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Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Elana Clark-Faler
LCSW, CSAT-S, CST, CGP

Elana Clark-Faler, LCSW, CSAT-S, CST, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCS 23340), Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and Supervisor (CSAT-S), and a Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist and Supervisor (CMAT-S),  through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) and Certified Sex Therapist (CST) through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.  She is Certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She has extensive training and experience working with a full range of addictive sexual behavior and sexual problems. In addition, she is a Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) from the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA).

Elana taught Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment and Substance Abuse Treatment at UCLA Graduate School of Public Affairs from 2013 – 2016.  She is a member of the American Association of Couples and Sex Therapists (AACAST) where she received her training from Dr. Walter Brackelmann at the University of California Los Angeles.

Elana obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago (2000). She trained in Dialectical-Behavioral Treatment, Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment, EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic approaches and Group Therapy. She has worked in numerous agencies providing comprehensive treatment in both Chicago and Los Angeles, such as the Sexual Recovery Institute Founded by Rob Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S. She has been trained by Patrick Carnes and Pia Mellody in the areas of sex addiction, love addiction and trauma.

Elana is a national speaker, educator, and consultant. She has spoken at the following companies and institutions: HBO, Sony, UCLA, Ogilvy, California State University, the Center for Healthy Sex, Goodwin Procter, Lawyers Assistance Program, Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) Annual Conference, International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) Annual Conference, Summit Recovery Conference at Loyola Marymount University, Loyola Marymount University, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, State of California Bar Association, Business Health Services and local community events. She has spoken on topics related to addiction, stress & anger management, sex/love addiction treatment, sexual harassment, women in recovery, group therapy and other related topics.

Her professional affiliations and memberships include the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH), American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), American Association of Couples and Sex Therapists (AACAST), National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Women’s Association of Addiction Treatment (WAAT), American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) and Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles (GPALA) and International Institute for Trauma and Addiction (IITAP).

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Sarah M. Frank
LMFT, ATR

Sarah M. Frank, LMFT, ATR, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT#90725) and Registered Art Therapist (ATCB#15-211). Sarah obtained her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from Phillips Graduate University.  Sarah is trained in Couples and Family Therapy, Art Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Group Psychotherapy, and Addiction Counseling.

Sarah is an adjunct professor at Phillips Graduate University, advising marriage and family therapy and art therapy students and teaching Group Art Therapy and Case Conference in the Art Therapy program. Sarah also currently runs multiple weekly residential and IOP art therapy addiction groups at SOBA Recovery Center.  Sarah has presented workshops and on panels at the American Group Psychotherapy Association’s annual conference on running art therapy groups and using 12-Step treatment in group therapy.

Sarah has been working in the field of addiction and recovery since 2008, specializing in treating young adults with co-occurring disorders. Sarah’s background prior to becoming a therapist includes drug and alcohol counseling with adolescents and young adults and teaching mild to moderate Special Education students in middle and high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

In her therapeutic work, Sarah values the unique needs and goals of her clients, helping them to make desired changes in their lives. Sarah also specializes in assisting creatively-inclined individuals with rediscovering their artistic potential and unblocking their creative process. Sarah has worked on many community-based art therapy projects, including building a 15-foot-diameter dream catcher to raise awareness around addiction in young adult populations.

Sarah’s professional affiliations include The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), and the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles (GPALA). Sarah has been a co-chair of the Addiction and Recovery Special Interest Group of AGPA since 2010.