Staff

The expert staff at Clearview Treatment Programs will provide you the support and structure you need to recover from your drug or alcohol addiction or psychiatric disorder, including personality, mood, anxiety, or trauma-related disorders. Our team of professionals is expertly trained in evidence-based therapies, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), to ensure that you get the most innovative and effective treatment available.

Whether you are struggling with a psychiatric disorder, dual diagnosis, or an addiction on its own, Clearview’s treatment team will work with you to give you the individualized treatment you need to make a full recovery.

Find out more about our staff’s expertise below:

Founder and Executive Director
Michael Roy, MSW, LCSW

Administrative Staff
Administrative Director, Emily Cohen
Communications Director, Leslie Davis, JD
Intake Manager, Glenn Seidenfeld
Intake Coordinator, Jennifer Maland, MA
Office Manager, Jennifer Kaluhiokalani Sandomeno
Clearview Mascot, Brutus

Clinical Staff
Clinical Director of the Center for Borderline Personality and Emotional Disorders and DBT Therapist, Alina Gorgorian, Ph.D.
Clinical Director of the Center for Psychiatric Disorders and Addictions, Amanda D. Smith, Psy.D.
Outpatient Manager and Program Therapist, Hank Olwell, MA, MFT, CATC
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator, Nicole Riddle, Psy.D.
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator, Nicole A. Zaha, Psy.D.
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator, Chelsea Cawood, Ph.D.
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator, Diana Ali, Ph.D.
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator, Sarahi Gutierrez, MSW
Program Therapist, Claudia de Garmo, MA, MFT
Program Therapist, Chris Lapin, MA, MFTi
Program Therapist, Lindsay Mauro, MA, MFT
Program Therapist, Tara Sindler, MA, CADC-II, SEP
Trauma Therapist, Susan Swanson, Ph.D., LCSW
Program Dietitian, Stefanie Boone, MS, RD
Mindfulness Group Facilitator, Robin A. Hubert, MFT
Yoga Instructor and Ayurvedic Specialist, Eleni Tsikrikas
Art Therapist, Marlene Frantz, MFT
Life Coach, Linda Landon, ACC
Program Consultant, Margaret Fetting, Ph.D., LCSW

Independent Medical Affiliates
Psychiatrist, John Kelleher, MD
Psychiatrist, Kotra Ajir, MD
Psychiatrist, Cory Campbell, MD, Ph.D.
Independent Detox Specialist, Robert Waldman, MD
DBT Trainer and Program Consultant, Charlie Swenson, MD

Clinical Outreach Staff
Clinical Outreach Manager, Kim Cartwright, MBA
Clinical Outreach Coordinator, Veronica Beeler

FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

MICHAEL ROY, MSW, LCSW
Founder and Executive Director
Michael Roy, LCSW, received his Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Southern California (USC) and has 20 years of administrative, clinical, and management experience in mental health, dual diagnosis, and addiction treatment. Michael is a nationally recognized expert on dual diagnosis treatment and has special expertise in Borderline Personality Disorder treatment for women.

Michael has completed numerous evidence-based trainings, including the 10-day intensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) training through Behavioral Tech, Marsha Linehan’s training institute, and the advanced course Doing DBT to Adherence and with Competence through Treatment Implementation Collaborative. He has also completed two three-day intensive trainings in Mentalization-based Therapy (MBT), an evidence-based treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder, through Dr. Peter Fonagy and Dr. Anthony Bateman, the originators of MBT. Michael was also trained to become a National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD) Family Connections leader.

From 1990 to 1997, Michael worked as a clinician, administrator, educator, and assistant program director for Gateways Beit T’Shuvah, a nationally known residential dual diagnosis and drug and alcohol treatment center. In this capacity, he was responsible for all aspects of the program and supervised the clinical and administrative staff. He provided group and individual counseling, and created and facilitated an aftercare program.

From 1996 to 1998, Michael worked as a psychotherapist at the Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills and St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, providing clinical services to adults, adolescents, children, and families. He performed individual, couples, and family therapy with clients from diverse backgrounds suffering from a wide range of mood, anxiety, and personality disorders.

During 1998, Michael worked with the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration, where he co-supervised treatment for a 150-bed treatment facility for mentally ill and drug-addicted homeless veterans. He supervised the case management team, a 24-bed social model detox unit, and a 24-bed Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Program.

From 1999 to 2000, Michael worked at Promises Treatment Centers, a nationally recognized chemical dependency treatment program. As program director, Michael oversaw all aspects of the clinical program, supervised numerous clinical and administrative staff, and oversaw three sober living homes.

Michael has also worked in private practice, providing psychotherapy to clients with personality disorders, dual diagnosis, trauma-related disorders, codependency issues, sexual addiction, and psychiatric disorders.

In 2000, Michael founded Clearview Treatment Programs, a comprehensive mental health and dual diagnosis treatment center, and the first of its kind in Southern California and Los Angeles. Clearview Treatment Programs provides a broad array of programs and is nationally recognized as a leader in the treatment of psychiatric disorders and dual diagnosis treatment.

