Sex Addiction Therapists

The team of Senior Fellows constantly challenges The Meadows to excel and stay current in our treatment programs, including Gentle Path at The Meadows. This outstanding group of leaders, teachers, and thinkers currently includes Pia Mellody, Claudia Black, Patrick Carnes, Bessel van der Kolk, Peter Levine, Tian Dayton, Kevin McCauley, Stefanie Carnes, and Kristin Kirkpatrick. Each Senior Fellow is involved in world-wide practice and research in their area of expertise – lecturing patients on clinical works, publishing works in numerous professional publications, and providing their teachings and expertise to the patients and therapeutic staff at The Meadows.

Senior Fellows

Pia Mellody

Pia Mellody

Development Trauma and Codependency

As a pioneer in the field of recovery, Pia Mellody’s theories on the effects of childhood trauma have become the foundation for The Meadows’ programs, and are a major reason for their success. Pia is widely known as one of the preeminent authorities in the fields of addiction and relationships. Her work on codependency, boundaries and the effects of childhood trauma on emotional development has profoundly influenced the treatment of addictions and the issues of forming and maintaining relationships. She is the author of several influential books, including Facing Codependence, Facing Love Addiction, Breaking Free, and The Intimacy Factor. At The Meadows, Pia trains our staff, counsels patients and families and speaks at workshops on campus and lectures around the world. Pia Mellody developed the Developmental Model of Immaturity used by The Meadows.

Claudia Black, Ph.D., MSW

Family Systems, Addiction, Trauma, and Young Adults

Claudia Black, Ph.D. is a renowned author and trainer internationally recognized for her pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictive disorders. In the mid-1970s Claudia gave “voice” to both young and adult children from addictive homes, offering a framework for their healing. This cutting-edge work would be critical in creating the foundation for the codependency field and a greater understanding of the impact of family trauma. Since that time, Dr. Black has continued to be a passionate leader in the field of addiction. She designs and presents training workshops and seminars to professional audiences in the field of family service, mental health, and addictive disorders. Claudia has authored over fifteen books most noted It Will Never Happen to Me. She is the recipient of numerous national awards and has been a keynote speaker on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and on Parliament Hill in Ottowa, Canada. She is a Senior Fellow and Clinical Architect for the Claudia Black Young Adult Center at The Meadows Treatment Center in Arizona. She serves on the Advisory Board for the National Association of Children of Alcoholics and the Advisory Council of the Moyer Foundation.

Patrick Carnes

Patrick Carnes, Ph.D., CAS

Sex Addiction

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.

Bessel van der Kolk

Bessel van der Kolk, MD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk is one of the world’s foremost authorities on post-traumatic stress disorder and other related disorders. He has researched the psychobiology of trauma, traumatic memory, the effectiveness of EMDR and the effects of trauma on human development. He is a professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He has taught at universities and hospitals across the United States and globally. Dr. van der Kolk has written extensively on the impact of trauma on development, borderline personalities, self-mutilation, cognitive development in traumatized children and adults, and the psychobiology of trauma. His books include Psychological Trauma, Traumatic Stress, and The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.

Peter Levine

Peter Levine, Ph.D.

Somatic Experiencing®

Dr. Peter Levine holds doctorates in both medical biophysics and psychology. He is the developer of Somatic Experiencing® (SE), a naturalistic body-awareness approach to healing trauma, and teaches it all over the globe. He is the founder of the Foundation for Human Enrichment and was a stress consultant for NASA during the development of the space shuttle. Dr. Levine is the author of Healing Trauma, Sexual Healing and the best-selling book, Waking the Tiger. He co-authored, with Maggie Kline, Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes and Trauma-Proofing Your Kids. His newest book, In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness, is a testament to his lifelong investigation into the connection between evolutionary biology, neuroscience, animal behavior, and more than 40 years of clinical experience in the healing of trauma. He was honored in 2010 when he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP).

Tian Dayton

Tian Dayton, MA, Ph.D., T.E.P


Dr. Tian Dayton is the director of The New York Psychodrama Training Institute where she runs training groups in psychodrama, sociometry, and experiential group therapy. She served as Caron’s director of program development for eight years and Breathe’s for four. She was also a professor at NYU for eight years teaching psychodrama and currently sits on the Scientific Advisory Board for the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA). She is a fellow of the American Society of Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy (ASGPP), and is the winner of their Scholar’s Award, President’s Award, and Gratitude Award. Dr. Dayton has served as Editor in Chief and Executive Director of The Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy and also sat on the professional standards committee. She is the winner of The Mona Mansell Award and The Ackermann Black Award for her contributions to the field of addiction.

Dr. Dayton has been a guest expert on NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Montel, Rikki Lake, John Walsh, and Geraldo. She is the author of fifteen books including, Neuropsychodrama in the Treatment of Relational Trauma, The ACoA Trauma Syndrome: How Childhood Trauma Impacts Adult Relationships, Emotional Sobriety: From Relationship Trauma to Resilience and Balance, Trauma and Addiction: Ending the Cycle of Pain Through Emotional Literacy, Heartwounds: The Impact of Unresolved Trauma and Grief on Relationships, Forgiving and Moving On, The Living Stage: A Step by Step Guide to Psychodrama and Experiential Therapy, The Magic of Forgiveness. Her newest book, The Soulful Journey of Recovery: A Guide to Healing from Traumatic Past for ACAs, Codependents, or Those with Adverse Childhood Experiences will be available Fall of 2019. She is also a Huffington Post blogger and a Thrive Global blogger. Her films and videos include The Process, A 73 Minute award-winning docudrama that uses Psychodrama to tell stories of addicts; Adult Children of Alcoholics, Trauma, and The Body: A Psychodramatic Approach and Healing Childhood Abuse through Psychodrama. She is also a certified Montessori teacher.

