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Meet Dr. Weedn

Sonnee D. Weedn, Ph.D. is a clinical and forensic psychologist in private practice in Novato, CA. She has been in practice since 1980. She has recently added a satellite office in her hometown Newport Beach, CA

In addition to her psychology practice, Dr. Weedn provides continuing education and training programs for mental health professionals.

She has created and produced a wide variety of retreat programs and workshops, ranging from couples enrichment to spiritual development. Having studied with many leaders in behavioral/mental health care, as well as wisdom keepers from many traditions, Dr. Weedn applies traditional wisdom to a dynamic format.

Since 2004, Dr. Weedn has provided in-depth psychological assessments of patients at chemical dependency treatment centers. Her reports and recommendations guide individualized treatment planning and interventions designed to maximize treatment outcomes and guard against episodes of relapse.

Dr. Sonnee Weedn

Dr. Sonnee Weedn

Education

1988 Ph.D.

Clinical Psychology
California Graduate School of Family Psychology, San Rafael, CA
(Acquired by American School of Professional Psychology 7/99)
Doctoral Dissertation:  “Brothers and Sisters of the Mentally Retarded: A Retrospective Descriptive Study”

1973  M.S.

Counseling Psychology
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

1969  M.S.

Elementary Education
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

1968  B.S.

Social Studies (emphasis on Anthropology)
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Doctoral Internships

1988-1990

Post-doctoral Intern at Redwood Psychological Services Center, Petaluma, CA

1985-1986

Pre-doctoral Intern at Petaluma Valley Hospital, Phoenix Program (inpatient treatment of chemical dependency), Petaluma, CA

Licenses and Credentials

1991

Licensed Psychologist - PSY12188

1983

Marriage and Family Therapist - MEl8670

1976

Administrative Services Credential

1973

Pupil Personnel Credential (Lifetime)

1969

Standard Elementary Credential (Lifetime)

Specialty Certification

2012

Certified Emotional Transformation Therapist (ETT)

2011

Certified Sex Addiction Therapist

2008

Completed two-year training program in Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT) with Steve Vazquez, Ph.D.

2003-present

National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists

1999

Level II Training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)        

1997-present

Certified by the Board of Governors of the APA College of Professional Psychology in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders.

Honors and Awards

2013

Clark Vincent Award from the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) for a literary and research contribution to the profession of Marriage and Family Therapy.

2012

Bronze Award from eLit Awards in the category of Biography for Many Blessings: A Tapestry of Accomplished African American Women.

2012

1st Place in Reader’s Choice Reader’s View Award in the category of Humanities for Many Blessings: A Tapestry of Accomplished African American Women.

2012

2nd Place in Royal Dragonfly Book Awards in the category of Cultural Diversity for Many Blessings: A Tapestry of Accomplished African American Women.

2012

2nd Place in Royal Dragonfly Book Awards in the category of Memoir for Many Blessings: A Tapestry of Accomplished African American Women.

2012

Bronze Award in Book of the Year contest in the category of Women’s Issues for Many Blessings: A Tapestry of Accomplished African American Women.

2012

Honorable Mention at San Francisco Book Festival in the category of Biography/Autobiography for Many Blessings: A Tapestry of Accomplished African American Women.

2009-present

By invitation to The Women’s Leadership Forum for Women Treating Addiction

2002

Awarded the Lady Vera Scholarship by the Angeles Arrien Foundation for Cross-cultural Education and Research. This fund receives no applications, but scouts and awards scholarships as an unexpected blessing to those who have talent and promise and carry an altruistic spirit.

Board Appointments

2005–2011

National Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Addictions – Bay Area Chapter

2010

Check to Share Foundation (supporting victims of sexual abuse or rape)

2005–2009

California Women’s Commission on Addictions

Advisory Boards and Committee Memberships

2005–2011

National Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Addictions – Bay Area Chapter

2011

The Reach Foundation (Newport Beach, CA)

2010–present

Promises Treatment Centers (Malibu and West Los Angeles, CA)

2010–present

Spirit2Spirit (The Refuge, Ocklawaha, FL)

2008–present

Member of the Continuing Education Committee for The Ben Franklin Institute, Cave Creek, AZ

2008–present

Chairman of the Continuing Education Committee for Promises Treatment Centers, Malibu, CA

1999–2010

Administrative Director of Continuing Education - Sierra Tucson, Tucson, AZ - Directing the delivery of continuing education for Registered Nurses, Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists in the area of group psychotherapy, couples therapy, dream interpretation, the integration of spiritual issues into psychotherapy and eating disorders, addiction, etc.

