Alcohol & Drug Counselor Appointed

Alcohol & Drug Counselor Appointed

October 21st, 2015

WMC2016_Shawna Delworth_35Weeks Medical Center Appoints New Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor

New Alcohol and Drug Specialist brings additional care to the North Country.

Lancaster, NH: Weeks Medical Center announced that Shawna Delworth, LCMHC, MLADC, has joined the hospital as a new licensed clinical mental health counselor specializing in alcohol and drug treatment.

Delworth received both her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in mental health counseling from Johnson State College in Johnson, VT. She has more than 16 years of experience in mental health services, including substance related disorders, depression, anxiety, anger management, personality disorders, trauma, co-occurring disorders, and working with families and support teams of children and adults. She employs therapeutic techniques including cognitive behavior therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavior therapy, and mindfulness.

“I’m pleased to announce the appointment of Shawna Delworth to our behavioral health staff,” says Scott Howe, CEO of Weeks Medical Center. “Her clinical experience will allow us to expand alcohol and drug treatments to our community and provide valuable care for both adults and children. She is a welcome addition to our staff.”

Before joining Weeks, Delworth served as a clinician and case manager for Northern Human Services at White Mountain Mental Health in Littleton. She also worked as a clinician at Upper Valley Pediatrics in Bradford, VT.

Delworth believes in taking a holistic approach to drug and alcohol counseling by offering appropriate mental health treatment in conjunction with medical services provided through a patient’s primary care provider. “A patient will receive better, more cohesive mental health treatment when it’s done in tandem with medical treatment,” Delworth says. “Most substance use concerns have co-occuring disorders that need attention. Integrating medical treatment with mental health treatment is essential to overall health, especially when dealing with issues of addiction.

“Addiction is an illness,” Delworth says. “Our approach is to develop a personalized treatment plan for each person. We treat the individual. There are no cookie-cutter treatments. I’m excited to be able to help individuals and families dealing with issues related to substance abuse. While substance abuse is not necessarily more prevalent in our region than in other places, it does exist here and needs attention. I’m pleased to provide more treatment options for the community.

Delworth is a life-long resident of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, where she lives with her husband and three sons. She is based in the Lancaster Physicians Office at 170 Middle Street, Lancaster, NH.

For information on accessing behavioral health services at Weeks Medical Center, please contact your primary care provider and request a referral at 603-788-5095.