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Eric Patterson is a professional counselor who helps children, adolescents, and adults reach their goals and improve their well-being. Eric has also worked as a collaborating investigator for the DSM-5 field trials and completed an agreement to provide mental health treatment to underserved communities with the National Health Service Corp.

Melissa Mills is a Registered Nurse and Case Manager that has dedicated her career to assisting clients in finding the right care at the right time. She received her Nursing Degree in 1998 and went on to obtain her Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration in 2016 from the University of Cincinnati. Her clinical experience spans the life spectrum from infants to adults. She works as a freelance writer in an effort to bring light and understanding to complex medical issues. One of her passions in life is supporting those whose lives have been touched by dependency and addiction. She has volunteered at a local treatment center working with teens and adult patients and also organizing community events to increase the awareness of addiction. She currently works with patients who have been injured while working, which is an area of healthcare that is starting to get exposure in regards to the battle against addiction. Many of these patients will be on long-term narcotics and will experience dependency and addiction issues. Melissa is instrumental is working with them to get the care they need. Addiction has touched Melissa’s life in personal ways, she lost a cousin in 2009 and has watched many other family members struggle with this disease. Having three teenagers of her own now, she sees this crisis in a new light and wants to be part of the solution.

Corinne O’Keefe Osborn is an award-winning, Boston-based journalist specializing in organic content writing. Her most recent work focuses on psychology and addiction. She has an excellent understanding of psychology and is able to turn complex material into approachable and informational content. Corinne spent the last few years researching and writing a book about recovery. After years struggling with chronic pain and addiction, Corinne began pursuing a relentless quest for recovery. She uses her experiences to educate other people about the world of chronic pain, its effects on family life, its inherent gender biases, and its deep connection to mental health issues. Corinne has a background in gender and politics. She spent several years in DC writing material for a variety of progressive political organizations including Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood, and The Rockefeller Foundation. As a former gender studies major, she enjoys her current work on eating disorders and other women’s health issues.

Emily Mendez is a mental health writer and expert with more than a decade of experience in mental health and substance abuse. As a former private practice psychotherapist, Emily specialized in treating adults and children suffering from depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and substance abuse. Emily is interested in the interplay between physical illness and mental health and is the author of Four Behavioral Treatments for Migraines Worth Trying.

Leah Miller earned a certificate in chemical dependency counseling from Suffolk County Community College and her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Hofstra University. Leah began working with substance use disorders through an internship and saw the need for integrated treatment for dually diagnosed clients. Through schooling and beyond, Leah has worked with people with substance use disorders as well as severe mental illness including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, and personality disorders. Leah also works with families of clients to educate them about the diagnosis of their loved ones and how to help them work towards recovery. Through her work with American Addiction Centers, Leah strives to educate the public and reduce the stigma surrounding substance use disorders and mental illness.

Pepper is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who has experience providing both individual and group therapy in an outpatient setting. She works with individuals who have disabilities, those who are experiencing depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and other mental health concerns. She also works with those who are struggling with both a mental health disorder and substance use disorder.

Stacy Mosel is a licensed social worker, psychotherapist and substance abuse specialist. After receiving a Bachelor's degree in Music from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, she continued her studies at New York University, earning a Master of Social Work degree in 2002. She has extensive training in child and family therapy and in the identification and treatment of substance abuse and mental health disorders. Currently, she is focusing on writing in the fields of mental health and addictions, drawing on her prior experience as an Employee Assistance Program counselor and as the assistant director of a child and family services agency.

Lauren is a Web Content Writer at Recovery Brands. Before joining the company, she served as the Program Director for a community-based HIV/AIDS and cancer non-profit in San Francisco. Lauren holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.

Leah Walker is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She earned a master’s degree in Family Studies and a PhD in Family Relations. She has over 20 years of clinical experience working with children adolescents and adults. She has a clinical focus in family relations, substance-abuse and trauma. She has worked in several treatment settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and in-home therapy, both as a therapist and a clinical supervisor. She currently serves as a Director of adult outpatient services in a community mental health center.

Anjali Talcherkar is an integrative practitioner specializing in the use of Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) in addiction treatment. She holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology and Addiction Studies and is currently a 3rd-year Ph.D. candidate in Integrative Medicine. Anjali has assisted at UCLA’s Center for Addictive Behavior, investigating how yoga-based relaxation techniques and meditation aid in recovery from addiction, and in Harvard University’s research department, the Division on Addiction. Anjali is a certified yoga and meditation teacher with knowledge in Ayurveda, an ancient Indian healing tradition. Her dissertation research focuses on combining Eastern approaches with conventional interventions, such as the 12-steps. As a recovered substance abuser, Anjali’s personal experience also motivates and informs her work. Anjali currently divides her time between research, freelance writing, and clinical work.

Devin Hayward, M.S., is a mental health and substance abuse counselor. She works in an outpatient therapy setting providing compassionate, individualized treatment programs to those in need. Devin has a diverse range of treatment experience, including detox, aftercare treatment, group counseling, SMART Recovery, DBT informed therapy, and dual diagnosis.

Kary VanArsdale is a psychologist and certified international commerce specialist. She received her Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. Her dissertation research focused on the relationship between unemployment and depression among senior citizens. Kary is also the author of scholarly articles related to early intervention screening initiatives and the prevention of post-partum depression. Kary currently serves as the Director of International Operations for DRE Medical in Louisville, Kentucky. Previously, Kary served as Regional Preventive Health Manager for Magellan Health Services, the nation’s largest managed behavioral healthcare organization. In her role at Magellan, Kary designed initiatives to identify the existence of mental health and substance abuse disorders among covered members across seven states. Kary also has extensive experience providing psychological services to adolescent substance abusers in a forensic inpatient setting.

Brittany Tackett, MA is a transformational life coach, writer, and speaker in the mental health field. She is the founder of the inspirational personal development blog The Buttered Muse, launching in February 2016. Brittany holds a Master of Arts in Psychology with specialization in Transformational Life Coaching and International Certificate in Behavioral Studies. Brittany partners with clients to help them gain clarity and direction, connect to a higher purpose, transform limiting beliefs, and breakthrough layers of conditioning to foster new ways of being. Her clients include young adults suffering from ADHD, entrepreneurs starting new businesses, and recovering addicts who seek support in accomplishing their goals.

Nicole Arzt is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in providing psychotherapy for individuals, families, and groups struggling with substance use disorders and psychiatric illnesses. She received her Master of Science from California State University, Long Beach in 2014. She has extensive experience working in a variety of dual-diagnosis treatment centers, providing services for all levels of care from detoxification to long-term outpatient therapy. Nicole currently works full-time as a therapist utilizing psychodynamic and humanistic work. A passionate writer, she has authored several scholarly articles, blog posts, and professional research centered on addiction and mental health.