Hi! I’m Colin.
Licensed Social Worker & Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant
Scott “Colin” Winter, MSW, LSW, CDCA and United States Army veteran earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and a Master of Social Work degree from The Ohio State University. He is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of Ohio and currently works under the supervision of Jennifer Haywood, LISW-S, LICDC-CS. His clinical interests include but are not limited to anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He has experience treating veterans, adults, adolescents, couples and children. He has used individual and group therapies with “collateral” therapeutic techniques and prefers using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Psychotherapy, also known as “talk therapy,” is when a person speaks with a trained therapist in a safe and confidential environment to explore and understand feelings and behaviors and gain coping skills.
Therapy with a 'Collateral'
A collateral is usually a spouse, family member, or friend, who participates in therapy to assist the identified patient. The collateral is not considered to be a patient and is not the subject of the treatment.
Group therapy is a form of therapy where people meet regularly in small groups to discuss and explore their problems with each other and the group leader(s).
Areas of Expertise
Unexpected Mood Swings
Mood disorders encompass a wide array of mood issues, such as major depressive disorder, dysthymic disorder and bipolar disorder. Approximately 20.9 million American adults suffer from these disorders. Learn more by clicking here.
Stress & Anxiety
Severe stress and anxiety sometimes cause physical symptoms, like trembling or shaking, or can lead to feelings of panic or unease. At high levels these conditions can also be associated with chronic disease. Over time, stress and anxiety can interfere with your work or daily activities and strain your relationships. Visit Make the Connection for more information.
Someone to Talk To
Simply talking to someone sympathetic can reduce your stress level and improve your mood. You may also want to ask for concrete support, like help finding treatment or rides to appointments. Or maybe you want to share your crisis plan with a trusted family member. More information can be found at NAMI.org.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a serious potentially debilitating condition that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a natural disaster, serious accident, terrorist incident, sudden death of a loved one, war, violent personal assault such as rape, or other life-threatening events. Read more about PTSD by clicking here.
Job Loss or Change
Having a job is an essential part of people’s development. Unemployment, on the contrary, is one of the most frustrating experiences of life with greater psychological consequences for people’s lives. Read more by clicking here.
Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. Find out more by visiting NIMH.
Returning to civilian life can be a time of joy, but also a time of emotional upheaval. Some veterans find they miss the structure that the military life provides. Some miss feeling a sense of purpose in their daily work. Others may feel isolated because civilians don’t understand the experience of serving. The memories of your experiences also may take time to deal with. Vist NAMI to learn more.
Loss of a Friend
Coping with the loss of a close friend or family member may be one of the hardest challenges that many of us face. When we lose a spouse, sibling or parent our grief can be particularly intense. Loss is understood as a natural part of life, but we can still be overcome by shock and confusion, leading to prolonged periods of sadness or depression. Learn more at by visiting the APA website.
Unwanted intrusive thoughts are stuck thoughts that cause great distress. They seem to come from out of nowhere, arrive with a whoosh, and cause a great deal of anxiety. Learn more at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
Isolation & Loneliness
Loneliness can be defined as the perceived lack of social companionship. It can be conceptualized as the subjective psychological component of social isolation, or the individual’s distress caused by infrequent contact or connection with their social contacts. Social isolation is an objective and quantifiable reflection of reduced social network size and lack of social contact. Learn more from the University of California, San Francisco.
Dating relationships become increasingly important as individuals transition into young adulthood. Such relationships often involve positive and negative interactions, which may have implications for psychological well-being. Click here to learn more about strained relationships.
Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, and long-lasting changes in the brain. It is considered both a complex brain disorder and a mental illness. Addiction is the most severe form of a full spectrum of substance use disorders, and is a medical illness caused by repeated misuse of a substance or substances. Learn more from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.