Brian Davis LISW-S, SAP

Brian is the founder of New Directions and co-founder of its parent company Directions Counseling Group. He has a Master of Social Work degree from The Ohio State University and has 20 years of clinical experience with an emphasis on helping individuals with addictive behavior as well as those who have had a workplace or legal incident involving alcohol or a drug. Brian takes great care to help his clients obtain a fair and objective assessment. Brian believes an accurate evaluation is critical to avoid the additional problems that can come from a misdiagnosis. Brian provides assessment and evaluation services for individuals in diverse contexts including: DUI /court evaluations, FAA/HIMS and DOT/SAP evaluations.

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Ryan Smith LISW-S, SAP, LICDC

Ryan is a licensed independent social work supervisor and licensed independent chemical dependency counselor experienced in diagnosing and treating substance use disorders. He has a Master degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University and has advanced training in Motivational Interviewing and second and third-wave cognitive behavioral therapies. Alcohol/drug use problems can occur along a spectrum from experimentation to physical dependence, and Ryan considers a thorough and accurate assessment to be the first step toward change. Ryan provides an array of mental health and substance use evaluations: school evaluations, FAA substance abuse evaluations, DOT/non-DOT employee evaluations, DUI assessments, general substance use evaluations, and chronic pain-related assessments.

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Kristine Carson LPC

Kristine is a licensed professional counselor with a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from The Ohio State University. She has training in dual diagnosis, motivational interviewing and trauma. She also has advanced training through the Gestalt Training Program at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Kristine has extensive experience assessing alcohol and drug use as well as mental health concerns. Alcohol and drug problems occur along a continuum from social use to dependence. Kristine believes appropriate assessment is an important step in developing awareness of substance use that is necessary to move in a better direction.

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Trevor Davis LSW, CDCA

Trevor is currently completing a bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Capital University in Columbus. He completed an associate’s program at Columbus State Community College in their Addiction Studies and Mental Health program and holds a Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant certificate through the Ohio Chemical Dependency Board.  In 2015, Trevor completed a practicum at Ohio Health’s Grant Medical Center utilizing SAMHSA’s SBIRT modality (http://www.samhsa.gov/sbirt).  He served as the Substance Abuse Coordinator in trauma services. Trevor also completed a practicum at Food for Good Thought in Clintonville helping individuals with Autism learn job and life skills.