Shari Corbitt – Co-Founder
Dr. Shari Corbitt is a licensed psychologist in the state of California and a specialist in the areas of addiction, eating disorders and chronic pain relief. Dr. Corbitt was trained at Yeshiva University in New York City and relocated to California in 2002 to pursue her interests in holistic and complementary treatment modalities. She spent five years as the Director of Human Services on the Rincon Indian Reservation at the Indian Health Council in Pauma Valley, CA. Later she served as the Clinical Director at Sierra Tucson in Tucson, AZ (2006-2009) and the Vice President of Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu, CA (2009-2011).Dr. Corbitt founded Awakenings in an effort to provide cutting edge treatment for individuals suffering with substance abuse disorders as well as related emotional difficulties. Optimal wellness is the goal for every client. Dr. Corbitt lives in gratitude each day for her own recovery as well, which she enjoys one day at a time.
Peter Corbitt – Co-Founder
Peter is a certified clinical neurotherapist specializing in the treatment of ADHD, ADD, autistic spectrum disorders, related anxiety issues, depression, addiction and weight loss. He has been performing Neurofeedback for 10 years. Peter came to the field of neurofeedback as a second career when a family member developed a seizure disorder that required neurofeedback in order to avoid the use of powerful, debilitating medications. Struck by the effective help his loved one received, Peter switched careers and has been helping others ever since. Awakenings is Peter’s brainchild and the result of the efficacy of sophisticated technologies combined with core recovery treatments. Peter founded Awakenings with his wife, Dr. Corbitt, to broaden the numbers of people he could help with the treatments Awakenings provides within their individualized treatment programs.
Brigitte Weilert – Chief Operating Officer & Director of Admissions
Brigitte Weilert is a compassionate and trustworthy individual who devotes herself to helping individuals who are struggling with addiction and trauma. Brigitte began her career in treatment in 2007 as a residential technician and came to find the Admissions role her true passion. Brigitte has residential treatment experience with addiction, dual diagnosis, eating disorders, trauma, mood disorders and other addictive behaviors. Her experience provides a more comfortable, effective identification for clients when taking that next step into treatment.
Being the initial contact person for clients and families, walking them through the intake process, and answering difficult questions is hands down Brigitte’s expertise.
Deciding on a treatment program is a very stressful and overwhelming experience. Whether the client has been to several programs in the past or it is their first time, Brigitte provides a smooth transition into treatment and remains connected once a client becomes an alumni.
When clients enter treatment, it takes a team effort to make the decisions necessary for an individual’s care. Clients commit to a new way of life one day at a time.
Brigitte works closely with therapists, psychiatrists, and holistic providers to help individuals get the support and care they need.
It takes a team effort to change lifelong behaviors and support a commitment to “try it” as Brigitte once did. Brigitte feels blessed to be a part of that process and see the growth that is truly accessible to all of us!
Kimberly Wick – Director of Family Programs
Kimberly Wick is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and holds a MA In Clinical Psychology and a MBA in International Business. She is an EAGALA certified Equine Assisted Psychotherapist in the state of California. Kimberly began her family work 20 years ago volunteering with newly diagnosed juvenile diabetics and their families through the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Kimberly was with Engage Treatment Programs (2012 – 2015) as Family Therapist, and is Director of Family Programs for Awakenings Treatment (2013 – to present). In 2015, she and Dr. Shari Corbitt cofounded the AwakeningsPM Intensive Outpatient Program. Kimberly is Executive Director of the AwakeningsPM IOP. Kimberly is is a grateful member of Al-Anon and brings experience, strength and hope to the Awakenings PM program.
Matt Morgan – Director of Dual Diagnosis Program
Matthew Morgan CATC, CNS is the Director of the Dual Diagnosis program at Awakenings. Matt has been working in the field for over 11 years with clients and their families. “My focus right now is the client transition from treatment to the outside world, I like to help connect the treatment experience to what they are excited about in their own lives.” “There is a tremendous need for application after treatment, I work closely with the client and immediate or distant community to make sure this is given energy and attention.” Matthew has a CATC credential and is working toward a doctorate in addiction counseling. Matt helped open Exodus Recovery Centers with Steven Chatoff in 2005, and worked at Promises Treatment centers in Malibu for over 5 years. Matt helps clients learn how to apply the skills they receive in treatment so that they have a real world knowledge of application and theory.
“My grandfather and father are both sober, I have been inspired with purpose and vision in the work that I do.”
Matthew is also a certified Neurofeedback Specialist and works closely with Bill Scott the founder of Brain Paint located in Malibu. Matt has worked with over 1,000 clients and has applied countless sessions of Neurofeedback technique, allowing clients to get the possible long term, often permanent benefits from Neurofeedback protocol. “I do my best to keep clients interested in their Neurofeedback training. It’s one of the greatest gifts modern technology has given to humankind.”
