Sex Addiction Treatment Professionals – Team
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, and 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.
Sean Walsh, President
Sean Walsh is the President and 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, The Meadows Ranch, 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.
Allan Benham, Vice President
Allan Benham is the Vice President of Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. In his 16 years with The Meadows, Allan has served in numerous roles including positions as a Registered Nurse, Director of Nursing, Director of Operations at The Meadows, Executive Director of Gentle Path at The Meadows, and presently as the Chief Operating Officer for Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. With a background in working almost every position and with every facility in the Meadows family, Allan brings a commitment to quality and effective treatment for our patients and a dedication to helping those who are suffering find relief. Allan is now working with all of the Meadows Behavioral Healthcare facilities including The Meadows, Gentle Path at The Meadows, Claudia Black Young Adult Center, Meadows Ranch, Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows, The Meadows Outpatient Center, and Willow House at The Meadows.
Dr. Patrick Carnes, Ph.D., Program Architect, and Senior Fellow
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.
Jerry L. Law, D. Min., MDAAC, CIP, Executive Director
Dr. Law serves as the Executive Director of Gentle Path at The Meadows and Willow House at The Meadows, residential programs specializing in relationship disorders, sex addiction, substance abuse disorders, and co-occurring behavioral health disorders. He is a Board Certified Counselor, a Board Certified Intervention Professional, and a Master Certified Drug Alcohol and Addictions Counselor.
Prior to assuming the Executive Director Role and Gentle Path and Willow House, Jerry served as Director of Family Education and Leadership Training for Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. In this role, Jerry worked closely with the clinical teams and offered education and support to family members while their loved one is in treatment.
As Executive Director, Jerry oversees the day-to-day operations of the programs and works closely with the clinical team in providing world-class treatment as well as advocating for service excellence in the care provided. He works closely with Senior Fellows, Dr. Patrick Carnes, and Dr. Stefanie Carnes in the ongoing development and implementation of program curriculum ensuring the continuity of care for which The Meadows programs are known worldwide.
Erica Sarr, PsyD, MEd, BCB, CSAT, Clinical Director
Dr. Erica Sarr has been treating clients with sexuality-related issues across a variety of settings since the beginning of her therapeutic career. Dr. Sarr is a licensed clinical psychologist and currently serves as the clinical director for Gentle Path at The Meadows. She also is a national speaker on process addiction and mental health issues. The focus of much of Dr. Sarr’s career has been working with people who have committed professional or criminal sexual boundary violations as well as assisting the regulatory organizations that manage these clients. She has also worked in several intensive settings treating compulsive sexual behavior. She is passionate about helping all clients define and embrace healthy, values-congruent sexuality across the lifespan. Dr. Sarr also specializes in the intersection of sexuality, mental health, and technology, particularly in the area of video games.
Steve Dulla, MD, Chief of Psychiatry
Dr. Steve Dulla is the Chief of Psychiatry 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 Meadows Ranch and Rosewood Ranch. Dr. Dulla has practiced psychiatry for over 20 years and has experience in all areas of addiction treatment.
Dr. Jon G. Caldwell, Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Caldwell is a board-certified psychiatrist and clinical research investigator who specializes in the treatment of adults who are healing from relational trauma and addictive behaviors. He is currently the Chief Medical Officer of Meadows Behavioral Health, with oversight of Willow House. His theoretical perspectives are heavily influenced by his Ph.D. training at The University of California at Davis, where he began researching how early childhood maltreatment and insecure attachment relationships affect cognitive, emotional, and social functioning. His clinical approach has become increasingly flavored by the timeless teachings of the contemplative traditions and by the daily practice of mindfulness. Dr. Caldwell has published a number of articles on child maltreatment, attachment theory, emotion regulation, and mindfulness and he is a noted international speaker and trainer on these and other topics.
Isabel Nino de Guzman, Ph.D., CSAT-S, Psychologist
Dr. Nino de Guzman works as a licensed psychologist for the male Gentle Path program and the women’s Willow House program at The Meadows, participating in direct patient care and supervising CSAT professionals from The Meadows organization. She trained under Dr. Patrick Carnes’ direct supervision and has worked with him conducting research in the field of sex addiction since 2006. Dr. Nino de Guzman has previously held jobs at two of the most reputable programs for addiction treatment in the United States. She brings a wealth of clinical experience from her career in Peru as a professor and researcher and is author and co-author of several publications. At The Meadows, she conducts specialized psychosexual assessments for patients with sexually addictive behaviors, intimacy disorders, and complex trauma. Dr. Nino de Guzman has brought into the programs her vast experience on dual disorders and utilizes evidence-based practices to treat patients, knowing the unique patterns of interaction between sexual addiction, mental health disorders, and maladaptive personality patterns.
Rob Wallace, MSN, RN, ASAT, Director of Nursing
Rob Wallace is the Director of Nursing at Gentle Path at The Meadows & Willow House at The Meadows. He also serves as Meadows Behavioral Healthcare Nursing Coordinator interfacing with nursing staff throughout the MBH system. He earned his Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on Nurse Executive and completed Associate Sex Addiction Therapist (ASAT) certification in 2016. Rob has worked in addiction recovery since 2003, and remains active volunteering with Wickenburg Lions Club, Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce (Tip of the Stethoscope Award for 2017, Volunteer of the year – 2010), Wickenburg Unified School District, HOSA, and as an advocate for nursing issues at the AZ Senate and House of Representatives engaging around Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder issues.
Kevin Berkes, MA, Vice President of Admissions
Kevin Berkes, MA, is the Vice President of Admissions 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.
Director of Intake
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Intake Coordinator for Workshops