All staff at Gentle Path at The Meadows are trained and supervised by Dr. Patrick Carnes, ensuring that patients receive the most advanced treatment in sex addiction. During their time here, patients will be under the 24/7 supervision and care of our highly-trained professional staff. Our team of physicians, psychiatrists, addiction specialists are all Masters or Doctoral level and CSAT trained with extensive experience in sexual addiction and sexual trauma. Our psychiatric nurses, nursing staff and recreation therapists are experienced in supporting patients through the treatment process and working as an integral part of the treatment team.
Your Expert Treatment Team
Sean Walsh, Chief Executive Officer
Sean Walsh is the Chief Executive Officer of Meadows Behavioral Healthcare and is responsible for the oversight of its family of programs which include The Meadows, Gentle Path at The Meadows, Claudia Black Young Adult Center, Remuda Ranch at The Meadows, Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows, The Meadows Outpatient Center, and Willow House at The Meadows. Sean has been in the behavioral health field since 1996. Sean has a clinical background and although he has been a treatment center executive since 2009, he is a licensed therapist and is highly invested in ensuring quality care to the patients The Meadows serves. Sean came to The Meadows from Calvary Addiction Recovery Center where he was the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Calvary, Sean was the COO of Laurel Ridge Treatment Center in San Antonio, he has held a wide variety of positions in the treatment field ranging from; Director of Outpatient, Risk Management, Case Management, Intake and has been a primary therapist specializing in treating young adults.
Dr. Patrick Carnes, Ph.D.
Dr. Patrick Carnes has over 30 years in the addiction field. He is in high demand as a speaker, presenter, and interview subject and continues to be the leading voice in the field of sex addiction. Dr. Carnes’ assessment tools related to sex addiction and trauma offer therapists a proven means to begin the treatment process with clients. Dr. Carnes is the primary architect of the Gentle Path treatment program for the treatment of sexual and multiple addictive disorders. He pioneered the founding of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) and Gentle Path Press. From 1996 until 2004, Dr. Carnes was Clinical Director for Sexual Disorder Services at The Meadows. His achievements include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH), where they present an annual “Carnes Award” to researchers and clinicians who have made exceptional contributions to the field of sexual health. Dr. Carnes is the author of Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction, Contrary to Love: Helping the Sexual Addict, The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships, Open Hearts, Facing the Shadow, In the Shadows of the Net, and The Clinical Management of Sex Addiction, Recovery Zone, and A Gentle Path Through the Twelve Principles. Dr. Carnes’ article, “18.4 Sexual Addiction,” appears in Kaplan & Sadock’s Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry.
Allan Benham, RN, BSN
Allan Benham, is the Executive Director of Gentle Path at The Meadows. Allan has held numerous positions at The Meadows during his 12 year tenure. Mr. Benham began his career at The Meadows as an entry level nursing tech, followed by positions as a Registered Nurse, Director of Nursing, Medical Services Director, Support Services Director, Interim Director for Remuda Ranch, and then most recently, Director of Operations at The Meadows. As the Executive Director of Gentle Path at The Meadows, Allan will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the facility, along with overseeing the clinical and nursing departments and ancillary services.
Monica Meyer, PhD, CSAT-SMonica Meyer, PhD, CSAT-S, is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and currently works as the Clinical Director of Gentle Path at The Meadows, an all-male inpatient sex addiction treatment facility in Wickenburg, AZ. She has worked and trained closely with Dr. Patrick Carnes and participates in the training and clinical supervision of other professionals as a presenter at Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) training modules. Dr. Meyer has a broad base of training and experience in the field of Clinical Psychology utilizing psychological assessments and treating chemical addictions, personality disorders, and eating disorders. Dr. Meyer integrates cultural sensitivity with a sex-positive approach to create a safe space for clients from diverse orientations and gender identities to begin their sexual recovery.
Isabel Nino de Guzman, PhD, CSAT
Isabel Nino de Guzman is the Licensed Psychologist for the Gentle Path program. Dr. Nino de Guzman has held clinical positions at Pine Grove Gentle Path and most recently at Hazelden. She has worked closely with Dr. Patrick Carnes providing treatment and conducting research in the field of sex addiction. Dr. Nino de Guzman speaks English and Spanish fluently and spent the early part of her career in Peru developing programs, treating patients, and teaching at the university level. She came to the United States to pursue her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and she brings a wealth of experience in psychological testing and interpretation.
Steve Dulla, MD
Dr. Steve Dulla is the Medical Director/Psychiatrist for Gentle Path at The Meadows. Dr. Dulla previously was employed by The Meadows and is returning to The Meadows team after working in private practice and positions at both Remuda Ranch and Rosewood Ranch. Dr. Dulla has practiced psychiatry for over 20 years and has experience in all areas of addiction treatment.
Kevin Berkes, MA
Kevin Berkes, MA, is the Director of Intake and has been with The Meadows since 2004. Kevin leads the intake team guiding patients and their families through the difficult decision of admission into inpatient treatment. His passion for helping struggling individuals has helped thousands of people to realize recovery is possible. With formal training in Theology, his varied work experience ranges from working with traumatic brain injury patients in upstate New York to running groups for addicts in Southeast Asia. Kevin is currently undergoing the Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) training.