Dr. Alva received his education at the California State University of Fullerton and the Autonomous University of Guadalajara Medical School. After he completed his education and training in Guadalajara, Mexico, he returned to California to finish his residency at the University of California Irvine. Dr. Alva was involved in multiple endeavors including inpatient and outpatient work as well as clinical research in both Los Angeles and Orange counties. Dr Alva's focus is on the latest treatments available for psychiatric disorders, chemical/alcohol dependence as well as aspects of ethnicity and their correlation within pathological states. Dr. Alva has many years of experience in serving the medical community in various capacities; as a patient advocate, clinician, researcher and medical director. Dr. Alva's expertise in adolescent, adult and geriatric psychiatry as well as chemical/alcohol dependence and his treatments in psychiatric disorders make him one of the nation's most prominent psychiatrists. Dr. Alva is a member of multiple professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the Orange County Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the California Psychiatric Association, the American Board of Forensic Medicine, the American College of Forensic Examiners, the American Board of Psychopharmacology, the California Hispanic American Medical Association, the New York Academy of Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American association of Hispanic professionals.
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At Aspire Health Network we offer compassionate, life-long drug and alcohol treatment for people and families suffering from addiction. It is our passion to serve people all across the west coast and north west regions of the United States find the best care available. We understand that addiction effects loved ones as much as it does those suffering personally. We strive to create a safe, supportive, and medically supervised environment for our patients their families. Successful addiction is possible. Many of our staff members have personal experience overcoming addiction and are able to understand what you are going through. We are here to help. Whether you are seeking treatment or simply looking for information or answers to questions, we would love to help in any way that we can. We are available 24/7. At Aspire Health Network, we understand that addiction is complex – as complex as the people and families it affects. Physical, psychological, and spiritual dimensions all play a role in substance abuse disorders. That’s why Aspire Recovery doesn't just treat drug and alcohol problems, but every related issue that patients and their families face.
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- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a highly specific, research-validated form of therapy that can help people overcome traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. With EMDR, a trained practitioner uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement and touch to stimulate parts of the brain as a patient recounts certain experiences and memories as a way to more thoroughly process uncomfortable, painful feelings.
- Family Program
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
- Trauma & Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT)
Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT) uses the brain’s innate ability to adapt to change in a healing way, essentially “retraining” the brain to respond differently to familiar memories of trauma or pain.
- Individualized Treatment
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
Dr. Alejandro Alva - Medical Director
Sue Ferren, MFT - Clinical Director
Sue Ferren is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and our Clinical Director here at Aspire. Sue has a breadth of experience and knowledge and has been a vital part of our team for over 2 years.
Ted Bryans - Admissions Counselor
“Long term sobriety is obtainable. Just ask me” “Admission Counseling is simple, it is one person caring and desiring to help another.” I am very blessed to be able to work in this field and watch people of all nationalities and economic backgrounds from across this nation. They come together because, like me they got their butt kicked by this disease, which sometimes forces us to come together for recovery! Because If we don’t do this recovery thing together we die loved but feeling alone. I am here today because someone helped me when I couldn’t help myself and I believe at the core of me that every addict deserves that chance at recovery. I choose to help with compassion, respect, kindness, empathy, sympathy and the truth. It is true that to reach another addict, we must listen to and help them understand the truth. I was run over beat up and kicked in the head by the truth and this made it easier to understand my disease and one day at a time obtain long term sobriety. It is also why I love listening and guiding families and addicts to recovery. If your reading this please know there is not just one path to recovery and I can and will guide you to the best possible treatment modalities to help you obtain long term recovery and relief from the pain of addictions and co-occurring issues. I will be there for you and your family even if you are not ready. If you love someone suffering from this disease; I am here for you. I understand the destructive nature of this epidemic and will answer all your questions and if I don’t know the answer I will find it for you. Helping is what we do for each other and is one powerful way to survive addiction and its effects. I have Twenty-plus years of managerial experience in operations, administration, and counseling. Along with extensive training from the Institute of Advanced Counseling and Seminars, I am a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor (CCDC) and also hold a certification in Intensive Multi-Family Group Training, having co-facilitated recovery groups twice-weekly for the past 18 years. Let’s do this together! You never have to feel alone again.
Jennifer Mitzel - Marriage and Family Therapist
I work with clients who are feeling stuck. My treatment focuses on empowerment and coping with daily life. I provide a safe, nonjudgmental space to explore, challenge, and create new ideas and behaviors and to build strength and resources. My experience working with individuals from all ages and background has given me insight and experience in how presenting issues are conceptualized and treated to produce change. I am passionate about helping others and getting to the root of problems so change can occur. My educational background includes a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University; a COAMFTE accredited institution. I have a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. When it comes to treatment, there is no single approach that is the right one for every individual, and so I am trained in a range of modalities that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Family Systems Theory, and Psychodynamic Family Therapy. I have a specialized interest in addictive disorders such as substance abuse and I have seen the positive benefits therapy has had on individuals and families dealing with substance abuse and I have deep respect and passion to provide services to those in need in the community. I work with clients and their families to shift away from frustration over behaviors and help them navigate the treatment process and engage in recovery on their terms. Recovery is a personal process and journey, and I am honored to be a part of that work.