Author: Olivia Pennelle
Writer, blogger, nutrition and recovery advocate, Olivia Pennelle (Liv), is in long-term recovery from addiction.

Liv passionately believes in a fluid and holistic approach to sobriety. Her popular site, Liv’s Recovery Kitchen, is a resource for the journey toward health and wellness in recovery. For Liv, the kitchen represents the heart of the home: to eat, share, and love.

You will find Liv featured amongst top recovery bloggers and published on websites such as: The Fix, Sanford House, Winward Way & Casa Capri, Intervene, Workit, Sapling, Addiction Unscripted and Transformation is Real.
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    Writer

    Blogger

    Nutritionist
  • Organizations:
    Liv’s Recovery Kitchen
  • Expertise:
    Nutrition

    Recovery Advocacy
Author: Jenifer Talley
Jenifer Talley, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of trauma and substance misuse from an integrative harm reduction framework. Dr. Talley has expertise in providing mindfulness-based interventions and has conducted several trainings on the integration of mind-body practices in treating substance use and trauma. She is an Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of the Concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling at the New School for Social Research where she participates in the training and supervision of graduate students in psychology. Dr. Talley is also the Assistant Director of The Center for Optimal Living where she coordinates mindfulness and trauma-based services in addition to providing individual and group therapy. Dr. Talley received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Virginia Tech and previously worked as a Supervising Psychologist at the Women's Health Project of St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital.
  • Credentials:
    Ph.D. from Virginia Tech (2007); Licensed Clinical Psychologist, New York State
  • Titles:
    Assistant Professor and Assistant Director (Concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling) at The New School for Social Research; Assistant Director, The Center for Optimal Living; Member of American Psychological Association’s Division 50, Society of Addiction Psychology; Member of Addiction Division of New York State Psychological Association
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    Treatment of substance misuse and co-occurring disorders; mindfulness-based interventions; cognitive-behavioral therapy; integrative harm reduction psychotherapy
Robin Livingston-Richter
Robin Livingston-Richter is an MSW, L.I.C.S.W with more than 25 years’ experience as a practicing family therapist. Robin worked intensely with adolescents and families struggling with suicidal ideation, ADHD, mood disregulation, parent/child conflicts, and school-related issues. She provided therapeutic services in a variety of settings including shelters, group homes, impatient community programs along with hospital settings and day treatment programs, working extensively with children, teenagers, and families. She also provided supervision to counselors and therapists working with young people facing dual diagnoses. Robin also spent a number of years in marketing and research at the National Institute on Media and the Family, studying and communicating the impact of media on children and specifically, girls.

Robin is in the process of becoming a certified ADHD coach, specializing on helping young people and their families. You can learn more about Robin’s work and follow her on social media at www.stigma2stength.com.

On a personal note, Robin recovered from a 33-year battle with an eating disorder including bouts with anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating. She has ADHD, is married to a successful entrepreneur with ADHD, and is a parent to two amazing teenagers with ADHD.
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    MSW, LICSW, University of MN
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    Licensed family therapist, becoming a certified ADHD life coach. Founder of Stigma2Strength.
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    ADHD, mood disregulation, adolescent behavioral health, parenting. Personal experience with eating disorders.
Author: Candace Plattor
Candace Plattor, M.A., R.C.C., is an Addictions Therapist in private practice.

Candace specializes in working with the family and other loved ones of people who are struggling with addiction, in her unique and signature Family Addiction Therapy Program.

Candace believes that everyone in the family is affected by addiction and everyone needs to heal. For more than 25 years, she has been helping both addicts and their loved ones understand their dysfunctional behaviors and make healthier life choices.

You can visit her website and sign up to receive Chapter 1 of her book, Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself: The Top 10 Survival Tips for Loving Someone with an Addiction, and “Like” her Facebook page.
  • Credentials:
    Masters degree (M.A.) in Counseling Psychology

    Addictions Therapist in private practice
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    Specializes in working with families worldwide whose loved ones struggle with addictive behaviors such as alcohol and drug abuse, eating disorders, gambling, Internet addiction, compulsive overspending and co-dependency in relationships.
Author: Lesley Wirth
Lesley Wirth, MA in Spiritual Psychology, and certified Recovery Coach, is an independent contractor at Practical Recovery and Restoration Inn, a beautiful trauma informed recovery center for women, located in La Jolla, CA.

With a passion for helping women who have been using as a means to cope with their emotions, trauma, and circumstances, Lesley has been in the recovery field for ten years. Working with a wide array of addictive tendencies, she believes that women undergo specific challenges when it comes to recovery, which has motivated her to work solely with the female population.

Lesley has a nationwide after-care recovery program where she helps women integrate into their home environment after treatment. Many of her clients stay with her long-term as they move from a recovery-only focused lifestyle, to one where self-actualization becomes a larger focus. Clients work through healing mind, body, and spirit, to create a life that is becomes exciting to them again and often expand into fulfilling their dreams.

