At Namasté Center for Healing, we assist individuals in learning how to recover their true selves, their relationships, and their lives.
Our vision is to help individuals, couples and families in achieving lasting recovery from addictions, aversions, and trauma so much so that the course of their lives are changed for generations to come.
Namaste’s Expert Integrative Team
We guarantee the best in patient care by our experts in the field of trauma and intimacy recovery. As an outpatient treatment center, our patients work with multiple providers on our team for individual, couples, and group therapy, as well as in the various classes, intensives and workshops we provide. Therefore, our team works closely together to ensure our patients address all aspects of their recovery to achieve lasting wellness.
We also collaborate with medical doctors, functional medicine practitioners at Full Circle Care (801-746-3555), a yoga therapy expert, Debbie Coleman, LCMHC, PRYT of Phoenix Rising Yoga (801-747-9534), and acupuncturists at Qiworks Community Acupuncture. This is part of our commitment to ensuring that our patients recover their bodies as much as their minds and spirits. Most of our patients experience exhaustion, adrenal fatigue, poor sleep and nutrition, and other physical issues related to past or current trauma, multiple addictions, and deprivation/aversion issues. Our multi-disciplinary team is successful in supporting individuals and their families in healing in mind, spirit, and body.
Meet Our Team
Candice Christiansen, M.Ed., LCMHC, Founder, Clinical Director
Candice is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist(CSAT-S)-Supervisor and a Certified EMDR Trauma Expert. She has trained directly with Drs. Patrick and Stefanie Carnes at The International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals where she is currently a faculty member. As a trauma expert, she has trained with Carol Forgash, one of the leaders in Ego State Therapy for complex trauma survivors and received consultation from Anastasia Pollack and Cindy White, experts in ego state therapy and complex trauma. As a Gottman Leader she has trained at the Gottman Institute on how to effectively support couples in achieving lasting connection, attachment, and intimacy.
Candice is also a Certified Abel Assessor and a forensic mental health evaluator in justice, district, and federal courts She is a national and an international consultant on Global Prevention Initiatives who has worked on providing successful preventions-interventions for close to 20 years. She is also the founder of The Prevention Project and The Love Ed. Movement™. She also developed Helping Generation Sext.™ a Global Prevention-Intervention Model for Youth ©2017.
In 2014, Candice expanded her group practice to form Namasté Center for Healing with the intention of assisting adult complex trauma survivors, people with addictions/aversions, including their spouses and families in finding freedom from suffering, learning how to be at peace with themselves, and adopt healthy tools for lasting relationships.
Candice is the author of Mastering The Trauma Wound ©2016. She has been published in the Salt Lake Tribune, CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist) Magazine, Talkspace.com, and Dose.com, writing about various topics including: The Truth about Sex Addiction, Pornography Addiction, Depression in Men and Women, Coping with Grief, and Dealing with Anxiety. She is the relationship expert for Fox 13's The Place where she shares her expertise on various issues related to intimacy, sex, and healthy relationships. Candice has also contributed on www.addictionwise.com, an on-line support for families of loved ones with drug/alcohol addiction. Her 2016 blog: Denial of Sex Addiction Hurts Our Clients gained mass attention among the various "sex" therapy camps.
Candice currently serves on the DOPL Substance Use Disorder Board. She is a faculty member at the International Institute of Trauma and Addictions Professionals and a proud member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuser's (ATSA) Global Prevention Committee. In the past she has served on the Utah Mental Health Counselor Association's (UMHCA) Board and The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health's (SASH) Conference Committee.
Candice is a strong voice in the sexual/relationship/trauma recovery global community. She believes that everyone deserves to heal and passionately strives to help those interested in doing so achieve lasting wellness via her specialized programs.
Candice has hand picked and developed each of the members on her clinical team by providing weekly supervision, on-going consultation, and training with both her and national consultants as well as sending our team to EMDR training through the EMDR Institute, Sex Addiction Training through IITAP, and training on treating the Autism Spectrum.
