Who We Are

Our Staff

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@lacrh.com

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@lacrh.com

Jaclyn is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Clinical Partners Specialist.  Jaclyn worked under the supervision of Marnie Breecker from 2010 until she achieved licensure.  In 2013,  she joined The Center for Relational Healing (CRH) and has been a part of the CRH team since that time, working at both the Los Angeles and San Diego offices.  Jaclyn works with individuals and couples using a trauma informed approach, helping clients heal from betrayal trauma.

Jaclyn's therapy career began working in drug and alcohol addiction, specifically running family programs at outpatient treatment centers.  It was at a treatment center in 2010 when Jaclyn met Marnie and began her training in sex addiction and betrayal.  For the past ten years, Jaclyn has specialized in helping individuals and couples heal from infidelity, betrayal, addiction and integrity abuse.

Jaclyn also works at Helping Couples Heal, a comprehensive coaching company specializing in betrayal trauma as a couples workshop co-facilitator and men's intimacy group coach.  She recently trained with Dr. Omar Minwalla in Deceptive Sexuality and Trauma Treatment (DSTT).   

Kim Gould

ACSW - kim@lacrh.com

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.

John McNamara

LMFT - john@lacrh.com

John is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. John received his BA in classical literature from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California San Francisco – Hastings College of the Law. After two decades of successful work in film production and marketing, John decided to pursue his passion, left entertainment, and earned his Masters degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles.

John specializes in the treatment of couples and individuals in distress, including infidelity, sex addiction and trauma. John received his training in the treatment of betrayal trauma under Marnie Breeker, Founder and Clinical Director of CRH. John has advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy – an empirically validated treatment modality for couples. John is also trained in EMDR – a therapy that facilitates the accessing and processing of traumatic memories and other adverse life experiences to bring these to an adaptive resolution, resulting in decreased levels of distress.

John works from an orientation of sex positivity, is LGBTQ allied and values his relationship with each and every client as unique. John is honored to be invited into the healing process of the individuals and couples who trust him with their treatment. John is an active member of the Los Angeles Center of Emotionally Focused Therapy (LACEFT), the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) and EMDRIA, the EMDR International Association.

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