Clinical Experience

1980-present

Private Practice, Novato, CA

Providing brief and long-term outpatient psychotherapy to individual adults, adolescents, seniors, couples and families. Assessment and treatment of chemical dependency. Consultation to churches, schools and school districts, physician groups, family businesses, private business and community organizations in the areas of team building, organizational behavior, conflict resolution and stress management. Group psychotherapy, including three ongoing, long-term women’s groups and two ongoing, long-term mixed groups.

Specializing in the treatment of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, complex trauma, substance abuse and co-occurring conditions, process addictions (i.e. eating disorders, sex and love addiction, codependency, etc), and family issues related to all of these.

Providing psychological evaluations for children, adolescents and adults and including the Wechsler Intelligence Scales, Rorschach: Comprehensive System, MMPI-II, MCMI-III, MACI, MMPI-A, TAT, Bender-Gestalt and drawings. Assessments provided for City and County of San Francisco, Marin County Child Welfare Department, Child Protective Services of Marin and Sonoma Counties, Workers Compensation, State of California, Board of Registered Nursing and by referral from other mental health professionals, attorneys and insurers.

2014   

Consulting Clinical Director for Windward Way Intensive Outpatient Program and Sober Living Environments, Newport Beach, CA

Consulting on matters of maintaining clinical excellence and integrity, and program development

2006-2009

Director of Clinical Services for The Mayflower Center, San Rafael, CA

Providing inpatient treatment for men who have relapsed subsequent to treatment for alcoholism or other chemical dependencies. Providing psychological assessment for every admitted patient.

2004-2005

Director of Clinical Services for Bayside Marin, San Rafael, CA.

2004-2005

Providing psychological assessments for over 135 patients in inpatient facility treating chemical dependency, patients with dual diagnoses, and chronic pain patients.

1985-1986

Phoenix Program at Petaluma Valley Hospital, Petaluma, CA

Clinical psychology internship at inpatient treatment facility for chemically dependent adults.  Provided individual, group and couples therapy on inpatient ward; lectured; performed psychological evaluations; directed aftercare program for patients out of the hospital for 90 days or more.

1981-1982

Catholic Social Services, Santa Rosa, CA

Marriage, Family, Child Counselor internship. Provided outpatient treatment for wide variety of clientele.

Teaching and Consultation Experience

2014  

By invitation, in conjunction with Fordham University’s inter-disciplinary
consortium (affiliated with the Graduate School of Social Studies),
consultant in long-duration space travel – psychological aspects of crew
selection, monitoring and maintenance of mental health on the flight to
Mars projected for 2030

2014   

Producer with Terry Eagan, M.D., Beata Lundeen, et.al. for the Prayer for
Compassion event at Avalon Malibu, raising over $50,000 for the Tibetan
Children’s Villages and the Men-Tse-Khang (Tibetan Medical and
Astrological Institute), June 14, 2014, Malibu, CA

2014  

Presenter with Col. Yvonne Cagle, M.D., NASA, “Space for Dreams,” and
a book-signing, by invitation of the Discovery Science Center in
conjunction with The Pacific Club, June 12, 2014, Newport Beach, CA

2014   

Presenter for Sovereign Health Group, “Spirituality for Recovering
People,” a half-day continuing education program, May 10, 2014, San
Clemente, CA

2014   

Producer and Presenter with Elements Behavioral Health and the Sonnee
Weedn Institute for Integrated Therapy, “Wise Women: Leadership
Training for Senior Clinicians (25+ years of experience),” a 4-day
continuing education program, March 14-17, 2014, Santa Fe, NM

2014  

Producer and Presenter with Elements Behavioral Health, “Sensing the
Sacred: The Warrior’s Way,” with Lench Archuleta, January 18,
2014 Petaluma, CA

2013   

Presenter for Sonoma County Bar Association (Family Law Practice
Group), “Allegations of Sexual Abuse in Child Custody Cases,” December
14, 2013, Santa Rosa, CA

2013   

Panel Member with Jamison Monroe of Newport Academy at a screening
of the award-winning documentary about teen-age and young adult drug
abuse, Behind the Orange Curtain, discussing the film and conducting a
question and answer session, September 26, 2013, Mill Valley, CA

2013    

Presenter, Produced by Elements Behavioral Health, “The Challenge of Finding Intimacy and Spirituality in Our Addicted Digital World”, May 3, 2013 Little Rock, AR, a one-day continuing education program.

