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.
Namasté's expert team demonstrates a level of integrity, dedication, and commitment to service that is unparalleled in our industry.
We are often the last stop for men and women who have been to multiple therapists, spent thousands of dollars, and ample amounts of time and energy trying to recover from trauma and/or problematic sexual behavior (i.e, sex or porn addiction, sexual aversion). We are considered the leading experts in our field of trauma and sexual-relationship recovery because we know how to help our patient's heal. As a treatment program our clinicians work closely as a team in order to guarantee the absolute best in our patient's care. We know from studying the research that people need more than once per week of individual therapy to fully heal, especially from addictive behavior. People need an entire support network including peers and experts who understand their struggle. Our team works closely together throughout your treatment to ensure we address all aspects of your recovery so that you are guaranteed to achieve longterm wellness.
Our Namasté team also collaborates with medical doctors, psychiatrists, as well as functional medicine practitioners at Full Circle Care (801-746-3555) as well as a Phoenix Rising Certified Yoga Therapist Debbie Coleman (801-706-0455; firstname.lastname@example.org), and the acupuncturists at Wasatch Community Acupuncture. This is part of our commitment to ensuring that you recover your bodies as much as your minds and spirits in your healing process. 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 approach is successful in supporting you and your family in healing in mind, spirit, and body.
MEET Our Team
Candice has been fastidious about who is a part of Namasté's expert clinical team since her program is nationally known for treating some of the most challenging cases related to various intimacy issues in the country. She has chosen highly dedicated, compassionate, and brilliant colleagues as her team mates whose energy and expertise aligns with Namasté's mission and vision.
Candice has invested in and developed each of her clinical members by providing them with weekly supervision, a monthly staff yoga group session, on-going consultation, and advanced training with the nation's leading trauma and addiction treatment organizations. She has sent each of her clinical members (both past and present) through a year long EMDR training at Francine Shapiro's EMDRIA international, a year long Sex Addiction Certification training through IITAP, as well as various trainings and consultation on effectively treating individuals on the Autism Spectrum.
Candice Christiansen, M.Ed., LCMHC, Founder, Clinical Director
Candice is a trail blazer. As 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 and mentorship from Anastasia Pollack and Cindy White, who are both experts in ego state therapy and complex trauma/DID. As a Gottman Leader she has trained at the Gottman Institute with Laura Heck, LMFT on how to effectively support couples in achieving lasting connection, attachment, and intimacy. In 2014, Candice opened Namasté Center for Healing. Her beautiful healing center offers integrative healing to individuals, couples, polyamorous relationships; men, women and non-binary individuals, people who identify as heterosexual and LGBTQA. She has worked with her hand-picked expert team for years. Together, they assists men and women ages 18-75 years old in learning and mastering specific, evidence based tools for healing attachment, intimacy, and trauma issues from their pasts. Her ultimate passion is to help singles, couples, and those in polyamorous relationships in experiencing ecstatic bliss, a conscious connection to all that is, and sacred sexuality. Her tastefully crafted 12-Week Webinar, The Art of Ecstasy: From Sexual Disconnect to Sexual Bliss™ offers those in Phase III of our sexual recovery program as well as those seeking a deeper connection with themselves and their loved one(s) a simple, fun, and truly blissful way of increasing one's intimate connection.
Candice is also 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. She and Meg are currently co-authoring a chapter on Prevention for a book being written in the United Kingdom.
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.
Meg Martinez-Dettamanti, LACMHC, CSAT-C, Assistant Clinical Director
Meg Martinez-Dettamanti has worked closely with Candice for over two years. She started as her intern and quickly, based on her advanced skillset and natural understanding of programming, became Namasté's program director. She is now the Assistant Clinical Director to Candice. She is currently receiving her advanced training at IITAP's institute with Dr. Carnes' team of global relationship and sexuality experts to become a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. She is also an EMDR Trauma Therapist who has trained at Francine Shapiro's EMDR Institute and has received consultation from Ego State Therapy/Trauma Experts Anastasia Pollock and Cindy White. 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 sexual, substance, and trauma 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 assists Candice in overseeing our outpatient and intensive programs at Namasté and coordinates treatment with and for The Prevention Project™ Utah, USA. She also co-presents with Candice on our various programs, and assists in program development. She is currently co-authoring a chapter on Prevention with Candice for a book being written in the United Kingdom.
Meg also facilitates our Monday night men’s sexual & co-occurring recovery group. She co-facilitates the Intimate Connections Program as well as the Gottman Classes with Candice. 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.
Rich Andelin, LCMHC, CSAT-C, EMDR Trained
Candice sought out Rich Andelin while he was still in his graduate program, as his reputation preceded him. He has worked closely with Candice at Namasté since 2014. He works with our young adults, adults, and partners who have a variety of intimacy issues including sexual/porn addiction, infidelity, relational conflict, newly married issues, premarital issues, substance abuse, and complex trauma. He also provides therapy for men and women with riskier sexual behavior and young adults who are on the Autism Spectrum. He facilitates our Tuesday and Thursday evening Men’s Sexual/Relationship Recovery Group for men dealing with sex/love/relationship issues and other addictions/disorders.
Annie Jacobs, LACMHC, EMDR Trained
Annie Jacobs is our full time trauma and addictions specialist. She is the newest member of our clinical team who came highly recommended from Lesley College in Cambridge, MA (across from Harvard University). She studied Holistic therapy and received a Trauma Studies Certificate. She has a strong background in Internal Family Systems Model and integrative healing. She has 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 is passionate about understanding the biology of trauma, addiction and holistic recovery. Annie has also trained with and received consultation from DID expert Anastasia Pollock, LCMHC. Before joining our team at Namasté, Annie worked with adult women in a short-term inpatient treatment setting in Boston who had multiple addictions, attachment issues, various mood disorders, and complex PTSD. She provides individual, conjoint couples, and group therapy to our patients. She has been the lead facilitator of our 12-Week Mastering the Trauma Wound Workshop and is currently the lead facilitator of our 12-week female Partner Empowered groups.
Debbie Coleman, PRYT Yoga Therapist
Debbie and Candice have been colleagues and friends for the past 20 years. Debbie is a licensed clinician who has specialized in working with individuals who have trauma and multiple addictions in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Several years ago, Debbie felt drawn to Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (PRYT) where she began her journey towards helping people heal their bodies. PRYT is a body based modality that helps people cultivate a connection to their body, recognizing sensations, thought patterns, emotions and memories, and energetic experiences. Through one on one sessions, Debbie's calming, supportive demeanor assists men and women's in connecting with their bodies in order to release various ranges of stored tension. Debbie currently offers yoga group therapy sessions at Namasté Center For Healing that combines embodied movement, mindfulness, meditation, & beautiful connection. She also provides monthly group PRYT to all of Namasté's employees as part of Candice's dedication and commitment to her staff's overall wellness.