Are you stuck in unhealthy relationship patterns? Are you coping with the stress of life in destructive ways- by bottling up your feelings or acting out through addiction or in toxic relationships? You do not have to struggle alone. During the different stages of our lives, our relationships, and our family life cycle, we can get stuck in certain places. As your therapist, Don would work with you to help you find what you need so that you can move through these stuck places, experience healthier relationships, find hope and be free from destructive behaviors. Ultimately, Don’s goal and hope is that you discover love, freedom and joy.
Don is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He received his BA in Psychology from University of California, Riverside and his Masters in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Cal State Long Beach. He is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and is registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences. As a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist-Candidate (CSAT-C), Don continues to expand his professional development under leading experts in the sex addiction field.
Don is also a second generation Asian-American who was raised in Southern California. He understands the issues that can come up from the merging of different cultures and understand the complexities of interracial marriages.
Eric received a Bachelor’s degree in Adolescent and Family Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Azusa Pacific University in 2009. He received his Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena in 2012. He is a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern (MFTI) with the BBS as well as a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). He works to integrate relational and counseling skills in his therapeutic practices.
Eric also is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist-Candidate (CSAT-C), which means that he continues to expand his professional education and training under the leading experts in the field of sex addiction. Eric has experience in providing mental health and psychotherapeutic services for addiction and problematic behaviors in a variety of settings, including drug and alcohol treatment facilities, college campuses, homeless shelters, and group homes. No matter the circumstances in life, he believes that it is essential to feel heard and respected as part of the therapeutic process.
Eric considers it an honor and a privilege to be part of the healing and restoration process. He strives to provide a safe healing environment free of shame and condemnation.
Amanda believes the key to successful change and growth in therapy is to provide a loving and safe environment where clients can explore life’s challenges freely and without judgement. Using mindfulness-based and cognitive-behavioral interventions, she works with individuals, couples and families to build the motivation for change, and identify and reach their therapeutic goals. Her authentic and honest approach helps clients gently confront difficult truths, heal old wounds, and make meaningful change where it counts the most–in the here and now.
Amanda has more than five years of counseling experience working with diverse clients in varied treatment settings. These include a community counseling agency, a residential eating disorder treatment center for teens, and an intensive outpatient hospital treatment program for individuals living with chronic mental illness.
She completed her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from UCLA and her Master of Science degree in Counseling with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy at California State University, Long Beach. She is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and is registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences. As a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist-Candidate (CSAT-C), Amanda is continuing her professional development under leading experts in the sex addiction field so that she may better meet her clients’ needs.
Barbara Christian earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Antioch in California. She is currently a Marriage Family Therapist intern (MFTi), a Psy.D candidate from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology with an anticipated matriculation date of 2014, and she is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) candidate.
She has over 25 years of experience in the areas of human sexuality, addiction and mental health. Barbara has provided trainings to a variety of populations for a deeper understanding of human sexuality, addiction, mental health and healthy attachments. Her range of training and experience help her understand and connect with her clients to engage in the treatment process.
For the past 10 years Barbara has worked with individuals with physical and emotional trauma. Barbara’s passion is researching and educating the public to increase awareness about how trauma effects personal attachments.
Karen R. Corey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.). She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work (M.S.W.) from University of Southern California (USC) specializing in Mental Health Services. She is a member of California Society of Clinical Social Workers (CSCSW) and EMDRIA (EMDR International Association).
Karen has more than 12 years of experience working with individuals helping them overcome barriers to achieving the life they want to live. In 2002, Karen became interested in working with addicts and their partners. After realizing that childhood trauma is at the root of most addictions, Karen focused on receiving trainings and certifications in trauma-based treatment. She became a Certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desentization Reprocessing) therapist and was specially trained in Somatic therapy. She completed Pia Melody’s trainings (author “Facing Love Addiction”, “Facing Codependence”, “The Intimacy Factor” and many more). Karen uses Pia’s model of “developmental immaturity” and her premise “that childhood trauma is the origin of developmental immaturity”. Karen is recognized as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist under the auspices of Patrick Carnes, PhD.
After years of working with individuals and their partners struggling with Sex Addiction and Sex and Love Addiction, Karen has come to learn that there is a lot of shame and condemnation associated with this addiction. Understanding this has fueled her passion and desire to help these individuals move through their recovery.
NOVUS Mindful Life Institute Co-Founder and Clinical Director William Feuerborn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.) and has been providing psychotherapy through his private practice since 2003. He also is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (C.S.A.T.) and C.S.A.T. Supervisor, and a Certified Connections Facilitator (C.C.F.) (candidate). Prior to Novus and his private practice, he had a long history of working in the field of mental health.
William specializes in the treatment of both sex addiction and childhood trauma. “In most cases, the root of addiction lies in some form of trauma. I like to help my clients understand this connection at a very deep level, then help them heal, which also helps them get greater traction in their addiction recovery.”
William was trained by Patrick Carnes, Ph.D., author of “Out of the Shadows,” by Pia Mellody, author of “Facing Codependence,” and by Brené Brown, author of “Daring Greatly.” He is an Adjunct Professor for the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California, teaching graduate students social work practice. He also is a Doctor of Social Work (D.S.W.) candidate for 2016.
