Tim Strickland, M.Ed., LPC, MAC, SAP, CPCS, CCS
My name is Tim Strickland. I grew up in Glennville, Georgia, and now reside in Statesboro, Georgia. I graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Masters Degree in Education Counseling in 1998 and have worked in the field of counseling for over fifteen years. I have extensive experience working with both adolescents and adults with mental health and substance abuse issues. I am a Georgia Licensed Professional Counselor. I am a Georgia approved Clinical Evaluator and Treatment Provider for the DUI Intervention Program and have certifications in Relapse Prevention, Clinical Supervision, Forensic Mental Health Evaluator, and Anger Management. In this program, I assist individuals in meeting requirements to get their driver licenses reinstated after multiple DUI's on their record. I am also certified by the Federal Department of Transportation to provide substance abuse services to employees that are in DOT Safety Sensitive Positions who may have tested positive for alcohol and/or drugs. As a Substance Abuse Professional, I serve as the initial point of contact to establish parameters of change necessary for an individual to safely return to duty via initial assessment and follow up sessions that are required by employers and the Federal government. In 2013, I was fortunate to be honored as Georgia's Licensed Professional Counselor Associations's Counselor of the Year for the development and oversight of a Long Term Residential Treatment facility and extensive work done with an Outpatient population to bring about positive changes in men and women who suffer from addiction in the Bulloch County area as a Treatment Provider for Bulloch Recovery Resources. I have brought my energy, insight, and professionalism to the forefront and established Creative Counseling Solutions, LLC (CCS).
We have the tools to meet all your RECOVERY needs is not just a slogan that is catchy and pertinent to counseling. Literally, Creative Counseling Solutions, LLC, can assist individuals with a multitude of needs in almost every aspect of the levels of care outlined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, at an affordable cost! Whether it is to meet the conditions of a probated sentence, get driver licenses reinstated, or to profoundly change the direction of someone's life who has found themselves desperate for change in either in the Mental Health or Substance Abuse arena, we have a plan for you! I purposefully set the private fees for services to be in line with what most people would pay for a co-pay or deductible if they were insured AND have a sliding fee scale to assist those who are struggling financially. If it's time to steer your car in another direction, let us help with a road map of strategies that have been proven with our Evidenced-Based curriculum and years of experience on the highways of life offered through our counseling services. The Joint Commission recently awarded Creative Counseling Solutions, LLC-dba New Day Counseling the Behavioral Healthcare and Human Services Accreditation and we are a licensed outpatient treatment facility for the state of Georgia for Level and Level II services.
In addition to owning and operating the Outpatient Clinic of Creative Counseling Solutions, LLC, I am the Clinical Director of The WISE Place, a male and female residence that encompasses the 12-Steps of recovery from a Faith-Based initiative, whereby women and men are exposed to Celebrate Recovery and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings along with Cognitive Behavioral curriculum to advance their understanding of the disease of addiction. The WISE Place is a Parole THOR approved facility and we are a member of the Georgia Association of Recovery Residences. The residents are afforded an opportunity to benefit from a structured program with a high degree of accountability in a safe environment to learn new behaviors and establish more healthy attitudes about life choices that lead to better coping strategies to cope with life issues without the use of chemicals. Each resident is given the opportunity to get individual and group counseling, along with peer support groups, and help in establishing full time employment and support in transitioning into a recovery lifestyle beyond our care. After care counseling is offered, as well.
Lorri Strickland CAC I, NCAC I,SAP/ Co-Founder
Lorri Strickland received her CAC I certification in 2017 from GACA. She has been award the New Counselor of the Year award from Georgia Addiction Counselor Association(GACA) in 2019. She is a member of GACA and NAADAC, two associations that cover the field of addictions. She has worked for Creative Counseling Solutions, LLC, since 2009, when it was originally formed as a company. She started as the bookkeeper and has worked her way into doing everything that the company offers, with the exception of Clinical Evaluations. She has worked for The WISE Place, CCS's long-term recovery residence for women since the doors opened in April of 2015 as the Resident Director and as one of the counselors. She received a GED in 1994, just after having her first child. She attended Ogeechee Technical College from January 1997, just after having her third child, to December 1999, to become a Micro-Computer Specialist, which makes her a valuable asset to CCS as she handles all of the technical aspects of the business, including building and maintaining websites, creating networks, ensuring the security of client private data files, and maintaining all computers and printers. Recently, Lorri maintains the Bryan County Diversion Program in the Pembroke Office, where she completes evaluations and provides individual and group counseling and implements psycho-education seminars for anger management and responsible driving.
