Gordy Coburn, MFT, CATC, is the Chair of the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Department at Santa Barbara City College. He has over 20 years’ experience working as a primary therapist in treatment programs including Cottage Care Center, Goleta Valley Community Hospital and Project Recovery and Cottage Residential Center. In addition to his master’s degree in clinical psychology, Gordy holds master’s degrees in theology and English literature. In 2008 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE). He also has a small private practice in Santa Barbara.
A graduate of UCSB, Michele Peterson completed her Master's in Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in 1999. After interning at several local schools and non-profits, including The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, Domestic Violence Solutions, and SBCC, she was licensed as a Marriage Family Therapist in 2002. She has been in private practice and has taught at SBCC full-time since 1989, most recently in the ADC Program. She is the mother of two grown sons and enjoys jazz, yoga and salsa dancing.
Peter McGoey, MFT, has been teaching individual counseling skills and case management for more than 20 years, both at UCSB Extension and at Santa Barbara City College. He has over 30 years’ experience as a primary counselor and case manager at Pinecrest Hospital and Cottage Health Systems in Santa Barbara. Currently he coordinates the substance abuse and dual diagnosis Comprehensive Outpatient Experience (COPE) and the Substance Use Evaluation Team (SUET) at Cottage Hospital where he remains a primary counselor for both programs. Peter is also an assistant coach for the Santa Barbara City College men’s basketball team
Susan teaches the skills of counseling in the field of addiction, stressing the importance of multi-modal therapy. Susan earned her B.A. in Linguistics/Anthropology and Culture from Sonoma State University and U.C.S.B. She received her graduate degree form Antioch University in Clinical Psychology and holds certificates in Alcohol/Drug Counseling and as an Alcohol/Drug Training Educator. Susan has taught at SBCC since 2002 and is currently enrolled in the PhD Program in Behavioral Medicine.
Bob Trimble earned his Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and has over 15 years' experience in the addiction field. He is a certified California Alcohol and Drug Educator, a certified California Criminal Justice Professional, and is on the faculty of Santa Barbara City College in the Department of Alcohol and Drug Counseling. He is also a certified Interventionist.
Bob served for 10 years as supervisor of the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Treatment Program, and has been Executive Director of Thresholds to Recovery in Santa Barbara for the past 14 years.
My brief biographical statement should include my passion for teaching as well as my long time interest in psychology. In Argentina, my country of origin, I was already teaching in my late teens by having private students. After completing a licenciatura in business and another one in personnel management, in my early twenties I was also delving into Neurolinguistic Programming and Pichon-Riviere’s Social Psychology. Being fluent and proficient in English and Spanish helped me become a certified court interpreter as soon as I immigrated to the US in 1987. Nevertheless, my true callings made themselves heard and I went back to the field of teaching/training and psychology in the early 1990’s. I worked as a trainer with Sentient Systems Inc., between 1994 and 1998.
In 2001 I started working with the Alcohol and Drug Programs of the County of Santa Barbara doing drug and alcohol assessments. As a psychologist, I now conduct forensic evaluations of teenagers in the Juvenile Justice system. One of my present interests is helping our community become aware of the devastating effects of the use of alcohol and substances during pregnancy.
Jackson Sousa and Associates is a specialty practice treating sexual addiction and other process addiction disorder in a safe, respectful, and confidential outpatient setting. Jackson is specifically trained and experienced to provide evidence-based treatment to address the complex needs of individuals and families with these problems.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University and graduate degree from the University of Santa Monica where he was Student of the Year. Jackson has taught psychopharmacology and process addictions for the past four years at Santa Barbara City College and holds a California Alcohol and Drug Educator license. He has completed training for a certified sexual addiction therapist through IITAP and holds membership in CAMPT, Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health and National Council on Sex Addiction and Compulsivity.
Marina R. Walker
Marina R. Walker, Ph.D., psychotherapist, artist, and creator of the Firemaker MethodTM, is a teacher and life change consultant with more than twenty years of experience in the fields of art and healing. Her novel, Seven Doors Of The Firemaker, is a contemporary myth for modern-day seekers and the source point of Dr. Walker's intensive work with individuals and groups.
Holding degrees in Art, Clinical Psychology, and Human Behavior, she makes her home in Santa Barbara, California, where she teaches at the University level and maintains a private practice.
Anny Eastwood, MFT, has been in private practice as a psychotherapist for 17 years. Her clinical experience also includes treating chemical dependency and eating disorders, facilitating art therapy groups and providing family therapy in both inpatient and outpatient settings. As an undergraduate Anny earned her BA in Expressive Arts before pursuing her MA in clinical psychology and many years of post graduate training in Relational Gestalt Therapy which she continues to this day.
In addition to her passion for healing through psychotherapy, Anny has a 30 year background in the performing arts as a singer/songwriter. From the natural synthesis of both these interests, Anny has pioneered Miracle of Voice, a body-centered therapy which involves healing by opening one's natural, authentic voice through singing. She currently teaches one day Singing Playshops and weekly singing performance classes.
Anny has brought her work to the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Department at Santa Barbara City College in a course entitled Finding Your Authentic voice. This experiential course orients student counselors to the paradoxical treatment found in 12 step programs, emphasizing the necessity to develop awareness of personal process and authentic self through supported risk taking in singing performance.
Nicole Zapata Williams
Nicole Zapata Williams, MFT, has been in private practice as a psychotherapist for three years with an emphasis in the areas of eating disorders and body image issues. Nicole is a graduate of UCLA and obtained her Masters degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University. Before coming to Santa Barbara City College Nicole received training from Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, the Family Service Agency, and most recently at UCSB where she acted as a lead counselor in the Drug and Alcohol Program. She also serves as Adjunct Faculty in the MACP program at Antioch University Santa Barbara.
Nicole is on the Board of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals Santa Barbara and dedicates time to Eating Disorder Prevention in local junior high schools. Nicole’s work is grounded in her respect for and support of her clients.
Conflict is a natural part of life; peace is an on-going choice. Both are true. Dana Lalli Drobny sees conflict resolution as a willingness to embrace possibility, a process of presence, courage, and compassion. Can I tell my truth and listen to yours? She believes in shining the light of awareness on stories and habits that no longer serve us and allowing clear intention and conscious communication to help us move beyond stuck positions and polarities towards understanding and peace.
Dana received her MA from the University of Iowa and has taught internationally.
Elizabeth Kelleher, MFTI, has been a Neurofeedback Specialist at the Santa Barbara Neurofeedback Center since 2006. She has provided individual and group counseling, psychological assessment, mindfulness training, treatment planning and implementation, utilizing a blend of treatment modalities, including neurofeedback, to a variety of clients. In addition, Liz participated in mental health program development at the Lompoc El Puente Continuation School for youth ages 14 through 18, providing mental health and substance abuse counseling, skills development, and psycho-education to students in individual and group sessions. She also provided psychotherapy and counseling to men at the Salvation Army Residential Treatment Center in Carpinteria. Liz is currently developing a neurofeedback research project for substance abusing youth in the juvenile justice system.
Jennifer received a Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine and a Bachelors degree in Biology from UCSB. She has studied at The Institute for Orthopedics and Traumatology in Beijing, China and at the Morinomia College of Acupuncture and Moxibustion in Osaka, Japan.
Jennifer is certified in the specialty of Orthopedic Acupuncture and is an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist. She has a NCCAOM National Diplomat certification and a California Acupuncture license.