2013    

Keynote Address, “Keystone Treatment Center Alumni Reunion”
April 12, 2013 Philadelphia, PA

2013    

Producer and Presenter, “Psychosynthesis and Integrative Psychology: An In-Depth Study with Emphasis on Cross Cultural Consideration and Experience (including ethical considerations)” February 22, to March 7, 2013 India – various locations.

2013   

Producer and Presenter, “Winter Renewal and Creating a New Year Focus: A Retreat for Women” January 12, 2013 Petaluma, CA

2012  

Presenter, By invitation of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) "Group Psychotherapy for Female Sex and Love Addicts" with co-presenters Alexandra Katehakis, MFT and Marnie Ferree, MFT.

2012   

Presenter, By invitation of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) “Spirituality for Recovering People” with co-presenter Rev. George McLaird. This presentation included a section on the ethics of t reating diverse populations.

2012   

Producer and Presenter, with Dr. Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock, “Raise Your Voice: African American History in Oral Tradition.” A one-day continuing education program sponsored by Promises Treatment Centers, Novato, CA.

2012   

Producer and Presenter, with Lench Archuleta, “ Group Psychotherapy as Transformational Experience: Diverse Populations.” A one-day continuing education program sponsored by Promises Treatment Centers, Sonoma, CA.

2012   

Producer and Presenter, with Keith Arnold and Lench Archuleta, “Spirit Journey: Group Psychotherapy as Transformational Experience.” A one- day continuing education program sponsored by Promises Treatment Centers.

2011   

Producer and Presenter, with Dr. Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock, “Raise Your Voice: African American History in Oral Tradition.” A one-day continuing education program sponsored by Clearview Treatment Center and Sierra Tucson Hospital, Venice, CA.

2011 

Producer and Presenter, with Dr. Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock, “Raise Your Voice Again: African American History in Oral Tradition.” A one-day continuing education program, sponsored by Promises Treatment Centers and Elements Behavioral Health, Tiburon, CA.

2011   

Presenter, by invitation of Cirque Lodge, Newport Academy, and Ascend Recovery, presentation of Psychological Assessment: Your Best Treatment Guide, a continuing education presentation for mental health and addiction professionals at Cirque Lodge Resource Room, Beverly Hills, CA.

2011   

Producer and Presenter, in conjunction with Promises Treatment Centers and Elements Behavioral Health, Spirit Journey, a one day retreat featuring Keith Arnold, Joseph MacDonald, and Dana Patterson.

2010   

Presenter, by invitation of The Ben Franklin Institute, national presentation of The Use of Dreams in Individual and Group Psychotherapy, Tucson, AZ. Taped for national distribution for continuing education for mental health professionals.

2010   

Producer and presenter, in conjunction with Promises Treatment Centers and Elements Behavioral Health, “Taking Flight,” a one day retreat featuring Elena Avila, R.N., M.S.N., (curandera), Keith Arnold, and Dana Patterson.

2010

Producer and presenter with Dr. Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock, “Raise Your Voice Again: African American History in Oral Tradition.” A one-day continuing education program, sponsored by Promises Treatment Centers and Sierra Tucson.

2010

Interview, Love Addiction, a taping for Fox News, Los Angeles, CA.

2010

Producer and presenter in conjunction with Promises Treatment Centers, “Spirit Journey II: Further Along the Good Red Road,” a one-day retreat, featuring Keith Arnold, Dana Patterson, and Albert Sombrero.

2010

Producer and presenter in conjunction with Promises Treatment Centers, “Spirit Journey,” a one-day retreat, featuring Keith Arnold, Dana Patterson, and Albert Sombrero.

2010

Producer and presenter, in conjunction with Sierra Tucson, “Waking From the Dream of Winter,” a one-day retreat for women, with Luisah Teish and Dana Patterson.

2009

Producer and presenter, in conjunction with Promises, Sierra Tucson, and The Mayflower Center of "Raise Your Voice: Creating a Vocal Community," featuring Dr. Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock.

2009

Featured presenter for The University of Wisconsin Center for Health Enhancement System Studies (CHESS), "Advancing Recovery" program, a teleconference promoting evidence-based practice improvement to improve large-scale systems change. Presentation on the use of psychological testing in the treatment of addiction.

2009  

Producer and presenter, in conjunction with Promises, Sierra Tucson and The Mayflower, “Raise Your Voice: Singing in the African American Tradition,” a day dedicated to learning African American history in the oral tradition, featuring Dr. Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock.

