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 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 - 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.

Lisa Palac

LMFT, Certified Partner Trauma Therapist (CPTT) Candidate - lisa@lacrh.com

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 #101981EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).

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.

Beth Tiras

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - beth@lacrh.com

Beth is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#50143)  who obtained her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University.  Beth has experience working with people struggling with numerous issues including interpersonal trauma,  eating disorders, substance misuse, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorders and life transitions.  She has worked as a psychotherapist in home, school, and office settings, as well as having worked in treatment centers for ten years.  

Beth  believes we each hold the capacity for healing and personal growth, and at times, we all need help navigating through our journey.  She  believes pain, fear, and problematic beliefs and behaviors can be decreased by working collaboratively to gain a deeper understanding of your emotional experiences, and how they impact the way you relate to yourself and to the others.  Beth’s goal is to help you develop a stronger sense of identity and empowerment, so you can develop more fulfilling relationships, and live a life that feels congruent with your values.  

Beth is a member of numerous professional organizations including the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development,The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration.  

Ashton Roberts

Office Administrator - ashton@lacrh.com

Ashton has been working in administration for five years and is currently obtaining a Graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. She assists clients with billing, scheduling, and supports the team at The Center for Relational Healing.