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
“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.”
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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.
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In Joey’s own words
“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.”
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!”
Rachel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked as an individual and couples psychotherapist in community mental health for the past 5 years. She is a certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and Reiki practitioner, and specializes in utilizing trauma informed evidenced based practices to help individuals and couples heal and bring expansion and growth to their lives. Rachel also strongly believes in the integrative connection between mind and body as well as using complementary and alternatives medicine practices including food/nutrition, exercise, and supplementation to bolster and empower the healing process.
Brad is an Associate Clinical Social Worker and has worked in the mental health and addictions field for past 7 years. Brad has experience working with substance abuse, life transitions, homelessness, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, as well as sex addiction. Brad believes in the importance of meeting his clients where they are at and developing an understanding of each client’s root of their addiction. While cultivating this insight Brad seeks to “Creating positive change in one’s life is easier said than done. Frequently we understand intellectually what must be done, but taking that step can appear to be the most difficult part of the journey. I am honored to bear witness to individuals taking this courageous step forward.”
Bailey Hall is experienced in office administration and has served in both assistant and leadership roles. Formerly the founder of a non-profit, community organizer, and teacher, Bailey has enjoyed serving a multitude of businesses and organizations in her hometown of Santa Maria, California, as well as Los Angeles. She is a certified yoga instructor and trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Bailey is also an undergraduate psychology student at Arizona State University. She expects to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in Spring 2021, and will then move forward with graduate studies to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. As an administrative assistant and client support specialist, it is Bailey’s goal to streamline the logistical process and paperwork minutia so that clients may focus on getting well.
Josie Myles empowers couples and individuals to overcome personal obstacles to improve their relationships. Using clinically tested and evidenced-based interventions, she has worked with children, adults, couples and families since 2008. Josie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and earned her Master’s of Science degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling with emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy, from California State University Northridge. Because research shows that unhealthy relationships can cause both emotional and physical stress, whereas healthy relationships can enhance and improve overall well-being, Josie offers relationship counseling, Trauma Informed Care, and individual counseling for anxiety, depression and relationship issues. She is a proud member of CAMFT.
Kevin is a pre-licensed Clinical Social Worker, ASW 82288 supervised by Christy Cosper, LMFT #50688, as well as a CADC-II. Kevin worked in chemical dependency treatment for 6 years prior to moving to California. Since moving to Long Beach he has worked at Sano Recovery since May 2018 doing individual therapy, and a Men’s Sex Addiction Process Group in West LA. His therapeutic style is engaging and directive. His degrees include an Associate’s in Chemical Dependency Counseling, a Bachelors in Social Work, and he received his Master’s in Social Work from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY.
“With a tumultuous past of personal struggles, I learned at a very young age the complexities and barriers one might face battling addiction. With a patient and empathic approach, I pride myself on being able to reach individuals on a deep and meaningful level. I believe that perspective shifts reality, and if you can view the treatment in a different light and perhaps think outside the box with the help of a trusted therapist, you are much more likely to have a successful recovery, even in the wake of repeated failed treatments. Treatment isn’t necessarily always about trying harder, but about trying something different.”
Gillian Bieler is a licensed clinical social worker whose clinical focus is working with individuals challenged by complex dual diagnoses. Gillian holds her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. In the last 8 years, Gillian has worked as a group facilitator at various treatment centers in the Los Angeles area running groups on everything from Healthy Relationships to relapse prevention. She has also worked for many years as a recovery coach focusing on chemical dependence and sex addiction.