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

Clinical Director

Elana Clark-Faler, LCSW, CSAT-S, CST Clinical Director, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCS 23340), Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT-S) and Supervisor,  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 is a professor at UCLA Graduate School of Public Affairs and 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. 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 2009, International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) Annual Conference 2008, Summit Recovery Conference at Loyola Marymount University 2008, 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).

Sara Loughlin, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Sara Loughlin, LCSW, is a licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCS 25941), with more than a decade of experience as a psychotherapist on a broad range of behavioral and mental health issues, including substance abuse and addictions, trauma and PTSD, and family/parenting matters. Sara completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA and received her Master’s in Social Work from USC. She has been working in the mental health field since 2003, providing counseling and therapy to a wide spectrum of individuals, families, couples, and groups, in various settings, including hospitals and clinics and inpatient and outpatient treatment programs.

Sara focuses on assessing the specialized needs of each individual client (or couple), and will employ the therapeutic theory or technique (among many) that best fits the client’s personality and specific circumstances. Her approach and techniques are particularly informed by her extensive training in social work, which takes into account all of the numerous factors that influence people, including the family system (including any family of origin issues), cultural factors, job situation/related pressures, financial pressures, social support, wellness (including diet and exercise), and coping skills. Sara also utilizes mindfulness and meditation techniques to bring a client’s awareness into the present, and helps clients get in touch with their authentic self. In addition to her Master’s education at USC, Sara has undertaken extensive other training such as recent anger management training by UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center.

Sara understands that each client is unique in terms of background, the specific issues to be dealt with, current situations, and his or her dynamics with the therapist. Sara is passionate about helping clients to improve the quality of their lives through a better understanding of themselves and their relationships with others.

Sarah M. Frank, LMFT, ATR

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Sarah M. Frank, LMFT, ATR, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT#90725) and registered art therapist (ATR).  Sarah obtained her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from Phillips Graduate University. She was also the peer-nominated culmination speaker for her Art Therapy cohort.  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, teaching Group Art Therapy and Case Conference for the Art Therapy program. Sarah has presented a workshop on art therapy in groups (2017) and spoken on a panel about 12-Step treatment approaches to group therapy (2016) at the American Group Psychotherapy Association’s annual conference in New York City. She has been working in the field of addiction and recovery for the past eight years, 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, 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.

Vonique Schmidt, LPCC, LPC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Vonique Schmidt is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC 2647), as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC 15499) in Arizona, and holds a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Arizona. When working with her clients, Vonique has a low-key, compassionate approach and, when needed, is not afraid to challenge her clients.

Immediately after graduating with her Bachelor’s degree from Regis University in Denver, CO, Vonique began her journey in the field of mental health by working as a case manager for individuals with serious mental illness who were also involved in the criminal justice system. With a desire to grow professionally, and gain the tools and knowledge necessary to better help the clients she cared about, Vonique decided to pursue a Master’s degree and become a licensed therapist. While earning her graduate degree, Vonique completed her clinical 6-month internship working in the eating disorder and chronic pain programs at the residential treatment facility, Sierra Tucson. Prior to returning to her hometown of Los Angeles, Vonique earned her LPC in Arizona while working at PPEP, Inc. serving individuals struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues whose children had been removed by the state.

Over the past 10 years, Vonique has had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings, helping individuals overcome a diverse set of challenges. Working in 6 different treatment centers throughout Tucson and Los Angeles, Vonique has gained experience helping people who are dealing with substance abuse, process addiction, trauma, grief/loss, shame/vulnerability, anger management, and criminal justice issues.

Vonique also stays involved in the community by volunteering at the nationwide organization, “Comfort Zone Camp,” or CZC. CZC provides free weekend-long bereavement camps to children between the ages of 7-17 who have lost a sibling, parent, or guardian.

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