Michael also founded Clearview Women’s Center for Borderline Personality and Emotional Disorders in 2008, the first residential treatment center for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) on the West Coast. Clearview offers one of the most comprehensive continuums of care available, including residential treatment, day treatment, intensive outpatient, outpatient treatment, and transitional living programs.

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ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

EMILY COHEN
Administrative Director
Emily Cohen began her employment as administrative director of Clearview in 2006. She has more than 13 years of recovery experience. After majoring in sociology at The Evergreen State College in Washington, Emily pursued counseling and non-profit administration for local mental health and drug treatment facilities.

From 1997 to 2001, Emily worked for a social service employment agency, where she honed her administrative and human resources skills, placing social workers and therapists in hospitals and various clinical settings. For the next five years, Emily worked in a law firm as a paralegal, assisting a team of lawyers with various legal tasks.

As administrative director at Clearview, Emily compassionately assists clients and families with the stressful task of making financial arrangements for treatment and helps answer questions about insurance reimbursement. Emily helps to ensure that new staff meet employment qualifications and that they understand client rights.

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LESLIE DAVIS, JD
Communications Director
Leslie Davis received her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis School of Law, with a focus on public interest law, and is a member of the Washington State Bar Association. She completed her undergraduate work at Emerson College in Boston, where she graduated with a degree in print journalism.

Leslie has extensive experience managing and writing for trade publications, websites, newsletters, blogs, and journals. She previously did Internet marketing for CRC Health Group, where she became knowledgeable about issues related to addiction and mental health. She is also currently communications director for The StepFamily Center in Beverly Hills.

At Clearview, Leslie manages Clearview’s various websites and blogs. She also oversees Clearview’s clinical and consumer workshops, and supports the outreach team in their marketing efforts.

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GLENN SEIDENFELD
Intake Manager
Glenn Seidenfeld comes to Clearview with years of experience and success assisting clients through the doors of recovery, and has more than five years of recovery experience. In 2005, Glenn began his career in treatment as workshop coordinator for Sierra Tucson, a nationally known addiction and mental health treatment center in Tucson, Ariz.

It quickly became clear that Glenn had the skills and aptitude to help a family member or prospective client in distress to make that life-changing decision to enter treatment. Glenn quickly moved from workshop coordinator to the intake department and became an intake coordinator, winning Intake Coordinator of the Year. Glenn’s compassion and enthusiasm for helping people quickly led to a promotion to senior intake coordinator at Sierra Tucson. In that position, Glenn helped hundreds of people find the treatment that they were seeking and he became an expert on recovery resources throughout the country.

As intake manager at Clearview, Glenn assists clients and families with compassion and care to find the best treatment center to meet their needs. He conducts initial assessments, gives tours of the various facilities, and assists clients and their families to find the best help possible.

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JENNIFER MALAND, MA
Intake Coordinator
Jennifer Trajano Maland received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of the Pacific and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles. She is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) Intern in private practice in Beverly Hills, with a special interest in treating adolescents and young adults with eating disorders, mood disorders, co-occurring disorders, and in life transitions.

While doing her undergraduate work, Jennifer interned at a community re-entry program for adults with severe mental illnesses and was a teacher’s assistant for the Adolescence & Young Adulthood course. During her coursework, she was also was a behavioral tutor for children with autism and developmental disabilities, later being promoted to a behavioral consultant. In that role, she developed behavior plans and managed discrete trials training plans for clients, supervised the tutors implementing the programming, coordinated care with parents, and taught parent training classes.

Jennifer has conducted various research studies, including those on the topics of relaxation techniques and the transition from adolescence to young adulthood, which she presented at the Pacific Undergraduate Research Conference and Western Psychological Association’s Annual Conference.

Jennifer worked at Center for Discovery and Oceanaire from 2006 to 2011, facilitating admissions for the residential and day treatment programs. She was promoted to lead intake coordinator in 2008, and co-facilitated the eating disorder support group for clients and parents in 2010.

Jennifer offered psychotherapy as an MFT trainee and intern for the Antioch University Counseling Center from October 2010 to December 2012.

She is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and on the board of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp), with involvement in the Los Angeles chapters of both associations.

At Clearview, Jennifer supports clients and their families in assessing clients’ treatment needs, determining how Clearview might meet those needs, and providing alternatives if necessary.

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JENNIFER KALUHIOKALANI SANDOMENO
Office Manager
After completing her undergraduate degree coursework at San Francisco State University’s School of Theatre Arts in 2003, Jennifer Kaluhiokalani Sandomeno entered the fast-paced world of the commercial and film industry as a production assistant in Los Angeles. She worked her way up to office assistant, travel coordinator, and production coordinator, working for a handful of directors, an advertising agency, and eventually in the inventor relations office of a large toy company.

Jennifer has extensive knowledge of the 12-step substance abuse recovery model and has been working with women in recovery since 1996. It was this love of service to community and advocacy that led her to work with Clearview Treatment Programs.

Jennifer serves as the office manager for Clearview’s outpatient facility in Westwood, and assists the administrative director and executive director. She will be applying to the USC Graduate School of Social Work to pursue a career in mental health.

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BRUTUS
Clearview Mascot
Brutus has been Clearview’s mascot since being adopted by Executive Director Michael Roy in 2010. Brutus, a purebred chocolate lab, was rescued from Independent Labrador Retriever Rescue of SoCal.

