Members of the MaleSurvivor Weekends of RecoveryFacilitator team at Alta Lodge in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains of Utah. Our team includes some of the world’s leading mental health professionals and combined have experience working with many thousands of male survivors throughout their careers.
Leadership Team *
Lee Beckstead, Ph.D., is a psychologist with a private practice in Salt Lake City. He was privileged to join the MaleSurvivor Weekend of Recovery Team in 2005. He specializes in relationship issues, such as self-esteem, assertiveness, intimacy, identity, sexuality, and gender. Focusing on relationship dynamics, he provides individual, couples, and group therapy for adults who have concerns related to depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, body image, eating disorders, HIV/AIDS, and grieving. He has been a member of the International Academy of Sex Research since 2004. Understanding how to resolve sexual, social, and religious conflicts has been his primary research and counseling focus. His personal passions and self-care involve theatre and music.
Peter Bottéas, MA, LMHC, CCC, is a multilingual and multicultural therapist in private practice in Cambridge, MA, and an adjunct faculty member in the Counseling Psychology program at Lesley University. Until recently, he was a counselor, therapist, and victim advocate in the Violence Recovery Program at Fenway Health in Boston, where most of his work focused on recovery from traumatic events such as sexual abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, and bias crimes. He frequently trains clinicians, students, and community volunteers, and has spoken at various conferences in the U.S. and Canada.
Peter has co-facilitated numerous groups for men who are recovering from sexual abuse in childhood and/or sexual assault at any stage in life, and is part of the facilitation team of the MaleSurvivor organization’s Weekends of Recovery.
Bill Burmester, M.A., M.F.T. has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in California since 1994, with training and experience in the treatment of sexual abuse and other relational trauma. He has worked with child, adolescent, and adult survivors of sexual abuse, adolescent and adult perpetrators, and abusive family systems. He facilitates a Group for Men Healing from Sexual Abuse in conjunction with The Men’s Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy in Berkeley, Ca, and treats issues of trauma, Dissociative Disorders, and PTSD in work with both men and women. He also works with couples. Approaches include EMDR, EFT, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Focusing, and Psychoanalytic Phsychotherapy, and Group Psychotherapy. Bill has also provided training in therapy with male abuse survivors, has been Adjunct Clinical Faculty at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, and has been on the Weekends of Recovery team with Male Survivor since 2001. With a keen interest in film, he has presented on the representation of the sexual abuse of boys and men in film at the 2001 & 2007 MaleSurvivor Conferences in, and on Dissociation and the Sandusky Trial in 2012.
Chad Corbley, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist working in private practice in Columbus, OH. He is co-owner of Affirmations, a practice with a long history of service to an extremely diverse clientele, including countless male survivors of sexual abuse. The practice was previously owned by Howard Fradkin, Ph.D. (still on board as partner emeritus) and Don Laufersweiler, M.S., both longstanding members of the MaleSurvivor organization and the weekends of recovery. Dr. Corbley’s areas of speciality include GLB and Trans concerns, HIV/AIDS, and survivors of trauma. He is very excited to be joining the extraordinary group of therapists on the WOR team!
Andy Dishman, MA, MDiv., LPC. “Authenticity”, “internal wisdom” and “humor” are three guiding tenets found in Andy’s philosophy of therapy. For the past 12 years, he has infused these tenets in his work with couples and individuals who are seeking to empower their lives.
Treatment specialties include relationship and intimacy issues, adult survivors of childhood trauma and neglect, issues concerning the LGBT community, anxiety and mood disorders. Additionally, Andy works with issues of spirituality in the therapeutic process that honors the beliefs and values unique to each client.
Andy is in private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Marietta, GA and has been a member of Weekend of Recovery Team since 2009.
Sandi Forti, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Columbus, Ohio. She divides her time between a thriving private practice in Columbus, consultation with the Columbus AIDS Task force, and providing community based services for Central Ohio Mental Health Center in Delaware, Ohio. Her dual interests in archetypal psychology and body awareness have added breadth and depth to her work with individuals who are seeking to heal from past traumas and who desire new ground for a relationship with the present. She sees herself as providing context within which trauma can be understood as part of the landscape of soul, and healing can lay the foundation for the development and expression of the authentic self. She has worked for many years with victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse, and with families who struggle to love and heal both. She is also versed in working with the patterns of thinking and behavior that grow out of the effort to cope with abuse, such as depression, dissociation, use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs, etc.
Howard Fradkin, Ph.D., LICDC * has counseled over 1000 male survivors in individual, couples, group psychotherapy and weekend workshops over the course of his 32-year career as a Psychologist. As Co-Chairperson of the MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery, and a member of the Leadership Team for WOR, Howard has directed over 45 Weekends of Recovery since 2001 for over 900 men. Dr. Fradkin has also supervised and trained thousands of professional colleagues on the topic of psychotherapy with male survivors of sexual abuse.
Dr. Fradkin was one of the founding board members of MaleSurvivor, and currently serves as an Advisory Board Member. In 2010, Dr. Fradkin delivered the keynote address at the International MaleSurvivor Conference in New York City, and is a recipient of the Faye Honey Knopp Award for excellent contributions to the field. He also served as President of MaleSurvivor and served on the Board of Directors for 6 years prior to developing the Weekends of Recovery program.
