Meet a few of CHI Recovery’s Providers
Your CHI Recovery Providers are not only comprised of Provider Members (including a Addiction Certified Acupuncturist, Nutritionist, and licensed Mental Health Providers), but also by numerous support members and volunteers. These community partners may include Psychiatrists, Naturopaths, Physical Therapists, Physical Trainers, both In- and Out-Patient Rehabilitation Centers, community organization members serving this population, and others whose scope of practice is within the field of addiction treatment. Every member of your Provider Team is a member of a qualified professional operating under the guidelines of CHI Recovery, Inc.
Marriage and Family Therapist
Clinical Care Director
I am passionate about your recovery. No one has to be burdened by this disease—and everyone has the inherent right to a quality life. I will show up for you and give my all, if you will meet us in that place of sincere effort. Do this for yourself, and this program can change your life forever.
I’m ACTION ORIENTED, GOAL SPECIFIC and I don’t dish out BS in our work together—you are too important for that. I know that change occurs with simultaneous alignment between the heart (emotional alignment), the body (action) and your honest intention (soul)—“showing up”. I ask the same of myself in regards to you: you will see me.
I believe that counseling should make a significant impact right away when the client is committed. Dynamic Life Counseling has partnered with some of the most qualified addiction specialists in the region. We are all passionate in our work with addiction, co- dependency, families, couples and individuals who sincerely want dramatic change in their lives and relationships. My desire is to help you see yourself clearly, enabling deep life choices from a place of authenticity, empowerment and wisdom.
Trained primarily as a Family Systems Therapist, I have additional depth with Transpersonal, Cognitive-Behavioral and Feminist Psychology and have, as an aside, had an expansive history in business. Generally-speaking, I “get it” and can help you fix complicated relationship dynamics, addictions, co-dependency, problem patterns, depression or lifelong frustrations. Licensed over 20 years, I’m open-minded, interactive & fully engaged.
I have had tons of clients with diverse challenges; most are people just like you, seeking depth in their journeys and tangible results. No crisis is too great or problem too small. Reaching out is the hard part–it will get better from here.
Please take a minute or two to familiarize yourself with our Chi Recovery Providers.
ACUPUNCTURE & NUTRITION PROVIDER
Jody James, MS, L.Ac.
Acupuncturist & Nutritional Advisor
Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
I discovered the healing powers of acupuncture and energetic medicine during my recovery from a life-altering injury in 2001. My Masters of Science degree is from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley, California. As post-graduate studies I chose stress and pain resolution, acupuncture cosmetology, color and sound therapies, and women’s reproductive health.
I am also an Allied Health Professional at Palm Drive Hospital, Sebastopol, where I treat patients pre- and post-operatively to minimize pain, anxiety and surgical complications and to speed recovery.
Our history, lifestyle, diet, environment and attitude all play an important part in our health, and I strive to empower people in their healing process through education, intuition and compassion. I am also a vocalist, dancer, designer and writer.
Nancy Vogl, Transformational Coach
For 30 years now I’ve been a part of a vibrant and life-affirming community of non-profit organizations serving the vision of a peaceful planet. As a musician, I helped usher in a new awareness of the need for women to assume their rightful place in decision- making in health, rape/domestic violence services, ecology and wage equality.
Over the years I’ve made several albums and played in other groups making music that speaks to a better world for all. When not on tour, I worked in youth residential treatment and Juvenile Hall, drawing on my experience in Recreation and Parks and teaching Art in private schools. During the 90’s, as Youth Service Director for the Volunteer Center of the Sonoma County, I became passionate about youth service and served as a Regional Lead for the CA. Dept. of Education, the State Superintendent’s Task Force on Service-Learning and led workshops for state and national conferences. I represented Northern California for a year in Barcelona, Spain as a Rotary Foundation International Peace Ambassador, and have spent most of my life dedicated to fostering cultural diversity and human rights. For almost 20 years now I have worked with Jim Foster as Co-Directors of Positive Images, in Sonoma County. My best to you in the work you do towards a greater kindness and communities rich with love.
MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS
Lawrence Peltz, Ph. D., LMFT 12862
Marriage and Family Therapist
Psychotherapy is about freedom: freedom from suffering, freedom to improve what is working poorly in one’s life and to develop as an authentic human being. It’s also about exploration within a relationship where safety and trust are established; feelings are honored; pain is healed. My commitment is to listen carefully, provide support, understand your concerns, help you to gain insight and guide you to identify available options while respecting your right to make your own choices. My style: engaged and interactive. My capacity for empathy is substantial. Theory and methodology is always matched to individual needs and circumstances.
Perhaps you’re suffering with anxiety, loneliness or depression. You may be needing help with a close personal relationship or seeking support during a period of transition. You may be troubled with questions about alcohol, drugs or other problematic behaviors. Let’s sort things out together and find solutions. I have a doctorate in Psychology, Master’s degrees in both Systems Management and Counseling & Guidance, coupled with decades of clinical practice, provide a solid base for our work together.
Diana Mendelson, MFT 44145
I am interested in discovering who you are and what you need to help you heal. It takes courage to begin this journey, and you don’t have to do it alone. For nearly twenty years I have helped individuals, couples and families find their way through the difficult places they encounter and to experience their aliveness, again or for the first time. You will find my style to be respectful and gentle, and you can also count on me to offer you feedback that is straightforward and direct.
I have a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco and four years of training with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, which guides my approach toward working with people living with the effects of trauma in their lives. My practice is wide-ranging, and I can help you sort out relationship issues, grief, depression, and other problems that are getting in your way. When not working with clients I have a passion for mentoring and supervising new therapists as they move through their training. I wish you success on your path, and hope that I can support you in achieving it.
Debra Kelly, LMFT 12862
Marriage and Family Therapist
When you are in transition, it is easy to feel stuck, confused and disconnected. You don’t know where you’re going or how you’re going to get there or if you even want to make a change.
If you are feeling confused and afraid about what the future might bring, you don’t have to face it alone. If you are feeling disconnected or numb, you can find the joy in your life again. If you’re feeling lost, I can help you find meaning in your life. You can reconnect with life in a way that makes sense for you. You can understand your feelings, yourself and your choices and move forward with satisfaction in your life. I will help you determine where you want to go from here and help you make the change. You will feel confident that you are doing what is right for you. I can help you build the life you truly want. Call me to take the first step of claiming your unique journey.
Cathy Beardsley, MA, LMFT 82422
Marriage and Family Therapist
As a client-centered collaborative therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your potential and lead a life that is meaningful to you. While we can’t change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges you face in your life. Working deeply in a safe and supportive way, we will explore behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for depression and anxiety counseling to trauma resolution and identity issues, couples counseling and beyond. My approach is client-centered and collaborative and I work to support your process in a kind, direct, and caring way.
Nancy Burns, LMFT 30316
EMDR / Hypnotherapy
Marriage and Family Therapist
I have over 20 years of successfully working with individuals suffering from trauma including sexual molestation, violent relationship, witnessing a traumatic event, or growing up in a verbally, emotionally or physically abusive environment. I am trained in E.M.D.R., an evidence-based approach to address and heal traumatic life experiences.
My style is interactive intervening when necessary with care. Individuals and couples have expressed their appreciation of my approach. Relationships can bring up wonderful feelings and on the other hand can stir up the most painful feelings as well. In a safe and supportive environment, I gently invite you to notice your triggers and response to your partner. With support and guidance, couples learn how to respectfully express their thoughts, feelings and needs without using blame or criticism.
I hold a masters’ degree in counseling psychology from the University of San Francisco in 1989. Prior to opening a private practice in 1994 as a licensed psychotherapist, I worked in various settings including Social Advocates for Youth; Pocket Ranch – an inpatient facility; as well as an interdisciplinary group practice.
