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View by Location: Long Beach, Newport Beach, West LA

About Darrin Ford, M.A., LMFT, CSAT, CMBAT-S

Executive Director / Founder, Lic # 53733
Ph: (562) 356-8686 Ext. 700; Email: darrin@sanorecovery.com

Darrin Ford is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in the treatment of sex addiction and other mental health disorders. He currently provides addiction treatment in Long Beach, California. His degrees include a Bachelor's in Psychology and a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology. Darrin is licensed with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and has more than 10 years of professional experience. He serves as the Director of sex addiction treatment here at Sano Center for Recovery.

Darrin Ford is also a Certifed Mindfulness-Based Addiction Therapist Supervisor (CMBAT-S). Along with Christy Cosper, he established the Mindfulness-Based Addiction Therapy (MBAT) model, developing the curriculum used in their intensive out-patient programs. As a CMBAT-S, he is qualifed in training and certifying therapists in the MBAT model.

In Darrin's Own Words

Darrin Ford, M.A.

"I have experience working in multiple settings including intensive outpatient, day treatment, and private practice. I have created and designed intensive outpatient programs for sex addiction as well as drug addiction from the ground up. In each I have brought mindfulness and meditation practices to the forefront of my treatment programs which has resulted in a high-level of improvement in the lives of my clients.

I am directly trained by Patrick Carnes, Ph.D. Dr. Carnes is one of the leading researchers in the field of addiction and has been a pioneer in the field of sex addiction treatment.

Addictions to sex and other things are not about morality. They are not about any judgments of right or wrong. They are coping mechanisms we have used to adapt to emotional trauma in life. Genetics also plays a role, however, emotional trauma is almost always a highly influencing factor. Providing treatment gives me a sense of meaning and purpose in my life. I whole-heartedly feel it's the greatest privilege in the world to be able to treat someone and see them heal and start living a fulfilling life, outside of their addiction."

About Christy Cosper, M.A., LMFT, CSAT, CMBAT-S

Clinical Director / Founder, Lic # 50688
Ph: (562) 356-8686 Ext. 701; Email: christy@sanorecovery.com

Christy Cosper, M.A.


Christy Cosper is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has extensive experience in the field of addictive disorders. For 7 years she worked as a facilitator in a residential treatment center for chemical dependency. Her experience also includes treatment of sex addiction and her methods are based from the model of Patrick Carnes, Ph.D. She has led men's groups, provided psycho-education and ran art-as-therapy for an intensive outpatient treatment center. She ran the only women's group in Long Beach that specifically helped wives whose husbands were struggling with sex addiction. In private practice since 2007, Christy currently is subcontracted by Orange County, CA and serves as the clinical director of substance addiction here at Sano Center for Recovery.

Along with Darrin Ford, she developed the Mindfulness-Based Addiction Therapy (MBAT) curriculum which is used for their intensive out-patient programs. As a certified MBAT supervisor, Christy trains therapists in the structure of the MBAT model.

About Christene Lozano, M.S., LMFT, CSAT-C

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist / Mandala Program Director, Lic # 96658
Ph: (562) 356-8686 Ext. 702; Email: christene@sanorecovery.com

Christene Lozano, M.S.

Christene Lozano is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at Sano Center for Recovery in Long Beach, CA and California Center for Healing in Pasadena, CA. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Services with an emphasis in mental health from California State University, Fullerton and her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwestern University. She specializes in working with individuals and couples on issues related to healthy sexuality and intimacy. She has extensive experience working with individuals struggling with sex/porn addiction, partners of addicts, and trauma survivors. Christene is an IITAP Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Candidate.

In addition to her work with individuals and couples, Christene is the director for Sano Center’s Mandala Program, an Intensive Outpatient Program for sex and love addiction. She is an instructor for a Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention course and has facilitated intensive workshops for sexual compulsivity and addiction, as well as intensive workshops for couples in recovery. Christene facilitates a weekly men’s group at Sano Center, and she is currently forming two groups at California Center for Healing – a men’s sex addiction recovery group and a group for partners of sex addicts. Please contact Christene for group details.

