Long Beach Location

6272 E. Pacific Coast HWY Suite D. Long Beach, CA 90803. 562-356-8686

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

Sex Addiction Therapist 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 Joey Pham, MA, LMFT

Ph: (562) 356-8686 Ext. 708; Email: joey@sanorecovery.com, Lic # MFC101170

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 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 marriage and family therapist intern“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.”

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  • 20+ Years of Experience