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Winter Park counselor promotes control, moderation in drinking

Hank Shell
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A new counselor in Winter Park is offering help to those whose drinking has become a detrimental habit.

Dianne Foss, MS LPC, is a certified Gestalt psychotherapist specializing in Moderation Management, a program that helps problem drinkers achieve controlled drinking.

While chronic drinkers may be dependent upon alcohol, for problem drinkers, drinking is a habit, Foss said.

Foss knows that drinking as a habit can adversely affect one's life. At one time, Foss was a problem drinker herself, she said.

Foss enrolled in a Moderation Management program in Denver and soon became the program's facilitator.

Being the program facilitator in Denver inspired Foss to enter the field of psychology, she said.

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She's been a therapist for eight years now.

"I decided to be a therapist late in life," Foss said. "I graduated at 56. I'm glad I did that. It's been a wonderful profession for me."

Foss, who has been a part-time resident of Grand Lake since 1986, moved to Grand Lake permanently about a month ago, she said, and decided to continue practicing.

"I loved doing it (Moderation Management) so I decided to try to start a group up here," Foss said.

Foss offers a six-week responsible drinking support group as well as private therapy from her office in Winter Park.

Most Moderation Management facilitators aren't certified therapists, Foss said.

Foss "has a real passion" for Moderation Management, she said.

"I've seen some wonderful things happen," Foss said.

Foss chalked up the program's efficacy to scientifically researched guidelines that help participants control how much they drink.

Of course, moderation may not be for everyone, and for those who can't control how much they drink, abstinence may be the best solution, Foss said.

Foss currently offers her services on Thursdays in Suite 321A in Cooper Creek Square in Winter Park.

The support group is donation based, Foss said.

Foss shares the space with counselor Lauren Stokes of Create Connectivity Counseling, formerly located in Fraser.

For more information about Foss, visit diannedrakefoss.com.

For more information about Moderation Management, visit moderation.org.

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