In her book, Own Your Worth, A Spiritual Journey through Food Compulsion to Self-Love, Lesley outlines the process of healing the deeper aspects of shame, unworthiness, and working to overcome fear. These processes have developed into a 6 week program that has helped women to connect to their True Self and find an embodied sense of empowerment. The program has seen great success both in and out of treatment centers in California.
  • Credentials:
    MA in Spiritual Psychology
    Certified Recovery Coach
  • Titles:
    Author of Own Your Worth, A Spiritual Journey through Food Compulsion to Self-Love
    Independent contractor at Practical Recovery and Restoration Inn
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    Helping women cope with their emotions, trauma, and circumstances.
    Runs a nationwide after-care recovery program that helps women integrate into their home environment post-treatment.
Author: Eric Maisel
Dr. Eric Maisel is the author of more than 40 books in the areas of creativity, meaning and mental health. He is widely regarded as America’s foremost creativity coach and has recently developed natural psychology, the new psychology of meaning. He writes the Coaching the Artist Within column for Professional Artist Magazine, and blogs for sites like the Global Summit on Diagnostic Alternatives and Mad in America. Dr. Maisel’s books for creative and performing artists include Secrets of a Creativity Coach, Making Your Creative Mark, Fearless Creating, Coaching the Artist Within, The Van Gogh Blues, The Creativity Book, Affirmations for Artists, Performance Anxiety, Write Mind, Deep Writing, A Writer’s Space, A Writer’s Paris, A Writer’s San Francisco, Creative Recovery and Creativity for Life. His books on mental health and meaning include Why Smart People Hurt, Rethinking Depression, Brainstorm: Harnessing the Power of Productive Obsessions, Toxic Criticism, and the forthcoming Life Purpose Boot Camp. Dr. Maisel leads workshops nationally and internationally. He presents at workshop centers like Omega, Kripalu, Esalen, Hollyhock, and Rowe, at events like the Paris Writers Workshop, at annual conferences of organizations like Romance Writers of America and the American Psychological Association, and in locations like San Francisco, New York, London, Paris, Prague, Rome and Berlin. Dr. Maisel lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where he maintains an active creativity coaching practice.
  • Credentials:
    M.S., Counseling; M.A., Creative Writing; Ph.D., Counseling Psychology; Licensed California Marriage and Family Therapist; Creativity Coach
  • Titles:
    Creativity Coach; Founder of Creativity Coaching; Developer of Natural Psychology
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    Coaching Creative and Performing Artists; Life Purpose, Meaning, and Mental Health; Depression, Anxiety and Addiction; Mental Health Reform Advocacy
Author: Joy Jacobs
Dr. Joy Jacobs is a clinical psychologist, certified life coach and author specializing in issues related to eating, weight management, and body image. Her interest in the intersection between health, beauty, fashion, and popular culture led her to this specialty and serve as an endless source of inspiration. More information on Dr. Jacobs and her services can be found at drjoyjacobs.com.
  • Credentials:
    Harvard University; Duke University
  • Titles:
    Clinical Psychologist, Eating and Weight Management Consultant in Private Practice; Assistant Clinical Professor at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
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    Eating Disorders, Obesity, Body Image, Binge Eating, Spirituality, Health and Wellness, Psychotherapy
Author: Samantha Skelly
Samantha Skelly is the founder of Hungry for Happiness, a movement to support women around the world who are suffering from disordered eating and body image issues. She is an award-winning, sought out international speaker who delivers inspirational presentations to empower those who struggle with the relationship they have to food and their bodies.

Samantha has appeared on Global TV, Shaw, NBC and CBC to share her mission on an international platform. Hungry for Happiness creates online accessible and affordable recovery resources to those who are suffering in silence. Samantha was awarded ‘Top 24 under 24’ in September 2013. In 2014, she was a finalist as the ‘Best Emerging Entrepreneur’ by Small Business BC.

Samantha Skelly aims to create a disruptive company in the eating disorder recovery space. Her vision is to create the largest and most impactful online resource to support those whose lives are negatively affected by issues with food and their bodies.
  • Credentials:
    ICF Master Practitioner
  • Titles:
    Founder of Hungry For Happiness

    Author of Beating The Binge

    Creator of the I'mperfect Movement
  • Organizations:
    Board Member of Project True
  • Expertise:
    Binge Eating Disorder (BED) & Body Dysmorphia Disorder (BDD)
Author: Linda Hatch
Linda Hatch has had a long career in clinical psychology including teaching, research, student counseling, child psychology and crisis intervention. In addition she worked for many years through the court system evaluating sex offenders, sexually violent predators and mentally ill offenders. In recent years her work has been in the field of trauma and addiction. Linda is the author of the books Living with a Sex Addict: The Basics from Crisis to Recovery and Relationships in Recovery: A Guide for Sex Addicts who are Starting Over. She devotes considerable time to her writing which includes blogging on her regular column on PsychCentral.com as well as on her own website. Linda lives in Santa Barbara, California with her husband David, their border collie Perry and their cat Clara.
  • Credentials:
    M.A., Ph.D. University of California at Riverside; NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA; Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT)
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    Private Practice in Santa Barbara, California
  • Organizations:
    Member of Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH); Member of American Psychological Association
  • Expertise:
    Sex Addiction
Author: Polly E. Drew
Polly E. Drew, M.Ed., LCSW, LMFT, is a psychotherapist who specializes in relationship, marital and family issues.

She has been honored locally and nationally for her contributions to the field of mental health and marriage and family therapy.

Drew was born and raised in Wisconsin and is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Education.

She has a master’s degree from Kent State University in Ohio, along with two years of post-master’s training in marriage and family therapy.

