From our Admissions and Administrative staff to our Senior Fellows and Clinical staff, The Meadows employs only the most knowledgeable, experienced and compassionate people. We pride ourselves on providing quality, cutting-edge care from some of the nation's leading industry experts.
Sean Walsh is the Executive Director of The Meadows Wickenburg. Sean has over 16 years of experience in the behavioral health field. Sean has a clinical background and although he has been a treatment center executive for the past 4 years, he is a licensed therapist and is highly invested in ensuring quality care to the patients the Meadows serves. Sean came to the Meadows from Calvary Addiction Recovery Center where he was the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Calvary, Sean was the COO of Laurel Ridge Treatment Center in San Antonio, he has held a wide variety of positions in the treatment field ranging from; Director of Outpatient, Risk Management, Case Management, Intake and has been a primary therapist specializing in treating young adults.
The team of Senior Fellows constantly challenges The Meadows to excel and stay current in our treatment programs. This outstanding group of leaders, teachers and thinkers currently includes Pia Mellody, John Bradshaw, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Dr. Peter Levine, Dr. Jerry Boriskin, Dr. Shelley Uram, Dr. Claudia Black, Alexandra Katehakis and Dr. Patick Carnes. Each Senior Fellow is involved in world-wide practice and research in their area of expertise - lecturing patients on clinical works, publishing works in numerous professional publications, and providing their teachings and expertise to the patients and therapeutic staff at The Meadows.
Pia Mellody is a senior clinical advisor for The Meadows. As a pioneer in the field of recovery, Pia's theories on the effects of childhood trauma have become the foundation for The Meadows' programs, and are a major reason for their success.
Pia is widely known as one of the preeminent authorities in the fields of addiction and relationships. Her work on codependency, boundaries and the effects of childhood trauma on emotional development has profoundly influenced the treatment of addictions and the issues of forming and maintaining relationships. She is the author of several influential books, including "Facing Codependency," "Facing Love Addiction," and her latest work, "The Intimacy Factor."
At The Meadows, Pia trains our staff, counsels patients and families and speaks at workshops on campus and lectures around the world.
John Bradshaw is a world renowned educator, counselor, motivational speaker and author. He is one of the leading figures in the fields of addiction, recovery, family systems and the concept of toxic shame.
John was chosen by his peers as one of the 100 most influential writers on emotional health in the 20th century. His best-selling books and sold-out lectures and seminars have changed the lives of millions of people around the globe. Over the years, John has written several New York Times bestselling books, including Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child, Creating Love, and Healing the Shame That Binds You.
John has had a long and extensive association with The Meadows, teaching staff and patients, speaking at alumni retreats, and lecturing mental health professionals at our workshops and seminars. His work has greatly influenced the treatment programs at The Meadows.
In recognition of his contribution to the fields of addiction and recovery, an on-campus lecture hall has been dedicated in his honor. For more information about John Bradshaw, visit www.johnbradshaw.com.
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk is a clinical consultant for The Meadows and one of the world's foremost authorities on post-traumatic stress disorder and other related disorders. He has researched the psychobiology of trauma, traumatic memory, the effectiveness of EMDR and the effects of trauma on human development. He is a professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and founder of the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, Mass.
Dr. van der Kolk is the past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He has taught at universities and hospitals across the United States and around the world, in Europe, Africa, Russia, Australia, Israel and China.
Dr. van der Kolk has written extensively on the impact of trauma on development, borderline personalities, self-mutilation, cognitive development in traumatized children and adults, and the psychobiology of trauma. His most recent book is titled, Traumatic Stress.
For more information about Dr. van der Kolk and the Trauma Center, visit www.traumacenter.org.
Dr. Peter Levine
Dr. Peter Levine is a clinical consultant at The Meadows. Dr. Levine developed Somatic Experiencing, a short-term, naturalistic approach to the resolution and healing of trauma and teaches it all over the globe.
Dr. Levine was a stress consultant for NASA during the development of the space shuttle, and is the author of the best-selling book, Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, as well as three audio learning series: "Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body," "It Won't Hurt Forever: Guiding Your Child Through Trauma," and "Sexual Healing: Transforming the Sacred Wound."
For more information about Dr. Levine and Somatic Experiencing, please visit the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, an organization founded and developed by Dr. Levine, at www.somaticexperiencing.com.
Dr. Jerry Boriskin
Dr. Jerry Boriskin is an author, lecturer, and clinician with an expertise in trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addictive disorders. He began his career in 1979 when PTSD began to emerge as a diagnosis. In the mid-1980's, he began working with addicts and sexual abuse survivors.
Dr. Boriskin is a leader in extending the continuum of care and has developed two extended residential treatment programs for co-occurring disorders. As a passionate advocate for integrated treatment, Dr. Boriskin is a licensed psychologist and addiction specialist who has been working with traumatized soldiers at the V.A. of Northern California.
He is the author of PTSD and Addiction: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Counselors and co-authored "At Wit's End: What Families Need to Know When a Loved One is Diagnosed with Addiction and Mental Illness." For more information about Dr. Boriskin or to read his blog, visit www.jerryboriskin.com.
