• 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.


Barbara  Nosal

A Marriage and Family Therapist who has been in the mental health and addiction treatment field for over 20 years. She has held managerial and clinical positions in a variety of treatment settings including inpatient, outpatient, and school based programs. Specializing in Family Systems, she has had private practices in La Jolla and Newport Beach. She is trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities and her clinical work focuses on restructuring family dynamics, multigenerational transmission and relational parenting. Executive Clinical Director of Newport Academy where she oversees the clinical and family programs.

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