Drew has been in private practice for 30 years Colorado and Wisconsin. She is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist and Independent Clinical Social Worker by the State of Wisconsin. In Colorado, she is a Registered Psychotherapist.
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    M.Ed., LCSW, LMFT
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    Marriage and Family Psychotherapist in Private Practice
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    Marital and Relationship Conflicts, Drug and Alcohol Addictions
Author: Stanton Peele
Stanton Peele has been innovating in the addiction field since the publication of his first book, Love and Addiction, in 1975, including addiction to activities and experiences other than substances, harm reduction, skills and coping approaches to recovery, values and purpose as antidotes to addiction, and mindfulness/self-acceptance (loving kindness) precepts shared with Buddhist meditation. He has published 250 articles and 12 books, including The Meaning of Addiction (1985), Diseasing of America (1989), The Truth About Addiction and Recovery (1991), 7 Tools To Beat Addiction (2004), Addiction-Proof Your Child (2007), and Recover! Stop Thinking Like an Addict, in 2014. He was the clinical director and designer of the Life Process Program for a residential rehab that is now an on-line program.
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    Ph.D., J.D.; Licensed Psychologist, Attorney
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    Founder of Life Process Program; Lifetime Achievement Award, Drug Policy Alliance; Mark Keller Award, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
  • Organizations:
    Life Process Program; Practical Recovery; Center for Optimal Living; Board Member SMART Recovery, Moderation Management, HAMS Harm Reduction for Alcohol
  • Expertise:
    Addiction Treatment, Values and Purpose in Recovery, Natural Recovery, Prevention, Non-Addictive Child Rearing, Neuroscience, 12-Steps, Sensible Drinking/Substance Use
Author: Penni Feiner
Penni Feiner
Penni Feiner is a licensed Kundalini Research Institute-certified yoga teacher, as well as a LifeForce Yoga® level II practitioner. Having completed her first 200-hour teacher training at Naturally Yoga in Glen Rock, New Jersey, in 2004, Penni integrates sacred sound with movement, encouraging participants to open their hearts to explore their own inner songs. Her Bhakti yoga experience includes studying with Jai Uttal, Snatam Kaur, and Guru Ganesha.

Penni’s CD, With Gratitude from My Heart to Yours, was released in December of 2014 and is available on iTunes. With a new CD in the works, Penni will explore Mantra and Mindfulness Through Music: A Journey to the Center of Positive Psychology. Penni is a member of two Kirtan bands: Vayu and Rasa Lila.

Penni serves as Executive Director of Kula for Karma, a 501c3 not for profit community of yoga teachers who offer yoga to people challenged by illness, abuse, neglect, addiction, and other life obstacles.

She co-teaches a workshop at Kripalu called “Finding your Passion” with Geri Topfer, Founder and President of Kula for Karma, and has developed five Kula for Karma Advanced Teacher Training modules in collaboration with Geri Topfer, Charlotte Stone, and Nancy Candea.
  • Credentials:
    Licensed Kundalini Research Institute-certified yoga teacher

    LifeForce Yoga® level II practitioner
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    Executive Director of Kula for Karma
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    Kula for Karma
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    Helped develop five Kula for Karma Advanced Teacher Training modules in collaboration with Geri Topfer, Charlotte Stone, and Nancy Candea

    Bhakti yoga experience includes studying with Jai Uttal, Snatam Kaur, and Guru Ganesha.
Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been treating clients for more than 35 years. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Massachusetts Psychological Association. Currently in private practice, Dr. Ciaramicoli has been on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for several years, lecturer for the American Cancer Society, Chief Psychologist at Metrowest Medical Center, and Director of the Metrowest Counseling Center and of the Alternative Medicine division of Metrowest Wellness Center in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Dr. Ciaramicoli is currently in full time private practice and is the Chief Medical Officer for Soundmindz.org. He has produced an Anti-Anxiety App with Soundmindz that has been downloaded by over 25,000 users and rated by Frontline as one of the most effective and usable anxiety apps available. He has also recently released an Anti-Depression and Mental Health app for Soundmindz.

Dr. Ciaramicoli is the author of The Curse of the Capable: The Hidden Challenges to a Balanced, Healthy, High Achieving Life, Performance Addiction: The Dangerous New Syndrome and How to Stop It from Ruining Your Life and The Power of Empathy: A Practical Guide to Creating Intimacy, Self-Understanding, and Lasting Love, which is now published in 7 languages, and just released in China. His first book, Treatment of Abuse and Addiction, A Holistic Approach was selected as Book of the Month by The Psychotherapy Book News. He is also the coauthor of Beyond the Influence: Understanding and Defeating Alcoholism.

Dr. Ciaramicoli most recent publications are three workbooks: Transforming Anxiety into Joy: A Practical Workbook to Gain Emotional Freedom (2012), Changing Your Inner Voice: A Journey through Depression to Truth and Love (2012) and Managing the Stress of Success (2013).
  • Credentials:
    Ed.D., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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    Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice
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    Chief Medical Officer, Soundmindz.org; Harvard Medical School; American Cancer Society
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Author: Tamara Roth
Tamara Roth
Tamara (Tammy) Roth, PhD, LPC/MHSP is a holistic psychotherapist and author of High Bottom – Letting Go of Vodka and Chardonnay and New Bottom – Turning the Other Cheek.

