Ken Seeley, CIP, CCMI–M, CTP-4, CATC

Founder

addiction treatment team member Ken Seeley Founder Ken Seeley has remained professionally and personally involved in recovery since his sobriety date of July, 14, 1989. He applies his relevant experience and boundless enthusiasm to profoundly change the lives of people who suffer from the disease of addiction – for addicts, the addict’s family, and their friends. Ken works to save lives every day as the founder of Intervention911, one of the most prominent and successful private intervention services in the country. Ken is featured on the Emmy Award Winning and 2015 Emmy Nominated A&E television series “Intervention”. He is often asked to speak on addiction, Ken was honored to present to the British Parliament on “Intervention and the Continuum of Care” to help create lasting recovery for those suffering from this disease.

Ken is a Certified Intervention Professional, Certified Trauma Professional CTP-4, Certified Case Manager Interventionist CCMI-M, and Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor. Today, Ken still derives the greatest personal satisfaction from the hundreds of interventions he has conducted, organized, or facilitated through Intervention 911.

In 2007, Ken held one of the first trainings for interventionists in London and now conducts up to five intervention trainings a year. After years in the recovery industry, Ken realized that recovery is a process and takes time. Addicts do not stay sober with just an intervention and treatment; it is all about the continuum of care and subsequent follow-up, just like any other illness. In 2008, Intervention911 initiated the RAP program which supports the recovery process for addicts and their families for one to five years. In 2011, Seeley opened Ken Seeley Communities, a sober living community in Palm Springs, CA, and in 2015 opened an Intensive Out-Patient Program to help create the seamless continuum of care to support the person suffering with an addiction. By offering services pre and post treatment, Seeley has sought to provide all the supportive services around treatment.

As you can see, Seeley’s personal experience of addiction and recovery fuels his desire to impact others in similar situations. Ken grasps the full understanding of the addict’s behavior. His innate compassion for fellow addicts continually bolsters his ability to connect and communicate with addicts and their families. Seeley has applied his personal struggle with addiction to the intervention equation. This is an asset that has become a valuable catalyst in Intervention 911’s and Ken Seeley Community’s impressive results.

Seeley’s remarkable success rate has turned him into one of the most sought-after interventionists in the country. Doctors and health care professionals look to people like Ken to solve their patient’s addiction and mental health issues. His knowledge and unique perspective have also made him the #1 go-to expert on the subject of addiction and intervention with the media, where he’s a regular contributor for CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, FOX, ABC, and many others.

Eric McLaughlin, ASW, MSW, CCMI-M, CIP

CEO

Eric addiction treatment team member

Eric is  CEO of The Ken Seeley Group which includes Intervention 911 and Ken Seeley Communities. Eric graduated from USC School of Social Work in December 2016 and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Eric enjoyed his education at USC and has begun the process of learning benefits and implementation of evidence-based practices in interventions, treatment, and therapy.  He oversees all Clinical Services including intervention, treatment and long-term case management for all clients of Intervention 911 and Ken Seeley Communities.  Eric loves the variety of services offered under the Ken Seeley Group. His specialty is working with family systems to intervene and reset the trajectory of families that have been impacted by addiction and mental health issues.

Eric combines his clinical background with his long term intervention experience to deal with clients and families struggling with addiction, Intervention 911 has been offering training to interventionists for over ten years. Training has always been one of his strengths. He has worked hard to create a robust training for interventionists and case managers in the behavioral healthcare field.

Eric loves to travel and frequently is on the road doing interventions and attending conferences.

Donna Chavous

Interventionist

addiction treatment team member Donna Donna Chavous entered the recovery community in 1995 kicking and screaming, not wanting to change her life. She was introduced to recovery through an Intervention by a friend, family and the local police department. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Donna graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in English and headed straight to the Hollywood scene. She stepped into the fast lane as a Hollywood Agent representing actors and eventually crashed and burned.

