The Choice Theory approach to addictive behavior does not rely on external controlling methods to make someone do something they don’t want to do. Instead, the Choice Theory approach is discovering what and how the client really would want his/her life to be; identifying the important people in their life; evaluating the client’s choices and how those choices either helped or harmed their relationships; allowing them the freedom and respect to make their own decisions on how to improve their life; and creating a plan on how to get what they want in their life. Clients are more inclined to improve their life when it is their own idea, feel respected, and don’t feel threatened or coerced to do something they don’t want to do.
Mike Rice is a licensed therapist and has been in private practice since 1998 in Mesa, Arizona. His specialty has been in drug and alcohol abuse, couples counseling, depression, and several other emotional issues. He became certified in Reality Therapy and Choice Theory in 2008.
Mike is currently the C.E.O. and Director of Court Counseling Services, Inc. in Mesa, AZ since 1998. He has conducted group therapy sessions with over 4,000 clients referred by the courts in the Phoenix Metro area and clients from other States.
He served as past Chairman of the William Glasser Institute West Regions of Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada, and Hawaii as well as having served on the U.S. Board of Directors.
In addition to his contribution to the series of Choice Theory in Action books, he has written seven other books utilizing the concepts of Choice Theory on the topics of substance abuse, relationships, and aging. He has conducted several workshops throughout the United States as well as Columbia, South America, and the Arizona Psychological Association.