Patricia (Trish) EarnestDirector

    Trish Earnest is a Certified Addictions Clinician and published author with 27 years of active recovery. She has worked with thousands of individuals seeking treatment for substance abuse. As an Addictions Clinician and advocate in the community, she has seen firsthand the victories and losses in people’s attempt to recover from the grips of addiction. As a therapist and group facilitator, she believes in the power of empathy and connection to create long lasting change. Some of her skills include group, individual, family, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, talk therapy and motivational interviewing.

    Trish published her memoir, Blood on the Walls in 2017 to record her journey of the struggles she faced when coming to the US after growing up overseas. She turned to drugs and alcohol to deal with her turmoil of feeling lost and out of place.  Her story of addiction, becoming a runaway and eventual incarceration was written in the hopes that it could reach those who deal with the disease of addiction and alcoholism.  On a personal level, Trish enjoys time with her grown sons, hiking, the beach, pickleball, reading, and attention to nutrition and wellness. She is passionate about animal rights and the environment.

    Some of Trish’s previous speaking engagements include Buckingham Youth Brigade Monthly presentations to youth at risk in relevance to issues such as domestic violence, emotional, sexual, and physical abuse, peer pressure, and substance abuse; National Institute of Health (NIH) Monthly Facilitator of recovery support meetings for patients at the Clinical Center; Avery Road Treatment Center Regular speaker at recovery meetings for inpatient clientele.


    • BBachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, University of Maryland, 2003
    • CCDC-Maryland Addiction and Behavioral Health Professionals, 2021
    • CAC-AD-Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists, 2016