Brutus provides daily comfort and companionship to both Clearview’s clients and staff. He frequently attends meetings and group therapy sessions, and likes to officially welcome people when they enter Clearview’s Day Treatment Center for Borderline Personality Disorder. As Clearview’s mascot, Brutus is always ready to lend a caring paw.

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CLINICAL STAFF

ALINA GORGORIAN, Ph.D.
Clinical Director of the Center for Borderline Personality and Emotional Disorders and DBT Therapist
Dr. Alina Gorgorian received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Fordham University and received a two-year training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) at Bellevue Hospital in New York City.

She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, where she served as assistant director of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Clinic. There, she trained in evidence-based therapies, including DBT, CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP).

Dr. Gorgorian was intensively trained in DBT by Behavioral Tech, Marsha Linehan’s training institute, in 2010 and has taught numerous courses in DBT. She has given talks and provided trainings in DBT for the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), AIDS Project LA, and Cal State University Long Beach Counseling and Psychological Services.

Dr. Gorgorian was director of adolescent DBT at CBT California and is currently a staff research associate at UCLA. She was previously adjunct faculty at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology and Alliant International University’s School of Forensic Psychology. She is involved in a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded study on Community Partners in Care (CPIC), providing training in CBT for depression in community mental health.

As the past secretary of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Society of Southern California, Dr. Gorgorian was heavily involved in the research, training, and practice of evidence-based practices. She presents nationally and internationally on topics such as outcomes for DBT patients within community mental health settings, variables associated with transfer of CBT practices in a community mental health setting, evidence-based supervision effects on trainees, and the effectiveness of DBT delivered in Spanish in a community hospital setting.

As clinical director at Clearview Women’s Center, Alina oversees the clinical program, facilitates DBT skills groups, and provides training and education on DBT to program staff.

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AMANDA D. SMITH, Psy.D.
Clinical Director of the Center for Psychiatric Disorders and Addictions
Dr. Amanda Smith received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. She has worked in a number of clinical settings in the Los Angeles area, including the Pepperdine University Community Clinic, the Maple Counseling Center, and the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration.

Dr. Smith completed her pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training at the Wright Institute Los Angeles where she performed individual and couples therapy with clients suffering from a wide range of psychiatric disorders. During her training at the Wright Institute Los Angeles, she also provided individual and group psychotherapy to eating disorder patients suffering from anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive overeating at the Susan B. Krevoy Eating Disorders Program.

Prior to coming to Clearview Treatment Programs, Dr. Smith worked at Tarzana Treatment Centers, an addiction treatment center, as a clinical supervisor. There, she supervised and taught doctoral trainees how to provide individual therapy, group therapy, and diagnostic assessments to a wide range of clients suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction, and dual diagnosis.

Dr. Smith maintains a private practice in Beverly Hills, where she sees adults, adolescents, and couples. Her specialties include chemical dependency, eating disorders, trauma issues, anxiety disorders, and depressive disorders. She has also completed the advanced course Doing DBT to Adherence and with Competence through Treatment Implementation Collaborative.

In her position as clinical director at Clearview, Dr. Smith is responsible for all aspects of client care. She also conducts individual psychotherapy with treatment program clients and facilitates a daily core issues psychotherapy group, eating disorders group, and women’s group.

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HANK OLWELL, MA, MFT, CATC
Outpatient Manager and Program Therapist
Hank Olwell, a licensed marriage and family therapist, received his Master’s Degree in Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute in 2006. He has been a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor (CATC) since 2003.

Hank began his career in 2000 as a chemical dependency worker at Cri-Help Inc., where he worked with a dually diagnosed adult population in a residential treatment environment. He provided individual, group, and family counseling, assisting and encouraging clients to obtain the skills needed to maintain recovery.

From 2003 to 2007, Hank was the program coordinator for Insight Behavioral Health in Pasadena. He acted as the primary clinician for the intensive outpatient program, while treating teens and families with behavioral and school problems, and emotional, relational, and substance abuse issues.

Hank has a private practice in Westwood and Glendale. He is an adjunct faculty member at Phillips Graduate Institute, where he teaches in their clinical psychology master’s program.

Hank is considered an addiction and dual diagnosis treatment expert and has multiple years of experience working with clients prone to relapse. He also has special expertise in treating sexual addiction and compulsivity.

At Clearview, Hank oversees the Outpatient Center. He also conducts individual therapy with clients and facilitates relapse-prevention groups and a family support group.

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NICOLE RIDDLE, Psy.D.
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator
Dr. Nicole Riddle received her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium in Palo Alto, California. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Medicine at Harbor UCLA Medical Center.

During her fellowship, she provided individual therapy, inpatient and outpatient medical consultation, brief neuropsychological assessment in the inpatient medical setting, supervised doctoral candidate students, and co-facilitated a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) course for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health clinicians.

Dr. Riddle trained in evidence-based therapies, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), CBT, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as applied to working with patients diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, post-partum depression, chronic pelvic pain, and eating disorders in both outpatient and inpatient medical settings.