Christene understands that seeking therapy can be a scary decision. Many avoid it due to common misconceptions, such as it is only for "sick" people or for those in crisis. In fact, people come to counseling for many different reasons and may feel nervous about the process. Asking for help can be overwhelming, and it takes courage to reach out for support. Christene provides a safe space for your growth. Considering that each client is unique, she modifies therapy to fit your needs. While Christene brings compassion to her work, she will also challenge you in order to support your therapeutic goals. Christene looks forward to being of support in your journey to a healthier, more fulfilling life.

If you are interested in individual, couple, or group support, Christene can be best reached via email at christenelozano@gmail.com

"In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety." - Abraham Maslow.

Additional clinical practice: Meraki Counseling Center & California Center for Healing

About Molly Papp, MPH, M.S., LMFT , ASAT

Ph: (562) 356-8686 Ext. 705; Email: molly@sanorecovery.com | www.mollypapp.com | Molly Papp's Blog, Lic # 88196

Molly is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in treating sex addiction and is experienced in treating substance abuse, alcoholism, and food addiction as well. She holds two Master Level degrees, achieving a Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling from CSU Dominguez Hills and a Masters of Public Health from the Institute of Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.

In Molly's Own Words:

Do you ever feel like there are problems in your life that you just cannot seem to solve, no matter how hard you try? Do you need someone to talk to, listen, and provide guidance and empathy? Perhaps then I would be a good fit for you. I work to help people who are in pain, stuck, and who are struggling. I have experience with treating depression, anxiety and addiction (substance abuse, sex, food). It takes courage to reach out for help and I truly admire that.

I specialize in treating children, couples, and adults. I have specialized training in treating process addictions (such as food, sex) and substance abuse (alcohol, drugs). My goal in working with any client is not to just help heal current problems, but get to the core cause so lasting change can occur.

About Joey Pham, MA, LMFT

Ph: (562) 356-8686 Ext. 708; Email: joey@sanorecovery.com, Lic # 101170

In Joey's Own Words:

Joey Pham"At times, life provides us with the opportunities that enable us to grow stronger and accomplish. However, sometimes, it also presents itself in the form of challenges. These life events can take a toll on our psyche and leave us feeling hopeless, unmotivated, uninspired, lost, and stuck. I am passionate and confident in my ability to make a difference in the life of my clients. Having been through many tough patches myself, I understand well the importance of regaining one's sense of purpose, strengths, values, supports, and goals. I have experiences working with both children and adults using individual and family therapy modalities.

I have dealt with a broad range of concerns including adjusting to foster care, anhedonia, child abuse, family discord, identity crisis, suicidal ideation, trauma and chronic illnesses such as Bipolar, Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, and other Psychotic Disorders. My faith-based training and existential perspective allowed me to see each as unique and capable.

I see my clients as partners who work together through a positive and strength-based approach. My intervention modalities include cognitive behavioral, trauma-focused, EMDR, family systems, interpersonal, solution-focused, and emotion-focused."

About Maria Cappetta, MA, CSAT-C, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Ph: (562) 356-8686 Ext. 707; Email: maria@sanorecovery.com, IMF # 94535, Supervised by Darrin Ford MA, LMFT, CSAT, Lic # 53733

In Maria's Own Words:

Maria Cappetta"Are you struggling with personal issues or experiencing a loss of communication in your romantic relationship? Are you feeling hopeless or need a jumpstart? As a person whom has had to endure many hurdles myself, I know that life can be difficult. However, perspective is everything. I work alongside my clients to cultivate authenticity, insight, and compassion in order to empower them to grow through whatever challenges they are facing. Using a supportive strength-based approach, I will help you improve your life in a safe confidential setting. If you are ready to live a more empowering, inspired life, I can help you. Make the call."


About Jonathan Lucero, MA, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Ph: (562) 356-8686 Ext. 706; Email: jonathan@sanorecovery.com, IMF # 80963. Supervised by Christy Cosper, M.A., LMFT, CSAT, Lic # 50688

Jonathan is a pre-licensed marriage and family therapist, IMF 94089 supervised by Christy Cosper, LMFT #50688. Jonathan has an interest in treating individuals, couples and groups who struggle with porn, sex and love addictions. He holds two Masters Level degrees, one in Masters of Science in Counseling from CSU Fullerton and a Masters in Education from the University of San Francisco.