Sandra Malone CADC I, NCPRSS, CAMS
Originally from Detroit, Michigan Sandra has over 30 years of experience in the Addictions Field in Georgia.
Sandra began her work and training in 1988 at Anchor Hospital - Talbott Recovery Systems in Atlanta on the Young Adult Unit where she earned a CHUC-Certified Health Unit Coordinator. She went on to earn her CAC- Certified Addiction Counselor in 1980. After becoming a CAC, she held the position of Outpatient Coordinator where she was responsible for Primary Addiction Counseling, Case Management and Aftercare Groups.
Work Experience includes; Outpatient Director for Concorde Recovery Center, Primary and Group Addiction Counseling for Peterkin and Associates, Case Manager-Counselor for GPA Treatment (a MAT program.) Along with Individual Alcohol and Drug assessments for A-Affordable Counseling and Choice Counseling Services and Group Facilitator for A-Affordable and Person to Person Counseling Services, ASAM Level One Participants.
Sandra is an Ordained Minister with the Universal Life Church Monastery and is active in her Community in Volunteer Roles. She currently lives in Metter, GA home of The WISE Place where she is the Resident Manager for Creative Counseling Solut i ons LLC' Long Term Women's Recovery Residence. In this capacity she acts as Case Manager for 12-16 Residents.
Sandra utilizes the proven 12 Step Model along with a CBT approach in working with people with The Disease of Addiction.
Wendy Bird, MEd, EdS,
Wendy graduated from Georgia Southern University (1982) with a BS in Education. She immediately began working on a master's degree in special education, graduating in 1983. Following graduation, she began teaching children with special needs. She later returned to Georgia Southern University, receiving an Education Specialist degree in 1992. Wendy retired from teaching in 2012, but soon returned as a part-time educator. She is currently a Certified Addictions Counselor Level I for the state of Georgia. She is also a certified instructor for the DBHDD Risk Reduction Program, also known as DUI School. Wendy is compassionate, candid, and dedicated to helping others achieve emotional, psychological, and personal wellbeing. She entered recovery from drug and alcohol addiction in 2013 and has since dedicated her life to service and recovery. She is currently active in AA and sponsors other women in the program, taking them through the 12-Steps. She has learned that "we only keep what we have by giving it away."
Wende grew up in Dublin, Georgia. She did not graduate from high school but was accepted at Valdosta State University when she was sixteen. After her first year in college, she transferred to the University of Georgia and entered pharmacy school in the fall of 1988. She received her Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Georgia in 1991. She practiced pharmacy in Savannah for ten years before her addiction caused her to lose her license. She began her journey in sobriety on May 8, 2001, after two failed attempts at treatment. She got sober in AA and her love of recovery and the fellowship began to grow. Unfortunately, she made some choices that led to a relapse and returned to sobriety on August 1, 2011. She was given the opportunity for one last treatment by her family and was admitted to Willingway in Statesboro, Georgia. She completed her residential stay and returned home to Dublin, Georgia. She was attending a medical professions group at Willingway with the hopes of returning to pharmacy. The opportunity arose to move to Statesboro and become a ward secretary of the detox unit. She found her true calling and began to work toward becoming a Certified Addictions Counselor Level 2. During her ten year tenure at Willingway, she was a counselor at the Women’s Residence, the Director of Lee Street Recovery, and worked as a primary counselor for The Lodge. She became interested in furthering her education and left Statesboro in late 2020 to pursue her master’s in social work at Alabama A and M, in Huntsville, Alabama. Due to the pandemic, she returned to Savannah and continued her studies at Savannah State University and began working at New Day in June of 2021. She became a Clinical Evaluator of the State of Georgia’s DUI Intervention Program in 2021.