Kevin McCauley

Kevin McCauley, MD

Substance Use Disorders

Dr. Kevin McCauley is a graduate of Drexel University College of Medicine and was a U.S. Naval Flight Surgeon for HMH-363 Red Lions Marine Heavy Helicopter squadron and VMFAT-101 Sharpshooters fighter/attack training squadron. He has also served as the Director of Le Mont Michel, a sober living/recovery management program in Sandy, Utah from 2009-2013, and is a co-founder of the Institute for Addiction Study. His film Pleasure Unwoven won the 2010 NAATP Michael Q. Ford Journalism Award.

Dr. McCauley became interested in the problem of addiction after witnessing the success of the Navy’s program for treating pilots with alcohol problems. He advocates strongly for the rights of recovering persons as patients and as valued members of society. Today, in addition to being a Senior Fellow at The Meadows, Dr. McCauley is the Director of Program Services at New Roads Treatment facility in Sandy, Utah and is also a graduate student in Public Health at the University of Utah.

Stephanie Carnes

Stefanie Carnes, Ph.D.

Women’s Intimacy Issues

Stefanie Carnes, Ph.D. is the President of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals, a training institute and professional organization for addiction professionals. At The Meadows, she works with sexually addicted clients and their families and is the clinical architect for Willow House: Relationship Healing for Women, a treatment program for women struggling with sex, love, and intimacy disorders. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and an AAMFT approved supervisor. Her area of expertise includes working with patients and families struggling with multiple addictions such as sexual addiction, eating disorders, and chemical dependency.

Dr. Carnes is also a certified sex addiction therapist and supervisor, specializing in therapy for couples and families struggling with sexual addiction. She regularly presents at conferences at both the state and national levels. She is also the author of numerous publications including her books, Mending a Shattered Heart: A Guide for Partners of Sex Addicts, and Facing Heartbreak: Steps to Recovery for Partners of Sex Addicts, and Facing Addiction: Starting Recovery from Alcohol and Drugs.

Kristin Kirkpatrick

Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RDN

Wellness and Nutrition

Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RDS, is the lead dietitian and manager of Wellness Nutrition Services at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a best-selling author, an experienced presenter, and an award-winning dietitian. Kristin has been seen on both local and national shows such as the TODAY show, NBC Nightly News and The Dr. Oz Show and has contributed to several national Newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME, Runners World, Oprah, Martha Stewart Living, Food Network, Costco Connection, Self, and Women’s Health. The Huffington Post named Kristin “one of 35 diet and nutrition experts you need to follow on twitter.”  In December 2017, Kristin’s show The New Rules of Food will air nationally on PBS.

Kristin’s career began in Washington, D.C. where she assisted in lobbying efforts for Medical Nutrition Therapy reform on behalf of the American Dietetic Association Policy and Advocacy group. She then went on to become the Regional Coordinator of the Montgomery County, Maryland Hearts N Parks program. During her time with Hearts N Parks, she designed, implemented, and measured health promotion programs within the Washington, D.C. metro area. Kristin then returned to Ohio to work for the Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Cardiovascular Genetics. She eventually became the lead dietitian in the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute.

Kristin is a sought-after national speaker on a variety of nutrition and wellness related topics. In addition, Kirkpatrick writes for, the Huffington Post, US News, and World Report and is a featured expert on Cleveland Clinic’s Health Essentials. Kristin also serves on Dr. Oz’s Medical Advisory Board as well as the Advisory Board for Lose it!

Kristin has over 17 years of experience in the health management area, holds an MS in Health Promotion Management from American University in Washington, D.C., and a BA in Political Science from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is licensed as a Registered Dietitian in the state of Ohio. In May 2012, Kristin received the Ohio Outstanding Dietetic Educator of the year award and, in 2013, received alumni of the year from her high school, Gilmour Academy.

In January 2017, Kristin published her first book, Skinny Liver: A Proven Program to Prevent and Reverse the New Silent Epidemic—Fatty Liver Disease.

Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.

Internal Family Systems

Dr. Richard Schwartz began his career as a family therapist and an academic at the University of Illinois at Chicago. There he discovered that family therapy alone did not achieve full symptom relief, and in asking patients why he learned that they were plagued by what they called “parts.” These patients became his teachers as they described how their parts formed networks of inner relationship that resembled the families he had been working with. He also found that as they focused on and, thereby, separated from their parts, they would shift into a state characterized by qualities like curiosity, calm, confidence and compassion. He called that inner essence the self and was amazed to find it even in severely diagnosed and traumatized patients.

From these explorations, the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model was born in the early 1980s. IFS is now evidence-based and has become a widely-used form of psychotherapy, particularly with trauma. It provides a non-pathologizing, optimistic, and empowering perspective and a practical and effective set of techniques for working with individuals, couples, families, and more recently, corporations and classrooms. In 2013, Schwartz left the Chicago area and now lives in Brookline, MA, where is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

John Bradshaw

In Memorium: John Bradshaw, MA

John Bradshaw was a world-renowned educator, counselor, motivational speaker, and author. He was one of the leading figures in the fields of addiction, recovery, family systems, and the concept of toxic shame. John was chosen by his peers as one of the 100 most influential writers on emotional health in the 20th century. His best-selling books, sold-out lectures, and seminars have changed the lives of millions of people around the globe. Over the years, John wrote several New York Times bestselling books, including Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child, Creating Love, and Healing the Shame That Binds You. John had a long and extensive association with The Meadows, teaching staff and patients, speaking at alumni retreats, and lecturing mental health professionals at our workshops and seminars.
He passed away on May 8, 2016. He will always hold a special place in our hearts at The Meadows. In recognition of his many contributions to the fields of addiction and recovery, an on-campus lecture hall is named in his honor.