Patrick J. Carnes, PhD, CAS, is the best-known sexual addiction expert in the country and is the leading proponent of the viewpoint that some sexual behavior can be classified as an addiction. An expert in all addictions, he is the founder of the therapist-training International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals in Arizona, of Gentle Path Press and of the 12-step-based Twelve Principles Online Recovery program. Dr. Carnes also created the Gentle Path Program, a residential treatment for sexual addiction, and founded the Sexual Disorder Services at The Meadows treatment center in Phoenix based on the program. He also founded the American Foundation for Addiction Research which undertakes scientific research into - and promotes public understanding of - addiction disorders and medicine in areas such as neuroscience, brain chemistry, chemical and process addictions, family systems, and trauma.
A much sought-after speaker after 30 years in the sexual addiction treatment field, Dr. Carnes acknowledgments include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health, which now gives an annual "Carnes Award" to researchers and clinicians who have made exceptional contributions to the field of sexual health. His numerous writings include the following books: Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction; Don’t Call It Love; Contrary to Love: Helping the Sexual Addict; Recovery Zone, Volume I , and A House Interrupted.
Tessie Castillo is the Advocacy and Communications Coordinator at the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, a leading public health and drug policy reform organization in the U.S. South. She works, writes, and presents on harm reduction, overdose prevention and response, 911 Good Samaritan laws, naloxone, syringe access, HIV, hepatitis C transmission, the drug war, and policy reform.
As an overdose prevention advocate, Tessie was instrumental in the passage of the first combination 911 Good Samaritan and Naloxone Access law in the South and in implementing the first peer-based naloxone distribution program in the region. She speaks at a variety of venues, including national drug policy conferences, incarceration facilities, drug treatment centers, and law enforcement agencies. She is also a health and law columnist and blogs on drug policy for the Huffington Post.
Lance Dodes, MD, is a Training and Supervising Analyst Emeritus with the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and was assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (retired). He has been Director of the substance abuse treatment unit of Harvard’s McLean Hospital, Director of the alcoholism treatment unit at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (now part of Massachusetts General Hospital) and Director of the Boston Center for Problem Gambling. He annually chairs the discussion group “The Psychology of Addiction” at the fall meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association.
Dr. Dodes’ books, The Heart of Addiction (HarperCollins, 2002), Breaking Addiction: A 7-Step Handbook for Ending Any Addiction (HarperCollins, 2011) and The Sober Truth (Beacon Press, 2014) have been described as revolutionary advances in understanding how addictions work. He is also the author or co-author of a number of journal articles and book chapters about addiction.
Dr. Dodes has been honored by the Division on Addictions at Harvard Medical School for Distinguished Contribution to the study and treatment of addictive behavior, and has been elected a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. He has been invited to speak about the treatment of addiction at symposia around the country. He now lives in Southern California.
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Brian Donohue, MA in clinical psychology, with a degree from Long Island University,has worked in private practice as a therapist with a loosely Jungian perspective. "So: who am I? Like you, a work in progress; a cosmic experiment; undefined. But for those who prefer more conventional handles upon identity, here is a list of some things I do, practice, love, and occasionally know:
"Psychotherapeutic Counselor: I have worked with depressed people, anxious people, and people undergoing major life changes, challenges, and crises. My approach is to open a safe space in which clients can freely explore and separate from the addictive and co-dependent aspects of modern culture, through the dispersion of self-images, emotional dogma, and institutional affiliation.
"Meditation teacher: I have worked with individuals and groups; and written a good deal on this broadly-misunderstood practice. Here is an introduction... "I Ching advisor and counselor. I’ve worked for decades with the 5,000 year old Chinese oracle and have studied with Carol Anthony and Hanna Moog of the I Ching Institute. A brief summary of how I approach the I Ching.
"Wordsmith: Editor of two print books and an abundance of online and corporate content. Author of four books, two currently in print, including The Tao of Potter."
Mr. Donohue lives in Albany, NY. He can be reached at (718) 554-7320 or (518) 253-6594.
Janice Dorn, MD, PhD, specializes in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and addiction medicine. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (General Psychiatry), the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
She holds a PHD in Anatomy, and has done extensive research and teaching in brain anatomy and physiology.
For a number of years, Dr. Dorn has dedicated her efforts to trading and coaching in the financial markets, with focus on the futures markets. She has written more than a thousand papers on trading psychology, with emphasis on behavioral finance and trading addiction. Her expertise is in how the brain makes decisions about money under conditions of uncertainty. She served in the position of Global Risk Strategist for Ingenieux Wealth Systems in Sydney, Australia and her work has appeared on many financial websites, including CNBC, Minyanville and Financial Sense. She has also made numerous live speaking, radio, and webinar presentations. Her first book, Personal Responsibility: The Power of You, was published in 2008. Her second book, Mind, Money and Markets, with co-author Dave Harder, is scheduled for publication in the fall.
