EOS LGBTQIA+ Program
In addition to higher rates of psychiatric and substance use disorders, the LGBTQIA+ community often experiences provider bias or discrimination when seeking mental health care services.
This scenario often results in members of the LGBTQIA+ community not receiving the services they need to support their mental health. In fact, more than 90% of LGBTQIA+ adults with a co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorder don’t receive needed treatment.
LGBTQIA+ patients deserve high-quality, compassionate care from clinicians with training and experience in working with aspects of identity that are frequently overlooked or minimized in conventional therapeutic settings.
Recognizing the unique needs of LGBTQIA+ patients, Camden Center is proud to offer the Eos Program, an integrated set of treatment services available to any patient at Camden Center identifying as LGBTQIA+.
Created and administered by LGBTQIA+ affirmative clinicians with the specific needs of LGBTQIA+ patients in mind, the Eos Program believes that every individual has their own unique relationship to their identity. This uniqueness of identity is understood as an important contributor to the experience of each patient and informs their personalized treatment program.
Patients in the Eos Program may also participate in any of the other programs offered at Camden Center, including the Comprehensive DBT Program, Addictions Program, Women’s Healing and Wellness Program, and OCD Program.
A unique treatment plan is created for each patient at Camden Center, matching them with the specific treatment modalities and clinicians most likely to benefit them at each stage of their recovery. This plan is updated and modified based upon progress and patient feedback to ensure that each patient consistently receives the most effective care.
About the Eos LGBTQIA+ Treatment Program
Camden Center’s Eos Program consists of multiple therapeutic modalities administered by clinicians specializing in the treatment of LGBTQIA+ patients. Patients engage in both individual and group therapy as part of the program.
Patients in the Eos Program receive individual therapy from an LGBTQIA+ specialized clinician for psychotherapeutic work centering on issues related to identity. Eos Identity Groups provide an attuned and empowering space for LGBTQIA+ patients to engage in group psychotherapy with other LGBTQIA+ identified individuals.
Because each LGBTQIA+ patient has their own dynamic relationship to their identity, clinical teams are customized to ensure patients are matched with the treatment modalities and clinicians that will be most helpful to them.
Each Eos Program clinician has specialized training and experience with LGBTQIA+ affirmative psychotherapy and extensive experience with the LGBTQIA+ community. All Eos Program clinicians are also openly LGBTQIA+ themselves, offering a unique perspective not available at many mental health and addiction treatment centers.
By having a team of clinicians with specialized training and experience working with the LGBTQIA+ community, the Eos Program at Camden Center helps support the important role identity plays in achieving clinical treatment goals.
Who Is the Eos Program For?
Camden Center is an integrative medical organization that offers the highest quality care available for mental health and addictive disorders. LGBTQIA+ patients receiving treatment at Camden Center for any condition can choose to participate in some or all of the components of the Eos Program while also having access to the full range of clinical services available at Camden Center.
The Eos Program is available to anyone who identifies as:*
- Gender expansive
- In poly relationship systems
Patients in the Eos Program can be assured of excellent clinical care and an affirming, supportive treatment environment designed specifically for the LGBTQIA+ community.
What Can the Eos Program Help With?
Many in the LGBTQIA+ community have experienced invalidation, marginalization, and discrimination as a consequence of their identity, leading to higher rates of addiction, anxiety, and depression. Given the complex role identity plays in the origin of addiction and mental health issues for many LGBTQIA+ individuals, effective care requires a treatment environment in which issues of identity are recognized and validated.
For this reason, the Eos Program at Camden Center is staffed by clinicians with both extensive clinical experience and an understanding based on lived experience navigating the developmental, cultural, and relational landscape experienced by LGBTQIA+ identified individuals.
Issues frequently addressed in the Eos Program at Camden Center include:
- Addictive disorders, including substance use disorders and process addictions such as sex addiction, screen addiction, and compulsive spending
- LGBTQIA+ relationships
- Intimate partner violence
- Identity trauma
- Secrecy and shame
- Sexual abuse
- Body image disturbances
- Identity discrimination
- Identity self-care
- Grief and loss
With the nurturing and culturally competent treatment offered at Camden Center, patients receive the support they need to heal from trauma and create healthy relationships with themselves and others.
Comprehensive LGBTQIA+ Mental HealthCare for the Identity Spectrum
At Camden Center’s Eos Program, individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community can receive the highest quality integrative mental healthcare in an affirming and validating treatment setting.
To find out more about Camden Center’s Eos LGBTQIA+ Treatment Program in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, call or contact us online today.