After getting sober she returned to Hollywood for a few years and then suffered the loss of a colleague and a client from the disease of addiction. These losses dramatically changed her perspective on life and she ended up taking a job at a Treatment Center in Malibu California. While working at that Treatment Center Donna further enhanced her knowledge of how addiction affects the family as well as the patient. She has been sober for 19 years and because of her experience with people from all walks of life, has been able to utilize her gift of gab to compassionately guide those who need help to make a positive change.

Donna loves the Intervention process because it not only saved her life but it has allowed her to assist others in potentially saving theirs. She now resides in New York City and has been performing Interventions nationwide for the past 12 years and has continued her education in the field of addiction by attending Fordham University School of Social Work in New York City.

Jasmin Rogg

Lead Therapist

Jasmin Rogg is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Jasmin is in private practice in Beverly Hills and facilitates recovery groups at various chemical recovery treatment centers in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, such as Promises, Sovereign Health, Chabad, Exodus (at Brotman’s Hospital), Pasadena Recovery Center, Casa de Las Amigas, Della Martin Center (at Huntington Memorial Hospital), Boulevard, Ken Seeley Communities, and also several sober living houses.

Jasmin Rogg is the author of:

  • “TO HELL & BACK, How to Have Feelings & Stay Sober at the
  • Same Time” (book)
  • “WAKING UP SOBER … and walking the path” (book)
  • “ICH HÖR JETZT AUF“ (German version)
  • “THE BALL IS IN YOUR COURT” (set of 50 worksheets)

Ilya Shtykan

Therapist

Mr. Ilya Shtykan is a BBS registered associate and Masters Degree graduate in Marriage and Family Counseling from National University: Woodland Hills campus.

In addition, Ilya has served as a student trainee and intern with multiple organizations working with various types of client populations. Ilya has provided counseling for children and adolescents as part of a school based program. Also, Ilya currently provides counseling services for sufferers of co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders at a methadone clinic. Ilya has gained a lot of valuable insight about himself as an aspiring therapist through being a part of these programs. He has also developed an empathetic understanding of the patients and the everyday struggles they endure. Ilya’s long-term goal in this field is to increase his expertise, help make a positive change in the lives of the clients, and provide a meaningful service which makes a difference. Ilya is very interested in expanding his range of knowledge and experience.

Ilya is very passionate about assisting people find positive ways in dealing with their issues and struggles.

Administrative Staff

Catherine Rodriguez

Case Manager

Catherine Rodriguez is a family advocate/Case manager with 5 years of experience working in the field of addiction. Catherine specializes in Family Advocacy and interventions working towards becoming a certified interventionist. Catherine has a Associates degree in Psychology, Associates degree in Alcohol and Drug Studies and is currently attending Capella University Online to gain her bachelors degrees in Psychology. Catherine resides in Palm springs for 30 years and has been married for 29 years. She has three grown children and a grandchild. Catherine is compassionate and a strong believer in positive thinking and enjoys spending quality time with family!

LaMitchell Person, RADT-1

Admissions Director & Family Advocate

addiction treatment team member LaMitchellLaMitchell has been in the recovery community since 2015. He is originally from Alabama, where he went to Jacksonville State University and worked in sales and operational management before moving to California in 2016.

LaMitchell is an RADT-1 and is currently working on his RAS and CADC certification. LaMitchell initially worked as an Admissions and Marketing Manager for Palm Desert Recovery Center and soon became a coordinator for Intervention 911. In 2017, he was promoted to Admission Director and Family Advocate for Ken Seeley Communities.

LaMitchell welcomes new clients into Ken Seeley Communities and performs outreach campaigns to clients and the community. He loves to work with the families and impact the lives of other people by helping them find value in their past mistakes and help them gain the courage to enter treatment.

For fun, LaMitchell coaches little league soccer. He also loves Alabama football, God, and soccer.

