Clinical DirectorVirginia"Every day I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to see clients who in various stages of the recovery process. I watch them get healthier and happier. I see them start to feel good about themselves for the first time in a very long time. I see their families start to breathe again. It’s miraculous, really.”
With 25 years of experience in the field of addiction treatment, Jane Nevins knows all facets of the field, from adolescent counseling to adult and family therapy to residential and outpatient treatment. At Phoenix House, she helps clients find the care they need and access it.
Jane, who was always interested in field of social work, earned a B.S. in Social Work at George Mason University. Since she was interested in working with children, she did internships in schools and then started working during the weekends at Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic (then Vanguard Services Unlimited). She found she loved the work of substance abuse treatment. For the next six years, as she earned her M.A. in Counseling at Marymount University, she served in a variety of roles including counselor, residential supervisor, and program manager of the adolescent girls program.
Jane, a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner, has experience providing individual, group and family counseling, case management and program management. She has provided individual therapy in private practice and as a consultant for an adult outpatient program, so she has a range of experience across the continuum of care. After taking some time off to raise four kids and serve on the board of a local nonprofit agency, she returned to providing treatment at Phoenix House.
“I have always enjoyed working with substance use disorders because it’s a very treatable illness,” Jane says. “Treatment works.” Phoenix House works to make recovery successful by assessing each client’s needs and providing comprehensive treatment.
Jane says she loves to see the joy come back into people’s lives as they go through treatment. She is always amazed to see the transformation that occurs when clients are “embraced by the recovery community with that acceptance and unconditional compassion that you see in people who have been through a similar experience and have gotten better.”
Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic serves a diverse range of clients, Jane says: “Addiction really affects everyone. It’s not discriminating. People are able to come together in a treatment setting and relate to each other on a different and unique level and help each other. Everybody brings something that’s helpful to someone else.”
As Clinical Director, Jane now oversees assessments and admissions and helps people navigate the insurance system so they can access the services they need. She approaches this task with creativity, tenacity, and the belief that clients deserve the benefits they pay for. She’s prepared to advocate for her clients so they’re able to access the care they need.
“I love coming to work every day,” Jane says. “That is absolutely the truth. Every day I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to see clients who in various stages of the recovery process. I watch them get healthier and happier. I see them start to feel good about themselves for the first time in a very long time. I see their families start to breathe again. It’s miraculous, really.”