In November, 2010, Dr. Fradkin was invited and honored to speak as an expert on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”. He is the author of Joining Forces: Empowering Male Survivors to Thrive, published by Hay House in 2012, an acclaimed self help book for male survivors.
Dr. Fradkin is the co-founder of Affirmations: A Center for Psychotherapy and Growth, and currently serves as Partner Emeritus, in Columbus, OH. His expertise includes trauma recovery for men and women survivors, those struggling with depression and anxiety, alcoholism, drug addiction and sex addiction, sexual orientation confusion and acceptance, issues challenging the LGBT community, people with HIV and AIDS, and group psychotherapy.
In his spare time, Howard loves to sing and plan and cook gourmet meals for family and friends.
Brief Bio of Rob Hawkings, MA,MES, MBA
Rob Hawkings is a Toronto-based counselor, psychotherapist and consultant in private practice. His specialties are addictions and adult resolution of childhood trauma, with sub-specialties in sexual addiction and male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Rob has developed treatment programs for sexual addiction and for military veterans with concurrent substance dependency and combat-related PTSD; has designed, led and supervised agency-sponsored group treatment programs for adult male sexual abuse survivors; and is a sought-after clinical consultant for projects related to treatment of male sexual abuse survivors. Since 2009 he has been a volunteer member of the Therapist/Facilitator Team for MaleSurvivorâ€™s Weekends of Recovery. For over 20 years Rob has studied Psychodrama and Sociometry and incorporates these safe and powerful modalities into both his training workshops and his therapeutic work with groups and individuals.
Sharon Imperato * is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Massachusetts, where she has been working in the field of sexual trauma for over ten years and is Rape Crisis Trained. She is the Manager of Clinical Services at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) in Boston. Sharon has extensive experience in working with survivors of sexual victimization by providing individual and group counseling. She has experience in working extensively with male survivors and their loved ones. She co-facilitates a male survivors’ group in Boston, provides couples’ counseling, and focuses on sexual issues and addictions that stem from sexual trauma.
Sharon is also an experienced trainer who facilitates trainings and conference presentations/workshops on various aspects of sexual trauma that include; Sexual Victimization 101, responding to disclosures, sexual trauma reactions and crisis counseling skills, child sexual abuse and incest, beginner and advanced clinical trainings for mental health professionals, alternative clinical interventions for adult trauma survivors and working with male survivors. Sharon provides these trainings to various audiences’ that include mental and medical health professionals, military personnel, and other social service providers. She has also provided training to university counseling centers and has been a guest lecturer for undergraduate and graduate classes at Tufts University, Northeastern University, and Boston University. Sharon is also a trainer/consultant that works with various agencies, including domestic violence agencies, on working with issues of sexual victimization and provides trauma focused supervision to local therapists in both private practice and working within agencies. Sharon has also been an adjunct faculty member in graduate programs at both Boston University’s Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine program and Lesley University’s Clinical Mental Health program.
Lisa Jameson, LMFT has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1986. She began her training in 1981 at the Incest Treatment Team of Stanislaus County, conducting support groups for survivors, family supporters and perpetrators. She co-developed Merced County of Mental Health’s Specialized Treatment and Rehabilitation Services (S.T.A.R.S.), a program specifically focused on identifying and treating young male victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse. An additional focus was on educating the lay and mental health community about the true extent of the traumatization of boys and their particular treatment and support needs. Since 1989 she’s been in private practice working with trauma from an increasingly depth orientation, integrating Jungian, Psychoanalytic and mindfulness approaches which invite the whole Self, including the unconscious to be a part of the healing process. She has particular interests in the ways in which the Self reaches for expression through dreams, expressive art, body and relationship.
Paul Linden, Ph.D. received his B.A. in Philosophy from Reed College and his Ph.D. in Physical Education from the Ohio State University. He is an instructor of the Feldenkrais Method® of body awareness education. He began Aikido practice in 1969, and he currently holds a sixth degree black belt in Aikido as well a first degree black belt in Karate. He is the developer of Being In Movement® mindbody training, the inventor of SpineLine® Bicycle Handlebars (patent #5,024,119), and the author of Comfort at Your Computer: Body Awareness Training for Pain-Free Computer Use and Winning is Healing: Body Awareness and Empowerment for Abuse Survivors. Paul Linden and his wife Peggy Berger are specialists in body and movement awareness education, and their work focuses on the interplay between self-exploration and effective action. They are co-founders of the Columbus Center for Movement Studies and Aikido of Columbus, and their work covers such specific topics as stress management, postural efficiency, performance enhancement, assertiveness, conflict resolution, and trauma recovery. They have had extensive experience teaching people such as musicians, athletes, pregnant women, adult survivors of child abuse, computer users, business people, physical therapists, and psychotherapists. For fun, Paul swims and rides his bike, runs, practices Aikido, reads, practices organic gardening, and writes.
