We’re proud to announce that the Virginia Center for Addiction Medicine has appointed Dr. Andreas Bienert as our clinical program director. Dr. Bienert will join Anna McKean, who was recently appointed as the chief executive officer, in leading the Virginia Center for Addiction Medicine through a new growth phase in 2020.
“Dr. Bienert’s unwavering dedication and commitment to an evidence-based, system-wide response to the disease of addiction has earned him a place on our growing team,” said Dr. James Thompson, co-founder of the Virginia Center for Addiction Medicine. “Together, we will continue to improve the care of Virginia’s citizens who suffer from this chronic, progressive, and potentially fatal—but absolutely treatable—disease.”
Dr. Bienert, a licensed professional counselor and certified substance abuse counselor in the state of Virginia and a nationally certified counselor, has served as a leader in the mental health field since 2005. He is widely recognized for his high-caliber work with individuals struggling to recover from addiction and trauma within inpatient and outpatient levels of care. In addition, Dr. Bienert has helped children, adolescents, and adults, in addition to couples and families. This experience has also led him to pursue training and expertise in a variety of areas, including neurofeedback and EMDR. He holds memberships in the Association for Counselor Education & Supervision, American Counseling Association, Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Virginia Counseling Association, Virginia Association of Addiction Professionals, and the European Association for Counseling.
“My goal at the Virginia Center for Addiction Medicine is to continue the organization’s strong emphasis on an individualized approach to each patient’s care and to help patients regain control of their lives. I also look forward to growing the intensive outpatient programming at the Virginia Center for Addiction Medicine,” said Dr. Bienert.
A native of Austria, Dr. Bienert grew up in a country that has a long history in psychological theory. His bicultural background and focus in clinical mental health have led Dr. Bienert to an impressive list of accomplishments, teaching roles, published articles, leadership positions, and volunteer opportunities. He has served as a steering committee member of the International Registry of Counselor Education Programs (IRCEP), where he contributes to quality assurance efforts within International Counselor Education programs.
“Every person deserves to be heard and that requires providers to listen unconditionally and to create strong relationships built on trust and empowerment,” said Dr. Bienert, about his commitment to ensuring that everyone who suffers from the disease of addiction knows that they are heard and valued.
As part of his new role as clinical program director, Dr. Bienert will help implement a new growth plan for the physician-led addiction treatment programs offered by the Virginia Center for Addiction Medicine. The year ahead will mark the largest expansion of the Virginia Center for Addiction Medicine since it was introduced in 2016.