Helping You Rediscover Your Purpose In Recovery
Michael Nolan, CADC-II, ICADC
Michael’s passion for service began when he was in his early 20’s. Michael went to treatment at The Sequoia Center on August 8, 2007. Michael had been to other addiction treatment centers, but did not find true healing until he began working with Dr. Barry Rosen and The Sequoia Center. Michael has maintained continuous sobriety since August 8, 2007. Michael did the majority of his recovery work through Alcoholics Anonymous. Michael completed the 12 steps through Alcoholics Anonymous and also recognizes that recovery comes in many forms. Michael attended the Landmark Forum in San Jose, has an active meditation practice, and continues to explore new avenues for spiritual growth. Michael’s work has been inspired by such pioneers in the addiction treatment field as Dr. Barry Rosen, as well as the works of John Bradshaw, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Pia Mellody, Brene Brown, Charles Whitfield, and Eckhart Tolle.
Michael completed Bethany University’s Addiction Studies program in 2010 and became a CADC-II in 2012 (certification number A011980315). Michael feels blessed and grateful to have found such an exceptional partner in Greg Vorst. Michael firmly believes the pursuit of recovery offers a greater sense of life-fulfillment, purpose, joy, gratitude and peace.
Greg Vorst, LMFT
Greg is versed in several therapeutic approaches including DBT, family systems, CBT, inner child work, depth, gestalt, and mindfulness-based relapse prevention. In addition to his work as a therapist, he’s s a skilled practitioner and instructor of Sundo, a Korean, Taoist form of yoga, breath work, and meditation. In his own words… “I am deeply passionate about assisting clients in the transformative work of recovery. While I fully enjoy therapeutic process itself there is probably nothing more rewarding than to see clients achieve their goals.”
Richard Cicinelli, M.D.
Hyunmoon Kim, Ph.D.
Dr. Kim has taught such courses as the psychology of Carl Jung, Humanistic Psychology, Integral Counseling, Comparison Study of Eastern Thoughts: Hinduism/Budhism/Taoism, Reading and Comprehension of Tao Te Ching, Mind-Body Therapy, Meditation and Brain Science, as well as Meditation and Psychotherapy.
Dr. Kim holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Hartford, an M. Ed in Integrated Education from Cambridge College, and a Ph.D. of Philosophy in Psychology from Saybrook University. He retired as full-time faculty in 2018 and still serves as a Guiding Professor for the department that he founded at Hanseo University.
In addition to his extensive academic background, Dr. Kim is also one of twelve Sundo Masters sanctioned by Taoist Hermit Be-kyung and has been teaching since 1980 in North America, South East Asia, and Europe. He is also the founder and a President of the International Sundo Association, a US federal 503(C)(3) tax-exempt, educational non-profit organization.
Teaching the potential for human development and consciousness, Dr. Kim makes authentic Sundo practice readily accessible to people and in an effort to improve the quality of their lives.
Allen Berger, Ph.D.
He wrote Hazelden’s popular recovery mainstay 12 Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery (2008) as well as 12 Smart Things to do When the Booze and Drugs are Gone (2010), 12 Hidden Rewards of Making Amends (2013) and 12 More Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery (2016). His first book, Love Secrets-Revealed (2006), was dedicated to Dr. Walter Kempler, his dear friend and mentor.
Dr. Berger is widely known for his work on several areas of recovery, including the integration of modern psychotherapy with the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, understanding the psychological forces operating in the 12 Steps, and Emotional Sobriety. He is also an expert at helping new patients understand the benefits of group therapy and how to get the most out of it and helping families adjust to the challenges of recovery.
Brianne Smith, LMFT
Brianne began her personal journey of healing after hitting her bottom in a lifelong battle with addictions. She found refuge in sobriety from substance use in October 2015. Her recovery is rooted in 12-step programs and has deepened to focus on emotional sobriety, inner child reunification, and the roots of family dysfunction. Her own transformation inspires her work with clients. Brianne believes in the interconnection between mind, body and spirit and in the restorative powers of the natural world. She draws upon an array of energies to support growth including spirituality, movement, art, psychotherapy, meditation, nutrition, human community and connection with more-than-human beings. Her definitions of sobriety, health and recovery are ever evolving and she supports each person’s unique path to discovery. Brianne is grateful and ecstatic to be working alongside like-minded individuals in the Embodied Recovery community.
Nick Stavrides, RADT
In addition to being a graduate himself of the Embodied Recovery program, Nick is a certified HeartMath Practitioner and a Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician. Nick is also currently working toward attaining his CADAC I certification.
Nick is inspired by the newfound vitality that recovery has afforded him. He’s motivated by the hope to be free from not only addiction, but also from the emotional turmoil that plagued him and the opportunities to help others with similar struggles. Nick believes that addiction, if confronted and realized, can be the gateway toward a happier healthier life.
CA certified massage therapist # 70318
In her work as a bodyworker, Inna’s passion is to provide a space within which the client’s physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual dimensions can become one again, and inform the multilayered healing process. She loves witnessing her clients regain a healthy and relaxed nervous system, as well as their own sense of empowerment. Inna has developed a specialty in recovery from emotional trauma, particularly sexual abuse. As part of her pro-bono work, she has had the honor and joy to share her healing work in Kolkata, India with survivors of sex trafficking, as well as in Santa Cruz's Walnut Avenue Women's center.
Inna is also a trained facilitator of healing through creativity, having studied and worked with some of the pioneers in this field, including Michael Samuels MD, Mary Rockwood Lane Phd, and Jill Sonke MA. Her work at Embodied Recovery center included running a 12-week program where clients are supported in reconnecting to creativity as a healing force in their lives.
Inna’s presence and work are also deeply rooted in her daily practice of self-cultivation, a committed spiritual path, and a devotion to service. She is a firm believer that a healer can only help one go as far as they themselves have gone... So hiking, dancing, receiving bodywork, practicing Sundo, and regular introspection and connection with Spirit are essential daily parts to her life. In her healing work she draws on all those experiences, and, most importantly, on the innate healing ability of the people she works with.
Philips Patton, L.Ac
he’ll be offering a weekly group acupuncture session, focusing mainly on specific points on the ear that have been proven through decades of research to aid with recovery from addiction, soothe cravings, calm the mind and release it from mental loops, process emotions, reduce anxiety, induce a parasympathetic response in the nervous system, release endorphins and ease depression, remove pain, support the liver and kidney, and much more.
For those who don’t need the intensity of acupuncture needles, he’ll also have ear magnets available, and a soothing herbal tea will be served.
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