uses a tool called Motivational Interviewing.

Drew uses Evidence Based practices; however, research indicates that the type of therapy does not matter as much as the relationship that you have with your therapist. Therefore, Drew believes in forming a strong therapeutic relationship with his clients in order to assist them in moving forward with their goals and in their lives.

Drew considers himself to be a partner in your journey towards mental health and well-being. Flexibility and tailoring his approach to fit your needs are of high importance to Drew. He can talk about whatever is important to you during your sessions. Drew appreciates any questions you may have and he is looking forward to working with you.

Couples Therapy

Drew uses Gottman Method Couples Therapy in his work and has completed the Level 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

Overview of Gottman Method Couples Therapy

The Gottman Method of Couples Therapy is based on Dr. John Gottman’s research that began in the 1970’s and continues to this day. The research has focused on what makes relationships succeed or fail. From this research, Drs. John and Julie Gottman have created a method of therapy that emphasizes a “nuts-and-bolts” approach to improving clients’ relationships.

This method is designed to help teach specific tools to deepen friendship and intimacy in your relationship. To help you productively manage conflicts, you will be given methods to manage “resolvable problems” and dialogue about “gridlocked” (or perpetual) issues. We will also work together to help you appreciate your relationship’s strengths and to gently navigate through its vulnerabilities.

Gottman Method Couples Therapy consists of five parts:
  • Assessment
  • Treatment
  • “Phasing Out” of Therapy
  • Termination
  • Outcome Evaluation
Early in the assessment phase, you will be asked to complete an online relationship assessment, the Gottman Relationship Checkup, to help us better understand your relationship. This assessment is fully HIPAA compliant, automatically scores a couples’ strengths and challenges, and provides detailed clinical feedback and suggestions for a treatment plan with specific recommendations for intervention. The cost of the Gottman Relationship Checkup is $29 per couple and is paid directly to the Gottman Institute through the online portal.

In the first session, you and Drew will talk about the history of your relationship, areas of concern, and goals for treatment.

In the next session, Drew will meet with you individually to learn each of your personal histories and to give each of you an opportunity to share thoughts, feelings, and perceptions. In the final session of assessment, Drew will share with you his recommendations for treatment and work to define mutually agreed upon goals for your therapy.

Most of the work will involve sessions where you will be seen together as a couple. However, there may be times when individual sessions are recommended. Drew may also give you exercises to practice between sessions.

The length of therapy will be determined by your specific needs and goals. In the course of therapy, we will establish points at which to evaluate your satisfaction and progress. Also, Drew will encourage you to raise any questions or concerns that you have about therapy at any time.

In the later stage of therapy, you will “phase out” or meet less frequently in order for you to test our new relationship skills and to prepare for termination of therapy. Although you may terminate therapy whenever you wish, it is most helpful to have at least one session together to summarize progress, define the work that remains, and say good-bye.

In the outcome-evaluation phase, as per the Gottman Method, four follow-up sessions are planned: one after six months, one after twelve months, one after eighteen months, and one after two years. These sessions have been shown through research to significantly decrease the chances of relapse into previous, unhelpful patterns. In addition, commitment to providing the best therapy possible requires ongoing evaluation of methods used and client progress. The purpose of these follow-up sessions then will be to fine-tune any of your relationship skills if needed and to evaluate the effectiveness of the therapy received.

DOT SAP Assessments

DOT SAP Return to Duty Process

  The US Department of Transportation (DOT) requires companies employing individuals who hold commercial driver licenses (CDLs) to perform random, pre-employment, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, and return-to-duty drug and alcohol tests. Under 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 40, any individual who tests positive for drugs or alcohol must be referred to a qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) who will provide a comprehensive, face-to-face assessment and clinical evaluation and recommend a course of treatment.

The DOT publishes rules on who must conduct drug and alcohol tests, how to conduct those tests, and procedures to use when testing. These regulations cover all transportation employers, safety-sensitive transportation employees, and service agents. Encompassed in 49 CFR Part 40, the ODAPC publishes, implements, and provides authoritative interpretations of these rules.  These regulations apply to FAA, FMCSA, FRA, FTA, RSPA, and USCG.

DOT EVALUATION PROCESS
  • Face-to-face clinical assessment
  • Referral for treatment and/or education (level determined by SAP)
  • SAP monitoring of employee in treatment
  • Face-to-face follow-up clinical evaluation to evaluate employee compliance
  • Follow-up testing schedule
  • Aftercare recommendations (as necessary)
  • Written reports sent to the employer’s designated representative apprising them of referrals, monitoring, and recommendations

Clinical Supervision

Clinical Supervision

Do you need clinical supervision in order to be able to get your LCSW license? Does your employer not provide a supervisor? Do you want to lessen the time in which it takes you hit the 96 supervision hours? DORA requires at least 48 in individual supervision over a minimum of 24 months. Some employers are unable or unwilling to provide weekly supervision or adequate supervision hours. You may want to get licensed as an LCSW is soon as possible to get a pay raise, to be eligible for more positions, or to be able to practice independently.

Drew is happy to provide a free 20-minute consultation to see if you and he would be a good fit as Supervisee and Clinical Supervisor. Supervision is available via video conferencing.

“My supervision style is relatable and approachable. I will keep all documentation needed for your license application. I view myself as a partner in your education and professional development. We can focus on the cases that are important to you. Together we can help you to develop a style that you feel comfortable using when working with clients. We can discuss different modalities and treatment options.  We will make sure that we discuss legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities. I may suggest some assignments to make sure you get the most out of your supervision experience. We can customize our time together and frequency of our supervision sessions in order to meet your needs.” – Drew

Per DORA, “Supervision Shall Include But is Not Limited To The Following:

  1. Monitoring the supervisee’s activities to verify s/he is providing services that meet generally accepted standards of practice.
  2. Verifying that it is the practice of any supervisee to provide the mandatory disclosure form as required pursuant to section 12-245-216, C.R.S.
  3. If appropriate, verifying that clients are informed as to any changes in the supervisory relationship.
  4. Giving an adequate termination of supervision notice to the supervisee.
  5. Keeping records that document supervision that meet the generally accepted standards of practice.
  6. Assisting the supervisee in becoming aware of and adhering to all legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities.
  7. Assuring that no inappropriate relationships exist between the supervisor and supervisee, and supervisor and client.
  8. Assisting to assure that the supervisee is in compliance with the Mental Health Practice Act.
  9. Verifying and assuring the supervisee is in compliance with any existing restricted licensure, certification or registration status or probation.

Insurance

Accepted Insurance

  • Anthem BCBS PPO
  • Anthem BCBS HMO
  • United Behavioral Health/OPTUM

Accepted EAPs

  • Anthem
  • United Behavioral Health/OPTUM

Out of Network

Payment upfront and then Superbill – Your insurance may or may not reimburse you for services. You would need to call your Member Services or Customer Service number located on the back of your insurance card.

Pricing

Schedule An Appointment

Please click the button or call to schedule an appointment. Drew returns calls within 24 hours unless noted on his voicemail. For any behavioral health emergencies please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. 

Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners (24/7 Hotline): 844-493-8255

Contact Drew

720-515-1022

Sliding Scale Available  

Weekend Availability

Evening Availability

Address 

225 Union Blvd, Ste 150

Lakewood, CO 80228

Email

makingstridescounseling@gmail.com

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