Leonard Kienzle

Director of Operations

With close to two decades working in the alcohol and drug addiction recovery field, Leonard brings real world, practical insight combined with an effective and proven managerial skill set generating successful growth and development of treatment environments.

His background includes journalism, film production and several successful entrepreneurial ventures, which have led him to the opportunity to work in this industry where his passion for helping others sustain life-long recovery is his primary motivation.

Kevin Doud

Lead House Manager

I am currently supervisor of sober living. I started as a house manager and have been working in treatment for 1 year. I enjoy helping others and work the 12 step in a daily basis.

Bryan Black

House Manager

My name is Bryan Black. I have worked in the Alcohol / Drug treatment field for close to 4 years. 3 years at Sovereign Health and 6 months here at Ken Seeley’s. I love what I do because I myself was an alcohol/addict for most of my life. I lost most everything dear to me in life. Well gave it away with poor life choices. But the one good choice I made was to go to the Ranch Recovery Center in Desert Hot Springs, CA. on July 16th 2009. I regained my life. Learned how to be 100 % honest with myself. To put blame where it belonged. On myself and not others. To allow people to help me. Today I am coming up to 10 years clean and sober. I know Recovery is possible. I also know with all of my heart to give back what I was so freely given. So I do everything that I can to help give other a chance to regain their lives. I make a living amends to the world for the past life I lived. I give from the heart and will be going to school to be certified in alcohol / drug counseling. I have seen with my eyes many clients do very well here and also after they have left and entered the world with a new chance in life. Thank you Ken Seeley for the chance to work here and make a difference in this world we live in.

Anthony Collura, RADT

House Manager

I’m Anthony Collura, a RADT Behavioral Health Technician. Originally From Milwaukee Wisconsin & moved to California in 1980. I have spent time helping others throughout my whole life. A neighbor boy with Muscular Dystrophy was my childhood pal. We engaged activity together involving his wheelchair limits. My own sister was born with physical difficulties. This allowed my family a perspective most seldom experience. I worked as a house manager & an aid to a wealthy invalid woman. This was great training to later assist my father fighting lymphoma. Those final days helping with hospice care were dear to both of us.

My life has always included this desire to help others. My experience with the Ken Seeley Family further affords me additional growth & satisfaction in caring for those fighting with addition & abuse.

Jeff Anderson, CADC-CS, ICCS, ICADC, SAP

Operations Consultant

With over ten years of experience in the treatment industry, Jeff Anderson has worked in numerous clinical and operational capacities. His experience includes medium to large scale operations and clinical oversight in both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Jeff Started his career at ABC Recovery Center where he had his first position as Chief Operations Officer, which he parleyed into his progression to a Director of Operations for the national addiction treatment organization Sunspire Health. In addition to working in local and national treatment organizations, Jeff worked as an international accreditation surveyor with the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CAR F) for several years. Jeff is certified through CCAPP and IC&RC as a Clinical Supervisor, through IC&RC as an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and through the USDOT as a Substance Abuse Professional. Jeff is active in all areas of the business including licensing, accreditation, operations, IT management and software development, and clinical product improvement.

Itzel Diaz, RADT-1

Outpatient Group Facilitator

Itzel possesses a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and is currently working towards an Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certification as a CADA-I. Itzel has a passion for helping people. She is motivated in working collaboratively with clients towards a successful future. Itzel is a Spanish speaker and is proud of her multicultural background.

Brendan Burke, RADT-1

Outpatient Case Manager

Brendan has been active within the Sober community over the last Seven years through ongoing sobriety, acts of service, and working in the treatment field. Brendan grew up in a multi-cultural family spending much of His childhood on an Indian Reservation in the state of New Mexico connecting with His native culture which has greatly influenced his spiritualistic and gentle approach to treatment.

Brendan currently holds a RADT -1 working towards His credentials. Combining mindfulness with education and process is at the core of his approach, and His experience with the LGBTQ community allows Brendan the comfort and opportunity to sensitively approach diversity.