Arsen is motivated to work with people because he believes it is possible to make a difference in their lives. He hopes to help empower his clients in whatever way they might need. Sometimes people merely need a safe and supportive place to talk–something that may not be available anywhere else. Arsen believes that it may be easier as a therapist to instruct clients what to do, but it is far more challenging to get involved and to truly be present with them in a supportive and caring environment.
The range of Arsen’s training experiences have helped him become a patient professional who maintains his ability to hold firm with clients and keep them accountable. He has worked with a diverse client population across a variety of treatment settings (e.g., downtown LA high schools, a homeless shelter, group homes, a university counseling center, an outpatient center providing services for clients from skid row board and care facilities).
Arsen earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Kansas and his Master of Science in Clinical Psychology at California State University, Fullerton. He is a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern (MFTI) with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). Arsen believes a good therapist engages in continuing self-improvement. As such, Arsen is recognized as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist-Candicate (CSAT-C) under the training of Patrick Carnes, Ph.D.
As co-founder of NOVUS Mindful Life Institute, Duane Osterlind’s vision is to provide comprehensive care for individuals struggling with process addictions in the utmost confidential, comprehensive and caring environment to ensure clients feel safe and accepted with anticipation that recovery is possible.
Duane has over eight years of experience as a therapist helping individuals find hope and healing. He received his Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Long Beach. He has also trained with Patrick Carnes, P.hD., a leading expert in the treatment of sexual addiction issues and author of “Out of the Shadows”. He is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), and the Society of Sexual Health (SASH). MFT#44567
Duane’s clinical focus is on treating individuals and couples struggling with process addictions using a mindfulness and task centered approach. He facilitates the Men’s Sexual Addiction Process Group and well as a DBT group for individuals struggling with anxiety and depression.
Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Marital and Family Therapy. He is currently in the process of receiving his intern registration with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. He is an Associate Sex Addiction Therapist (ASAT) and in the process of becoming state certified in this specialty.
Adam’s experience in the field of psychotherapy stems from an extensive history working with children and families within South Central Los Angeles. He also has experience servicing clients from AIDS Project Los Angeles. Adam is committed to his clients within the many facets of psychotherapy and addiction and, most importantly, of being of service to those willing to seek assistance.
Adam is involved within Novus Mindful Life Institute’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) as the IOP Manager. Beyond providing psychoeducation, Adam is also responsible for the Recovery Coaching and Partner Coaching components of Novus’ addiction service program. Adam maintains a passion for aiding people in reaching their goals of recovery, an overall better relationship with themselves, and experiencing a genuine and connected life.
Executive Director, Danielle, oversees our office to ensure the privacy, safety and peace of mind that we strive to provide for all of our clients. Danielle also monitors insurance billing and accounting to ensure each client is able to take advantage of all resources available.
Danielle earned her B.A in Sociology from UCLA and her M.B.A. in Organizational psychology from AIU. She’s combined her experience and expertise in these two fields to help build an organization that brings therapists, clients and the community together through education and a shared destiny of hope, healing and joyful living!
In addition, Danielle’s experience as a mother and her respect for and appreciation of many different cultures contribute to her care for and desire to provide the absolute best for each client. In partnership with Duane and William as co-founder, Danielle envisioned an institute where all those who enter are surrounded with love and kindness.
Dr. Kooyman is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY20091) with over 17 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from UCLA, her Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from Pepperdine University, and her Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University.
Dr. Kooyman has worked in a high school setting, in community mental health, in college and university counseling centers, and is currently working in private practice in Huntington Beach and Long Beach where she specializes in working with adults who were abused as children. She is also a consulting psychologist with Novus Mindful Life Institute, a guest lecturer at the Therapy Impasse Exploration and Resolution Institute (TIERI), and has run several DBT psycho-educational skills training groups.
Dr. Kooyman works with clients using a humanistic perspective, believing that we all have an innate drive and desire to be our best selves but that sometimes obstacles have gotten in the way that have prevented us from achieving this. She works with clients as a partner in helping them to uncover and overcome the obstacles that are standing in their way.
Dr. John Sealy is the psychiatric consultant for Novus Mindful Life Institute. He is also the Medical Director of the Sexual Addiction Recovery Program at Del Amo Hospital in Torrance, California. Dr. Sealy is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Dr. Sealy appeared in the 2009 season of Celebrity Sex Rehab With Dr. Drew, providing psychiatric sessions for clients on the program.
Dr. Sealy’s compassion and experience are unparalleled, enabling Novus to provide comprehensive mental health care to clients who need it. Dr. Sealy is also in private practice in Torrance, California.
Deborah is responsible for the organization and coordination of administrative operations and procedures to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency at NOVUS Mindful Life Institute. She strives to help support and build relationships between the agency’s therapists and their clients. Deborah also provides general oversight, coordination, and agency leadership when Danielle is unavailable.
Deborah has an extensive range of experience in behavioral healthcare, including psychological intervention and assessment, training and supervision, program development and implementation, project coordination and research, and academic instruction. She is experienced with diverse populations across a variety of settings (e.g., hospitals, community mental health center, specialty programs, university psychological center, and a residential neurorehabilitation center).
Deborah earned her Master’s of Applied Psychology with an emphasis in Experimental Psychology at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. She completed an additional six years of advanced graduate training, practica, and research during pursuit of her MA in Clinical Psychology at Northern Illinois University. Deborah’s desire to transition into a career in healthcare leadership and to actively participate in business management led her to NOVUS where she intends to continue her professional development under the mentorship of the Executive Team (i.e., Danielle, Duane, and William).