Dr. Riddle received additional training in CBT, as well as individual and group DBT therapy, at the Palo Alto Veteran’s Administration. She participated as a clinician on the Marin County Mental Health DBT clinical team, provided DBT-informed treatment as a pre-doctoral intern at Boston Medical Center’s forensic inpatient psychiatric hospital, and participated as a clinician in the DBT for Binge Eating Disorder study at Stanford University Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic.

Dr. Riddle is trained as a National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD) Family Connections leader.

Dr. Riddle is bilingual in Spanish and English and is a current member of the American Psychological Association.

At Clearview, Dr. Riddle facilitates DBT skills groups, provides individual therapy using DBT, and works with patients suffering from eating disorders.

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NICOLE A. ZAHA, Psy.D.
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator
Dr. Nicole Zaha received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. Her clinical training has focused on evidence-based treatments in outpatient and inpatient treatment settings. Dr. Zaha is interested in the study and practice of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and mindfulness-based therapies.

At Harbor-UCLA Outpatient Clinic, Dr. Zaha participated in intensive didactics and application with patients in skills groups and individual therapy; co-conducted groups in DBT skills training, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Insomnia, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Chronic Pain, and ACT for Psychosis; and participated in a multidisciplinary DBT consultation team. She also received training in and applied Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) with chronically depressed outpatients.

As an intern at Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk, California, Dr. Zaha conducted DBT therapy with individual inpatients, led DBT skills groups, and consulted in weekly DBT team meetings. She also trained in positive behavioral support and in assessing psychological and neuropsychological functioning, forensic risk, and suicide risk.

Dr. Zaha is a current member of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. She has also completed the advanced course Doing DBT to Adherence and with Competence through Treatment Implementation Collaborative.

At Clearview, Dr. Zaha facilitates DBT skills groups and provides individual therapy using DBT.

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CHELSEA CAWOOD, Ph.D.
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator
Dr. Chelsea Cawood received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich. Her clinical training focused on evidence-based treatments, with an emphasis in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapies.

Dr. Cawood has been involved in research on nonsuicidal self-harm, personality disorders, and novel adaptations of DBT. Her dissertation research focused on the inclusion of peer-provided services within DBT. She has presented her research at national conventions and has been published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Cawood has facilitated training workshops for clinicians on topics such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, nonsuicidal self-injury, mindfulness, and DBT.

At the Guidance Center Community Mental Health Adult Outpatient Program in Southgate, Michigan, Dr. Cawood was a member of a comprehensive DBT team where she co-facilitated DBT skills groups, conducted individual DBT sessions, after-hours phone coaching, DBT orientation and pre-treatment sessions, and participated in DBT therapist consultation meetings.

As an intern at the University of South Florida Counseling Center in Tampa, Fla., Dr. Cawood conducted individual outpatient therapy, presented psychoeducational workshops for the campus community, held emergency outreach appointments, supervised student therapists, and co-facilitated a therapy group for women.

Additionally, she completed a rotation at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital Women’s Center in Tampa, where she completed evaluations and individual therapy with female veterans, and co-facilitated DBT skills groups, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Trauma, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain groups.

Dr. Cawood is a current member of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Therapies. She has completed a five-day foundational training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, as well as two-day trainings in DBT for substance use disorders and DBT for adolescent populations. She has also received training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, exposure therapies, and Motivational Interviewing.

At Clearview, Dr. Cawood facilitates DBT skills groups and CBT groups, and provides individual therapy using DBT.

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DIANA ALI, Ph.D.
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator
Dr. Diana Ali received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology in La Mirada, Calif. She completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Princeton Healthcare System in Princeton, N.J.

As an intern and post-doctoral fellow at Princeton House Behavioral Health Women’s program, Dr. Ali received focused training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and treatment of complex trauma and dissociative disorders. Dr. Ali facilitated DBT skills groups, provided individual DBT therapy and telephone skills coaching, and participated in DBT team consultations.

Dr. Ali has attended several Behavioral Tech trainings, including: DBT in a Partial Hospital Setting, DBT Case Formulation, and Beyond the Basics: DBT Essentials in Action. She has also attended several trainings with Janina Fisher, one of the originators of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for trauma.

As an intern at Princeton Healthcare System, Dr. Ali also completed a rotation providing psychological assessment and group and individual therapy at a partial hospital setting with adult psychiatry, dual diagnosis, severe and persistent mental illness, and geriatric populations. She received training in Motivational Interviewing and participated in ongoing didactics in evidence-based practices.

As a staff therapist at Oregon State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services, Dr. Ali provided DBT-informed therapy and facilitated DBT skills groups with college students. She also served as a member of the Sexual Assault Support Services team, providing crisis intervention and ongoing therapy for survivors of interpersonal violence, and consultation and education to the campus community. She facilitated Psychological Assessment and DBT seminars for psychology interns and provided a DBT course for the psychiatry residency program at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, Ore.

At Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Ali received training in psychodiagnostic assessment with adults and conducted assessments for both inpatient and outpatient adult psychiatry populations. At United American Indian Involvement, Dr. Ali provided community mental health treatment on both a voluntary and involuntary basis to members of the Native American community in the greater Los Angeles area.

At Clearview, Dr. Ali facilitates DBT, ACT, and CBT skills groups, and provides individual therapy using DBT.

