Matthew Nonoshita, CADC-II, RAS-II, CATC - Executive Program Director
During his journey of personal recovery which started in 2010, Matt Nonoshita has worked alongside leading professionals to cultivate his knowledge and experience, while assisting countless others on their own paths to sobriety. As a member of the California Consortium of Drug and Alcohol Educators and the California Certification Board of Alcohol & Drug Counselors, Matt has continued to strive toward professional growth, acquiring his Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor-II, Registered Addiction Specialist-II, and Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor credentials. Due to the increasing prevalence of the nation’s addiction and opioid crisis, Matt works tirelessly to understand the underlying issues of individuals in recovery through knowledge and understanding of Dual Diagnosis treatment. To that end, Matt works to foster a balanced approach to recovery through experiential and recreational therapy including the creation of a Surf Therapy program which combines his passions for the outdoors as well as spiritual growth. Matt’s extensive experience has solidified the knowledge that the damage created by alcoholism and addiction are not exclusive to the individual, but drastically affect the family and friends of those who suffer. Consequently, his approach to recovery includes educating families on healthy boundaries, crisis management, and codependency. Matt’s dedication to his personal recovery manifests in his family relationships, with his children, his fellowship, and his friends. He believes in the therapeutic and rehabilitative value of music, of consistently extending a hand to those who struggle, and of the spiritual balance he finds in the amazing geographical context specific to Southern California.
Mary Walton, MA, LMFT - Clinical Director
Mary is a licensed marital & family therapist and board certified art therapist, who has specialized in addiction treatment for the last twelve years. She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and the recipient of a fellowship from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She began her career at the Betty Ford Center and has worked for the Riverside County Department of Mental Health, The Little Company of Mary Peninsula Recovery Centre and the Cayman Island Government, working in their outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program. She spoke on the link between developmental trauma and drug abuse at the Doctor’s Update Conference in Val d’ Isere, France in 2014.
Additionally, Mary has worked with children, adolescents and families at Children’s institute, Inc. She, proudly, served on a crisis intervention team in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, post Hurricane katrina, after receiving certification from the Red Cross in Psychological First Aid. She is also a trained facilitator in AVP, (Alternative to Violence Program) which helps decrease violence and = build up communities. This work took her to Nepat in November 2017 to attend the International AVP conference.
This is a second career for her. Prior to going back to school, after adopting an infant from Guatemala, she worked as an award winning producer/director for NBC. Presently, Mary is the mother of 19-year- old Daniel, who is now considering a career in the military. For fun and recreation she crews for Seabase Rowing, hikes, dives, practices yoga and loves to travel every chance she gets.
AJ Seargeant, AMFT- Therapist
AJ is a Southern Californla native, Gulf War veteran, and father. With a Board of California Behavioral Sciences registration as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services, and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, AJ has been working in the substance abuse treatment field for 3 years. When AJ is not helping clients, he is hiking the Orange County hills, playing one of his guitars at home or on stage, or hunting ghosts in reported haunted places.
Amanda Barnett, CADC-I - Case Manager
Amanda is a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor I (CADC-I) with a passion for helping others find hope, healing, and growth. With Bachelor’s Degrees in both Psychology and Theology, Amanda helps clients take their first steps in the recovery process. She has been helping clients overcome addiction by providing substance abuse counseling, relapse prevention, and case management services since 2015. Amanda is currently working towards obtaining a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology.
Amanda Delmer, -MA, AMFT- Therapist
Amanda Delmer joined Sober Techniques as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in May of 2018. Amanda has always had the desire to understand the human mind and human behavior. She received her MA in Clinical Psychology with an MFT emphasis from Pepperdine University and her BA in Liberal Studies with a Minor in Psychology from Concordi University.
Amanda has held a number counseling positions in a variety of settings which affords her a unique perspective and distinctive approach to the treatment of substance abuse. Amanda served as a personal counselor at Mater Dei High School for two years, where she provided individual counseling to students while incorporating a teamwork approach with their parents, teachers, and faculty. She worked for Center for Discovery for two years as a counselor, providing group therapy and support to adolescent clients with eating disorders, combined with diagnoses including anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, learning difficulties, and other medical issues.
For the last two years Amanda has served as a Primary Therapist for both the substance abuse and eating disorder populations. Amanda has a sincere passion for assisting individuals navigate through their own journey in recovery. She believes in educating and empowering clients while assisting them in gaining insight and a deeper understanding of their beliefs and values, allowing them to begin the healing process and to build a strong foundation for a healthy future through self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-compassion.