*This is not an exhaustive list of identities included in this community and related groups. Camden Center supports all people who identify as LGBTQIA+ community members, whether or not their identity is commonly acknowledged.
Andrew Merrell, LMFT, received his master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he double majored in sociology and communications.
Andrew’s background in mental health includes running identity and family dynamics programs at a residential treatment facility in Malibu, creating and running male identity groups in men’s central jail, serving as a city commissioner for the Human Services Commission, and contributing to an interagency forum with the Department of Justice, FBI, and Secretary of State.
Specializing in male identity and male-centered psychotherapy, Andrew's clinical work focuses on addiction, anxiety, trauma, relationships, and identity. He uses psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)-informed, attachment, and systems approaches in his clinical work. Andrew is also certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Andrew works in private practice in Beverly Hills and supervises two clinical associates.
At Camden Center, Andrew is chief of the Eos Program, which offers integrative treatment services to LGBTQIAP+ patients, and oversees the Eos Program at the Los Angeles location. He is also a staff therapist who specializes in working with Camden Center's male patients.
Eric Chaghouri, MD, earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biology, with Summa Cum Laude honors, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He earned his medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC).
While there, he served as chief resident in psychiatric emergency services and as resident clinical instructor and volunteer faculty in the Department of Psychiatry.
After residency, Dr. Chaghouri completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at the USC Institute of Psychiatry and Law.
Dr. Chaghouri's clinical work focuses on the treatment of co-occurring psychiatric and addictive disorders. He also has extensive experience consulting and providing expert opinion in trial and for the film and television industry.
At Camden Center, Dr. Chaghouri provides pharmacologic and psychotherapeutic services to patients and oversees the clinical operations of the center.
Mallory Aye, ND, is a naturopathic doctor licensed in California. Dr. Aye received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology from the University of Oregon in Eugene. She received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Aye completed a naturopathic residency at an addiction treatment center in Arizona, and has worked as a naturopathic physician at a family health center in Pasadena, California.
Dr. Aye has extensive training in pelvic floor therapy and expertise in addressing hormonal issues, mood disorders, chronic pelvic pain, and functional medicine concerns.
She is passionate about helping people understand the connection between the mind and the body and takes a very holistic approach to optimizing health.
At Camden Center, Dr. Aye uses evidence-based conventional and alternative modalities to help support both the mental and physical health of patients. She offers naturopathic treatment options and pelvic floor therapy.
Andy Lavine, LCSW, received her bachelor’s degree from University of Vermont and her Master of Social Work from Smith College in Massachusetts.
While at Smith College, she served as co-chair of the curriculum committee, focusing on anti-racism perspectives and LGBT identity inclusion in the clinical field.
She spent her practicum years treating patients with psychiatric disorders, addiction, and trauma in community mental health settings and at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
Andy is trained in complex trauma interventions, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and the Hakomi Method for somatic attachment and trauma resolution. She trained with Bessel van der Kolk, MD, in body-based trauma treatment, and is foundationally trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She brings these perspectives to individual and group therapy work.
Andy previously worked as a psychiatric social worker at Kaiser Permanente, focusing on trauma treatment, crisis intervention, and emergency room psychiatric assessment. She has also worked in private practice and consulted for tech companies.
At Camden Center, Andy serves as the Menlo Park program director. She provides program management and oversees clinical operations.
Lauren Dummit, LMFT, CST, CSAT-S, is a licensed marriage and family therapist, certified sex therapist, and certified sex addiction therapist-supervisor. She earned her bachelor’s degree at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and her Master of Arts in Psychology at Antioch University, Los Angeles.
Lauren is trained in Somatic Experiencing®, NeuroAffective Touch®, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, and neurofeedback, and works somatically with a wide range of issues.
She is also trained in Pia Mellody’s Post-Induction Therapy model, Inner Child therapy, and Feeling Reduction work, which she implements in her work with childhood relational trauma.
At Camden Center, Lauren aims to bring awareness, healing, and recovery to patients to help them create a more fulfilled and meaningful life. Her areas of expertise are trauma and addiction, as well as intimacy and relationship issues.
Aaron Jimenez, LMFT, received his Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.
He gained clinical experience at AIDS Project Los Angeles and The LA Gay and Lesbian Center, where he served the diverse populations of Los Angeles. He combined his professional knowledge and personal experience to create a safe and encouraging space for clients to grow, process, and gain insight.
Aaron has worked with clients of all generations, genders, orientations, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. He is an empathetic listener who collaborates with clients in crafting treatment goals that take a proactive approach toward healing and growth.
