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Meet Dena

For 30 years I have been a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC).  My passion is in helping others find their true essence and recover from addiction.  

My approach is based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which will help you learn to anticipate potential roadblocks while enhancing self-control and self worth. Developing effective coping strategies will put you on a more solid footing and help you get/remain sober and live up to your potential.

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Currently Going Through Credentialling To Be An In Network Provider With:


Dena Sander,
Addictions & Substance Abuse Counselor

Recovering from an addiction is hard work and in some cases it can be the fight of your life. Because I have seen what can happen when  healthy coping strategies begin to take over the addiction urges, I know if you work hard enough you can expect to see that within yourself in the not so distant future.  We will work together to develop a treatment plan and set attainable goals. You will be involved in everything we do as  I aim to create a space for you to feel safe to be vulnerable and allow me the opportunity to help you work through whatever it is that needs working through so that you can finally be set free and move beyond all of it.

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  • BSW (Bachelor of Social Work )

  • MSW (Master of Social Work )

  • LISAC (Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor )

  • Certified Accelerated Resolution Therapy Practitioner

  • Certified ASU Social Work Field Instructor 

  • Accredited Triple P Primary Care and Stepping Stones Provider

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  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

  • DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) Informed

  • MBCT (Mindfulness-Based)

  • MI (Motivational Interviewing)

  • Art Therapy

  • Experiential Therapy

  • Faith Based Counseling

  • Compassion Focused

  • Culturally Sensitive

  • Person- Centered

  • Strength-Based

  • Trauma- Focused

I was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV and obtained my Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 1996. My background has been in working with court mandated clients in the Drug Courts, DUI Courts, and Domestic Violence Courts.  I was the Clinical Director for the Las Vegas Drug Court for 11 years and have worked in substance abuse private practice for over 20 years.  I was a professor at UNLV in the Department of Counselor Education for 2 years, teaching Master level students, Perspectives of Addictions Studies.  I have presented all over the country Drug Court Goals and Outcomes and have been interviewed by several media sources including UNLV television, KPNR public radio,  Fox News, and the Las Vegas Review Journal regarding the adverse effects of Drug Use.

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