Denise Riddell, MA, CADCII- Case Manager
I have been working in recovery since 2007 when I began interning at the Salvation Army and studying Addiction at Cypress College. I chose this field because I had been struggling with addiction myself and find working with other addicts gratifying and it keeps me grounded. I had previously worked as an ESL Instructor at Santa Ana College and have a BA in Linguistics from UC Irvine. My future plans include finishing my MA in Addiction Studies and continuing helping other addicts recover from their addictions.
Erin Hulon, MA, AMFT- Therapist
My name is Erin Hulon and I have been working at Sobertechniques for over 2 years as an AMFT (Associate Marriage and Family Therapist). I started counseling in the mental health field in 2012 but 1 have been exclusively working in addictions /duel diagnosis since 2015. There is not a person that I have come across that hasn’t been affected by addiction. And in noticing the high correlation between complex trauma and substance use it became clear addiction goes deeper than just bad choices and genetics. I received training in EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) for trauma resolution to more effectively help my clients holistically heal. Working with this population has been a humbling privilege and I have a tremendous amount of respect for anyone that makes the choice to enter treatment and embrace recovery. It’s a process that requires commitment, but people do get better, there is hope and the staff here genuinely demonstrates that it’s possible as many are in recovery with 10 years or more clean. We work together to get our clients through it every step of the way early in their recovery and with education for long term solutions.
Fernando Mallory, CATC-IV, LAADC-CA, MSW, ASW- Case Manager
Fernando Mallory, CATC-IV, LAADC-CA, MSW, ASW is a full-time therapist and an adjunct professor of Addiction Studies at Cypress College. Fernando Mallory has been a faculty member at Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach City College, Saddleback College, Glendale College and Rio Hondo College. Fernando Mallory has presented workshops for Hazelden and SAMHSA and is a leading family group lecturer in treatment facilities in Southern California.
Mr. Mallory has been a Board Member of the California Association of Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE) since 2005. Presently, Mr. Mallory is the Secretary of CAADE.
With over 25 years of experience in the recovery and treatment field, he brings a unique understanding of Clinical Evidence-Based Practices and 12 step spiritual principles to clients. Fernando Mallory has an amazing eye for landscape photography. He has won prestigious awards in jury shows and has had his photographs exhibited in art galleries and in the homes of art collectors.
Jason Stewart- MA, AMFT- Therapist
I have been working in the substance treatment field for eight years and as a therapist for four years. I got my undergrad from Ca1 State Fullerton in mental health/addiction treatment and my Master’s in Couples and Family Therapy from Alliant International University. I love working in substance treatment because I get to help people discover the best version of themselves. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife, son, and pugs or watching movies, reading, and listening to music.
Jenna Sanders- MA, AMFT- Therapist
Jenni attended Indiana University in Bloomington Indiana from 1998-2001 receiving her Bachelors in Liberal Arts. She received her Nursing Diploma in 2006 throuqh Concorde College in San Diego, California.Jenni worked as a detox nurse at Mission Hospital, Laguna Beach from 2007-2011 then became the Nurse Assessor for the Chatham County Drug Court Program in Savannah, Georgia from 2012-2014. During that time,Jenni became a certified specialist in Rapid HIV Testing and Early Intervention Education.
She returned to the state of California in 2014 where she continued detox level nursing as a private contractor in addition to starting her own company C.U.R.E. that specializes in utilization review consulting services for small private facilities.
Eva LaDeau, CADCII- Case Manager
Eva LaDeau is a Certified Addictions Counselor with over 26 years in the Substance Abuse Field. Eva has dedicated her life to working with and treating clients who struggle with drug and alcohol dependencies, legal, and life issues. She has a broad range of clinical skills which range from individual and group counselling to family recovery counseling. Eva assists clients and their families by addressing the causes of the substance abuse as well as planning for ongoing recovery treatment. Eva believes that anyone who is given the right tools within a supportive environment can change and move successfully towards a healthier lifestyle. A recovering addict herself with over 30 years of sobriety, Eva uses her past struggles with addiction to help guide clients on the path towards recovery.
