Lee Beckstead, Ph.D., is a psychologist with a private practice in Salt Lake City. He was privileged to join the MaleSurvivor Weekend of Recovery Team in 2005. He specializes in relationship issues, such as self-esteem, assertiveness, intimacy, identity, sexuality, and gender. Focusing on relationship dynamics, he provides individual, couples, and group therapy for adults who have concerns related to depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, body image, eating disorders, HIV/AIDS, and grieving. He has been a member of the International Academy of Sex Research since 2004. Understanding how to resolve sexual, social, and religious conflicts has been his primary research and counseling focus. His personal passions and self-care involve theatre and music.
Peter Bottéas, MA, LMHC, CCC, is a multilingual and multicultural therapist in private practice in Cambridge, MA, and an adjunct faculty member in the Counseling Psychology program at Lesley University. Until recently, he was a counselor, therapist, and victim advocate in the Violence Recovery Program at Fenway Health in Boston, where most of his work focused on recovery from traumatic events such as sexual abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, and bias crimes. He frequently trains clinicians, students, and community volunteers, and has spoken at various conferences in the U.S. and Canada.
Peter has co-facilitated numerous groups for men who are recovering from sexual abuse in childhood and/or sexual assault at any stage in life, and is part of the facilitation team of the MaleSurvivor organization's Weekends of Recovery.
Bill Burmester, M.A., M.F.T. has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in California since 1994, with training and experience in the treatment of sexual abuse and other relational trauma. He has worked with child, adolescent, and adult survivors of sexual abuse, adolescent and adult perpetrators, and abusive family systems. He facilitates a Group for Men Healing from Sexual Abuse in conjunction with The Men's Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy in Berkeley, Ca, and treats issues of trauma, Dissociative Disorders, and PTSD in work with both men and women. He also works with couples. Approaches include EMDR, Imago Relationship Therapy, Focusing, and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Bill has provided training in therapy with male abuse survivors, is Adjunct Clinical Faculty at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, and has been on the weekends of recovery staff with Male Survivor since 2001. With a keen interest in film, he has presented on the representation of the sexual abuse of boys and men in film at the 2001 NOMSV Conference in NYC and runs a monthly film group for therapists.
Andy Dishman, MA, MDiv., LPC. "Authenticity", "internal wisdom" and "humor" are three guiding tenets found in Andy's philosophy of therapy. For the past 12 years, he has infused these tenets in his work with couples and individuals who are seeking to empower their lives.
Treatment specialties include relationship and intimacy issues, adult survivors of childhood trauma and neglect, issues concerning the LGBT community, anxiety and mood disorders. Additionally, Andy works with issues of spirituality in the therapeutic process that honors the beliefs and values unique to each client.
Andy is in private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Marietta, GA and has been a member of Weekend of Recovery Team since 2009.
Sandi Forti, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Columbus, Ohio. She divides her time between a thriving private practice in Columbus, consultation with the Columbus AIDS Task force, and providing community based services for Central Ohio Mental Health Center in Delaware, Ohio. Her dual interests in archetypal psychology and body awareness have added breadth and depth to her work with individuals who are seeking to heal from past traumas and who desire new ground for a relationship with the present. She sees herself as providing context within which trauma can be understood as part of the landscape of soul, and healing can lay the foundation for the development and expression of the authentic self. She has worked for many years with victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse, and with families who struggle to love and heal both. She is also versed in working with the patterns of thinking and behavior that grow out of the effort to cope with abuse, such as depression, dissociation, use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs, etc.
Howard Fradkin, Ph.D., LICDC has counseled over 1000 male survivors in individual, couples, group psychotherapy and weekend workshops over the course of his 28 year career as a Psychologist. As Co-Chairperson of the MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery, Howard has directed 34 Weekends of Recovery since 2001 for over 600 men. Dr. Fradkin has also supervised and trained hundreds of professional colleagues on the topic of psychotherapy with male survivors of sexual abuse.
Dr. Fradkin was one of the founding board members of MaleSurvivor, and currently serves as an Advisory Board Member. In 2010, Dr. Fradkin delivered the keynote address at the International MaleSurvivor Conference in New York City. He also served as President of MaleSurvivor and served on the Board of Directors for 6 years prior to developing the Weekends of Recovery program.
