Sean Firtel



Katie Lafler, LMFT

Program Director


Brandon Merson

Director of Operations


Hanna Hanson, LMFT

Clinical Supervisor, LMFT #84870


Gary Crite, Jr.

Program Manager


Evan Chodzko

Admissions Director


Anissa Florie

Case Manager


Kendra Wilhelm

Primary Therapist

David Thurman

David Thurman

Therapist, MFTI

Adjunct Services

Barbara Seymour, Acupuncturist

Barbara Seymour, LAc is an acupuncturist in private practice in Solana Beach, CA. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiological Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Barbara spent 9 years studying and living in China and Japan. Acupuncture has been a life-long study and she has a passion for educating and empowering her patients and students with information she has gathered through years of experience in the study and practice of Asian Medicine.

Weekly groups focus on creative expression and art projects designed to allow clients to become more vulnerable and engage with their emotions in ways that don’t require explicit verbal processing.

Andy Laub – Mindfulness/Meditation, Contemplative Photography

Andy joyfully leads mindfulness training and sound meditations for the clients at West Coast Recovery Center. He has assisted in teaching the Mindfulness -based Stress Recovery course at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine for eleven years. Andy is a Certified Tea Master, Healing Touch practitioner, and facilitates over forty sound healing meditations a year. His most recent volunteer work includes serving Nepalese earthquake relief, and teaching meditation techniques to recovery related organizations. He is a proud father and has over a decade of solid sobriety.

Amir Karkouti, Transformative Coach

Amir Karkouti is a transformative coach, owner of a San Diego based chain of restaurants, author of numerous titles, including Do NOTHING To Get EVERY- THING, Lessons From My Coach, and Happiness Formula. He has spent over ten years as an adviser, mentor, and coach to Fortune 500 CEO’s, military men/ women, and people who want to get more out of themselves and their lives. From his personal and professional experiences working with a range of clients, he has discovered that we all have the capacity for innate well-being. He lives in Carlsbad, and can be found spending time with his beautiful wife, French Bull- dog, and the world’s smallest and cutest coach; his daughter, Aria.

Brandon Parkhurst, Aliveness Recovery

Brandon runs weekly gender-responsive groups and has completed a four year training in a unique program called Radical Aliveness Recovery. In Aliveness Recovery group process, clients are provided a safe place to express intense emotions, while learning to face feelings they used drugs and alcohol to escape in the past. Clients engage in specific movement and energization exercises that were specifically developed to unlock feelings of anger, sadness, fear and joy. Clients learn to support and challenge each other through the Aliveness Recovery process creating a new sense of hope for a clean and sober life.

Madison Nees, Trauma Release Exercise

Madison facilitates weekly gender-responsive groups. Tension & Trauma Release Exercises (or TRE) is a simple yet innovative series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma. Created by Dr. David Berceli, PhD, TRE safely activates a natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating that releases muscular tension, calming down the nervous system. When this muscular shaking/vibrating mechanism is activated in a safe and controlled environment, the body is encouraged to return back to a state of balance.

Adjunct staff provides weekly yoga and education on yogic philosophy.

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