Lori Hayes, CADCII- Case Manager
Lori Hayes is a CADC Certified Addiction Counselor with over 19 years of experience working in the field of Substance Abuse. She has worked extensively in both the public and private sectors, providing direct service counseling for recovery programs in Orange County. Lori strives to help clients and families suffering form alcohol and drug dependency restore interpersonal relationships, regain control over their lives, and rediscover their passions. Lori lives her life according to the principle “pay it forward”, and she continues to do so in both her professional and her personal life. Lori guides clients and families on the healing road of recovery—addressing diverse areas of trauma, grief and loss, co-occurring disorders, and discharge planning. Lori believes that everyone has the power within themselves to recover, and that treatment is about learning the tools and discovering the keys that unlock the path to
JT Richard - Case Manager
J.T. is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. After successfully completing treatment, J.T. elected to relocate and stay in California. J.T. has a sobriety date of April 23, 2016 and has been working in treatment since Februrary 2017. In his free time, J.T. likes to go camping, read books, cook meals, exercise, and play basketball. J.T. believes it is crucial in recovery to set and maintain proper priorities, as well as learn how to succeed in everyday life and have fun in sobriety.
Andrew Micciche, LVN- Client Care Coordinator
I have been working in treatment for over a year. I am interested in working in treatment because I think I can co the most for people that need assistance to end the cycle of addiction and receive proper medical care in a safe environment where all their concerns are addressed. My hobbies include: working out, playing basketball and football, traveling, surfing and snowboarding/skiing. I also enjoy movies and Netflix on my lazier days.
Riquelle Mitchell, LVN- Client Care Coordinator
I have been working in treatment for about a year and a half. I love helping others and being part of a great company that makes a positive difference in peoples’ lives. My hobbies include anything that involves the outdoors, like hiking or going to the beach. I also am an avid reader and love a good Netflix marathon.
Destiny Lively- Client Advocate
Destiny comes to Sobertechniques with over three years’ experience in the world of recovery. Destiny has held numerous positions at Sobertechniques including support staff, house manager but her true calling is as a Client Care Coordinator. Destiny works tirelessly to make’s significant impact in the lives of our clients by fostering lasting relationships and encouraging clients to love and believe in themselves no matter what. Being in recovery herself, Destiny has dedicated her life to helping the suffering alcoholic and addict by providing her experience, strength and hope.
Destiny’s sense of compassion, empathy and dedication is unsurpassed by most. Destiny is currently a Registered Drug and Alcohol Technician and is a student at Saddleback College studying to become Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor with an AA in Human Services. In her downtime, Destiny enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Craig Devitt- Client Advocate
Craig Devitt is a Certified Crisis Management and Intervention Specialist who has been working within the field of Chemical Dependence and Substance Abuse for the last four years. Craig holds an iCDAC-II Certification under the governing board of CCAPP. With an education in and personal experience with substance abuse, Craig is uniquely qualified to reach his clients with empathy and understanding. Over the last four years, Craig has participated in building and developing various programs encompassing the entire spectrum of treatment—from detoxification to outpatient programs.
As a Program Manager and Operations Supervisor, Craig has overseen programs at both small facilities and large facilities housing and treating up to 40 clients at a time. Craig’s experience in the field has allowed him to work with not only those suffering from substance abuse and chemical dependency, but also clients suffering from co-occurring disorders, primary mental health, and incarcerated or gang affiliated populations.
Craig’s many tears within the field have afforded him the opportunity to exercise his talents and education through such roles as Client Solutions Specialist, Program Manager, Operations Manager, and Director of Operations. Through his education and personal experience, Craig continually provides a safe and caring environment for each and every one of his clients. Craig
unfailingly exhibits genuine care for his clients and makes it a goal to have a positive and lasting effect on every life he touches.
Shaun Ervin- Client Advocate
My name is Shaun Ervin and I have been involved in recovery for about two years. I have been with Sobertec for six months now and it has been an amazing experience as having the opportunity to help others combat their addiction and establish their own foundation in recovery has helped me learn and grow exponentially. Currently studying Psychology as an undergrad, I plan to pm sue a Masters in Licensed Clinical Social Work. My hobbies include surfing, fishing and writing music. I am deeply passionate about personal interactions and
improving the quality of life around me. None of this woulcl have ever been possible without my sobriety and the knowledge I have gained through my recovery. My devotion and compassion for recovery is driven by my appreciation for human life and the significance of being of service. I have committed my life to helping others find what l have found through sobriety as I truly believe that the most important thing in life is our relationships with other
people and the impact that we have on them. Addiction has become an epidemic that is effecting millions of families around the world. Brit you are not alone in the fight towards recovery.