Dr. Shelley Uram
Dr. Shelley Uram is a Harvard trained, triple board-certified psychiatrist and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She speaks around the country about how psychological trauma often interferes with our ability to thrive in life. She is best known for communicating very complex information in an interesting and easy to understand way.
Dr. Uram conducts patient lectures and provides ongoing training and consultation to the treatment staff at The Meadows. When she isn't working as a Senior Fellow, she's conducting workshops, lectures and seminars across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom; or working as a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Arizona College of Medicine.
Dr. Uram has written numerous articles about psychological trauma and the brain and is currently writing a book on the subject. To read Dr. Uram's blog or for more information, visit www.shelleyuram.com.
To listen to Dr. Uram's interview on May 6, 2013, with Carol Juergensen Sheets, LCSW, CSAT, PCC, on BlogTalkRadio click here. The discussion focused on love addiction and trauma.
The following are a list of Dr. Uram's videos that can be found on The Meadows YouTube Channel:
- Different Trauma
- Chronic Trauma
- Explicit and Implicit Memories
- Trauma and How the Brain Communicates
- Sense of Self and the Nature of the Child
- Trauma Triggers
- Addiction in the Brain
- Covert Traumas
- Trauma is Relative
- Different Parts of the Brain
- The Benefits of SE and EMDR
- Little Traumas
- Trauma in Humans
- The Brain and Family Dysfunction
- Emotional Trauma and Brain Development
- One's Authentic Nature
Dr. Claudia Black
Claudia Black, M.S.W., Ph.D., is a renowned author and trainer internationally recognized for her pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictive disorders. Claudia holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Psychology from Columbia Pacific University and a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Washington.
Since the 1970's, Dr. Black's work has encompassed the impact of addiction on young and adult children. She has offered models of intervention and treatment related to family violence, multi-addictions, relapse, anger, depression and women's issues. Dr. Black designs and presents training workshops and seminars to professional audiences in the field of family service, mental health, addiction and correctional services. She authors books and creates educational videos for use with the addicted client and families affected by addiction.
She serves on the Advisory Board for the National Association of Children of Alcoholics, and the Advisory Council of the Moyer Foundation. Claudia is the author of several well-known books; the latest title being Intimate Treason: Healing the Trauma for Partners Confronting Sex Addiction. In addition, Dr. Black spent 11 years working in an advisory role with The Meadows.
For more information about Dr. Black, please visit www.claudiablack.com. To listen to Dr. Black’s interview on January 27, 2014, with Carol Juergensen Sheets, LCSW, CSAT, PCC, on BlogTalkRadio, click here. The discussion focused on the relationship between trauma in the family and addictive disorders.
Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CSAT-S, CST-S, is an expert in the treatment of sexual addiction and other sexual disorders and has incorporated interpersonal neurobiology into her Psychobiological Approach to Sex Addiction Treatment (PASAT). Ms. Katehakis is author of "Erotic Intelligence: Igniting Hot Healthy Sex After Recovery From Sex Addiction," 2010 and contributing author to Making Advances: A Comprehensive Guide for Treating Female Sex and Love Addicts, in M. Feree (Ed.), 2012. She has published in the Journal of Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity and the Psychotherapy Networker.
Katehakis is currently writing a book for the prestigious W.W. Norton Interpersonal Neurobiology Series edited by Allan Schore and Daniel Siegel titled, Sex Addiction As Affect Dysregulation: A Holistic Healing Model (2014). Recently, Katehakis is the 2012 recipient of the Carnes Award, a distinguished acknowledgement for her significant contributions to the field of sex addiction.
PATRICK CARNES, PhD, CAS, with 30 years in the addiction field, Dr. Patrick Carnes is in high demand as a speaker, presenter, and interview subject and continues to be the leading voice in the field of sex addiction. In addition, his assessment tools related to sex addiction and trauma offer therapists a proven means to begin the treatment process with clients. Dr. Carnes is the primary architect of the Gentle Path treatment program for the treatment of sexual and multiple addictive disorders. He pioneered the founding of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) and Gentle Path Press. From 1996 until 2004, Dr. Carnes was Clinical Director for Sexual Disorder Services at The Meadows. His achievements include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH), where they present an annual "Carnes Award" to researchers and clinicians who have made exceptional contributions to the field of sexual health.
Dr. Carnes is the author of Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction (1992), Contrary to Love: Helping the Sexual Addict (1989), The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships (1997), Open Hearts (1999), Facing the Shadow (2001), In the Shadows of the Net (2001), and The Clinical Management of Sex Addiction (2002), Recovery Zone (2009), and A Gentle Path Through the Twelve Principles (2012). Dr. Carnes' article, "18.4 Sexual Addiction," appears in Kaplan & Sadock's Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry (2005).
Dr. Nancy Bailey
Nancy Bailey, PhD, is the Clinical Director at The Meadows. She holds certifications as an addictions counselor, co-occurring disorders diplomat and experiential therapist. Nancy is also a certified EAGALA (equine) therapist. Having worked in the field of behavioral health since 1994, Dr. Bailey's research and professional interests have focused on women's recovery issues with special attention to eating disorders and trauma using experiential treatment modalities including psychodrama.