2009

Producer and presenter, in conjunction with Promises and Sierra Tucson, “Finding Balance,” a three day, two night retreat, featuring Keith Arnold, Albert Sombrero, Dana Patterson, and Luisah Teish. Petaluma, CA.

2009

Producer and presenter, in conjunction with Sierra Tucson, “The Women’s Medicine Wheel,” a one-day retreat for women.

2009

Featured presenter at Women's Association for Addiction Treatment - Marin County Chapter. Presentation on Group Psychotherapy as Transformational Experience, Corte Madera, CA.

2009

Administrative Director of Continuing Education at Promises Treatment Center, Malibu, CA. Directing the delivery of continuing education programs for psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Registered Nurses, and allied health professionals in all areas related to clinical practice.

2009-present

Member of Advisory Board at Promises Treatment Center

2009

Chairman of Continuing Education Committee and consultant to The Ben Franklin Institute, AZ.

2008

Producer and presenter, in conjunction with Sierra Tucson, "The Women's Medicine Wheel," a one-day retreat for women, Petaluma, CA.

2008-present

Chairman of the Continuing Education Committee for Promises Treatment Centers, Malibu, CA.

2008-present

By invitation of Life Healing Center, Santa Fe, NM, to join a consultation team to develop a treatment protocol for women with issues related to sex and love addiction.

2008

Producer and presenter, in conjunction with Sierra Tucson, of "Invoking the Dream", three-day/two-night retreat, featuring Keith Arnold, Joe MacDonald, Dana Patterson, Albert Sombrero, and Luisah Teish.

2008

Producer and presenter of "Sensing the Sacred" with Lench Archuleta of Wind Spirit Teachings, Arizona City, AZ.

2007

Team Building for staff at Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts , Stone Mountain, GA and producer of program for staff, students and their parents at the Center - "Singing in the African Tradition", with Ysaye Barnwell of "Sweet Honey in the Rock."

2007

Producer, in conjunction with Sierra Tucson of "A World of Wisdom", featuring, Luisah Teish, Joe MacDonald, Albert Sombrero, Dana Patterson, Keith Arnold, and Sonnee Weedn.

2006

Featured workshop presenter at Sierra Tucson Alumnae Reunion.

2006

Two day team building retreat for the staff of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Performing Arts in Atlanta, Georgia.

2006

Presentation on use of dreams in the spiritual practices of indigenous peoples of the Americas at the Episcopal Cathedral of Little Rock, Arkansas (Seedwork Project).

2001-2007

Member Mandatory Continuing Education for Psychologists Accrediting Committee - One of three “Third Reviewers” in the state of California for California Psychological Association ruling on contested applications to provide continuing education for psychologists.

2001-2007

Featured presenter at Miraval Wellness Center, Tucson, AZ on Integration of Spirituality in Group Therapy, Lakota Medicine, Women’s Sexuality and Body Image, and Interpretation of Dreams.

1999-present

Administrative Director of Continuing Education - Sierra Tucson,Tucson, AZ
Directing the delivery of continuing education for Registered Nurses, Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists in the area of group psychotherapy, couples therapy, dream interpretation, the integration of spiritual issues into psychotherapy and eating disorders, etc.

1997-present

Owner of Sacred Calling Productions
Presentation of workshops and retreats for individuals and couples to enhance spiritual development and psychological well-being. Providing training for Mental Health Clinicians in Group Psychotherapy as Transformational Experience.  Yearly week-long training in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Special events in the past have been sponsored by Sierra Tucson Hospital, Tucson, AZ  and have included “The Heroine’s Journey”, “Archetypes  of Healing and Wholeness”, “The Power of Two”, and “The Medicine Wheel as Sacred Space”.

2005

Featured presenter at The University of San Francisco High School Parent Night on Alcohol and Drug Use and Abuse Prevention for Adolescents.

2004

Retreat leader and facilitator for Employee Assistance Personnel, Chevron/Texaco

2002

Retreat leader for staff of Marin General Hospital Psychiatric Unit.

2000

Featured presenter of Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society - “An Evening with the Masters”

2000

Provider of Continuing Education for Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society - Women’s Group Psychotherapy

2000

Featured presenter Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society Asilomar Conference

1999-2000

Provider of Continuing Education for Department of Psychiatry, Kaiser-Permanente, Santa Rosa, CA - Group Therapy and Clinical Interviewing.

