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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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.”
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.
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.”