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SARAHI GUTIERREZ, MSW
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator
Sarahi Gutierrez received her Master’s in Social Work (MSW) at Columbia University in New York and is an associate clinical social worker (ASW) through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

While at Columbia, her clinical training focused on evidence-based treatments, with an emphasis on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She was part of Columbia’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)Training Project under Andre Ivanoff, Ph.D., president of Behavioral Tech. There, she received extensive DBT training, as well as training in exposure, validation, cognitive-behavioral advance clinical methods, psychopathology, alcohol & chemical dependencies, and Motivational Interviewing.

Sarahi completed intensive DBT training in 2012 through Behavioral Tech. She has attended trainings with Alec Miller, Christine Foertsch, and Adam Payne. She also completed an advance intensive training with Marsha Linehan, Ph.D.

Sarahi holds the highest training in DBT for both individual and group DBT work, and has used it in her work with New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and incarcerated individuals, as well as with adolescents and their families.

At Clearview, Sarahi facilitates DBT skills groups, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy groups (ACT), and CBT groups, and provides individual therapy using DBT.

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CLAUDIA de GARMO, MA, MFT
Program Therapist
Claudia de Garmo, a licensed marriage and family therapist, received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Phillips Graduate Institute in 1996. She has extensive experience working with dually diagnosed clients who have co-occurring addictions and mental health problems.

Claudia began her career as a therapist at the Los Angeles Free Clinic, where she worked with clients presenting with a wide range of mental health issues. From 2000 to 2003, Claudia was a staff therapist at Creative Care, a residential treatment facility for acute dual diagnosis patients. There, she provided individual, couples, family, and group therapy. Claudia currently has a private practice in Westwood.

Claudia has been with Clearview for seven years. She specializes in treating clients with drug and alcohol abuse, mood disorders, personality disorders, trauma issues, and impulse control disorders, including self-injury, stealing, and obsessive compulsive behavior. She sees clients for individual therapy sessions and facilitates a relationship skills group.

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CHRIS LAPIN, MA, MFTi
Program Therapist
Chris Lapin received his Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles.

Prior to coming to Clearview, he worked with individuals, families, and couples at the Southern California Counseling Center. There, he completed an Advanced Family Training Program and received supervision in post-modern therapies.

Chris considers therapy to be a collaborative process in which choice and creativity are harnessed to co-author preferred narratives. He believes that behind every problem lies a desire for something better, and that each individual possesses all of the wisdom and expertise necessary to engage solutions to whatever might be troubling them.

Chris addresses a broad range of issues, including chemical dependency, interpersonal relationships, codependency, and depression and anxiety.

At Clearview, Chris is privileged to work alongside individuals and their families as they collectively recover from the effects of addiction and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. In addition to his role as an individual therapist, he facilitates groups focusing on codependency, mood disorders, and DBT skills.

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LINDSAY MAURO, MA, MFT
Program Therapist
Lindsay Mauro graduated from Pepperdine University in 2006 with a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology. From 2005 to 2008, she worked at the Julia Ann Singer Center (a division of Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services), where she received extensive training working with emotionally disturbed children and their families.

Lindsay’s clinical background in addiction and recovery includes working at Promises Treatment Centers and serving on the board of directors for the West Hollywood Recovery Center. Prior to joining the staff at Clearview, Lindsay worked as a volunteer therapist at Beit T’shuvah, providing individual counseling to residents undergoing treatment for alcoholism, drug addiction, and compulsive gambling.

Lindsay is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in Brentwood. She specializes in treating clients with drug and alcohol abuse, mood disorders, and relationship issues. Lindsay has extensive knowledge of the 12-step model and relapse-prevention strategies.

At Clearview, Lindsay conducts individual therapy with clients and facilitates groups at the outpatient facility, covering topics such as relationship skills, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and relapse prevention.

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Tara Sindler, MA, CADC-II, SEP
Program Therapist
Tara received a Master of Arts in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica in August 2006 and a second Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute in 2012.

Tara is also a certified substance abuse counselor through CAADAC and a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP).

Tara began her career at a co-occurring disorders treatment center in Malibu, Calif., where she worked from 2008 to 2012. While there, she provided individual counseling, family counseling, group counseling, and psychoeducational groups on a wide variety of topics.

Bringing a deep, personal appreciation of the therapeutic process, Tara specializes in providing care for individuals that addresses substance use disorders, trauma, personality disorders, codependency, sex and love addiction, and eating disorders.

Tara integrates mindfulness interventions, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Seeking Safety, Motivational Interviewing, Somatic Experiencing, Trauma Resiliency Model, and family systems work into her clinical interventions.

Tara has completed advanced DBT trainings, including Doing DBT to Adherence and Competence and Prolonged Exposure with DBT Clients. She has also completed several online Dialectical Behavior Therapy trainings through Behavioral Tech, including DBT Skills Training, Validation Strategies, Behavioral Chain Analysis, Foundations of Exposure Therapy, and Transforming Difficult Moments in Therapy.

At Clearview, Tara conducts individual therapy, family therapy, and leads a variety of groups, including DBT and Seeking Safety. She also co-leads Clearview’s three-day intensive family program.

