MEET Our Team
Candice hand picked Namasté's clinical team to ensure that individuals attending her internationally recognized outpatient treatment center receive the best care possible. Cisgender, transgender, non-binary, neuro-”typical” and neurodiverse individuals travel from all over the USA to work with Candice and her expert team of clinicians. She has chosen highly dedicated, compassionate, and brilliant colleagues as her teammates whose energy and expertise aligns with Namasté's mission and vision.
Candice has invested in and developed each of her clinical team members by providing them with on-going weekly group consultation, supervision, and advanced training on topics related to: Treating neurotypical and neurodivergent individuals that have a range of intimacy issues, complex trauma, sex and porn addiction, sexual aversion, infidelity, financial disorders, multiple addictions, substance abuse, chronic suicidality, legal problems related to sex, and/or are suffering from grief and loss. Candice’s clinical members have committed to getting advanced training/certifications/on-going consultation in the following areas: EMDR training at Francine Shapiro's EMDRIA international, Dr. Richard Schwart’s Internal Family Systems(IFS) Model through The Center For Self Leadership, Sex Addiction Certification training through IITAP, and on-going and advanced training in order to work with youth and adults that have Autism.
Candice Christiansen, M.Ed., LCMHC, Founder, Clinical Director
Candice is a courageous trail blazer. She is a world-renowned intimacy and trauma expert who has trained directly with Drs. Patrick and Stefanie Carnes, Dr. Ken Adams, Dr. Rob Weiss, Dr. Alex Katehakis, and Debra Kaplan at The International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals where she is currently a faculty member. As a trauma expert, she spent the several years training directly with Ego State trauma experts Carol Forgash, Katie O’Shea and Susan Poulsen (developers of EMDR early childhood protocol), and AJ Popky, who created the EMDR protocol the DeTUR™ method (Desensitization of Triggers and Urge Reprocessing. She recently completed a 2-day training with IFS level 3 expert Jenna Riemersma and plans on beginning the complete IFS training in 2020. As a Gottman Leader she received training at the Gottman Institute in Seattle, Washington from Laura Heck, LMFT on how to effectively support couples in achieving lasting connection, attachment, and intimacy. In 2013, Candice opened Namasté Center for Healing. Her beautiful healing center offers integrative healing to individuals, couples, polyamorous relationships; cisgender, transgender, and non-binary individuals, people who identify as heterosexual and LGBTQA. She and her expert team have worked together for years assisting clients ages 18-75 years old in learning and mastering specific, evidence based tools for healing attachment, improving intimacy, communication, and resolving chronic trauma. Her ultimate passion is to help all people experience 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 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 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 has been a relationship expert for Fox 13's The Place and KUTV 2 news and Fresh Living where she has shared 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.
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. In 2018, She and Meg Martinez-Dettamanti co-authored a chapter in Sexual Abuse and Prevention published by Palgrave-McMillan.
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, LCMHC, CSAT, EMDR Assistant Clinical Director
Meg has worked closely with Candice for four years. She believes that each person can enjoy the many gifts of all forms of recovery if they surrender and trust the process. Meg is an EMDR Trauma Therapist who has trained at Francine Shapiro's EMDR Institute and has received consultation from Ego State Therapy/Trauma Experts Anastasia Doulis-Pollock and Cindy White. Meg is also trained in providing treatment to individuals who have Autism and intimacy issues. She is well versed in child welfare and the legal issues that arise from sexually 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 where she treated juvenile boys who offended sexually as well as her work at the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) with families, she learned the importance of “Prevention” as a healthy intervention related to sex and other addictions and harmful behavior. Meg assists Candice in all of our programs, including on-going professional and program development. In 2018, she and Candice co-authored a chapter on Sexual Abuse Prevention for a book written in the United Kingdom.
Meg 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 and Candice’s husband Chris. She provides individual, couples therapy, and psycho-educational support for neurotypical and neurodivergent men with riskier sexual behavior(prevention) and their partners, and co-facilitates our Intimate Connections class with Candice each month. Meg, like Candice, is a strong voice in the global community for sexual abuse prevention through accurate treatment interventions.
Rich Andelin, LCMHC, CSAT, EMDR
Rich has worked closely with Candice at Namasté since 2014. He believes it is possible for our patients to achieve lasting recovery and with consistency and dedication each person can live a whole-hearted life. Rich has trained with the leaders in the sex addiction field and has received on-going consultation from DID/complex trauma expert Anastasia Doulis Pollock. He provides individual and couples therapy to our neurotypical and neurodivergent young adults, adults, partners and couples who have a variety of intimacy issues including sexual/porn addiction, infidelity, relational conflict, newly married issues, premarital issues, substance abuse, grief/loss, and complex trauma to assist them in healing . He also provides therapy for men and women with riskier sexual behavior, heterosexual men who act out sexually with other men, and young adults dealing with problematic socio-sexual issues who also have Autism. Rich has been an integral part of our program development team to ensure our Sexual Recovery Program continues to be cutting edge. Rich facilitates our Tuesday and Thursday evening Men’s Sexual/Relationship Recovery Group for men dealing with sex/love/relationship issues including heterosexual men who have compulsive sex with other men.
Annie Jacobs, LACMHC, EMDR & IFS Speciality with Intimacy Disorders
Annie was highly recommended to Candice after she finished her graduate studies near Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is a part-time clinician at our center who has trained closely with Candice and her expert team since 2017. Her expertise is using the brilliant Internal Family Systems model to get to the deeper issues that individuals with intimacy issues struggle with (e.g., attachment wounds, various forms of trauma, chronic shame, emotional neglect). She shares clients with our CSATs in our outpatient sexual recovery program to ensure that the behavioral components of sex/pornography addiction are addressed via CSAT while she taps into the internal system that triggers addictive behavior. Annie’s background in Internal Family Systems Model is on the leading edge of all treatment, so much so that she has inspired our founder Candice to begin her advanced IFS training. Annie provides individual, conjoint couples, and group therapy to our patients including therapy with adults, children, pre-teen and teens who have autism, issues with sex and porn, low self esteem suicidal ideations, cutting, depression and anxiety. She is also our lead facilitator of our betrayed partner program. Her expertise with partners helps her patients who have sex/porn addiction gain insight into their spouse’s intimate betrayal trauma though her depth of understanding of the unique trauma partner’s endure via this type of betrayal.
Erin Nichols, MSW, CSW, CSA Prevention Specialist
Erin is a part-time clinician at Namasté Center for Healing and works primarily on our sexual prevention team. She was personally recommended to Candice by researcher and professor Dr. Walker at the University of Utah after receiving her Master’s Degree in Social Work. Prior to coming to Namasté, Erin worked with children, teens and families at Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) as well as at the Department of Corrections providing therapy for men and women who were legally involved. Erin is passionate about bringing restorative justice values into her work as well as utilizing an affirmative CBT framework. She works closely with Candice in her young adult and adult sexual abuse prevention-education-outreach programs by collecting research, providing psychoeducational support and outreach, as well as and crisis intervention. She also assists Candice and Meg in writing wellness and prevention based curriculum.