Tamara’s passions are combining ancient wisdom with modern science in the recovery process. She is trained in kundalini yoga, Jungian dreamwork, equine therapy, and neurofeedback. She weaves all of these modalities into the therapeutic process in an effort to retrain the brain and recover the authentic self.

She is the Clinical Director of the Professional Women’s Program at JourneyPure Addiction Treatment. She also offers women’s beachfront holistic retreats.

Tamara earned two master’s degrees from Vanderbilt University focusing on human development and a PhD in Metaphysics from the American Institute of Holistic Theology.
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    Ph.D. In Metaphysics from American Institute of Holistic Theology, 2006;

    M.Ed. Human Development Counseling, Vanderbilt University, 2000;

    M.Ed. Human Resource Development, Vanderbilt University, 1997
  • Titles:
    Clinical Director, Professional Women’s Program at JourneyPure;

    Owner – Full Circle Acres Counseling & Retreats
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    Women’s Issues of Trauma & Addiction: Guiding women through the recovery process to access and own their powerful, innate feminine wisdom.
Author: Helaina Hovitz
Helaina Hovitz is a journalist, editor, author, young person in recovery, and native New Yorker who has always had the unreasonable notion that she can help change the world.

Her memoir, After 9/11: One Girl’s Journey Through Darkness to a New Beginning, details her recovery from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and alcoholism.

Her experience has led her to a career as a journalist who writes about social good, social issues, mental health, and the ways that people are working to help make the world a better place.

She currently spends her daytime/weekday hours at Upworthy/GOOD, and her continuing bylines appear in The New York Times, Women’s Health, Glamour, Salon, Newsday, New York Observer, Teen Vogue, VICE, Newsweek, Reader’s Digest, HEALTH, Fast Company, The Fix,The Daily Meal, Tasting Table, and many others.

To connect with Helaina, visit HelainaHovitz.com, follow her on Twitter @HelainaHovitz, Facebook/com/HelainaNHovitz, or reach out on LinkedIn.
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    She currently spends her daytime/weekday hours at Upworthy/GOOD and is a contributor to Forbes, Huffington Post, and The Daily Meal.
  • Expertise:
    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Alcoholism; Social Good and Social Issues
Michele Rosenthal is an award-winning blogger, bestselling and award-nominated author, host of the radio program, Changing Direction, and founder of HealMyPTSD.com. A former faculty member of the Clinical Development Institute for Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, Michele is the author of Before The World Intruded: Conquering the Past and Creating the Future, selected as a finalist for the Books For A Better Life Award, Next Generation Indie Book Award, and the International Book Award. Her most recent book, Your Life After Trauma: Powerful Practices To Reclaim Your Identity, is available from W. W. Norton. Her forthcoming book, Heal Your PTSD: Dynamic Strategies that Work will be released by Conari Press in Fall, 2015.

Michele is a Contributing Editor for RewireMe.com, a top health blogger for the Stress Management Community on Wellsphere.com, and writes a weekly column about trauma and PTSD for HealthyPlace.com. She has been interviewed by and featured in many media outlets, including CBS Radio, The Dennis Miller Show, NBC News, Ladies' Home Journal, The Palm Beach Post, St. Petersburg Times, and then Orlando Sentinel. To connect with Michele visit: HealMyPTSD.com.
  • Credentials:
    Certified Professional Coach, Certified Hypnotist, Certified Neuro-Linguistic Programmer
  • Titles:
    Founder of HealMyPTSD.com, Author, Speaker
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    Trauma and PTSD Recovery
Jo has a deep-rooted passion for identifying alternative approaches to healing from trauma and addiction. While her own struggle with substance abuse was certainly the catalyst to identifying non-traditional approaches to treatment, it was her personal experience of healing which truly cultivated the desire to assist others on their journey to wellness.

As the Prevention Coordinator for the University of Nevada Reno, Jo’s primary role is to develop and implement drug/alcohol and sexual assault prevention programs on campus. In addition, she has taught an Overview of Addiction course for the past several years for the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies. Jo is currently pursuing her PhD in Educational Leadership and has her MS in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Addiction Treatment and Prevention Services.

When Jo isn’t working or studying, you can find her training towards her Black Belt in mixed martial arts.

You can watch Jo’s TEDxUniversityofNevada ‘Rewriting the Story of My Addiction’ video here.
  • Credentials:
    Master’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a Specialization in Addiction Treatment and Prevention Services; currently pursuing Ph.D. in Educational Leadership
  • Titles:
    Prevention Coordinator, University of Nevada Reno
  • Organizations:
    University of Nevada Reno
  • Expertise:
    Addiction and Trauma
Cathy Taughinbaugh
Cathy Taughinbaugh is a Certified Parent Coach who specializes in working with parents of children struggling with substance use.
She is also a parent coach with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and creator of www.cathytaughinbaugh.com, a website providing information for families on prevention, addiction, and recovery.
Cathy lives in California and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pacific. She was an educator for 15 years.
  • Credentials:
    ACC, B.S., Psychology, University of the Pacific, Stockton, California Teaching Credential
  • Titles:
    Associate Certified Coach, International Coach Federation, Certified Parent Coach
  • Organizations:
    Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
  • Expertise:
    Family support for Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery
Author: Mike Pond
Mike Pond is a Vancouver, Canada-based psychotherapist, in-demand speaker, author and advocate for compassionate, evidence-based treatment for all who suffer from substance use disorders. Pond’s riveting account of his own trip to rock bottom and back gives him unique empathy as a therapist. He has experienced our flawed treatment system from the inside out.

