MEET OUR STAFF
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DR. JOHN SEALY, MD
Chief Psychiatric Advisor
Dr. John Sealy is the chief psychiatric advisor 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.
ERIC ANDERSON, LMFT, CSAT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist
Eric received his Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena in 2012. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) 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 has trained with Patrick Carnes Ph.D., a researcher and clinician on the forefront of sexual addiction treatment, and is a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT). 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. He understands the complexities of the various ways that he get in our own way through addiction and self-sabotage and has experience in working to reverse those destructive cycles.
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.
JULIA BREYER, ACSW
Associate Clinical Social Worker
Julia Breyer completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Chapman University in Sociology with a Social Work emphasis and her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in Mental Health at the University of Southern California.
Julia has worked in mental health and addiction recovery venues for over six years. She has experience in a wide variety of settings–both inpatient and outpatient–and with both adults and adolescents Her responsibilities have included case management, individual therapy, and group therapy.
Julia believes that an effective addiction recovery process involves multiple different, but complementary, focuses, including, but not limited to, attachment theory, motivational interviewing and mediation. Her goal is to help her clients discover their own recovery within themselves.
BARBARA CHRISTIAN, PsyD, MFTI, ASAT
Doctor of Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, Associate Sexual Addiction Therapist
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 CHINCHILLA, LMFT, CSAT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist - Candidate
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 COREY, LCSW, CSAT
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist
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.
WILLIAM FEUERBORN, DSW, LCSW, CSAT-S
Executive and Clinical Director, Psychotherapist, and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist
NOVUS Mindful Life Institute Co-Founder, Executive Director, and Clinical Director Dr. 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. 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 Assistant Professor for the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California, teaching graduate students social work practice. He has a Doctorate in Social Work with research centering on loneliness and hypersexual behavior.
DUANE OSTERLIND, LMFT, CSAT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Sexual addiction Therapist
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 SCHILLING, MS
Recovery and Relationship Coach
Adam holds a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. He is both a Recovery Coach and Relationship Coach at Novus, helping people in recovery, helping partners, and coaching couples in how to improve their communication and relational skills.
Adam’s experience includes an extensive history working with children and families within South Los Angeles. He also has experience servicing clients from AIDS Project Los Angeles. Adam is committed to his clients within the many facets of coaching, relationship building, and addiction recovery. Adam enjoys helping people who are motivated to make changes in their lives.
Adam’s current intensive workshop offerings include work based on Brené Brown’s Connections curriculum, Marshall Rosenberg’s Non-Violent Communication, and Tal Ben-Shahar’s Happiness 101. 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.
DAVID MCKNIGHT, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
David has a strong passion for working with people who have the desire to change and grow. This passion is given value and depth by over 25 years of his own personal recovery work. He includes cognitive/behavioral methods, Humanistic, Depth psychology, mindfulness meditation and Nonviolent Communication methods as well as many other modalities of treatment. He believes in meeting the person where they are and working collaboratively; walking along beside them in their journey of personal growth.
TOM BUCKLEY, CASII
Outreach Coordinator, Certified Addiction Specialist II
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.