MEET OUR STAFF
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DR. JOHN SEALY,
Chief Psychiatric Advisor
Dr. John Sealy is the chief psychiatric adviser for Novus Mindful Life Institute.
He was also the Medical Director of the former 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.
Do you find yourself cycling through relationships, unhappy at putting more in than you get out of them? Do you spend more time worrying about your loved ones than you do about yourself? Do you live in fear of being alone? Are you struggling with feelings of shame around unhealthy habits that you can‘t seem to change? Are past hurts and childhood pain still holding you back from the love and intimacy you truly desire?
True healing and healthy loving can be found. Kathleen offers you a realistic approach to help you move from simply surviving to a place of steady significance. Using mindfulness, faith-based principles, and rational behavioral strategies, she works with individuals, couples and teens to help them make deep-rooted change in their lives.
Kathleen is an Associate Social Worker here at Novus, having completed her Masters at California State University Fullerton. Serving on staff at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest from 2013-2014, Kathleen also has the unique ability to understand how one’s faith plays a role in the healing process. Using a direct, strengths-based approach to therapy, Kathleen supports you in a sincere, but candid manner to help you navigate your most difficult obstacles so you can move toward the peace you desire.
Supervised by: William Feuerborn, LCSW, CSAT-S
MS, MFTI, ASAT
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.
Supervised by: William Feuerborn, LCSW, CSAT-S
PsyD, MFTI, ASAT
Barbara Christian, Psy.D. MFTi recently earned her Doctorate of Psychology degree with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She also hold a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Antioch in California. She is a Marriage Family Therapist intern with license pending and is currently a candidate for certification with The Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialist (APSATS).
Barbara is an Associate Sex Addiction Therapist and has trained with Patrick Carnes, PhD., a leading expert in the treatment of sexual addiction issues. She has practiced in the field of addiction and mental health for 28 years in various settings, and has extensive experience with treating emotional and physical trauma. 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.
Barbara serves individuals, couples, family, and groups. She works with a variety of clients including individuals establishing and sustaining recovery from addictions, partners of addicts, grief and loss, and goal setting. Therapy methods include but are not limited to: Mindfulness, Meditation, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Emotion Regulation.
Barbara is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and Society for Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH).
Supervised by: Duane Osterlind, LMFT, CSAT
KEVIN EARL KLEBE
Kevin Klebe earned his Master’s Degree in Social work in 2010 from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. He is a licensed clinician (LCSW) in the state of Maryland who recently relocated to California. He is currently an Associate Clinical Social Worker until he is able to obtain a California LCSW. In 2014 he began training to become a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) and is currently working towards full certification.
Kevin has been working in the substance abuse field for 10 years and has extensive experience treating addictions in a variety of settings.
He has worked in both inpatient and outpatient environments, as well as various state hospitals. In 2013 he began a small private practice in Maryland and grew it to over 50 clients by 2015. He is also passionate about teaching and has been teaching classes in human services at the college level for the past 5 years.
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.
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.
MS, MFTI, CSAT-C
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.
Supervised by: William Feuerborn, LCSW, CSAT-S
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.
TOM BUCKLEY, CASII
Tom is a CASII (certifed addiction specialist) with a bachelors degree in Social Work from California State University of Los Angeles. Tom has years of experience working in the social services and mental health fields including; working with at-risk youth, in group home settings, in-patient and out-patient addiction services, and with the Forensic and incarcerated population inside Los Angeles County Jails.
Tom created a community based addiction recovery/relapse prevention group called Recover To The Beat where clients could process their thoughts, feelings, and emotions, through a guided drum circle with group discussion and journaling to follow.
Tom is also a part of a small family business named From War To Peace where recycled weapons of war are turned into jewelry and pieces of art all in the name of peace and nuclear disarmament. Tom is passionate about family, music, social justice, and helping others while on their journey to happiness and peace.