Doris Royer: ‘You have to keep making changes in your life’

Sometimes a career calling just happens. Just ask Doris Royer.

“Everything fell into place for me to be a counselor,” says Doris, Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Counselor for Western Sierra Medical Clinic. “I know everything that has happened has led me to where I am today.”

Doris’ 15-plus years of experience allows her to connect with patients, and gives her the tools to help them learn how to address their substance use issues.

“Addiction is more than putting down a bottle,” she says. “You have to keep making changes in your life.” says Doris, who joined Western Sierra in 2018.

Doris, as part of WSMC Medication Assisted Treatment Program has facilitated group meetings, performed one-on-one counseling sessions, and handled case management and referral services – works closely with patients to identify the changes needed.

Doris has become an expert on motivational interviewing, where open-ended questions are encouraged, and single-word responses are avoided.

She also completed numerous psychology courses at Sierra College-Grass Valley and graduated from Breining Institute in Orangevale with a degree in Advanced Study of Addictive Disorders.

Now, as a certified drug and alcohol counselor, she helps people find a pathway to sobriety and health.