• The Scarlet Sisterhood: Treating Partners of Sex Addicts

    Addiction is a disease, end of discussion . . . right? As practitioners within the field of behavioral health and wellness, we have all heard the message, loud and clear. Many of us subscribe to the concept without question, confident in our convictions that addicts are sick people, not bad people. Some of us have built our careers upon this assertion, while others espouse it personally, within our own lives and family relationships.


  • Evaluating a Competency-Based Supervision Approach for Motivational Interviewing

    Motivational interviewing (MI) is a well-known, evidence-based, brief counseling approach for substance use disorders (SUDs) that combines person-centered principles with strategies for enhancing motivation for change (Miller & Rollnick, 2012). Counselors using MI help their clients talk themselves into change by exploring and developing their motivations for change and lessening and resolving their arguments against it.


Lauren  Costine

Lauren Costine, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, executive, educator, author, and activist. She received her MA in psychology at Antioch University Los Angeles in 2001 and her PhD in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2007. She works with both individuals and couples and plays a key role in the feminist and LGBTQ community. Dr. Costine is currently chief clinician of Convalo Health, Inc. and the Founder of the LGBT-affirmative track of Convalo’s BLVD Treatment Centers. Her first book, Lesbian Love Addiction: Understanding the Urge to Merge and What to Do When Things Go Wrong, was be released in November 2015.