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SUSAN SWANSON, Ph.D., LCSW
Trauma Therapist
Susan Davis-Swanson, LCSW, received her Master’s in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach, and her Ph.D. in Metaphysical Psychology. She has more than 12 years of experience working in the field of trauma, and is trained in both Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Somatic Experiencing.

Susan began her career at Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, where she worked for 10 years. During her time there, she worked with adults, young adults, teens, and families. She was also the coordinator of their Mood Disorder Clinic, where she ran groups and provided education on mood disorders to the community.

Susan also specializes in the area of stepfamilies, and is the founder and executive director of The StepFamily Center in Beverly Hills, Calif. As a noted authority on blended family dynamics, Susan has provided continuing education on the topic.

Susan has maintained a private practice in Beverly Hills since 2000. She specializes in stepfamily issues, relationships, addiction, depression, anxiety, and trauma. She is a Level II EMDR therapist and a noted expert in treating trauma-related disorders.

Susan has been licensed in the State of California since 1998. In 2004, she attained Board Certified Diplomate Status.

At Clearview, Susan provides EMDR and Somatic Experiencing therapies to clients suffering from abuse and trauma.

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STEFANIE BOONE, MS, RD
Program Dietitian
Stefanie Boone is a registered dietitian specializing in eating disorders. She received her undergraduate education in dietetics and master’s degree in nutrition from California State University, Northridge.

Starting out at the Eating Disorder Center of California in Brentwood, Calif., Stefanie went on to open her private practice in Westwood, where she has seen clients with all forms of eating disorders for 10 years.

Stefanie provides nutrition therapy for people in recovery from drug and alcohol addictions as well as a variety of psychiatric disorders, including eating disorders, and has been a consulting dietitian for several treatment centers.

Most recently, Stefanie was lead dietitian at the Kaiser Permanente Eating Disorders Program, Los Angeles Medical Center, where she led and co-facilitated CBT-based groups on nutrition education for eating disorders, food and feelings, body image, and emotional eating.

Stefanie is a member of the American Dietetic Association, California Dietetic Association, IADEP, and the National Eating Disorders Association. She has spoken at numerous professional seminars on nutrition therapy for eating disorders, including conferences offered by Del Amo Hospital, and often speaks to adolescents at local schools on eating disorder prevention.

Stefanie is one of the contributing authors of Real World Recovery: Intuitive Food Program Curriculum for the Treatment of Eating Disorders.

At Clearview, Stefanie works with clients with eating disorder and food issues that also suffer from co-existing psychiatric disorders. She conducts individual nutrition counseling sessions, nutrition education and body image groups, and facilitates meal outings.

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ROBIN A. HUBERT, MFT
Mindfulness Group Facilitator
Robin Hubert, MFT, received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara County and later completed advanced studies in Somatic Experiencing (SE) through the Foundation for Human Enrichment, headed by Dr. Peter Levine. Robin continues to pursue her passion for SE in the post-graduate advanced training in SE.

Robin is a mind/body psychotherapist and has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families at her Los Angeles private practice, Open Paths Counseling Center, and the Venice Boys and Girls Club.

In addition to trauma resolution, Robin specializes in anger management and has led groups for young people and adults. Robin has treated individuals with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, personality disorders, and trauma.

At Clearview Women’s Center, Robin provides Somatic Experiencing sessions and facilitates groups to help clients regain emotional regulation and resiliency, as well as resolve symptoms related to trauma.

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ELENI TSIKRIKAS
Yoga Instructor
Ayurvedic Specialist
Eleni Tsikrikas began studying yoga in 1995 in Sydney, Australia, and completed her initial training course in 1998 at the Sydney Yoga Center.

In 2001, Eleni was introduced to the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya, a renowned yogic healer. Eleni offered group classes and private instruction at Yoga Sanga in Sydney and at St. John of God Hospital, a facility that treats patients suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

In 2004, Eleni moved to Los Angeles and continued her studies with Robert Birnberg, a renowned yoga therapist who specializes in yoga and addictions. Her studies are deeply rooted in the Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali, the classical Vedic text which forms the basis of yoga philosophy.

Eleni complements her yoga with Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old system of health based in nature which treats body, mind, and spirit. She runs an Ayurvedic practice in Los Angeles, where she integrates yoga’s tools with Ayurveda to create highly individualized, holistic healing programs for her clients.

Eleni is on the faculty at the Californian College of Ayurveda, where she teaches in the distance learning program. Eleni also specializes in yoga for addiction and compulsive disorders. She teaches privately in Silver Lake.

At Clearview, Eleni teaches the yoga philosophy and its application to addiction and compulsive behavior. She helps clients through meditation, postures designed specifically for them, and visualization to help them achieve their goals.

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MARLENE FRANTZ, MFT
Art Therapist
Marlene Frantz, MFT, received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Marlene is an artist and a therapist who focuses on using creative expression to work with trauma. She has received additional training in psychodrama, sandplay, and equine therapy. She is continuing her studies at the Jung Institute of Los Angeles, where she is training to become a Jungian Analyst.

Marlene has worked with children, adolescents, couples, families, and groups in her Santa Monica private practice, in schools all over Los Angeles, through Jewish family services of Santa Monica, and at the Jung Institute of Los Angeles.

