Our staff is comprised of Licensed Psychotherapists, Psychologists and Marriage and Family (MFT) interns who work under the supervision of CRH founder, Marnie Breecker. Our staff has cumulatively been trained and/or certified in EMDR, Pia Mellody’s Model of Codependency, Sex Addiction, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), IMAGO Therapy, Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI), Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM), Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY) and Trauma Release Exercises (TRE).
Marnie Breecker, MFT, CSAT, CCPS Founder and Clinical Director
Marnie Breecker is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) and Certified Clinical Partners Specialist (CCPS). Marnie earned her BS in speech communication from Syracuse University in New York and her Masters degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles. She began her therapy career as a trainee at Del Amo Hospital in Torrance working with children, adolescents and adults in the treatment of acute mental illness. Marnie’s foray into the sex addiction field began in 2006 when she joined the national treatment center (NTC) and sexual recovery program (SRP) at Del Amo Hospital, working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and adults struggling with sex addiction.
From March, 2008 – September, 2009, Marnie worked at the Sexual Recovery Institute (SRI) in Los Angeles, where she provided psychotherapy to sex addicts and their partners, facilitated a weekly spouse/partner support group and psycho-educational program and men’s sex addiction group. She also worked with the spouses/partners of sex addicts in the pre and post disclosure process during intensive outpatient programs.
Marnie joined The Institute for Sexual Health (ISH) in Beverly Hills in July of 2009 as the Founder and Director of the Cancer, Sexuality and Intimacy (CSI) Program, a comprehensive program centered around the impact of cancer on female sexuality. Additionally, she served as the Director of the Partners Program where she was responsible for program development, training and intake/assessment.
Marnie completed her sex addiction training under Dr. Patrick Carnes (author, Out of the Shadows, Facing the Shadows, Don’t Call it Love, The Betrayal Bond & Contrary to Love) and Dr. Ken Adams (author, When He’s Married to Mom & Silently Seduced) and has been a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) since 2010. In 2013 she became certified as a Clinical Partners Specialist through the Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS). She has completed extensive training in IMAGO Therapy at the Pasadena Institute for relationships, EMDR training under Dr. Andrew Leeds of Sonoma Psychotherapy Training Institute and Post Induction Therapy, Inner Child Training and Feeling Reduction Training with Pia Mellody (author, Facing Codependency, Facing Love Addiction and The Intimacy Factor).
Professional affiliations include the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH), California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT), the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) and the Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS). Marnie served on the board of APSATS from its inception in 2012 until June of 2014. During that time she assisted in curriculum development and served as a trainer and supervisor to therapists and life coaches seeking certification.
Marnie’s greatest passion is educating others on the complexity of sex addiction and its traumatic impact on partners and family systems. Most recently, she has been a guest speaker for UCLA’s graduate program in Social Work.
Jaclyn Schwartz, LMFT
Jaclyn is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has offices in both San Diego and Los Angeles. Her primary focus is working with individuals and couples who have experienced trauma from relational betrayal. Jaclyn has been working for CRH since it opened in 2013. Jaclyn works with clients on an individual level as well as facilitates workshops for couples at CRH and other treatment facilities in order to introduce the healing process for addicts and loved ones using a trauma-based model.
Jaclyn has many years of experience working with chemical and behavioral addictions in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She completed her training through APSATS (The Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists) and has had training in EMDR with Andrew Leeds. Jaclyn’s training in EMDR allows her to treat addiction from a trauma-based approach.
Jaclyn has created and facilitated process and intimacy groups for both men and women, sex-addiction groups, partners of addicts groups, and is planning on bringing these groups to the San Diego area. In addition, Jaclyn helped to create and facilitate intensive workshops for couples who are recovering from infidelity.
