Dan Bird, MS, LPC, SAC
I have two children both in college and I have lived in Southeastern Wisconsin my entire life. I have been divorced for over 10 years. I have an undergraduate degree with a double major in Psychology and Sociology from the University of La Crosse. I have my Masters from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in Educational Psychology. I did my licensing hours at Milwaukee Psychiatric Hospital - Dewey Center and Herrington House (out-patient and long term treatment facilities) I have my State license as both a Professional Counselor and Substance Abuse Counselor. I have worked in the chemical dependency field for 27 years and have specialized working with the family members of the addict and alcoholic and the treatment of co-dependency specifically with the parents, children, spouse or significant other. I have worked at every level of substance abuse treatment and in a corporate setting as well both as a family therapist and substance abuse counselor. Presently I am ½ owner of an outpatient mental health and substance abuse clinic called Alliance Counseling Center with three offices in Waukesha County Wisconsin. I have always enjoyed working with the Co-dependent population because of their earnest efforts to improve their life circumstances. I have always been intrigued and fascinated by the incredible similarities between the co-dependent person and the dependent person they love. I am a teacher first and have made it my mission to educate and assist the co-dependent in breaking down his or her own denial. As a therapist I then help support them as they begin to identify themselves as a separate individual. This is often an enormous risk and genuinely terrifying for them. Just as the dependent person needs support to change, so does the co-dependent need support in making the necessary changes to alter a behavior that sometimes has been passed down for generations.