Lynne MacDonell, BA, CADC, CHt * has been in clinical practice since 1983. Working twenty years in substance abuse, she designed and implemented an outpatient substance abuse treatment program. In this capacity, she became aware that often issue of addictions could be traced to childhood abuse and/or other trauma. Lynne began to devote herself to healing this trauma. She designed and managed a comprehensive support system for survivors of sexual abuse, including one to one, group and clinical support.
Lynne developed “Understanding and Responding to Male Victimization” conferences for the Ontario Provincial Police, held in 25 venues around the province of Ontario. She and her team were awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to the community. On October 27th 2014, she received a Commissioner’s Commendation for her role in educating police and justice partners, community support and child protection workers to enable them to address the unique and under-recognized needs of male victims
Lynne is a Therapist at Level I and II “Male Survivor of Sexual Abuse Weekend of Recovery Retreats” (MaleSurvivor.org). Recently she joined the Leadership Team of MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery.
She is certified as a Compassion Fatigue Specialist, a Traumatologist, and a Trauma Group Supervisor. http://www.Lmtherapy.com
Ernesto Mujica, Ph.D. is an Instructor in Clinical Psychology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and is a Supervisor of Psychotherapy at the William Alanson White Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He is an Associate Editor of the institute’s journal, Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Dr. Mujica maintains a full-time private practice in individual and couples therapy on the upper west side in Manhattan.
Mikele Rauch, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist working in a group practice in Brookline Massachusetts. Since 1983, she has worked with individuals and groups specializing in the area of sexual and physical trauma. She has been a facilitator for the Male Survivor International Retreat Team since its inception in 2001, utilizing music, authentic movement, art–and humor– in the healing process.
Presently, she chairs TakingBackOurselves.com, Weekends of Recovery for women survivors under the umbrella of MaleSurvivor–which is committed to empowering women who are survivors of sexual abuse and assault to be whole, healed and connected to others. Her book Recovering the Soul after Religious Abuse: the Dark Heaven of Recovery, speaks about how to reclaim the deepest parts of the self, rediscover the sacred within or without the institutions of religion, and create meaning again.
Mikele lives, works, and does her art near Brookline, Massachusetts.
Matt Stella, LICSW, Dipl.PW. lives and works in Salem, MA, north of Boston. He has been a psychotherapist in private practice since 2001, with 9 years in practice in Salt Lake City, UT before moving to Massachusetts. His work with depression, anxiety, addictive behaviors and relationship challenges has focused on the dynamics of shame, inner authority, and transformation. For 8 years he has led Men’s Groups and specialized in men’s issues. In addition to his Masters in Social Work, Matt earned a Masters in Process Work over a 12-year span of in-depth, experiential training. Process Work is a mind-body-spirit, holistic approach that combines principles of Taoist philosophy, contemplative psychology, Jungian roots and Gestalt methods. Matt has also been drawn to movement and dance at various points in his life, and has used Authentic Movement and Contact Improvisation, along with meditation, as tools for personal growth.
Jim Struve, LCSW * is in private practice in Salt Lake City. He provides individual, couples, and group psychotherapy services, with special attention to mindful presence in the healing relationship. He has been working with male survivors since 1976 and he has a long history of professional and activist involvement in the development of resources for men who have been sexually abused. He frequently provides supervision and training for mental health professionals about issues related to the male sexual abuse.
Jim was Conference Chairperson for the 1989 International Male Survivor Conference. He was a Founding Board Member (1992) of the National Organization On Male Sexual Victimization (now MaleSurvivor). Subsequently, he was a member of the Board of Directors from 1992 – 1997) and Chairperson for the Board of Directors from 1992 – 1993. Since 2003 he has been a member of the Facilitator Staff for the MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery. Jim was the recipient of the Richard Gartner Award for Clinical Contribution given at the 2010 MaleSurvivor International Conference in New York City.
Jim’s publications include: “Dancing With The Patriarchy: The Politics of Sexual Abuse”, in: Hunter, Mic (Ed.). The Sexually Abused Male, Volume 1: Prevalence, Impact, & Treatment. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, 1990 and The Ethical Use of Touch in Psychotherapy, co-author with Mic Hunter, October 1997, Sage Publications.
In addition to his professional clinical activities, Jim maintains a commitment to physical health thru active participation in a variety of outdoor and recreational pursuits, including running, skiing, biking, backpacking, and gardening. In recent years, Jim has begun to incorporate mindfulness and outdoor therapeutic activities into his clinical practice.
Torrence R. Wimbish, Ph.D., Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor (ACMHC)
Dr. Torrence R. Wimbish graduated from the University of Utah’s Department of Educational Psychology. Torrence’s clinical and professional interests include LGBTQI issues, multicultural/diversity concerns, social justice, differing acculturation levels with ethnic minority individuals, sexual assault prevention, male body image issues, eating disorders, menâ€™s issues, and mindfulness. Torrence works from a cognitive behavioral theoretical orientation with a multicultural/feminist emphasis and an interpersonal process approach. Torrence is currently providing individual, couples, and group therapy at the University of Utah University Counseling Center in Salt Lake City.
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