Dianna Hansen M.A., IMF, CADC-II
Dianna Hansen M.A., IMF, CADC-II is a registered marriage and family therapy intern as well as a certified drug and alcohol counselor. She has been working in the field of substance abuse providing counseling and assessment to addicts in a variety of settings since 2011. She received her B.A. in clinical psychology from San Diego State University in 1998, certificate of massage practitioner from the School of Healing Arts in 2007, and M.F.T. from Argosy University in 2012.
Her approach to treating people with addictive disorders uses a combination of techniques from brief strategic therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness and concepts from Chinese medicine. Her treatment philosophy stems from a foundation belief each person is the catalyst for their own healing.
Dianna Hansen M.A., IMF, CADC-II
Brandon Parkhurst is a singer/songwriter from San Diego. He has been the key songwriter for Kut U Up and Yovee for over 15 years as well as toured with Green Day, Blink 182 and Jimmy Eat World. Brandon has written scores for many surf and skate films in the action sports industry premiered around the world for Fuel T.V. and E.S.P.N. Sport. He also starred in the documentary “Riding in Vans With Boys”, a full length film about life on the road of an arena tour.
Brandon had fun with the party life style until it finally caught up with him in 2008. He was resistant to recovery in the beginning because he was under the impression that he needed to be “loaded” in order to create good music. Since getting sober, he has spent his time starting a new band, Indigo Mystics. His hopes are that this shows artists also struggling with the same impression, that it is possible to be inspired without the use of any substance.
Brandon also has Studied Core Energetics at Radical Aliveness Institute of Southern California.
He has his practitioners License and has created a program called Radical Recovery:
During Radical Recovery sessions, the clients will find a collective intelligence that requires each member’s total presence, participation and connection. Clients will learn to be fully alive and unafraid to know anything about themselves. They can experience the powerful feelings of others in group without the need to mould or tame them. Clients learn to hold space where conflict and challenge are welcome because they serve as doorways to fresh insights, ingenious solutions and new possibilities on how to stay clean and sober. Radical Recovery moves our focus beyond individual power, and toward our larger self.
“Surrender does not mean to give up. It just means that I am willing to join the winning side”.
“The process of songwriting is a deep connection to that which created me. It transcends time and space and provides an opportunity to heal trauma and darkness, all the while providing an openness to live in the light.”
Madison Nees has worked as an artist and instructor since 2011. Ms. Nees began her career teaching art instruction at various schools and businesses and showing her art in galleries such as the San Diego Art Institute. Upon getting into recovery herself, Madison began developing a curriculum to utilize her knowledge of recovery and art to help others in need.
Madison has always believed that art plays a vital role in the support of addiction recovery. Ms. Nees works at various treatment centers around San Diego, facilitating groups that provide the space for recovering addicts and alcoholics to express themselves through art.
Julianna Wida has worked in the field of health and fitness since 1993. Ms. Wida has worked in a variety of positions in gyms, eating disorder clinic, spas, weight loss centers, private studio and in private homes as a personal trainer, yoga instructor, nutritionist and massage therapist.
Mrs. Wida’s experience and knowledge has allowed her to approach wellness through a holistic understanding; mind, body and spirit. Ms. Wida has a Bachelor in Science in Foods and Nutrition from San Diego State University, Certified Holistic Health Practitioner from School of Healing Arts, Certified Yoga Instructor, and has her National and California Certifications as a Massage Therapist.
Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)
Samuel Newman has worked in the field of human services since the early 1970s as a para-professional counselor for people who suffer from substance abuse and dependency. Mr. Newman’s qualifications in this field were derived from direct life experiences from the prior decade, he soon realized he had a natural gift in using dialogue as a healing tool. He began his formal educational training in 1980 and received a California Psychiatric Technician’s license in 1982. Mr. Newman continued his formal education as well as professional endeavors in the area of human services and received his Bachelors in Counseling Psychology in 1984 and a Masters in Counseling Psychology in 1986 from the Professional School of Psychological Studies in San Diego California. Mr. Newman received his license as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 1989. He has been in private practice as well as a variety of consulting positions since achieving his MFT license.
