Dr. Mary Spease


Shannon Kopp, one of the founders of SoulPaws, will be hosting a free eating disorder support group including animal assisted therapy on Sunday, July 2nd from 1-2pm!!!

This workshop will be held at the San Diego Humane Society and will provide the opportunity to work with their animal therapy team of dogs and miniature horses.

For more information about how you can reserve a spot, please contact Shannon at SoulPawsBox@gmail.com.



If you’ve been considering taking that leap of faith into recovery, now just might be the time!

Montecatini is offering 5 FREE full day sessions of customized recovery services throughout June and July! Their dedicated and passionate team are there to provide the gentle and loving support needed at the beginning of one’s healing journey.

If you and or anyone you know could benefit from such a gift, please feel free to check out their website below or call 760.436.2657 and ask for Elisa.

Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment


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Fight the New Drug is a group of “passionate and innovative problem-solvers who want to make a difference in the world… [their] mission is to raise awareness on the harmful effects of pornography…using only science, facts, and personal accounts”.
For anyone who has struggled with porn/sex addiction or has been effected by a loved one’s addiction, then you know first hand the devastating impact of it. Compulsive/addictive pornography use truly robs an individual and their partners of one of life’s most beautiful experiences…honest, genuine, and faithful love.
Join other fighters around the world and share the message that “Porn Kills Love”. Fight the New Drug is offering 15% off everything in their store through today!!! Use the code: 15FIGHTERGEAR. FIGHT THE NEW DRUG
Also, if you are struggling with porn and/or sex addiction, many have found sexual sobriety through therapy as well as support through the following group:  
If you are the loved one/partner of someone struggling with porn and/or sex addiction, I would be happy to connect with you and discuss how I can support you along your recovery journey. In addition, you too can find healing through the following support group:


As a psychologist, my days are spent gratefully being of service to others and experiencing the blessing of walking alongside someone’s journey.  It also means holding emotional energy throughout the day which often varies from session to session.

I truly believe my clients deserve the best of me and in order to do so, I have to take good care of myself.  Therefore, taking the time to practice self-care and allow my soul to recharge is vital.  It could be intentional in choosing solitude, a nap, a good meal, connection with loved ones, a run, etc.  Today, the ocean was my place of refuge and rejuvenation.

Do you take the time to self-care?



Shannon Kopp, one of the founders of SoulPaws, will be hosting a free online workshop this Saturday, May 27th from 1pm-2pm PDT for anyone suffering from an eating disorder.

SoulPaws provides free support to those in need of healing and work with a variety of service animals to help, “access a place of light-heartedness, inner-wisdom, and compassion deep inside”.

For more information about how you can join their free online workshop, please check out their page below:

SoulPaws Online Workshop

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The Value of Motherhood – Love and Hope for all Mother’s

For EVERY mother who has ever questioned the value and importance of their calling…Your love is one of the greatest gifts and has the power to influence how a person see’s and love’s themselves. Your role is significant and deeply powerful.

For mother’s who have a wonderful connection with their children, I hope you are blessed with continued opportunities to experience love, growth, and laughter.

For mother’s who have perhaps strained or absent relationships, I hope for an abundance of healing and transformation.

For mother’s who have lost children, I hope for an outpour of love, comfort, support, and peace.

For those who long to be mother’s, I hope you are surrounded with love, strength, and clarity.

Wishing you all so much goodness, joy, and a very Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Center for Discovery

Years ago I worked at Center for Discovery in LA and thankfully, I still have the opportunity to keep in touch with their San Diego team!

Yesterday, I was able to spend some time with Cassie Gaub, San Diego’s clinical outreach representative, who helps connect clients with the right program and support they need.  She is warm, friendly, and like CFD, passionate about personal growth and recovery!

Center for Discovery provides “residential treatment for women with eating disorders, teens with eating disorders, teens with mental health disorders, and teens with substance abuse issues”. For more information, feel free to contact their admissions team, 866.480.3475 or check out their website:

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Cirque Lodge hosts an Addiction Professionals Lunch

So grateful for Eial from Cirque Lodge for hosting such an incredible lunch today and bringing together some of the best professionals in the addiction field!

I am ever so grateful for being a part of community that is deeply passionate about bringing hope and healing to those affected by and/or struggling with addiction.

Each of us provides a different level of care with unique specialties. For more information, feel free to check out the websites below:

Cirque Lodge- Eial Fishman (Drug & Alcohol Rehab)

Chris Bennett Interventions- Chris Bennett, Jennifer Tarzia, Tom Dearborn (Interventions & Follow Up Care)

True Life Center for Wellbeing- Elissa Frazao (Drug, Alcohol, and Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program)

Dr. Mary Spease- (Outpatient: Drug/Alcohol Addiction, Loved ones affected by another’s substance/alcohol use or sexually compulsive behaviors)

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New Cost Effective IOP at True Life Center for Wellbeing

I am so honored and humbled to have been asked to lead True Life’s brand new IOP groups beginning May 15th!!!

Dr. Krista Roybal (founder of True Life) is one of the most talented psychiatrists I have had the pleasure of working with and her passion and vision for providing recovery is truly unique. Her knowledge of the complexity of addiction has resulted in True Life’s holistic approach and integrative care.

The IOP groups will continue to honor what True Life is known for and my psycho-educational/relapse prevention based groups will be preceded by clients participation in yoga, nutrition, fitness, and acupuncture.

A lot of thought and compassion has been poured into the development of this new program including mindfulness of finances. This will be an astonishingly affordable path for support and provided by a truly dedicated, compassionate, and talented team.

If you or anyone you know might benefit from such a program, please contact Elissa Frazao at 858.202.1822.


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Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment

What I was doing today:

•Feeling blessed for the gift of walking alongside my clients in their journey of healing and recovery

•Spending time at the ocean for my own self-care

•Visiting the wonderful staff at Montecatini Treatment Center! Thank you to Elisa & Brittany for their time and sharing more about how Montecatini’s 3 houses create a safe and supportive environment to help women overcome struggles with food and body image. So thankful to have an incredible program right here in San Diego!

(These words were written on a white board in one of the group rooms and I believe it’s worth thinking about)


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