With a clinical focus on childhood trauma, grief and loss, and issues around creativity, Marlene has treated clients with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, addiction, eating disorders, personality disorders, and trauma. In addition to her private practice, Marlene runs art therapy groups, parenting groups, and support groups for women in various settings around Los Angeles.

At Clearview Women’s Center, Marlene facilitates bi-weekly art therapy groups that focus on helping clients connect to and work through their feelings and experiences non-verbally, using artistic expression.

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LINDA LANDON, ACC
Life Coach
Linda Landon, associate credentialed coach (ACC), is a certified business and life coach, speaker and trainer. She guides people in recovery to connect with their spiritual source so they can be authentic, intentional, powerful, successful, and happy.

Linda’s clients envision what they really want and design their lives to realize that vision. They are held accountable as they take doable and authentic actions to make their dream a reality. When they feel stuck or overwhelmed, Linda guides them to shift from the inside out, so they can get back on track and continue to move forward. Relationships improve, energy increases, and self-confidence replaces fear as they shift from being a victim to the creator of their lives.

An International Coach Federation ACC, Linda has been certified by the New Agreements Coach Training and Leadership Institute, trained by Crossroads Recovery Coaching, and mentored for four years by don Miguel Ruiz, author of The New York Times bestseller, “The Four Agreements®.” She is also a certified Speaking Circles® Facilitator. Linda teaches people in recovery – and the professionals who treat them – how to use The Four Agreements to quiet the chatter in their mind so they can remain calm in any situation.

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MARGARET FETTING, Ph.D., LCSW
Program Consultant
Margaret Fetting, Ph.D., LCSW, completed her graduate training at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Fetting has a private practice in Santa Monica that specializes in several specialties, most notably adult substance abuse and personality disorders. She is well regarded in her field and is specifically recognized for her depth and breadth of knowledge and diversity of treatment approaches.

Dr. Fetting is an associate adjunct professor at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work and is also on the faculty of Antioch University, Santa Barbara. Dr. Fetting has designed and taught hundreds of workshops throughout central and southern California for hospitals, social service departments, clinical organizations, children and family agencies, and large sponsored seminars and workshops.

Dr. Fetting conducts pre- and re-licensing workshops for several organizations, including the National Association of Social Workers. She also supervises clinicians in this field on a regular basis. For more than 15 years, Dr. Fetting has been on the staff of several hospitals and programs specializing in chemical dependency and eating disorders.

Dr. Fetting has consulted with Clearview regarding program design and development and clinical application of psychological theory.

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INDEPENDENT MEDICAL AFFILIATES

JOHN KELLEHER, MD
Psychiatrist
Dr. John Kelleher earned his MD at Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, R.I., and received his training in psychiatry at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute. Dr. Kelleher was intensively trained in Mentalization-Based Therapy (MBT) for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) by Dr. Peter Fonagy and Dr. Anthony Bateman, the originators of MBT, and took the advanced course Doing DBT to Adherence and with Competence through Treatment Implementation Collaborative. He is board certified in the practice of psychiatry.

In addition to his work at Clearview, Dr. Kelleher works as a clinical fellow in the Borderline Personality Disorder Initiative at UCLA, where he provides medication consultation and management for patients with BPD and co-leads a group therapy in Explicit Mentalizing using principles of MBT.

Dr. Kelleher has broad clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He has worked in UCLA’s adult inpatient units and in the general adult outpatient clinics, including the Anxiety Disorders Clinic and the Mood Disorders Clinic. He has extensive experience providing psychiatric consultations to community-based non-profit agencies and in the context of aftercare for clients with dual diagnoses.

He maintains a private practice in general adult psychiatry, where he treats patients with mood, anxiety, and personality disorders.

At Clearview, Dr. Kelleher conducts psychiatric evaluations, collaborates with clients to achieve optimal medication management, works as part of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) consultation team, and coordinates care with other healthcare providers.

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KOTRA AJIR, MD
Psychiatrist
Dr. Kotra Ajir received her MD from the New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York in 1992. Her four-year residency training in psychiatry took place at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance. During that time, she developed an interest in pharmacogenetics, how different ethnic groups metabolize medications, and published a paper on the pharmacogenetics and pharmacodynamics of Adinazolam.

In 1996, Dr. Ajir completed a one-year fellowship in substance abuse at UCLA and the West L.A. Veterans Administration Medical Center. She was the principal investigator on several studies sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). She was also the study physician for several studies run by LAARC and served as the physician at MATRIX Institute, an outpatient treatment program for drug and alcohol dependence.

In 1997, Dr. Ajir started a private practice in psychiatry, while she continued research, and was an attending psychiatrist on the Substance Abuse Unit at the UCLA-Neuropsychiatric Institute. She specializes in dual diagnosis and treats mood, anxiety, and personality disorders.

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CORY CAMPBELL, MD, Ph.D.
Psychiatrist
Dr. Cory Campbell completed her MD at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland and her Ph.D. in Psychopharmacology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Campbell received her training in psychiatry at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute and is board-certified in the practice of psychiatry.

Dr. Campbell has broad clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She worked in UCLA’s adult inpatient units and in the general adult outpatient clinics. While at UCLA, she also taught psychodynamic psychotherapy to psychiatry residents and treated the mentally ill forensic population with the Department of Mental Health.

