Dr. Sanders, AToN’s Program Director, is a licensed clinical Psychologist with over ten years of experience. Originally from the east coast, she realized her passion for psychology during a high school psychology class and went on to graduate from Northeastern University with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. While living in Boston, Dr. Sanders worked for many years in residential care and community mental health. After moving to San Diego in 2003, Dr. Sanders enrolled in the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. Her APA accredited program culminated with her dissertation on the opinions of child custody evaluators with regard to domestic violence and alienation. Throughout her graduate education, Dr. Sanders gained experience with many populations in multiple clinical settings such as inpatient assessment and short-term treatment, long-term insight oriented therapy with adults, trauma informed treatment with children, and child custody evaluations. Most recently she was a department director at a large private facility assessing and treating dually diagnosed in and outpatients. Dr. Sanders takes an eclectic approach, pulling from CBT and psychodynamic modalities to help individuals overcome substance use disorders, address underlying psychological conditions, and ultimately realize their full potential. As an active member of the San Diego Psychological Association she regularly attends committee meetings and conferences in order to stay current with community standards in the field.
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At Aton Center, individuals struggling with drug or alcohol abuse are provided a range of residential addiction treatment services for lasting sobriety. Services provided include medically-assisted detoxification, family therapy, energy healing, breathing and stress reduction coursework, yoga, meditation, massage therapy, acupuncture, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), hypnotherapy, personal training, watsu, and more.
AToN Center Reviews and Ratings Details
The following is based on a combination of Surveys of Alumni, Staff, Loved Ones, and Reviews and Ratings from around the web.
Reviews at a Glance
- 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.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
- Client & Family Support Groups
Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
- Holistic Therapy
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
I tried all of the 12-step options to try to stop drinking, I tried everything I could on my own, but it didn’t work. AToN worked. I am now sober, and I am using the tools that I learned and practiced at AToN to stay that way. The difference at AToN is that it is not about just giving something up. It is about recognizing why you picked it up in the first place and then (I think most importantly) how to fill those needs in a healthy way, a way that makes you happy and peaceful instead of shameful and guilty.C. M.
I checked into your program [at the beginning of] 2013, and have been sober every day since. I was struggling with a long-standing addiction to benzodiazapines and marijuana, an eating disorder, self-harm, and depression, a destructive relationship, and within that last year of using I had also been using meth and had become agoraphobic. Man, have things changed since then. When I think about that part of my life, I feel like it was just a movie I saw, or some strange person that I used to know, it doesn’t feel like it was me. My stay and work at Aton was the bridge between that old, destructive person and the person I am today. I’ll be forever grateful for the care I received and the tools I learned at your facility.Anonymous
I came to AToN in August 2011. I was a broken shell of a person, I had no hope and had suicidal thoughts daily. I felt comforted and cared for and in a safe environment the moment I walked through the doors. For the first time in a really long time i felt things where going to be okay. I was able to open up to the clinicians like I had never before.S. B.
ATon was a life changing experience. This was the 3rd rehab I’ve been to & I’ve been able to stay sober for over a year now. Everything about my life has improved & I can honestly say I wouldn’t change a thing right now. Drugs & alcohol, low self esteem & derpression consumed my life & now after the amazing doctors & staff at ATon I have a whole new outlook on life, priorities, & what truly matters I’m the long run.L. D.
A lot of rehabs claim to have the full package then fail to deliver. AToN actually delivers. Incredible staff, incredible services, incredible program. Holistic therapies daily, individual sessions daily, and they work with you to create a strong program of recovery for after you discharge. I’m 90 days sober this week and could not have done it without AToN.Y. M.
The setting is impeccable and the staff is second to none. One of the most beautiful treatment centers I've seen and experienced.M. D.
Tremendous. Flexible for the recalcitrant yet firm for those seeking solid methods to assist in continued recovery. Traditional group and individual therapy as well as holistic massage, hypnotherapy and acupuncture. Not a magic pill but real help for the motivated.L. S.
Dr. Leslie Sanders - Program Director
Dr. Cassandra Cannon - Clinical Director
Dr. Cannon is delighted to join AToN team as a Clinical Health Psychologist providing Biofeedback treatment to residents. Her clinical expertise in Psychophysiology and Biofeedback assists residents in developing and applying stress management skills for relapse prevention. She has been certified by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance since 2004 and is a Fellow. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University. She attained her Master’s Degree in Health Psychology and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego. She has worked in multiple settings including acute inpatient settings to long-term outpatient settings. She has worked with child, adolescent, adult and geriatric populations. She has ethically treated individuals with many different diagnoses including but not limited to chemical dependency, mood, anxiety and psychotic disorders. She finds joy in instilling hope in those who are earnestly seeking relief from addictive diseases and mental illness, and enjoys the challenge of leading the clinical team.
Dr. Chad K. Cox - Licensed Psychologist
Dr. Cox has been involved in psychotherapeutic interventions for the past 11 years. Dr. Cox received his Bachelors in Science in Psychology from the University of Washington in Seattle. He then attended the California Schools of Professional Psychology in San Diego where he received his Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D). Dr. Cox has had a variety of experiences that qualify him to attend to the needs of those suffering from addiction and psychological difficulties. He has provided professional and ethical services diverse groups of patients. His training included counseling individuals, couples and families in a number of settings including a homeless shelter, crisis house, hospital and counseling centers. As a licensed psychologist he has spent the past 5 years providing proficient care in treating mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and others. He has also demonstrated success in treating patients in early and later stages of recovery from alcohol and substance abuse and dependency. His professional mission is to help people find their path towards health and happiness.
Jeff Bonilla - Chef
Classically French trained Jeff Bonilla is the award-winning Executive Chef, Executive Pastry Chef and Micro Green Farmer in San Diego. A native of Southern California, Jeff started young by watching his mother create immaculate cakes, pies and seasonal goodies in their home kitchen. In his free time, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife, surfing and playing string instruments.
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