In November, 2010, Dr. Fradkin was invited and honored to speak as an expert on "The Oprah Winfrey Show". These two historic shows will feature 200 male survivors gathered together to offer hope and inspiration for the millions of survivors around the world. The shows air on November 5th and November 12th.
Dr. Fradkin is the founder of Affirmations: A Center for Psychotherapy and Growth, in Columbus, OH. His expertise includes trauma recovery for men and women survivors, those struggling with depression and anxiety, alcoholism, drug addiction and sex addiction, sexual orientation confusion and acceptance, issues challenging the LGBT community, people with HIV and AIDS, and group psychotherapy.
In his spare time, Howard loves to sing and plan and cook gourmet meals for family and friends.
Rob Hawkings, MA, CACCF, is a semi-retired counselor and psychotherapist and consultant based in Deep River, Ontario. For five years, from 2000 to 2005, Rob was a Program Development Specialist at Bellwood Health Services, an in-patient addiction treatment facility in Toronto, where his principal responsibilities were development of sexual addiction treatment programs and concurrent addiction and PTSD treatment programs for military members and veterans. Prior to joining Bellwood, Rob was in private practice for many years with specialties in addictions and adult resolution of childhood trauma. Rob's principal sub-specialty through most of these years was individual and group therapy with adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. He has designed, led and supervised several agency-sponsored group treatment programs for adult male sexual abuse survivors, and has served as Clinical Consultant in the preparation of Opening the Door: A Treatment Model for Therapy With Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse (by Adrienne Crowder, MSW; published by the National Clearinghouse on Family Violence and by Brunner/Mazel). Rob has also recently served as Clinical Consultant to the Fireweed Project (for the Amelia Rising Sexual Assault Centre of Nipissing, Ontario) in preparing and presenting a group therapy model, manual and training workshop designed for front-line service providers who work with male survivors in remote Northern Ontario communities. Part of Rob's practice currently includes part-time work in Mental Health Services at a large military base (CFB Petawawa) near Deep River.
Sharon Imperato is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Massachusetts, where she has been working in the field of sexual trauma for over ten years. She is the Senior Clinician and Clinical Intern Program Manager at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) in Boston. Sharon is also an adjunct faculty member at Boston University and Lesley University, and maintains a private practice in Cambridge and Boston, MA.
Sharon has extensive experience in counseling (individual, group, couples, and family) and facilitating trainings on various aspects of sexual trauma for students, military personnel, clinicians, and other professionals. She has also provided training to university counseling centers and has been a guest lecturer for undergraduate and graduate classes at Tufts University, Northeastern University, and Boston University. In addition to working with women who have experienced sexual trauma, she works extensively with male survivors. She co-facilitates a male survivors' group in Boston, provides couples' counseling (particularly with LGBT clients), and focuses on sexual issues and addictions that stem from sexual trauma.
Lisa Jameson, LMFT has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1986. She began her training in 1981 at the Incest Treatment Team of Stanislaus County, conducting support groups for survivors, family supporters and perpetrators. She co-developed Merced County of Mental Health's Specialized Treatment and Rehabilitation Services (S.T.A.R.S.), a program specifically focused on identifying and treating young male victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse. An additional focus was on educating the lay and mental health community about the true extent of the traumatization of boys and their particular treatment and support needs. Since 1989 she's been in private practice working with trauma from an increasingly depth orientation, integrating Jungian, Psychoanalytic and mindfulness approaches which invite the whole Self, including the unconscious to be a part of the healing process. She has particular interests in the ways in which the Self reaches for expression through dreams, expressive art, body and relationship.
Donald E. Laufersweiler M.S. L.I.C.D.C., L.P.C.C., N.B.C.C.H. has worked with male and female survivors of sexual abuse since 1979. He has worked in private practice for the past 16 years in Columbus, Ohio, and specializes in helping clients with trauma, chemical dependency, sexual addiction, dual diagnosis, depression and anxiety. Don is certified in clinical hypnotherapy. Although Don is new to the MaleSurvivor facilitator team, he has facilitated over 30 weekends of recovery for people with HIV/AIDS throughout Ohio. Don is very attuned to many types of spiritual traditions, and has a special affinity for native traditions. He has a special interest in working with male survivors of clergy abuse. In his spare time, he loves to backpack, watch college sports, and spend quality time with family and friends.