Dr. Campbell has extensive research experience and completed a two-year research fellowship in substance dependence at UCLA. Her research involved investigating the effects of PCP-like agents on learning and memory and the effects of stress on relapse in amphetamine addicts.

Dr. Campbell possesses special expertise in treating patients with substance abuse and dual diagnosis issues. She maintains a successful private practice in general adult psychiatry, where she treats patients with primary mental health issues and dual diagnosis.

At Clearview, Dr. Campbell works directly with clients conducting psychiatric evaluations. She sees clients for ongoing medication management and coordinates care with other healthcare providers.

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ROBERT WALDMAN, MD
Independent Detox Specialist
Dr. Robert P. Waldman is a graduate with distinction in internal medicine at Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. Dr. Waldman completed his internship and residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. Afterwards, he was appointed clinical instructor of internal medicine at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, where he served his nephrology fellowship.

He later moved to California, where he became co-medical director of the addiction recovery unit at Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital in Marina del Rey. Dr. Waldman belongs to the American Society of Nephrology and currently holds the appointment of medical director of the hemodialysis unit at RSG Inglewood.

Dr. Waldman holds hospital staff privileges at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Daniel Freemen Hospitals (Marina and Memorial), and Centinela Hospital, while also maintaining a successful private practice in Marina del Rey. Dr. Waldman is trained in the use of Subutex and Suboxone for opiate detoxification and has extensive experience with the use of these medications.

At Clearview, Dr. Waldman conducts physical examinations and works with residents who require drug or alcohol detox to develop a detox protocol specific to their needs. His goal is to keep residents as comfortable as possible while they begin their treatment process.

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CHARLIE SWENSON, MD
DBT Trainer and Program Consultant
Dr. Charlie Swenson graduated from Harvard College and Yale Medical School. He joined the faculty of Cornell University Medical College in 1982, where for five years he directed a long-term psychoanalytically oriented inpatient program for patients with personality disorders, including Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

Beginning in 1987, Dr. Swenson developed and directed inpatient, outpatient, and day treatment programs for patients with BPD based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). In 1990 and 1993, he was voted Teacher of the Year by the psychiatric residents. While at Cornell, he served as a DBT trainer and consultant throughout the United States and Europe, coordinating statewide implementation of DBT in the public sectors of Illinois, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and the Canadian province of New Brunswick.

Dr. Swenson has published widely on the treatment of borderline patients, including the following articles: “A comparison of Kernberg’s psychoanalytic approach to that of DBT” (1989), “The inpatient application of DBT” (2001), “Identifying the factors leading to DBT’s popularity” (2001), and “The barriers and strategies for implementing DBT in community mental health centers” (2002).

From 1997 to the present, he has been associate professor of clinical psychiatry for the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and from 1997 to 2001 he served as area medical director for the western Massachusetts area of the Department of Mental Health.

Since September 2010, Dr. Swenson has had a part-time private practice and worked with the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Psychiatry. He serves as the senior psychiatrist for the western Massachusetts and central Massachusetts areas of the Department of Mental Health, doing community-based clinical consultations and working to strengthen implementations of evidence-based practices in the community mental health system. Additionally, Dr. Swenson serves as a senior trainer and senior consultant for Behavioral Tech, LLC, Marsha Linehan’s training institute.

Dr. Swenson, along with another trainer, provided intensive training to members of Clearview’s DBT team through Behavioral Tech in Northampton, Mass. Currently, Dr. Swenson works with members of Clearview’s extensive DBT team to provide consultation in the areas of program development, staff training, and the provision of clinical services.

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CLINICAL OUTREACH STAFF

KIM CARTWRIGHT, MBA
Clinical Outreach Manager
Kim has a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a focus in marketing management from California State University, Fullerton. Kim is a marketing and business development professional with more than 20 years of experience in the Behavioral Health and Global Information Services industries.

Kim has been involved in the chemical dependency and behavioral health fields since 1984, and has served on several boards of directors of treatment facilities and on the Orange County Board of Alcohol Services. She has previously held positions as the director of marketing, outreach and admissions for a women’s treatment facility in Orange County, Calif., and as a substance abuse technician for an inpatient adolescent treatment program while studying for her undergraduate degree.

Kim has a personal and professional passion for helping clients find their way to recovery from addictions and mental health issues.

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VERONICA BEELER
Clinical Outreach Coordinator
Veronica Beeler began her work in residential treatment in 2009 and has worked with a variety of populations, including addictions, eating disorders, and mood and personality disorders.

She was a collaborator in launching the first transitional living facility for eating disorders in Chicago, and worked closely with the clinical director to develop the program. She also helped launch a professional’s addiction treatment center in California, where she supervised the residential staff, managed client schedules, and attended to clients’ administrative concerns.

Veronica was drawn to Clearview Treatment Programs for its dedication to providing specialized treatment to populations that are often overlooked. She spent a year at Clearview Women’s Center as the transitional living manager before she moved into the role of clinical outreach coordinator.

Having years of both professional and personal experience, Veronica has a valuable perspective for connecting clients with appropriate and specialized care.

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