M.A., IMF – IOP and Rehab Therapist – Clinical Staff
Pam Highfill is a Marriage Family Therapist Intern who has deep compassion for individuals and families impacted by addiction. Ms. Highfill began working professionally in the field of substance abuse treatment in 2004, earned her CAS Certification in 2006 and became CADC II Certified in 2010. Recognizing the correlation between addiction and mental health, she returned to school and obtained a B.S. Degree in Human Services with an emphasis on Addiction Studies, then went on to obtain her M.A. in Counseling Psychology. Ms. Highfill has worked with various populations including adolescents, LGTB clients, and individuals involved in the criminal justice system. Ms. Highfill uses evidence based best practices and motivational interviewing skills to collaborate with the client throughout their treatment experience. As a family therapist intern she continues using these skills while incorporating solution focused theories with individuals to help them to identify and reach their goals.
Therapist – MFTI
Dana McNeil is a 4th generation San Diegan, and the people and character of this city are an integral part of who she is and has influence Dana as a therapist. Specializing in couples work, LBGTQIA clients, addiction recovery, and trauma, grief, and loss, Dana provides psychotherapy for couples, families, and individuals.
Dana’s style of therapy with couples is an evidence-based therapy style known as Gottman Method for healthy relationships. This evidence based-practice utilizes a concept known as the Sound Relationship House, which focuses on nine areas of relationship work. Dana McNeil works together with Couples on providing a stronger sense of each partner’s needs, creating shared meanings, and working out issues regarding conflict, trust and commitment.
Dana also works with individuals who are on their journey of recovery from addiction. Dana often works with clients who are family members or partners of addicted individuals to provide them a safe place to process feelings and changes that arise from the process of recovery. Dana will help you look at the frightening or hidden parts of your life about which you have been in denial now that you are in sobriety.
Dana is a member of International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP). Dana can provides many evidence-based tools to help you find a way to ground yourself when recovering from trauma, grief, or loss.
People her warm and friendly, easy to talk to, accepting, and non-judgmental. Dana’s goal in therapy is to provide a safe space for you to be yourself, help you discover your strengths, and help you develop insight and acceptance of life lessons in given situations. She looks forward to meeting with you and supporting you on your journey.
Therapist Dana McNeil MFTI
Dr. Sean House
Dr. Sean House is a licensed psychologist in the State of California (PSY-25128) who began integrating mental health and addictive behaviors counseling in his master’s degree program in counseling at Eastern Washington University. He went on to earn a doctoral degree from the University of Idaho in counselor education. Dr. House’s training instilled in him the importance of developing a collaborative relationship with clients in determining the goals and tasks of counseling in order to help clients make the necessary changes to beat addictionin. This collaborative spirit is the essence of good mental health counseling and has unfortunately been missing from traditional addictions counseling, which often will predetermine the goals and tasks for clients, without being sensitive to what those individuals are ready to change. Dr. House strives to understand each client’s unique perspective, and help them overcome addictive behavior in ways that are acceptable to them. This can include goals of abstinence, moderation, and/or less harmful use. In addition, Dr. House helps clients overcome their psychological/emotional difficulties that hinder them from having a better life.
Dr. House utilizes a wide range of therapies, seeking to find the most effective approach for each particular client. This flexibility provides the best framework for creating a therapeutic relationship that leads to successful outcomes, as determined by the client. To ensure that each counseling session is valuable for clients, Dr. House asks clients to complete a four-item survey at the end of each session indicating how useful the session was (the Session Rating Scale). Also, in order to ensure that counseling is effective in improving clients lives, Dr. House asks them to complete a similar four-item survey about how their lives have been in the previous week (the Outcome Rating Scale). This use of Feedback Informed Treatment, has strong research support demonstrating improved outcomes in counseling. Dr. House is committed to collaborating with clients in creating the most effective counseling experience possible.
Dr. Sean House