West Los Angeles Office

2001 Barrington Ave. Suite 312. Los Angeles, CA 90025. 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

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 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 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

Maia Kiley

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.”

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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:

Melissa- Sex addiction therapist “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.”

Why Choose Us

  • Sex and Love Addiction Specialist
  • Small & Intimate Treatment Centers
  • Personalized Treatment Plans
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Highly trained, compassionate therapists
  • 20+ Years of Experience