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The Bridge to Recovery- Santa Barbara Philosophy
The Bridge to Recovery specializes in programs designed to assist individuals and affected family members suffering from codependency, trauma, anxiety, anger issues, depression, obsessive thought patterns, compulsive behaviors and other negative behavior patterns.
Areas of Specialization
Trauma and traumatic experiences result from highly stressful events that shatter a person’s sense of safety, security and serenity. In many cases, trauma renders one helpless and vulnerable or hardened and volatile in a world perceived as dangerous. In many cases, traumatic experiences entail a threat to life or overall well-being, but any situation that leaves a person feeling overwhelmed and alone can be traumatic, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm. It’s not the objective facts that determine whether an event is traumatic, but one’s interpretation of the event. The more anxious, panicky and paralyzed a person feels, the more likely the persona has been traumatized.
Our program is designed for all members of the addictive family system (but not concurrently). Our groups consist of people with a wide array of negative behavior patterns, including substance issues, relationship problems, sexual compulsivity, eating/food issues, workaholism, perfectionism, control and caretaking, misery and martyrdom, rage and anger, and anxiety and depression. We apply twelve-step principles to all of these self-defeating, unmanageable habits.
Addiction is anything a person makes highest priority in life, over and above other priorities, doing it to his/her own detriment to the detriment of others who are closest to him/her and continuing to do it even in the face of obvious negative consequences. Two broad categories of addiction are Ingested Substance Addictions and Process Addictions. Ingested Substance Addictions include any synthetic or natural substance one might frequently ingest in excess for the purpose of medicating physical, emotional and/or mental pain. Process Addictions include any activity, thought, feeling or relationship one might use to alleviate the personal pain one experiences as intolerable reality.
Diverse Inclusive Program
I had heard of the Bridge, so we arranged for our son to attend the program, thinking, "If we fix him the family will be just fine." How little we knew!- Suzanne F.
Meet the Staff
John Bair Property Manager
John has worked on the Santa Barbara property for over 34 years, has planted all the landscaped areas, created the organic garden area and knows every inch of the 160 acre property. He has a daughter just finishing up her studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara and has a son in Junior High. John has been married to Alicia for 32 years and loves to surf and paddle board in the beautiful Santa Barbara waters that can be seen from our campus at The Bridge Santa Barbara.
Cate “Cash” Ashby, M.Ed., LPCC, NCC Counselor
Cate "Cash" Ashby is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor at The Bridge Santa Barbara. She received her BA in Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her Masters of Education in Community Counseling from The College of Santa Fe. Cash, prior being a therapist at The Bridge, has worked as an interventionist using a family systems approach and has a passion for working with individuals and families impacted by addiction, codependency and trauma.
Mahnaz Anissian, Ph.D., LMFT; Counselor
Certified Dance Movement Instructor Mahnaz Anissian, Ph.D. is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She also has a second Masters degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in Depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. She has been working as a therapist/social worker with adults, children, and families through different organizations and psychiatric hospitals since 1993. Her specialty areas are working with relationship issues, trauma, depression, Co-dependency, and process addiction.
Terra Holbrook, MSW, LCSW, CADC Clinical Director
Terra is the Clinical Director for The Bridge Santa Barbara. Terra oversees the clinical team, including Clinicians, Counselors, Client Services, and Continuing Care Coordinator. She has been working in the addictions and mental health fields since 1993. Terra is specialized in the field of Sex, Love and Relationship Addiction.