John ‘Jasper’ Kump, LCSW, CCPSA
Jasper is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker [#74670]. Educated at the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work, Jasper works with individuals, couples, teens and groups. His areas of specialization include trauma, addiction and relationships. Jasper has over twenty years of experience working with those in recovery and their partners. His work over the past few years has been focused primarily with active duty military, veterans and their families as well as older adults and the LGBTQIA community. Jasper uses a variety of clinical interventions, rooted in neuroscience, that support clients’ healing – integrating mind, body and spirit.
Cori Rosenthal, LMFT
Cori Rosenthal is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a meditation & mindful eating teacher. She works in private practice, as well as at the Center for Relational Healing. In addition to working with individuals and couples, Cori also provides therapeutic services for clients as part of CRH’s intensive outpatient program. Additionally, Cori is a meditation teacher for the meditation app, Evenflow, featured in the Mindful Eating, Mindful Body category.
Cori earned her degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Antioch University with a specialization in child studies. She received mindful eating teacher training through UCSD. As a therapist, Cori incorporates mindfulness and mindful self-compassion techniques into her work with adults, adolescents and groups. She works with clients struggling with eating disorders, food and body image issues, partners of sex addicts, sex addicts, anxiety, depression, codependency, trauma, grief and loss. Cori has additional training in EMDR, Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) and Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY). She is passionate about supporting her clients to heal and create healthy relationships with themselves and others.
Michele Goldberg, LMFT
Michele is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who balances compassionate support for her clients with direct feedback and guidance. She practices an integrative model of psychotherapy that synthesizes Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with a more traditional psychodynamic orientation. Michele is passionately committed to providing clients with reparative opportunities and skills that support their journeys toward healing and growth.
Michele trained for two years at the renowned Maple Counseling Center of Beverly Hills, an analytic facility where she treated adults and teenagers, providing individual, couple, and group psychotherapy. During that time, she pursued additional dynamic and mindfulness-based supervision with Bret Hofstein, LMFT, and Jenny Bowen-Storey, LMFT. Michele acquired initial certifications through the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles (GPALA), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), and Sue Johnson’s Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT). Michele assisted in facilitating workshops that addressed sex and love addiction from the revolutionary Partner Trauma Model at the Center for Relational Healing (CRH). Michele currently works in private practice and at the highly regarded Westside DBT clinic in West Los Angeles.
Michele attended the University of California, Berkeley for her undergraduate degree and subsequently earned a juris doctorate from Loyola Law School. She practiced family law and consumer litigation before deciding to pursue her passion in therapy. During that time, Michele provided pro bono assistance to Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles (CLCLA), Public Counsel’s Guardianship Clinic, Alliance for Children’s Rights, and Bet Tzedek House of Justice. Michele earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology degree from Antioch University, Los Angeles, where she qualified for a competitive merit-based scholarship.
Kim Gould, MSW, Clinical Operations Manager
Kim wears several hats at CRH. She is a social worker who earned her masters degree at the Simmons School of Social Work in Boston, MA with a specialization in identity development and self esteem with children, adolescents, and adults. She also facilitated treatment groups in schools and residential facilities.
After years of clinical experience, Kim transitioned into the arena of management and organizational development. She has spent the last five years supporting organizations to expand and grow into their full potential. Kim is also trained in various forms of breath work, meditation, somatic modalities, Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY), and is certified as a Kundalini Yoga Teacher (KYT). In addition to providing these therapeutic services to clients at The Center for Relational Healing, Kim is also a member of the treatment team for CRH’s intensive outpatient program. Kim’s strong clinical background coupled with her business acumen makes her a great fit for her various roles at CRH.
Anna Aslanian, LMFT
Anna Aslanian is a licensed psychotherapist in the states of CA, FL and NY. She specializes in trauma, addictions and couples therapy. In addition to working at CRH, Anna has a private practice in west Los Angeles, and works at an intensive outpatient program for substance abuse. Anna uses a variety of therapeutic modalities tailored to fit her client’s unique needs. She believes that regardless of therapy methods, the therapeutic relationship with a client is the most important, hence she puts her clients’ comfort level in therapy as a priority.