At Camden Center, Aaron is a therapist in the Eos Program, which offers integrative treatment services to LGBTQIAP+ patients.
Nic Harbeck (she/they), LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in working with LGBTQIA2SP+ identities and communities. Nic earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in spiritual depth psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles.
Nic completed training at The Saturday Center for Psychotherapy and Training in Santa Monica, California. She is a sex therapist working toward certification from The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).
Nic has a private practice in Santa Monica and is a member of AASECT, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), and The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).
Nic works intersubjectively and psychodynamically with gender and sexually diverse populations, helping patients explore their relationships to self and others to move toward a deeper self-knowledge. They aim to uncover and understand people’s relationship to shame due to the effects of oppressive socio-political systems in service to healing.
At Camden Center, Nic is an Eos Program therapist who provides affirmative support and advocacy around intersectional identities.
Michael Pezzullo, LMFT, received his Bachelor of Science in Media and Communications from New York University in New York City and his master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles.
Michael has extensive experience working with transgender, gender fluid, and non-binary patients. He has specialized experience treating people who struggle with “chem-sex,” the addictive process of using substances to heighten sexual arousal, as well as treating sexual compulsivity.
Michael has worked as a clinician at an LGBTQ+ dual diagnosis treatment facility in Los Angeles and at an adolescent treatment center in Bel Air, California. He also created and facilitates an LGBTQ+ identity group for Impulse United, a global HIV advocacy nonprofit.
Michael has a private practice in West Hollywood, California, where he specializes in providing LGBTQ+ psychotherapy and treating addictive disorders.
At Camden Center, Michael is a clinician in the Eos Program, providing affirmative psychotherapy to clients who identify as LGBTQ+.
J. Alexis Ortiz, PhD, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Michigan and both her Master of Arts in Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from University of New Mexico.
She completed her clinical psychology internship at VA Palo Alto Health Care System and her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine in California.
Dr. Ortiz holds a clinical assistant professor faculty position and is an attending psychologist at Stanford University School of Medicine, where she serves on the adult Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) team.
Dr. Ortiz also has a small private practice in San Francisco. Her clinical work focuses on treating co-occurring psychiatric and addictive disorders, emotion dysregulation, substance use, and mood and anxiety disorders.
At Camden Center, Dr. Ortiz is a program therapist and serves on the comprehensive DBT team. She leads DBT mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) groups, and provides individual DBT, ACT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and addiction-focused therapy.
Matthew Porter, LMFT, earned his master's degree in counseling psychology and drama therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He provides trauma-focused psychotherapy services to clients of diverse backgrounds.
Matt is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), trauma reprocessing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), mindfulness skills, drama therapy, and solution-focused therapy.
He has worked extensively with adults suffering from co-occurring disorders, specifically trauma, addictions, and other serious mental health conditions.
At Camden Center, Matt serves as both a primary therapist and an EMDR therapist. He integrates DBT skills-based learning into all of his therapeutic encounters.
Noah Manne, MA, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a master’s degree in clinical psychology. He earned multiple graduate degrees from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and Antioch University Los Angeles.
Noah is trained in the co-morbidity of substance use disorders and eating disorders, trauma recovery, foundational Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) principles and protocols, and sex addiction.
Noah has a lifelong meditation practice, and mindfulness serves as the underpinning of his psychodynamic practice and trauma recovery work.
In addition to working in private practice and at non-profit multi-cultural agencies, Noah has worked in residential and intensive outpatient treatment centers as both a clinical director and primary therapist.
As director of reintegration at Camden Center, Noah supports patients in applying what they learn in their clinical work to the reimagining and reconfiguring of their lives outside of treatment, helping them successfully launch from their treatment experience.
Scott Davis, LMFT, earned his bachelor’s degree in international studies, with an emphasis on international business. He earned his master's degree in clinical psychology.
Scott has more than 20 years of clinical experience working with people of diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, and spiritual backgrounds and sexual orientations.
He has worked at a family services agency, specializing in individual and family therapy for adults, adolescents, and children, as well as in private practice in the San Francisco area.
In his private practice, he works with adults, adolescents, couples, and families to treat a wide variety of issues, including substance abuse.
Scott is also a mindfulness and meditation instructor and certified executive coach.
Before becoming a therapist, Scott worked in the U.S. and abroad in corporations, investment banks, and for an international economic development agency in Nepal.
At Camden Center, Scott provides family therapy. He works to help patients develop happier, more connected relationships and cultivate a more deeply meaningful life.