About

Alan Ness is welcoming clients struggling with substance abuse, behavioral, and mental health problems; with substance use as the priority presentation. I have over six years in local community mental health service experience to include: crisis intervention, dual diagnosis evaluation and treatment, instructor status with Mental Health First Aid program, group facilitation, suicide prevention and aftercare, case management, court referrals, in patient program management, and complex/high risk adult clients.

BS Psychology: University of Wyoming
MS Addiction Studies: Capella University
Graduate Certificate: Modern Theories of Addiction Treatment
Instructor: Mental Health First Aid
License: LAT-373 Wyoming

Moving from Community Mental Health endeavors to private practice.

Compass Counseling was conceptualized as a practice that provides not only evaluation and therapeutic interventions for those suffering with substance abuse and mental health issues, but as a source of real time crisis intervention, suicide awareness and prevention, family interventions, and referral to effectively address emergent and acute issues in my client's lives.

I have used and given the Compass as a tool, metaphor, and teaching aid for individuals and groups since I began my work as a clinician. I find the references to direction, focus, planning, and confidence very effective in framing difficult and murky issues my clients may face.

I hope Compass Counseling will provide a waypoint for individuals at a crossroads in their own journey in this big show we call life.