Tom Cobb, LMFT 6936
Marriage and Family Therapist
My approach is caring, sensitive and collaborative. Using a process of self-inquiry, clients are guided to find clarity and insight. Depending upon the situation, I draw from a diverse approach of counseling skills which may include E.M.D.R., Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral, Psych-K®, Mindfulness and Insight Meditation.
Through my professional education and life experiences, I have had an opportunity to blend two strains of knowledge and training. Both have their origin for me in the early 1970’s and both are approaches which teach self regulation and empowerment through awareness and re-patterning of the body’s responses. The first was T’ai Chi Chuan and Qigong where I had the unique opportunity to study with a knowledgeable teacher willing to teach this ancient art of body awareness. The practice of T’ai Chi and Qigong has given me an experiential window into my own physiology and a profound respect for the body’s ability, even necessity, to be “patterned” for good or ill. Secondly, in the late 1970’s I was a counselor and psychological assistant administering psychological testing for a pain clinic in Santa Rosa, California. I was part of a multidisciplinary team which assessed the needs of chronic pain sufferers.
The heart of my work has always been biofeedback–using sensitive electrical monitoring equipment to teach people how to become aware of their physiological responses, relax and reverse the sometimes very negative effects of stress and muscle tension. In my own work I incorporate insights from Chinese medicine, particularly the stretching and internal awareness aspects. I have worked with many patients who had not responded to any other form of treatment for their chronic, debilitating conditions.
My success rate with these patients who had not responded to years of medical treatment has been impressive. I have treated people with a variety of conditions: headaches, neck pain, whiplash, low-back pain, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, panic attacks, chronic anxiety, premature ventricular contractions, irritable bladder syndrome, irritable bladder syndrome, insomnia, incontinence and nonspecific abdominal pain.
Based on over 25 years of clinical experience, I know it is possible to effectively teach people how to be in charge of their bodies and reverse the debilitating cycle of chronic disorders.
Denise Wagner, LCSW 17251, Psy.D
I specialize in family, child and adolescent therapy; Adoption Service Provider, Second Parent Adoption Homestudies; Attachment and Bonding Assessments. I have been a Licensed Psychologist since 2012 and a Clinical Social Worker since 2002. From 2006 to 2011, I worked for the Sonoma County Juvenile Probation Department as a Psychologist.
Pat Jackman, M.A.
Emotional Release Bodywork (aka Amanae)
I completed my Master’s Degree 22 years ago and found Amanae bodywork 20 years ago, practicing it ever since. This deep tissue bodywork allows your body to release long stored trauma, including psychological and spiritual as well as physical. Releasing these blocks allow your heart to open and your true self to emerge.
Gangarani E. Keech, MEd,
RYT-500, Yoga Therapist
Yoga for Trauma
I am a certified instructor in both Kundalini Yoga and Hatha Yoga traditions, and hold a master’s degree in counseling, focusing my final work on using yogic breathing to reduce depression in cardiac trauma survivors. I’ve taught for the University of Alaska and Infinite Yoga, in Fairbanks, Alaska, as well as privately, and facilitated workshops combining yoga and expressive arts techniques. I also have several years of experience working in community mental health and vocational rehabilitation.
Yoga offers tools for retraining the nervous system and empowering practitioners to become more self-aware. Yogic interventions have been found empirically helpful in addressing conditions including trauma, anxiety, and depression, as well as medical concerns such as diabetes, chronic pain, and heart conditions. Balancing the energetic centers of the body through use of posture, breathing, meditation, relaxation, and vibration of sounds, I help clients to come into their bodies and into their experience of the moment. In this receptive state they can recognize their mind-body-spirit connection, learn techniques to alleviate stress, and increase courage and creativity for change.
- Deep Tissue and Medical/Lymphatic Massage
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Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sonoma County, Northern California