Judy Walcott, CADTP AV

Detox Case Manager

On March 29, 1999, my husband of over twenty years died due to alcoholism and severe cirrhosis of the liver. Myself and children had spent the night awake due to his experiencing delirium tremens and vivid hallucination. My husband passed away early that morning in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. He had a blood clot travel to his heart and died instantly.

I registered at the College of the Desert in 2000. I started the nursing course for LVN but was unable to complete the internship as I was the sole provider for my mother. At this time I changed my curriculum to drug and alcohol studies in 2002. I graduated from College of the Desert in 2006 and began working in May of that year in treatment. I have found this work to be most challenging and rewarding. I do feel that this has been my destiny and calling.

Christopher Tilley, RADT-1

BHT

I was born and raised in Southern California. At a young age I made bad choices leading me to become substance abuse dependent. After years of struggling with my addiction and living on streets I was fortunate enough to find recovery. I have been clean and sober for over a decade and have spent my time and energy helping others to find what I have found in recovery.

I was involved in retail management and began working in recovery in 2016. I have experience in leading 12 step recovery and Buddhist Recovery support groups for over 10 years. I enjoy sharing the gift I was given in helping those seeking recovery.

Douglas Ammar, RADT-1

Detox Case Manager

Doug Ammar was born and raised in southern California and lives now full time in Cathedral City. As a member of the recovery community he knows first hand the challenges that many clients experience in recovery and is able to empathize with their struggles. Doug realized that the best way for him to share his blessing was to return to school and earn his degree in drug and alcohol counseling. Doug has been working at various treatment facilities throughout
the Coachella valley and experienced in working with dual diagnosis clients.

Doug’s education and life experience make him an ideal role model to clients from diverse backgrounds who are seeking substance abuse treatment with a
desire to lead a healthier balanced life. His experience on supporting the clients individual needs within in a structured program, exemplifies his personal
commitment to promoting a healthy group setting. At Ken Seeley communities Doug desires to be part of the overall healthcare delivery team of reinforcing
and maintaining sobriety for a happier life.

Marianne Everling, LPT

Lead Nurse

Attended Mt. San Antonio College for Psychiatric Technician Degree, also attended CSULA for general education. Worked for the State of California
with Developmentally Disabled for lS years, then on to working in Recovery at the Betty Ford Center as a medication nurse for 11 years, then
on to ABC Recovery Center as Director of Nursing. Currently working at KSC as Lead Nurse. When asked why I have chosen this avenue of nursing, the
answer is simple, for me, it is the most challenging, and it is the most rewarding choice.

Dr. Sandy Islands, PhD, LPCC, CADC II

Trauma Therapist

Sandy Islands is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has been a licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida for over 30 years and moved to CA in 2016 to be closer to her son. She holds Masters’ degrees in Speech Pathology and Counseling from West Virginia University and a Masters in Creative Writing from Seton Hill University. She holds a PhD in Hypnotherapy from the American Institute of Hypnotherapy. She is the owner of Energy Illumination, LLC and provides Spirit Energy Conversations.

She uses EMDR and Hypnotherapy for trauma reprocessing. Sandy has worked in Private Practice, Community College, Drug Court, Hospital
and Treatment Program settings. She has been a Clinical and Program Director and Manager. She’s produced 5 Guided Meditation CD’s including a 12 Step, Having Had a Spiritual Awakening. She’s written and produced 4 rhyming children’s audio books, a thought for the day book and a novel. “Counseling is a journey for both the client and therapist as they enter into the mysterious, finding clues along the way to discover and change old patterns. There is an awakening that reveals their Truth within. And in doing so, the client comes to know, realize and honor their True Self that that they have always been.” Sandy has 27 years clean and sober and actively works the 12-Step recovery program.

Jeffrey Seltzer, CADC, CCAP

Senior Admissions Specialist

Bio coming soon

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