Paul Linden, Ph.D. received his B.A. in Philosophy from Reed College and his Ph.D. in Physical Education from the Ohio State University. He is an instructor of the Feldenkrais Method® of body awareness education. He began Aikido practice in 1969, and he currently holds a sixth degree black belt in Aikido as well a first degree black belt in Karate. He is the developer of Being In Movement® mindbody training, the inventor of SpineLine® Bicycle Handlebars (patent #5,024,119), and the author of Comfort at Your Computer: Body Awareness Training for Pain-Free Computer Use and Winning is Healing: Body Awareness and Empowerment for Abuse Survivors. Paul Linden and his wife Peggy Berger are specialists in body and movement awareness education, and their work focuses on the interplay between self-exploration and effective action. They are co-founders of the Columbus Center for Movement Studies and Aikido of Columbus, and their work covers such specific topics as stress management, postural efficiency, performance enhancement, assertiveness, conflict resolution, and trauma recovery. They have had extensive experience teaching people such as musicians, athletes, pregnant women, adult survivors of child abuse, computer users, business people, physical therapists, and psychotherapists. For fun, Paul swims and rides his bike, runs, practices Aikido, reads, practices organic gardening, and writes.
Lynne MacDonell, BA, CADC, CHt is a psychotherapist working in private practice in Toronto, Canada for over 20 years. Using a client centred approach; Lynne has training in Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness Based Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, and other modalities of therapy. Lynne works with clients who bring to the work a wide variety of issues, including trauma and relationship dysfunction as one of the results of the trauma, addiction and addiction recovery; self-esteem and life style enrichment. She currently conducts a group for men recovering from childhood sexual abuse; works specifically with survivors of that abuse and their partners; consults and does training for agencies around the trauma/relationship issues. For more information go to www.lynnemacdonell.ca.
Ernesto Mujica, Ph.D. is an Instructor in Clinical Psychology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and is a Supervisor of Psychotherapy at the William Alanson White Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He is an Associate Editor of the institute's journal, Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Dr. Mujica maintains a full-time private practice in individual and couples therapy on the upper west side in Manhattan.
Mikele Rauch, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist working in a group practice in Brookline Massachusetts. Since 1983, she has worked with individuals and groups specializing in the area of sexual and physical trauma. She has been a facilitator for the Male Survivor International Retreat Team since its inception in 2001, utilizing music, authentic movement, art--and humor-- in the healing process. Her book, Healing the Soul after Religious Abuse, the Dark Heaven of Recovery, speaks about the impact of religious abuse not only on the psyche but the soul, and how to recover the deepest parts of the self and create meaning again.
Jim Struve, LCSW is in private practice in Salt Lake City. He provides individual, couples, and group psychotherapy services, with special attention to mindful presence in the healing relationship. He has been working with male survivors since 1976 and he has a long history of professional and activist involvement in the development of resources for men who have been sexually abused. He frequently provides supervision and training for mental health professionals about issues related to the male sexual abuse.
Jim was Conference Chairperson for the 1989 International Male Survivor Conference. He was a Founding Board Member (1992) of the National Organization On Male Sexual Victimization (now MaleSurvivor). Subsequently, he was a member of the Board of Directors from 1992 – 1997) and Chairperson for the Board of Directors from 1992 – 1993. Since 2003 he has been a member of the Facilitator Staff for the MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery. Jim was the recipient of the Richard Gartner Award for Clinical Contribution given at the 2010 MaleSurvivor International Conference in New York City.
Jim's publications include: "Dancing With The Patriarchy: The Politics of Sexual Abuse", in: Hunter, Mic (Ed.). The Sexually Abused Male, Volume 1: Prevalence, Impact, & Treatment. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, 1990 and The Ethical Use of Touch in Psychotherapy, co-author with Mic Hunter, October 1997, Sage Publications.
In addition to his professional clinical activities, Jim maintains a commitment to physical health thru active participation in a variety of outdoor and recreational pursuits, including running, skiing, biking, backpacking, and gardening. In recent years, Jim has begun to incorporate mindfulness and outdoor therapeutic activities into his clinical practice.
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