Meg Martinez, Clinical Manager, M.S., LACMHC, ASAT-C
Meg Martinez is a LACMHC, an ASAT candidate, and our Clinical Manager. She is currently training at IITAP's institute with Dr. Carnes team of global relationship and sex experts to become a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. She is also an EMDR Trauma Therapist who has trained at Francine Shapiro's EMDRI Institute. She has worked in the mental health field in several arenas with children, teens, and families dealing with substance abuse, trauma, and sex-specific issues, specifically teens with sexual offending behavior in the criminal justice system. Meg is well versed in child welfare and the legal issues that arise from addictive behaviors and has aided families in overcoming these struggles on their road to recovery. Through her work with Juvenile Justice Services with the juvenile boys who offended sexually for 3+ years and then for the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) working to overcome addiction, strengthen families, and provided safety and stability to children she has learned the importance of “Prevention” as a healthy intervention related to addiction and harmful behavior.
Meg manages our outpatient and intensive programs at Namasté and coordinates treatment with and for The Prevention Project™ Utah, USA.
Meg facilitates our Monday night men’s sexual & co-occurring recovery group. She provides individual, couples therapy, and psycho-educational support for men with riskier sexual behavior(prevention) and their partners, and co-facilitates our Intimate Connections class with Candice each month. Meg currently serves on the NOJOS (juvenile sex offender) board and the NOJOS discharge committee.
Jill Seely, LCMHC, CSAT
Jill Seely, M.S., LCMHC, CSAT, EMDR Trained is our part time licensed clinical mental health counselor, a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and EMDR trauma therapist. She has trained directly with Drs. Patrick and Stefanie Carnes through IITAP, the International Insititute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals and Francine Shapiro's EMDRIA Institute. She is also trained in the DeTur Method for treating substance abuse and process addictions. She provides individual and group therapy to our patients with intimacy disorders, their partners, as well as individuals with complex trauma void of any addiction. She has extensive experience working with adult survivors of trauma, sex addicts, betrayed spouses and couples. She and Candice facilitate couples intensives. Jill facilitates our female partner group providing support to women who've experienced intimate betrayal. As a "story collector," Jill assists men, women, and couples in embracing their stories and reclaiming their lives longterm.
Rich Andelin, LACMHC, ASAT-C
Rich Andelin, is a LACMHC, ASAT-C, EMDR Trained, and an ASAT candidate who is currently training at the IITAP institute with Dr. Carnes team of global relationship and sex experts to become a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. He has worked in the clinical arena with children, teens, young adults and adults with various addiction issues, including substance abuse and pornography addiction for close to a decade. He has worked in a residential treatment center with youth and young adults providing them tools for healing from family of origin issues, trauma and various addictions; both substance and process. At Namasté, Rich works with teens, young adults, adults, and partners with a variety of intimacy issues including sexual addiction, infidelity, relational conflict, newly married issues, premarital issues, other sexual issues, substance abuse, and trauma. He also provides therapy for men and women with riskier sexual behavior and with young adults who are on the Autism Spectrum. He facilitates our 6-Week Essentials to Recovery Group for men new to recovery as well as our Thursday Men’s Relationship Recovery Group for men dealing with sex/love/relationship issues and other addictions/disorders.
Jessica Werner, LCMHC, EMDR Trained
Jessica Werner, LCMHC, EMDR Trained is our part-time clinician at Namasté. Her background is working with children, teens, and adults with complex trauma, behavioral, and substance abuse/sex addiction issues. She works with men and women who seek our support for healing from complex trauma that includes rape, domestic violence, and spousal suicide. She also provides individual therapy for men, women and couples with various sexual issues (sexual anorexia, infidelity, sexual and porn addiction), partners of sex addicts, and individuals with substance abuse/dependence. She also works with teens of sex or porn addicted parents as well as teens with problematic porn use, and teens and young adults with various mental health issues (depression, anxiety, opposition, etc). She will co-facilitate our Gottman Couples class with Candice in September 2017.
Annie Jacobs, LACMHC
Annie Jacobs, LACMHC, is an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor who graduated with her Master’s degree from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA across from Harvard University. She studied Holistic therapy and received a Trauma Studies Certificate. She also has a strong background in Internal Family Systems Model. During that time, she studied abroad in Ireland learning about survivors of extensive sexual and physical abuse and complex trauma. She has worked in a pharmacy for over 9 years and has experience working with individuals who struggle with substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and complex PTSD. We are excited to have Annie join our Namasté team. She is a wonderful addition with her experience working with trauma survivors and individuals with addictions. She will provide individual, couples, group therapy, classes and workshops. She will facilitate our 10-Week Mastering the Trauma Wound Workshop beginning October 6th, 2017.