Dr. Mary Spease

Bayside Marin at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

This evening I attended a wonderful event hosted by Bayside Marin and was able to spend some time with Christina Hammet from Sierra Tucson, Chris Bennett from Chris Bennett Interventions, Concetta Mantinan from San Diego Student Recovery, Kay White from Villa Kali Ma, Sean Firtel from West Coast Recovery Centers, Bill Lane from Bill Lane & Associates, McKenzie Phillips from Pasadena Recovery Center, and many more incredible professionals in the addiction field.

It is such an honor to be in the presence of so many individuals who are dedicated to helping others and truly understand the value of recovery and how it can change people’s lives in ways one never thought imaginable.

For more information about any of these clinicians/programs, please feel free to view their website:

Bayside Marin

Sierra Tucson

Chris Bennett Interventions

San Diego Student Recovery

Villa Kali Ma

West Coast Recovery Centers

Bill Lane & Associates

Pasadena Recovery Center


NEW GROUP FORMING: Healing Co-Dependent & Destructive Relationship Patterns

I am happy to announce that I am facilitating a NEW GROUP through Julieann Myers’ Center for Healthy Change in Del Mar. Given my passion for working with loved ones of addicts/alcoholics, we’ve created a broader group to provide support for women struggling with codependent and destructive relationships patterns. Below is a description for the group and subsequent details. Please feel free to contact me to register:


Do you find yourself in relationships where your primary role is that of rescuer, supporter, confidante, or enabler of someone else’s dysfunction? Do you place a lower priority on your needs while being preoccupied with the needs of others? Are your most important relationships more about meeting other’s needs before meeting your own? Join Dr. Mary Spease, relationship therapist, to learn how to change co-dependent/enmeshed relationship patterns into interdependent/healthy relationships where you can get your needs met too!

Learn how to take care of your own needs and develop a healthier relationship with yourself and other important people in your life. This small group format allows women to share and learn in a supportive, safe environment. Space is limited to six women. The group will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m. in Del Mar.

Cost per group is 75.00 for individuals committing to a three month participation period up-front. For those electing to attend on a month to month basis, cost is $90.00 per session. Contact us at 760-634-1704 to schedule, or email Mary@CenterForHealthyChange.com

Dr. Mary Spease, New Group: Healing Co-Dependent & Destructive Relationship Patterns

Independent Contractor for Julieann Myers’ Center for Healthy Change:

Julieann and I have known one another for some time now and I have always admired and respected her, not only as a therapist but as a person. Throughout the past year, we have been exploring ways to work together and collaborate in our passion for helping others.

Recently, I have joined her lovely practice (Center for Healthy Change) as an independent contractor. I feel so blessed to be a part of the team as they have all be so welcoming! I’m looking forward to supporting her practice and serving new clients!

If you would like to know more about Center for Healthy Change and/or what services I will be providing, please feel free to view our website:

Center for Healthy Change

The Canyon with Foundations Recovery Network

It was an incredible night at George’s at the Cove where I had the pleasure of attending a dinner hosted by Jillian McCarney from Foundations Recovery Network. Jillian is lovely, extremely passionate about recovery, and fantastic at creating a sense of community in this field.

She introduced us to Kathleen Bigsby, CEO of The Canyon in Malibu, which is one of FRN’s residential programs. The Canyon provides support and therapy to individuals struggling with addiction, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, secondary eating issues, psychological trauma, and personality disorders. They offer individualized treatment provided by a staff who have no less than a master’s degree. As Kathleen described the program, it was readily apparent that their approach is one motivated by integrity and what is best for the client and their families.

Here are a few highlights of what The Canyon provides:

-Intervention services, sober escort and travel support
-Clinically supervised detox
-Comprehensive addiction assessment and psychiatric evaluation
-Customized care plan focused on the unique needs of each individual
-Medication management directed by collaborating medical experts
-Diverse educational groups
-Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
-Dialectical Behavior Therapy
-Relapse prevention and continuing care planning
-Family therapy, including monthly family weekend events

For more information, please view their website:

Foundations Recovery Network

Sierra Tucson/CRC Continuing Care Group at Julieann Myers’ Center for Healthy Change

I had an amazing experience facilitating the Sierra Tucson/CRC continuing care group last night. It was such an honor to get to know the group members stories and witness their process of recovery. I am thankful for their warm welcome and willingness to share their experience, strength, and hope.  It was inspiring to witness their support and encouragement of one another as well as their individual efforts towards accountability, honesty, and growth.

One group and I will already miss them. Thankful to have been in a room filled with recovery, it truly reminds me of why I love what I do.

As they say in program, “it works if you work it…”

Center for Healthy Change
Sierra Tucson

Networking at The Lodge in Torrey Pines

Today I had the pleasure of attending a networking lunch at The Lodge in Torrey Pines with the loveliest group of women and quite a beautiful view. I am so thankful for these opportunities and the ability to create new relationships. Just another reason why I love La Jolla and am grateful to run my own business!

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Face Forward LA: 5th Annual Gala in Los Angeles

My dear friends Deborah Alessi and Dr. David Alessi founded this wonderful non-profit organization that provides reconstructive surgery to women and children who were victims of domestic violence or other disfiguring crimes.

They have dedicated themselves to helping as many individuals as possible by raising awareness and funds, providing pro bono surgeries, and connecting them with therapists for emotional support.

These two are some of the most incredible people I know. They are thoughtful, compassionate, humble, and giving. I am honored to call them friends and am in constant admiration of their unwavering passion for helping others.

If you would like to know more about Face Forward, attend their 5th annual gala, or donate, please visit their website below.

Face Forward

Chris Bennett Interventions

My holiday weekend ended with a wonderful lunch with Chris Bennett, the CEO and Founder of Chris Bennett Interventions.

Chris is a passionately driven professional who is truly dedicated to supporting those he works with and helping them find the recovery and life they deserve. He and his team are committed to providing comprehensive care as they conduct clinical assessments to help develop the most effective intervention strategy as well as provide ongoing care for a minimum of 6 months once your loved one has entered treatment.

Chris Bennett Interventions provides support for more than just addictions. Listed below are the teams various areas of speciality:

-Mental Health Intervention including but not limited to schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder, delusional disorders, active psychosis, bi-polar disorder, major depressive disorder, personality disorders and anxiety disorders.
-Substance Abuse and Dependency
-Problem Gambling
-Eating Disorders
-Co-Occurring Disorders
-Failure to Launch
-Problematic Lifestyles and Behavior

If you are a therapist or a family member who would like more information, please view their website:

Chris Bennett Interventions

Dr. Rochelle Perper: Therapy Changes

This past Thursday I was able to spend some time with a truly wonderful woman who also happens to be a very gifted therapist. Dr. Rochelle Perper is the owner and primary psychologist of Therapy Changes in Point Loma and offers a variety of services including child/adolescent, individual, couples, and family therapy.  She has diligently established this successful practice along with a team of therapists who provide support to those who need “focused guidance when you need it the most”.

Dr. Perper exudes warmth, compassion, and kindness and is unwavering in her commitment to helping others.  She has a gift in being able to instantly create a sense of comfort and safety with those she meets and works with.  If you are looking for support in the Point Loma area and would like to utilize your insurance, I highly recommend Dr. Perper. For more information regarding her practice, please view her website:

Therapy Changes

PsychCentral: Article on Couples

Submitted a piece today to PsychCentral along with Dr. Heather GaedtDr. Georgina Smith to contribute to an article about couples! Feeling grateful for this collaboration and excited to see the published article in September!!!

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