Dr. Bailey completed her PhD at Capella University in 2012 and her Masters and undergraduate degrees at Eastern University, St David's PA. Dr. Bailey believes that The Meadows model provides a beautiful foundational framework for a solid recovery lifestyle.
Gail is Director of Counseling at The Meadows. She earned her Master's degree in social work from Arizona State University in 1994. She is also a Certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS).
Gail began her career at The Meadows in 1994, but left in 2003 to move to Oklahoma where she was a hospice social worker. Her past experience with The Meadows includes family therapy, Survivors Workshop facilitator, director of counseling and group and individual therapy for patients addressing issues related to dual diagnosis, process and chemical addictions as well as affective disorders.
Jean Collins is the Director of Workshops for The Meadows. Jean received her master's degree in Social Work (MSW) from Arizona State University. Jean is licensed in the state of Arizona as a Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC) and is also a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT).
Jean is a returning employee, having owned a private practice for nine years in Phoenix, AZ. Prior to that, she was employed at The Meadows for seven years as a Family and Primary counselor, a Workshop Facilitator and the Intake Interventionist. Jean is elated to be back at The Meadows.
Dr. Robert Darden
Dr. Darden is a staff Psychologist at The Meadows. He was originally on staff at The Meadows from 2008 to 2011. Dr. Darden has worked as a psychologist, therapist and in management within the mental health field since 1993. Dr. Darden started his career as a mental health worker at a hospital in Flagstaff, Ariz. while working on a Master's Degree in Psychology at Northern Arizona University. After completing this degree in 1994, Dr. Darden entered the Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Ill. Dr. Darden received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2002.
Deirdre Stewart, MSC, LPC, SEP - Director of Trauma Resolution Services
Deirdre Stewart, MSC, LAC, is the Coordinator of Trauma Resolution Services. She holds a Bachelor of Communication from Pepperdine University, in Malibu, CA. and received a Master in Counseling from The University of New England in New South Wales. Stewart completed internships at South Pacific Private in Sydney, Australia, Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT and Family Behavioral Health IOP in Boca Raton, FL. She is a licensed professional in the state of Arizona and is trained in both EMDR and Somatic Experiencing. Training also includes Pia Mellody's Post Induction Training, Inner Child and Feeling Reduction Workshops. Prior to relocating back to the United States in 2008, Stewart was in private practice at Hong Kong Psychological Services in Hong Kong. Since 2009, Deirdre had been working in the Workshops Department.
Dr. Michael Denicole
Dr. Denicole currently serves as the Medical Director for The Meadows. Since 2007, he has practiced primary care addiction medicine. After receiving a medical degree in 1984 from the University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, MO, Dr. Denicole served a medical internship at Phoenix General Hospital. Dr. Denicole is Board Certified in both Family Practice and Addiction Medicine.
Dr. Stephen Brockway
Dr. Brockway worked at The Meadows from 1992 to 2006 as Medical Director and Staff Psychiatrist, and from 2010 to 2012 as Chief of Psychiatry.
He trained at Dartmouth College for his bachelor's degree and at Medical College of Wisconsin for his MD. He completed his residency at the University of Arizona Hospitals and at Dartmouth Medical School for Psychiatry, where he also had a fellowship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.
Dr Brockway is board certified in Adult Psychiatry, Adolescent Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine. He previously directed the PTSD (Combat Stress) Program at Phoenix VA Medical Center and was Chief Psychiatrist at the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections.
Through 35 years of being an in-patient psychiatrist, Dr. Brockway believes The Meadows model of treatment is the most effective he has ever encountered in helping patients achieve lasting recovery from trauma, addictions, and psychiatric illness.
Dr. Jon Caldwell
Dr. Caldwell is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of adults with relational trauma histories and addictive behaviors. For a number of years he has taught students, interns, residents, and professionals in medicine and mental health about how childhood adversity influences health and wellbeing.
Dr. Caldwell's theoretical perspective is heavily influenced by his PhD graduate work at the University of California at Davis, where he researches the affects of early childhood maltreatment and insecure attachment relationships on cognitive, emotional, and social functioning later in life.
Dr. Caldwell's clinical approach has become increasingly flavored by the timeless teachings and contemplative traditions of the mindfulness meditation practice.
Janelle Novick has practiced as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for 12 years. After completing her Master's program at the University of Akron in Ohio, she moved to Arizona where she became licensed and board certified. For her first six years in Arizona, she worked in an outpatient setting treating primarily seriously mentally ill patients in the East Valley and at a remote rural clinic in Kearny, AZ. She also had opportunities to assess and treat patients in prison and eventually worked fulltime on an inpatient unit in Apache Junction as the primary psychiatric provider. She established private practice in Chandler, AZ for a year before coming to work for The Meadows in 2009. Janelle likes to empower patients through educating them about their diagnosis, medications and how to advocate for themselves in treatment once they are discharged from The Meadows.
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