Anna is EMDR trained, a psychotherapy approach that focuses on dysfunctionally stored memories that cause distress. Additionally, Anna is a Gottman Method trained psychotherapist, a research based therapy method for couples. Anna has extensive experience in working with diverse clients ranging from children to acutely mentally ill adults. She is an active member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), Armenian American Mental Health Association (AAMHA) and the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).
Ryan Brewer, MFTi, E-RYT
Ryan is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern and graduate from Pacifica Graduate Institute. He holds dual Masters degrees in Depth Psychology and Spiritual Psychology. This extensive education allows Ryan to compassionately work with individuals and couples from an East/West perspective. He has been an experienced registered yoga teacher through the Yoga Alliance for over a decade and encourages mindfulness, meditation, and daily exercise as a foundation of self-care for his clients. Ryan has worked with individuals and couples struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and sexual addiction at the Southern California Counseling Center for over two years, and he brings those skills and experience to his clients at The Center for Relational Healing.
Gemini Adams, RYT, MNFSH
Gemini is a trauma specialist, yoga teacher and award-winning author with a portfolio of bestselling self-help books and published articles.
An advanced TRE® practitioner, Somatic Trauma Resolution and Body Sense facilitator, Yoga Alliance (RYT® 200) Atma Yoga teacher, grief counselor, and a certified member of the National Federation of Spiritual Healers (NFSH), she facilitates classes, workshops and one-to-one sessions with adults, at-risk teens, children, the bereaved and special needs groups. In addition to providing these therapeutic services to individuals at The Center for Relational Healing, Gemini is also a member of the treatment team for CRH’s intensive outpatient program.
Using movement and body-based ‘somatic’ practices, Gemini gently and safely helps her clients unravel the ‘stuff’ that sits behind their suffering — grief, unexpressed truth, negative programming, boundary violations from abuse or physical injury, toxic patterns, unresolved trauma and stress, to bring relief and restore an authentic state of wellbeing to body, mind and soul.
She loves to combine her passion for travel and changing lives. In the past 20 years, she has participated in youth, personal development and community outreach projects with The Red Cross, Raleigh International, Cancer Research, Personal Overseas Development and The Tony Robbins Foundation in Africa, Peru, China, Poland, England and the USA.
Gemini’s books, including, Your Legacy of Love: Realize the Gift in Goodbye, which gives a personal account of her mother’s battle with cancer and the insights gained from this loss, have been translated into several languages and been featured on the Today Show, the Huffington Post, the BBC, Reuters and in Family Health and Wellness, Female First, Live It Natural, RED and Women’s Health magazines. Gemini was also awarded the prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship, which led to her research project, The Role of Love in Palliative Care. She currently writes for OpentoHope.com and HuffingtonPost.com.
Ilyse Craft, Lifestyle and Wellness Coach
Ilyse is a Lifestyle and Wellness Coach specializing in creating actionable plans to restore order and organization to your home and life. As an adjunct to the therapeutic process, working with Ilyse will produce immediate results that will move you through the day to day reality of a difficult period. Many people struggle with “keeping it all together” and having the support of a coach can help build momentum to lasting habit changes.
As a unique “in home” coach, Ilyse will assess specific obstacles to your lifestyle and wellness goals and gain understanding of what is keeping you from experiencing the joy and vitality you long for. Putting a plan in place to bring order and calm to your home will have an enormous impact on day to day life. When your living environment supports your emotional well being and vision, you will be left with the mental space and energy to focus more attention on your long-term therapeutic goals.
As a single mom and successful business-woman, Ilyse found her salvation by creating a calm, organized and systematic household. Having had her share of loss, recovery and repair, she knows first-hand how powerful making changes to the environment can be towards bringing serenity. Her passion is home décor and having spent her career in the Fashion industry, Ilyse has transformed countless spaces and lives.