After two decades of private practice, Pond thought he knew all there was to know about treating addiction. But through his own life-threatening battle with alcoholism, he learned he knew next to nothing. Worse, what he knew was just plain wrong. He lost his practice, home and family and ended up penniless in two unlicensed, rundown recovery homes rife with systemic abuse.

For two years, Mike floated through rehabs, recovery homes and homelessness, dumpster diving, emergency wards and finally intensive care and prison. Along the way Mike Pond "the drunk" found himself shamed and stigmatized by the very system in which Mike Pond the therapist thrived. Mike Pond’s memoir Wasted: An Alcoholic Therapist's Fight for Recovery in a Flawed Treatment System was released this spring in the U.S. and is available in Canada. The book was excerpted or featured in leading Canadian publications like The National Post, the Huffington Post, the Globe and Mail , Maclean's (Canada’s version of Time Magazine) and The Toronto Star.

His search for compassionate evidence-based treatment was captured in critically-acclaimed and ratings winning film Wasted, which aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s flagship prime-time science program, The Nature of Things. It will appear in select film festivals the fall of 2016 in the U.S. and is available for viewing at Addictionthenextstep.com

Pond sits on two national advisory committees working to ensure all Canadians receive swift access to a broad toolkit of treatment options. His advocacy has helped create Addictionthenextstep.com, which offers a free-online therapy tool called the Interactive Guide, built in collaboration with New York City’s Center for Motivation and Change. This site is exclusively for the families and loved ones of those battling a substance use and teaches an evidence-based, whole new way of communicating with the substance user, that shifts the conversation from shaming and blaming, to compassion and kindness. It’s free and can be accessed anywhere, anytime!

Pond has rebuilt a thriving practice in Vancouver, (MichaelPond.ca) where he specializes in addiction, Indian Residential School trauma, healing and recovery.
  • Credentials:
    RPN

    MSW

    RSW
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    Psychotherapist, in-demand speaker, author, advocate for compassionate, evidence-based treatment for those suffering from substance use disorders.
Stacey M. Rosenfeld is the author of Does Every Woman Have an Eating Disorder? Challenging Our Nation's Fixation with Food and Weight. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in New York and California. Prior to her full-time private practice, Stacey was a staff psychologist at Columbia University Medical Center in New York and at UCLA Counseling Center in Los Angeles. She is an eating disorder and substance use disorder specialist and also focuses on anxiety and mood disorders, infertility, relationship concerns, and sport and exercise psychology.

Stacey works with individuals and groups, using an approach that blends cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, pyschodynamic, and interpersonal techniques. Her goal is to help clients address their concerns and arrive at a more comfortable and effective place in their lives.
  • Credentials:
    Licensed Clinical Psychologist; Author of Does Every Woman Have an Eating Disorder? Challenging Our Nation's Fixation with Food and Weight
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    Private Practice
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    Eating Disorders, Substance Abuse Disorders
Author: Tammy Nelson
Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. is a world-renowned expert in sex and relationships, a psychotherapist in private practice and a trainer and seminar leader worldwide. She is the author of several books, including Getting The Sex You Want: Shed Your Inhibitions and Reach New Heights of Passion Together and The New Monogamy: Redefining Your Relationship After Infidelity. She can be found at drtammynelson.com.
  • Credentials:
    Ph.D., American Academy Clinical Sexology
  • Titles:
    Board Certified Sexologist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
  • Organizations:
    Psychotherapist at Center for Healing
  • Expertise:
    Sex and Relationships
Author: Rebecca Kronman
I work with creative people using creative techniques to help you feel better.

I started my career working with unemployed adults, providing counseling and referrals to a wide variety of services. From there, I transitioned to working with older adolescents and adults involved in the criminal justice system, managing a supportive internship program, helping people prepare for interviews and working one-on-one and in groups for therapy. As a side project, I taught yoga and meditation at Riker’s Island to sentenced inmates. I hold a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Hunter College with a clinical focus; during my time there I extensively studied how trauma manifests in the body and methods for releasing it. My research also included an exploration of power and privilege, a concept that I'm committed to exploring with clients. In my spare time I practice yoga and meditation, which play an important role in my clinical work.

In my professional life, I’ve worked with many people in therapy for the first time. I’ve become adept at creating a safe environment and building trust with people who are apprehensive about the process. I’m a patient and empathetic listener, but I don’t shy away from offering feedback and respectful challenges. I often utilize mindfulness techniques such as breath work and body awareness exercises to look for clues about unconscious feelings. I like to create assignments collaboratively between sessions to test out new techniques, which can help progress go faster and change be more enduring.
  • Credentials:
    LMSW, Social Work - City University of New York-Hunter College
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    LMSW at Private Practice
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    Treatment of Substance Abuse, Depression, Anxiety and Trauma Using Mindfulness-based Interventions
Author: Ian McLoone
Ian McLoone, MPS, LPC, LADC holds a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota’s Integrated Behavioral Health clinical counseling program. He holds dual licensure as both a professional counselor and an alcohol and drug counselor, and provides integrated care for substance use and mental health disorders to patients at Alltyr Clinic in St Paul, Minnesota. He is also an adjunct instructor/community faculty at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches Applied Psychopharmacology in the Addiction Studies graduate program; as well as St Mary’s University of Minnesota, where he teaches Substance use and Community Health in the Master of Arts in Instruction program.