Matt is also a classically trained guitar player and has enjoyed playing guitar for 27 years. He has a passion for Bach, Mozart, Tarrega, Barrios, Hendrix and others. Matt has recorded, entered talent shows, and talent competitions. Matt also incorporates the guitar, music, and creativity in his individual sessions to help ground clients and stimulate brain activity.
Amy Sharise Cadiente – Director Of Integrative Healing
Amy Sharise has dedicated her life to helping others work through issues that hold them back from living life to its fullest potential with certainty and courage. She has the ability to see in others parts of themselves they have suppressed and help them flourish.
Amy grew up in North Hollywood, CA and attended a professional performing arts school as a child and adolescent. She battled addiction in her own life and has now been sober for over 11 years. In sobriety Amy developed her passion for helping others and is now a certified Life Fulfillment Coach, a Fitness Coach and an Energy Healer. Amy specifically helps others look at their belief systems and teaches them to live passionately – not allowing anything to hold them back!
Resulting from Amy’s past struggles with chemical dependency and food addiction as well, she deeply appreciates a side of suffering that helps her relate to and be useful in supporting others. Amy guides clients at Awakenings in adopting a solution oriented approach, where regardless of the nature of one’s trauma, healthcare problem or addiction history, life can be beautiful again.
Damien Gonsalves- Primary Therapist
Damien is a Native New Englander and was born and raised on Cape Cod, MA. He completed undergraduate studies at Ealing College in West London, UK and graduated from Emerson College in Boston before moving to New York City and launching a successful career in Music, Visual Arts, and Fashion. After relocating to California and living in both Los Angeles and San Francisco, he began his career in Clinical Psychology by obtaining a Masters in Psychology with a LGBT Affirmative specialization from Antioch University in 2013. Clinically, Damien has worked at Promises Treatment Centers (2009- 2013) as a Case Manager for a boutique program, S.A.I.D (Substance abuse Intimacy Disorders). Damien worked as an intern Clinician at BLVD Treatment Center (2014-2016) focusing on chemical dependence and substance abuse. There he developed curriculum for Healthy Intimacy and headed up the LGBT Affirmative Track.
Damien has been at Awakenings since July 2016 and is working with clients suffering from Trauma, PTSD, and substance abuse using trauma informed interventions and DBT. Damien also serves on the board for LAGPA and has a private practice in Beverly Hills, CA.
Jason Aaronson – Admissions Coordinator
Jason Aaronson is a certified addiction treatment counselor with extensive experience in most clinical and administrative aspects of care. He employs a working knowledge spanning throughout residential, outpatient and detoxification evidence based, socially modeled dual diagnosis programs. Jason has formerly worked in four other well-established programs. Most recently, Jason worked as Intake Director in addition to developing, writing and implementing policies and procedures and utilization reviews for billing and insurance purposes. Although, he thoroughly enjoys the administrative aspects of substance abuse and mental health treatment, necessary to ethically and efficiently providing a high quality standard of care, Jason’s true passion comes in the form of one on one interactions with clients. In addition to obtaining a B.A in psychology with an emphasis on addiction studies, Jason is currently enrolled in Graduate school within the clinical psychology trauma specialization at Antioch University, Los Angeles. Meanwhile, strives to expound on his hands on involvement, working as Admissions Coordinator at Awakenings Day Program. Jason emphatically expresses his excitement in regards to furthering his professional base in this field, working directly with clients who struggle daily with substance abuse, mental health, chronic pain, trauma and eating disorder related symptoms and issues. He prides himself on incredibly strong work ethic and a willingness to learn and grow. Jason intends on being an integral part of the Awakenings team for years to come.
Nathaniel Hodder- Breathwork Practitioner
Nathaniel Hodder-Shipp, B. Msc., CADC-II has worked as a professional healer for almost a decade, using the power of a person’s breath as a catalyst for positive changes in clients’ lives. Equipped with an arsenal of techniques – with a special focus on breathwork – Nathaniel has helped thousands of people process trauma, disarm negative thought patterns, and maintain healthy and happy relationships with themselves and loved ones. Nathaniel’s client base ranges from those seeking relief from everyday anxiety to people suffering from severe emotional and physical trauma and desperate for help. His specialty includes working in addiction treatment facilities to help accelerate clients’ journey to recovery.
Lauren Isaac, Business and Finance Manager
Lauren Isaac has held multiple operational and clinical roles in mental health and addiction treatment, working with all ages. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from UC Davis, she is now pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration at California Lutheran University. She also furthered her studies by receiving a certificate in addiction counseling. Lauren’s passion for the mental health field, attention to detail, positive work ethic, and devotion to helping others has allowed her to have a positive impact for both clients and providers.