Doreen Maller, MFT, PhD, began her practice in community mental health with a specialty in high-risk children and their families, including numerous families coping with addiction issues. She has a private practice as a marriage and family therapist in San Mateo, Calif., and is a core faculty member of the Holistic Counseling Psychology program at John F. Kennedy University. She holds a PhD in Transformative Learning and Change and a Master’s In Expressive Arts Counseling Psychology, both from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Dr. Maller has contributed to several books about feminism and youth violence / juvenile justice reform, and is the series editor of the three-volume Praeger Handbook of Community Mental Health Practice, which explores the complexity of mental health service provision domestically and globally.
Read The Fix interview, “The Holistic Solution to Addiction and Emotional Upset” in which Dr. Maller shares her innovative approach to treating families challenged by addiction or trauma. Visit her website at www.doreenmaller.com
Rita Milios, LCSW, is a psychotherapist, the author of more than 30 books and, for nearly 30 years, a frequent professional lecturer and on-camera expert. In addition to her private psychotherapy practice, she facilitates workshops and training for clinicians, therapists, writers, holistic practitioners, businesses, and associations. Known as "The Mind Mentor" because of her unique approach to “mind tools training,” her career has focused on helping people achieve personal, career and spiritual transformation, life balance, and intuitive development. As a clinician, she deploys an eclectic set of therapeutic tools that evolved from more than 30 years of research and teaching about the subconscious mind and how it works. She reinforces her psychotherapy practice with insights and practices from ancient wisdom traditions, toward a goal of rapid and measurable positive results.
Mrs. Milios’ speaking engagements mostly relate to her book topics and include: Tools for Transformation, Dream Journal, Intuition Log Book, Discovering Positive Thinking, and other mind-related titles. She has also created books and test assessment materials for the K-12 education market, including Imagi-Size, a workbook of student creativity and self-esteem exercises; and she was the creative consultant to and writer for a series of workbooks developed by psychologists to aid children in developing social skills. She is also a provider of CEU credits for Florida social workers and counselors. Her awards and recognitions include listings in Who’s Who in Professional Business Women, Who’s Who in the Midwest, and Something About the Author. She lives near Tampa Bay.
Some of her articles, book excerpts and blog postings are at RitaMilios.linktoexpert.com. Occasional blog postings are also available at www.mindmentor.blogspot.com. Additional articles are online at a variety of websites, including the Depression Medicine Website, Entrepreneur.com, Self-Empowerment Quarterly and others. Find her on her Facebook and LinkedIn pages.
Larissa Mooney, MD, is a board certified addiction psychiatrist with expertise in the treatment of substance use disorders and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at University of California, Los Angeles, and Director of UCLA’s Addiction Medicine Clinic, where she supervises and teaches psychiatrists-in-training, doing so both in inpatient and outpatient settings. After obtaining residency training at New York University, she completed a fellowship in addiction psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in 2006.
Dr. Mooney is active in the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP), where she serves on the Executive Board of Directors. She conducts research on treatment interventions for addictive disorders at UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, and she has developed community training events to enhance understanding of substance abuse and concomitant psychiatric illness among mental health clinicians. Her interests include development of psychopharmacological and integrated treatments for addiction and advancement of substance abuse training for health care professionals. See her website at www.LarissaMooneyMD.com
John C. Norcross, PhD, author of the critically acclaimed book Changeology as well as more than 400 scholarly publications, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Scranton and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He is a board-certified clinical psychologist, and an internationally recognized authority on behavior change and psychotherapy. He has co-written or edited 20 books, most of them in multiple editions.
Dr. Norcross has served as president of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division of Clinical Psychology, the APA Division of Psychotherapy, and the International Society of Clinical Psychology. His awards include APA’s Distinguished Career Contributions to Education & Training Award, Pennsylvania Professor of the Year from the Carnegie Foundation, and election to the National Academies of Practice. His work has been featured in hundreds of media interviews, and he has appeared multiple times on national television shows, such as the Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, and Good Morning America.