Previously, Ian worked to develop a Spanish language intensive outpatient program, along with working on various advocacy projects for people with opioid use disorders. He is currently on the board of Minnesota Alternatives Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to providing non-12 Step peer support, harm reduction services and a community center where people are encouraged to define their own recovery. In addition, Ian provides training and consultation to agencies and staff on person-centered evidence-based treatment approaches, the use of anti-relapse medications, and how to work with families to effectively and compassionately support their loved ones in recovery.

Ian has worked alongside Mark Willenbring, MD since the founding of Alltyr Clinic, helping to develop its programs and to train clinical staff. He knows firsthand that many programs are still using treatment approaches that haven't been updated since the 1950s - in spite of the mountains of research that have been accumulated since - and is devoted to bringing paradigm change to the field of addiction treatment and making 21st Century care available to all.
  • Credentials:
    MPS
    LPC
    LADC
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    University of Minnesota’s Integrated Behavioral Health clinical counseling program

    Adjunct instructor/community faculty at the University of Minnesota and St Mary’s University of Minnesota
  • Expertise:
    Dual licensure as both a professional counselor and an alcohol and drug counselor

    Provides integrated care for substance use and mental health disorders
Author: Lindsay Kramer
With over seven years of experience treating the chemically-dependent population of San Diego, Lindsay Kramer is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) that brings expertise, compassion, and perpetually-evolving insight into her work at Caroline Stewart and Associates. Lindsay graduated from the University of San Diego with her Master's degree in Marital and Family Therapy 2008, but began her work with families and their children in 2004 by providing parent education and social skills groups to hundreds of families in San Bernardino country.

A San Diego native, Lindsay continued her work with school-aged children while beginning graduate school in 2006, but found her passion in the mental health field when she initiated her clinical hours at the Phoenix House of San Diego. During this three-year period, Lindsay immersed herself in the demographic of adolescents and their families that struggled to overcome substance abuse/dependence. From there, Lindsay solidified her future as a psychotherapist as she learned that the "dual diagnosis" focus was inherently a second language due to the combination of her own family experience and resounding comfort in this often-challenging work. Lindsay then transitioned to San Diego's East County empire as she took a job as a Dual Diagnosis clinician for the county-funded nonprofit, San Diego Youth Services. Lindsay spent three more years deepening her understanding of multi-generational addiction and mental illnesses by providing outpatient services to low-income families through East County juvenile probation and school-based clinical sites. Lindsay now treats chemically-dependent adults within an inpatient/day treatment setting though the SHARP McDonald Center, which allows her to continue enhancing her passion for overall recovery and long-term growth within the individuals and families in which she serves.

Though typically provided on a long-term treatment modality, Lindsay also provides psychotherapy on a short-term, solution-focused basis. Lindsay is fluent in working with individuals, couples, and families, and loves a good therapeutic challenge. Aside from her expertise in chemical dependency/addictive behaviors, Lindsay specializes in the treatment of depressive and anxiety disorders, behavioral problems in adolescents (ranging from ADHD to conduct disorder), complex traumas (including abuse and PTSD), personality disorders, and phase of life problems. Lindsay is also always up-to-date with current drug trends that are so pervasively (and unfortunately) impacting our communities, families, and children.
  • Credentials:
    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT); Master’s in Marital and Family Therapy, University of San Diego
  • Titles:
    Behavioral Health Therapist at SHARP McDonald Center; Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist at Caroline Stewart and Associates
  • Organizations:
    Past: San Diego Youth Services Non-Profit, Phoenix House of San Diego, Project CUIDAR of San Bernardino
  • Expertise:
    Substance Use Disorders, Co-Occurring Disorders, Behavioral Problems in Adolescents, Client-Centered Psychotherapy
Author: Marni Greenberg
Marni Greenberg is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in California (License # PSY23970) with a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She opened her private practice in the summer of 2011 after 10 years of experience working for non-profit agencies in San Diego, California and Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Greenberg also works with H.E.L.P. (Home-Based Effective Living Professionals), providing in-home therapy services, and she performs assessments for U.S. veterans to clarify their mental health diagnosis.
  • Credentials:
    Psy.D.; Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Titles:
    Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice; QTC Medical Group
  • Organizations:
    Home-Based Effective Living Professionals
  • Expertise:
    Pregnancy and Parenting, Relationships, Substance Abuse
Rudolph C. Hatfield, Ph.D. is the author of The Everything Guide to the Human Brain and The Everything Guide to Coping with Panic Disorder.
  • Credentials:
    Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Wayne State University, Detroit MI
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  • Expertise:
    Clinical Neuropsychology
Stephen Grinstead
Dr. Stephen Grinstead has a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science, a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate in Addictive Disorders (Dr. AD). He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, (LMFT) and an Advanced Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS). He is currently Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer for A Healing Place - The Estates in Camarillo California; a chronic pain functional restoration program.

He served on the faculty of UC Santa Cruz Extension Alcohol and Drug Studies Program and also taught at Santa Clara University, UC Berkeley Extension and Stanford University Medical School and served on the faculty of University of Utah’s School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies as well as serving as an Adjunct Professor at Alliant University teaching Masters Level and Psy.D. Students the Treating the Addicted Family System course for the Marriage and Family Therapy track.

