OUR addiction & treatment recovery TEAM
Nancy Swanson, LMFT
Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), who has extensive experience working in the field of co-occurring disorders. Prior to coming to Tribe Integrative Recovery, her professional experience included:
Director of Family Services – La Ventana, Substance Use and Co-occurring Disorder Program
Clinical Director – La Ventana, Substance Use and Co-occurring Disorder Program, Ventura
Clinical Director – CAST Recovery Services, Santa Monica
Family Services Coordinator – The Canyon, Malibu
Clinical Director - Phoenix House Adolescent Program, Los Angeles
Over the past two decades, Nancy has worked diligently to improve clinical programs in a variety of treatment settings. She has assisted residential and outpatient programs throughout California to design, implement, and facilitate innovative programming. Working with treatment centers, Nancy facilitates intensive Family Weekends, and to date has help over 3000+ addicts and their loved-ones.
Nancy specializes in working with families in crisis, offering help and hope during times of trauma, grief and loss, and when families are devastated by addiction and mental illness. Working with families is Nancy’s purpose and passion!
With her authentic personality and unique sense of humor, Nancy’s presentations and groups are entertaining, engaging and informational. She is a dynamic public speaker!
Nancy attributes her success to her ability to connect with clients, families, and colleagues in a lighthearted, down-to-earth fashion. Her style is direct and she has been referred to as
“The Ninja Family Therapist”.
Ricki Bass, CADC – I
Ricki is a dedicated and highly motivated individual who has been working in the chemical dependency field since 2010 in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Ricki is a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor who completed the Alcohol and Drug Counseling and Studies Program at UCLA. In addition, she is a certified Life Coach.
Ricki has done extensive work with the Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center, worked at La Vantana Substance Abuse Program, and various other treatment facilities. Ricki has experience in administration, aftercare, HR, counseling, and operations.
Ricki’s upbeat, positive personality makes her well-liked by clients, families and colleagues. She is respected for her depth of knowledge and resourcefulness. Ricki has a nurturing, reassuring presence and can calm distraught clients and connect with those who are resistant.
Angie Booth, LMFT
I offer warm, non-judgmental therapeutic support to achieve better functioning and to help clients enhance their strengths, to develop healthier coping skills and to process past hurt so that they may live more fully and joyfully in the present. It is possible to heal and move forward!
I use an inclusive therapeutic approach, depending on the needs of the particular client, pulling from depth psychology, cognitive behavioral psychology, family systems, play therapy, the 12-step principles of AA/NA and Alanon, and personal experience.
MS, LMFT, CATC IVGroup Facilitator
I have a client-centered approach that utilizes mindfulness, experiential, and cognitive behavioral methods to help you address compulsive behaviors, addiction, mental health, emotional, and relationship issues with increased awareness and compassion.
I am experienced in working with individuals with co-occurring disorders of substance abuse and mental health issues using a family systems approach. I specialize in treating mood disorders, chronic pain, and anxiety disorders, and can help you improve your quality of life and enhance your relationships with loved ones. I also offer transitional support coaching for individuals who have been in residential treatment or transitional living. I provide assessments to help you evaluate your strengths and weaknesses and teach you relapse prevention skills while you transition to a new, healthier, and more balanced lifestyle. I have a warm, direct, supportive manner, which assists clients in achieving optimal growth and positive change.
Cheryl Rogers, MFT Intern
Cheryl Rogers earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology and her master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Cal State University, Northridge. Cheryl has taken a special interest in helping those that struggle with addiction through her own personal challenges and successes in her recovery. Cheryl is passionately interested in personal motivation, empowerment techniques, and life skills that will help individuals succeed in life.
Amelia Mora Mars
Amelia Mora Mars is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. She earned her Master’s Degree at California Lutheran University with a specialization in attachment, which emphasizes forming warm and loving relationships. Prior to private practice, Amelia served at a clinic working with individuals struggling with trauma as a result of domestic violence, physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect as well as struggles related to personal relationships. Amelia is certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional and conducts parenting trainings with the Thousand Oaks Police Department.
Amelia's career as a therapist was born out of her own journey of personal transformation through family mental illness and a passion to empower clients to identify strengths to pursue authentic, courageous, and whole-hearted living.
Janessa is a hard-working woman who has dedicated her life to recovery, family and education. As one of Tribe’s house managers, she is tasked with the daily operations of our transitional living. The eldest of ten children, her life experience in leadership and organization has prepared her to run a large household with diverse personalities and age ranges. Janessa’s career goals are to continue her work in recovery and ultimately practice recovery therapy as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in a private setting.
Janessa’s personal journey with a co-occurring disorder and her passion for nurturing hope makes her ideally suited to work with clients who themselves are learning life skills and discovering recovery is, indeed, possible for everyone. She is currently attending Oxnard Community College in the Addictive Studies program.
Mike Gates is a Counselor/Recovery Specialist at Tribe Transitional Living. With extensive personal and professional experience in addiction recovery, Mike has been clean and sober for 25 years. He is an enthusiastic member of the Ventura County NA community. His experience includes working at Cri-Help, La Ventana Treatment Programs, The Discovery House and Hollywood Beach Recovery.