In Jonathan's Own Words:

Jonathan Lucero"Are you feeling in despair? Hopeless? Out of control? Sometimes we encounter life’s challenges and can be lost in what to do. Life does not come with an instruction manual and that may be the hard part. But reaching out for help and connecting with others in your time of need is the first step towards healing. I want to acknowledge the strength it took for you to reach out and seek help. By you coming in, we can work together to understand what troubles you and help you reach a path towards healthier living, both inside and out.

I have experience working with adults using individual, couples, and family therapy methods, and I work alongside my clients to develop insight and understanding to help empower themselves to grow and make the changes they want to make in their lives."

About Maia Kiley, MA, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Ph: (562) 356-8686 Ext. 711; Email: maia@sanorecovery.com, IMF # 99631. Supervised by Christy Cosper, M.A., LMFT, CSAT, Lic # 50688

Jenni McCullum

Maia works with individuals and couples in the Santa Monica office. Approaching issues with curiosity and care, she establishes a safe space. She received her masters in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Maia specializes in addressing relationship addiction, co-dependency, sexual, and emotional trauma. She has experience working with sexual assault, childhood abuse, and intimate partner violence.

Maia uses somatic therapies, mindfulness, and Emotionally Focused Therapy strategies. Her approach is solution-focused, relational, and experiential. In addition, she is certified in Ecotherapy and supports clients in connecting more deeply to themselves and nature.

In Maia's Own Words:

"It’s a huge step to reach out for support when we are often taught to rely on ourselves. I enjoy working collaboratively with people to change patterns and narratives that no longer serve them."

About Jeff De La Cruz, MS, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Ph: (562) 356-8686 Ext. 710; Email: jeff@sanorecovery.com, License # 98649

In Jeff's Own Words:

"Have you participated in physical or emotional affairs during your relationship? Have you found yourself lying in your relationship even when you have nothing to hide? Do you worry that you will never be forgiven? If so, your relationship may be suffering from serious trust issues that could destroy it if not treated. Counseling is a neutral place for healing and forgiveness. It can be such a hopeless feeling to think that you will never be able to rebuild trust with your partner. I’m here to tell you that you can through understanding how these symptoms are embedded in your relationship and learning strategies to not only change dysfunctional patterns but protect your relationships in the future. I work with both individuals and couples struggling with trust and infidelity in their relationship to help them find hope again and begin working toward a stronger future."

About Mayra Iniguez, MA, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Ph: (562) 356-8686 Ext. 712; Email: mayra@sanorecovery.com, License # 81952. Supervised by Christy Cosper, M.A., LMFT, CSAT, Lic # 50688

In Mayra's Own Words:

"When life becomes unbearable and unmanageable due to addictions, trauma, compulsivity, elevated anxiety and depressive symptoms and we might believe there is something inherently wrong with us forgetting that we can and have the power to change our situation and circumstances. At times we try numerous times to alleviate our symptoms, but it seems that the harder we try nothing seems to work. Asking for help sometimes is perceived as a sign of weakness, but I would prefer seeing it as having the guidance and support we need to lead us in the right path and ultimately heal what has let to the manifestation of the current circumstances. My goal is not to just treat the symptoms, but rather get to the underlying root cause that triggered them. Sometimes when we only heal the symptoms, progress can be temporary before relapsing again.

I have worked with individuals of various cultures, socioeconomic status, ages, and challenges. It is my belief that everyone has their unique set of personal struggles, yet we are all meant to live a happy, healthy, peaceful, and fulfilling life. My intent is to help you align your mind, body and spirit in complete harmony because you deserve it!"

About Melissa Klass, MA, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Ph: (562) 356-8686 Ext. 713; Email: melissa@sanorecovery.com, License # 99675. Supervised by Christy Cosper, M.A., LMFT, CSAT, Lic # 50688

In Melissa's Own Words:

"We already have something in common! We both want you to thrive, to be successful, and to live a balanced and rewarding life. I see the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative one, in which we guide each other through a process of change, growth, healing and integration. I will guide you on your journey, utilizing a variety of modalities, identifying which approach will best serve you. Whether immediate relief is needed or a deeper exploration, I am prepared to work alongside you. Initiating psychotherapy can be a big step, but I am looking forward to walking with you on your journey."

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