Dr. Grinstead is author of the book Freedom from Suffering: A Journey of Hope as well as author of several other pain management books including Managing Pain and Coexisting Disorders, and the Addiction-Free Pain Management® Recovery Guide. He is the Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of a Healing Place - a Residential and Intensive Outpatient Chronic Pain Management Program in Camarillo California.

Dr. Grinstead is an internationally recognized expert in preventing relapse related to addiction and chronic pain disorders and is the developer of the Addiction-Free Pain Management® System (please visit www.freedomfromsufferingnow.com for more information). He has been working with pain management, chemical addictive disorders, eating addiction and coexisting mental and personality disorders since 1984.

Since 1996 Dr. Grinstead has conducted Addiction-Free Pain Management®; Managing Pain Medication in Recovery; Managing Pain and Prescription Drug Abuse; as well as Relapse Prevention Therapy, Relapse Prevention Counseling, Relapse Prevention for Eating Addiction and Denial Management Counseling, seminars and certification trainings for over thirty thousand healthcare professionals therapists and counselors at more than 400 training seminars in key cities across the United States and Canada.

Since 2012 Dr. Grinstead has also functioned as an Expert Witness in hearings regarding professional license status at risk due to alcohol or other drug use. Prior to 2015 he conducted addiction and mental health forensic evaluations for several different California State Licensing Boards and was a Clinical Assessor for the Maximus Diversion Monitoring Program in California where he assessed safety to work with the public, appropriateness for the diversion program and treatment recommendations.

Dr. Grinstead has authored and/or co-authored books and pamphlets, including the books listed below.

Dr. Grinstead’s Publications:
Addiction-Free Pain Management® Workbook Revised 2007
Addiction-Free Pain Management® Recovery Guide — Second Edition 2008
Addiction-Free Pain Management® — The Professional Guide (out of press)
Managing Pain and Coexisting Disorders: Using the APM™ System
Recovery & Relapse Prevention for Food Addiction Workbook (out of press)
The Eating Addiction Relapse Prevention Workbook
APM™ Module One: Understanding and Evaluating Your Chronic Pain Symptoms
APM™ Module Two: Examining Your Potential Medication Management Problems
APM™ Module Three: Understanding and Developing Effective Pain Management
APM™ Module Four: A Guide for Managing Pain Medication in Recovery
Denial Management Counseling for Effective Pain Management Workbook
The Denial Management Counseling Workbook for Addictive Disorders
The Denial Management Counseling Professional Guide
The Revised Relapse Prevention Therapy Workbook
Freedom from Suffering: A Journey of Hope


In addition, Dr. Grinstead has numerous peer-reviewed publications. You can learn more on his website at www.freedomfromsufferingnow.com.
  • Credentials:
    Bachelors Degree in Behavioral Science
    Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology
    Doctorate in Addictive Disorders (Dr. AD)
    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, (LMFT)
    Advanced Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS)
  • Titles:
    Faculty member of UC Santa Cruz Extension Alcohol and Drug Studies Program
    Taught at Santa Clara University, UC Berkeley Extension and Stanford University Medical School
    Adjunct Professor at Alliant University teaching Psy.D. Students the Treating the Addicted Family System course for the Marriage and Family Therapy track
  • Organizations:
    Conducted seminars and certification training in Addiction-Free Pain Management®; Managing Pain Medication in Recovery; Managing Pain and Prescription Drug Abuse; Relapse Prevention Counseling, Relapse Prevention for Eating Addiction and Denial Management Counseling
    Expert Witness for both prosecution and defense in hearings regarding professional license status at risk due to alcohol or other drug use
    Conducted addiction and mental health forensic evaluations for multiple California State Licensing Boards
    Clinical Assessor for the Maximus Diversion Monitoring Program in California
  • Expertise:
    Internationally recognized expert in preventing relapse related to addiction and chronic pain disorders and is the
    Developer of the Addiction-Free Pain Management® System
    Works with pain management, chemical addictive disorders, eating addiction and coexisting mental and personality disorders
    Clinical Director of Training and Consultation for the Gorski-CENAPS ® Corporation
Author: Rita Milios
Rita Milios, LCSW, "The Mind Mentor," combines the science of neuro-biology, traditional psychotherapy techniques, and spiritual growth techniques gleaned from ancient wisdom traditions to help people re-program old, entrenched, self-defeating habits and attitudes and successfully treat anxiety, depression, addictions (substances, people, things), eating issues, relationship issues, trauma, life transition issues and grief. Using interactive guided imagery, dreamwork, intuitive problem-solving techniques, mindfulness meditation and other holistic techniques, along with cognitive-behavioral, humanistic and psycho-education therapies, Rita facilitates a dialogue between the client’s outer (conscious) mind and inner (subconscious) mind, helping them access their own inner wisdom to get “unstuck” and attain the clarity and wisdom they need to reach their goals and move forward on their personal journey. Rita also trains clients in self-help, empowerment and spiritual growth techniques so that they can continue to learn and grow long after therapy ends. As “Mind Mentor" to individuals, groups, corporations and associations, Rita delivers workshops and trainings to clinical professionals, businesses and the public on topics including psycho-neurobiology, stress reduction, self-help modalities, spiritual growth and intuition/creativity. Her most recent presentation was on the topic of bereavement at the 2014 NASW FL Social Work Conference. Rita’s 30+ published books include Tools for Transformation, Instant Inspiration and Discovering Positive Thinking. She has also published more than 100 articles for print and web and audio/video tapes on mind/body wellness, personal transformation and creative thinking. Rita has been featured on radio & TV as an expert on mind and positive thinking, and is featured as an expert at LinktoEXPERT.com and other online speaking/consulting directories.
  • Credentials:
    MSW Social Work, Ohio State University; Licensed Clinical Social Worker; DOT Substance Abuse Professional; Training in Guided Imagery and Ericksonian Hypnosis
  • Titles:
    The Mind Mentor; FL Qualified Supervisor & FL CEU Training Provider for Social Workers and Marriage/Family Therapists
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  • Expertise:
    Mind & Mindfulness Techniques, Neuro-biology, Spiritual Pathwork Techniques for Clients and Counselor Training
Author: Jay Westbrook
Jay Westbrook is a multiple award-winning clinician & speaker, Visiting Faculty Scholar at Harvard Medical School, and a specialist in End-of-Life care & education. He holds an MS in Gerontology, is a Grief Recovery Specialist, an R.N., & a Certified Hospice & Palliative Nurse. Saddened by the number of mature adults dying with diseases related to their substance abuse, he now also works with the recovery community to guide the mature adult alcoholic/addict to find & maintain sobriety & recovery. He can be reached at CompassionateJourney@hotmail.com
  • Credentials:
    M.S., R.N., University of Southern California
  • Titles:
    Clinical Director, Compassionate Journey
    Senior Grief Counselor - Cliffside Malibu
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  • Expertise:
    End-of-Life Care & Education
    Grief Recovery
    Pain Management
    Hospice & Palliative Care
    Healing Fractured Relationships
    Recovery in the Mature Adult
Author: Tori Utley
Tori Utley
Tori Utley is an entrepreneur working jointly in technology innovation and addiction recovery, holding an M.B.A. and an addictions counseling license in Minnesota. By day, she works as a mobile Product Manager at Mayo Clinic and is working with the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology on a new mobile application for mood monitoring and mental health.