Harold Owens. For the past 15 years Mr. Owens has been the Senior Director of the MusiCares/MAP FUND, the charity arm of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (the GRAMMY organization). He is responsible for the implementation of all aspects of MusiCares addiction recovery program for artists, including treatment services, case management, and provider contracts. Before that he worked for three years in the field of chemical dependency as the Program Director of The Exodus Recovery Center, at one time the largest behavioral health and chemical dependency treatment program on the West Coast
Harold is a frequent moderator and panelist at many national music industry conferences, where he addresses the challenges of addiction in the music and entertainment industries. In 2001 and in 2006, he received a Certificate of Commendation respectively from Los Angeles Mayors James Hahn and Antonio Villaraigosa for Outstanding Service in the Field of Addiction Recovery. He resides in Los Angeles. He can be reached at email@example.com
Stanton Peele, PhD, is a psychologist (PhD, University of Michigan), attorney (JD, Rutgers University) and renowned innovator in the field of addiction, beginning with his breakthrough 1975 book, Love and Addiction (written with Archie Brodsky). He also created his own rehab program, The Life Process Program, now available online for individual substance abusers.
In Love and Addiction he presented the case that addiction is neither a disease nor a side effect of drugs; rather it is a way people relate to the world through their immersion in any powerful experience or involvement. As Wikipedia puts it: “He does not view addictions as medical problems but as ‘problems of life’ that most people overcome.” In the 40 years since this game-changing work, Dr. Peele has been researching, treating, and writing about addiction, including 11 other books, hundreds of articles and many hundreds of blog posts. He also lectures around the world. His achievement awards have come from such diverse sources as The Fix, the Drug Policy Alliance, and the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies. The American Psychiatric Association belatedly, if timidly, recognized “behavioral addictions” in DSM-5 (released in 2013).
Dr. Peele’s latest book (written with Ilse Thompson), Recover! Stop Thinking Like an Addict, details his mindfulness approach to self-cure for addictions. Along with articulating Dr. Peele's insight that addiction is an outgrowth of ordinary human experience, the book argues that (a) total abstinence isn't an absolute necessity for recovery, (b) people tend towards recovery as they mature whether or not they receive treatment, (c) 12-step spiritual and neurochemical disease treatments don't identify and attack the basic life sources and solutions for addiction. His work thus continues to be controversial, stimulating, and challenging to the status quo. Visit his site at www.peele.net and follow his Facebook and Twitter. He is based in New York.
Stacey Rosenfeld, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in helping people develop healthier relationships with food and their bodies. She also works with substance use issues, anxiety and mood disorders, and relationship difficulties, and is interested in the psychological aspects of infertility. She has lectured around the country on her “Lose the Diet. Love Your Body. Eat in Peace” philosophy, and is a frequent resource for the media.
A certified group psychotherapist, Dr. Rosenfeld has worked at treatment centers and universities around the U.S., including at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City and at UCLA in Los Angeles. She is active in the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, where she founded and chairs the Eating Disorder Special Interest Group and is a member of three major eating disorder associations. She is also certified as a personal trainer and indoor cycling instructor and previously served as the chief psychologist of the New York City Triathlon. She lives and practices in Southern CA, and is also licensed to practice in NY.
Her book Does Every Woman Have An Eating Disorder? Challenging Our Nation’s Fixation with Food and Weight, was inspired by her acclaimed blog Does Every Woman Have an Eating Disorder?, named on Healthline’s list of Best Eating Disorder Blogs, and on Eating Disorder Hope’s list of Top Eating Disorder Blogs.
G Jay Westbrook, M.S-Gerontology., R.N, is a multiple award-winning clinician (Nurse of the Year), Visiting Faculty Scholar at Harvard Medical School, speaker and author who specializes in End-of-Life care and education and in Grief Recovery©. After years of seeing people dying prematurely from the diseases of substance abuse, Jay also became a clinician in the recovery field. He has both consulted to and served as a clinician in multiple treatment centers, guiding clients through their grief, and working with them and their families on healing broken relationships. His lectures to physicians and nurses include trainings in When Your Patient is a Substance Abuser: Currently or Historically.
Mr. Westbrook has also worked bedside with the dying and the grieving for 25 years, and trains physicians, nurses, therapists, and chaplains across the country in the constellation of clinical issues surrounding End-of-Life and in the art of being with the dying and healing the grieving.
Coming from a background of sexual and physical abuse, poverty, and prison to a life of service, abundance, and freedom, Mr. Westbrook presents powerfully as "a Wounded Healer," as he puts it, his themes being hope and transformation, suffering and forgiveness. A partial list of organizations for which he has been an educator includes Alzheimer’s Association, City of Hope Cancer Center, Multiple L.A. schools of nursing, St. Jude Medical Center, USC School of Social Work, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S.A.F., Keesler AFB Medical Center, USC Keck School of Medicine, and Veteran’s Administration medical centers
Jay wrote the chapter on “Death and Dying” for an academic book on spirituality, Essential Spirit, to be released in January, 2015, and is working on two books of his own. While his website is being remodeled, he can be reached at CompassionateJourney@hotmail.com.