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.
Kim Gould, ACSW, Clinical Operations Manager
Kim wears several hats at CRH. She is a clinical 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 residential facilities focused on addiction, trauma and relationships.
After years of clinical experience, Kim also transitioned into the arena of management and organizational development. In the last five years, she has supported CRH in expanding and growing into its greater potential. In addition to her traditional clinical training, Kim is also trained in various forms of breath work, meditation, somatic modalities, intimacy coaching, Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY), and is certified as a Kundalini Yoga Teacher (KYT). Kim weaves these therapeutic modalities together for her clients’ optimal well-being and growth at The Center for Relational Healing, where she is also a member of the treatment team for CRH’s intensive outpatient programs (IOPs). 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 The Center for Relational Healing, Anna has a private practice in West Los Angeles. 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 certified, 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).
Lisa Palac, LMFT
Lisa Palac is a licensed psychotherapist and sex therapist, specializing in healthy intimacy, healing sexual trauma, and treating both love addiction and love avoidance. She is committed to helping couples and individuals discover their highest level of sexual well-being and authenticity.
She received extensive training at the Center for Healthy Sex in Los Angeles, where she worked with clients on a wide variety of sexual and relationship issues, as well as love and sex addiction, and intimate partner betrayal. She facilitated women’s intimacy groups and developed the center’s 3-Day Women’s Love Addiction workshop. Lisa is also trained in the Trauma Resiliency Model (Level 1) and also Brainspotting, a relatively new approach to healing trauma.
Lisa has also worked in community mental health, providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples, adolescents and families at the Antioch University Counseling Center, a clinic known for serving Los Angeles’ culturally broad and sexually diverse community. She has also provided psychotherapy to adolescents in the Los Angeles’ public schools, helping teenagers heal from depression, anxiety, trauma, and family conflicts.
As an author, journalist and media consultant for over 20 years, Lisa’s work focused on the intersection of sex and technology, with an emphasis on female sexual empowerment. She has a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and a bachelor’s degree in Media Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Lisa is a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). LMFT #101981
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
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.