Outside of Mayo Clinic, she is the Founder and CEO of an early‐stage tech and social venture startup company, Tinua, with the goal of reducing monetary waste by reallocating for social impact. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of More Than An Addict, an organization committed to the reduction of addiction stigma through promoting education, employment, and entrepreneurship for individuals in long‐term recovery, as well as the Co‐Founder of an upcoming innovation to addiction treatment and sober housing, with the goal of keeping recovering individuals “safe, sober, now.”

In addition to her work with addiction recovery, she is a Contributing Writer with Forbes, maintains participation with the Forbes Under 30 Network, and serves as the Director of Strategic Engagement at Mission 21, an anti‐trafficking organization in Minnesota.
  • Credentials:
    B.S. in Addiction and Psychology, Liberty University; M.B.A. from Liberty University Graduate School of Business; Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) through the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT)
  • Titles:
  • Organizations:
    Mayo Clinic, More Than An Addict, Doc’s Recovery House, Mission 21, Tinua, Forbes
  • Expertise:
    Entrepreneurship, Addiction Recovery, Technology, Social Entrepreneurship, Innovation
Author: Paul Hokemeyer
Dr. Paul Hokemeyer is a Manhattan and Malibu, CA based Marriage and Family Therapist who serves on the panel of experts for "The Dr. Oz Show" and as a Fox News Analyst. In addition, he is the Senior Clinical Advisor for Caron Ocean Drive, an executive level residential treatment center located on the Gold Coast of Florida. He is an internationally recognized expert on treating individuals and families of wealth, power and celebrity for mental health and addiction issues. His academic and clinical research has been published by Lambert Academic Press, The Journal of Wealth Management, and Family Therapy. He is frequently quoted as an expert in a host of media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, WebMD, YahooShine, Men's Health and others. In addition to holding a doctorate in psychology, he holds a doctorate in law (J.D.) and worked as a corporate attorney prior to becoming a psychotherapist. Dr. Hokemeyer served on the board of directors for the New York Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and is a certified trauma therapist.
  • Credentials:
    Ph.D. in Psychology from Saybrook University; J.D. from Capital University Law School
  • Titles:
    Marriage and Family Therapist for Private Practice, Senior Clinical Advisor to Ocean Drive at Caron Rennaissance
  • Organizations:
  • Expertise:
    Family, Marriage, Addictions, Wealth Identity
Raychelle Lohmann has been a counselor since 1998. She has done extensive research in the domain of anger management and careers. She is a published author, blogs for US News & World Report, and enjoys speaking and presenting at conferences and facilitating workshops.

As a school counselor, Raychelle works with students regarding personal/social, academic, college and career issues. Additionally, she assists parents and teachers with adolescent and parenting concerns, as well as works collaboratively with parents and teachers to assist students with academic progress.

Raychelle is an active member of the American Counseling Association, American School Counseling Association, and National Career Development Association. She is a National Board Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of NC and SC. Additionally, Raychelle is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator.
  • Credentials:
    B.A. (Psychology) North Carolina State University; M.S. (Counselor Education) North Carolina State University; Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed School Counselor, Licensed Global Career Development Facilitator
  • Titles:
    Professional School Counselor and Author
  • Organizations:
    US News & World Report
  • Expertise:
    Family Relationships, Teenagers, Anger Management