1998-2000

Consultant to Marin County Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Program in Group Psychotherapy and Clinical Interviewing.

1998

Consultant to Family Law Judges and Mediators of Sonoma County in the use of psychological assessments received by the court.

1996, 1998,

2007

Contributor to feature articles on various topics related to mental health in The Quarterly magazine of Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity.

1996-2001

Board of Psychology - oral examination commissioner

1995

Instructor, Sonoma County Bar Association - Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency (continuing education provider)

1992-1996

Partner - Lytle, Caro, Weedn, Inc.
Presenting psychotherapeutic and educational retreats - employing large and small group therapy, psychodrama, play therapy, milieu therapy, meditation instruction and practice, family genogram and art therapy.

1986-1987

California Graduate School of Family Psychology, Corte Madera, CA
Taught the lab section of the psychological assessment class.

1983-1985

PCG Seminars, Pasadena, CA
Taught case presentation skills to MFCC interns; taught seminars for professionals on child abuse: detection, reporting and treatment.

Forensic Experience

2005-present

Appointed Special Master of the Sonoma County Superior Court

1994-present

Custody Evaluator, Marin County, CA, Sonoma County, CA, Napa County, CA, Alameda County, CA, and Contra Costa County, CA
Court stipulated evaluator in child custody cases requiring psychological assessment and recommendations.

1982-present

Admitted as expert witness in various jurisdictions, including Sonoma County, Marin County, Contra Costa County, Solano County and Sacramento County in areas of child abuse, child custody and dependency, reliability of child witnesses, and psychological assessment.     

1982-present

Deposition taken and expert testimony given approximately forty times in variety of cases.

1993-2001

Consultant, Probation Department - Civil Custody Unit, Sonoma County, CA
Providing monthly consultation to Probation Officers regarding disposition of high conflict, complex child custody cases. Approximately 900 cases reviewed and decided.

Books and Articles

2012

Making Advances: A Comprehensive Guide to Treating Female Sex and Love Addicts. Co-author of two chapters on diagnosis and group therapy. Edited by Marnie Ferree, MFT.

2011

Author of the book Many Blessings: A Tapestry of Accomplished African American Women, a collection of the life stories of thirty contemporary, accomplished African American women, as told to Dr. Weedn. It will inspire and challenge all readers.

2010

Regular contributor to Recovery View, an online newsletter for mental health professionals specializing in the treatment of addiction.

2010

“Addressing the Complexities of Chronic Pain,” with  James Gagne, M.D., Marin Medicine: The Magazine of the Marin Medical Society.Volume 56, Number 4.           

2010

In press, Many Blessings: A Tapestry of African American Women. A collection of the life stories of thirty-one contemporary, accomplished African American women, as told to Dr. Weedn, will inspire and challenge all readers.

2010

“Fear in the Midst of Plenty: The Effects of the Economic Downturn on Mental Health,” Marin Medicine: The Magazine of the Marin Medical Society. Volume 56, Number 3.

2010

“The Effects of the Economic Downturn on Mental Health,” The Newsletter of the Marin Medical Society.

2009

Feature article in Afterwords: A Newsletter from Sierra Tucson, “An Earth-Based Spirituality,” Fall/Winter 2009.

2009

“A Warrior of Spirit,” Alpha Gamma Delta Newsletter (Sonoma County, CA).

Media Presentations

2012

Guest presentations on three occasions on The Deniece Barnes Radio Show, Differences, out of Nashville, TN. Presentations featured nine of the women featured in Many Blessings: A Tapestry of Accomplished African American Women.

2011

Television interview with Karen Holmes Ward, Channel 5 WCVB, Director of Public Affairs and Community Services, regarding Dr. Weedn’s book, Many Blessings: A Tapestry of Accomplished African American Women.

2011

Book signing and presentation with Col. Yvonne Cagle, M.D., NASA astronaut and Valata Jenkins-Monroe, Ph.D., Fullbright Scholar. Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA. Sponsored by Sierra Tucson Hospital.

2011

Book signing and presentation with Valarie Pettiford, actress, Karolyn Ali, producer/director of Tupac Resurrection and Academy Award nominee, Lola Love, singer and dancer, and Erika Hall, teacher. Beverly Hills, CA. Sponsored by Cirque Lodge Treatment Program.

2011

Book signing and presentation with Lola Love, singer/dancer. Martha’s
Bookstore, Newport Beach, CA.

2011

“Summer Visions of Recovery,” article for publication in Doctora Ana: Salud, Espiritu, y Psycologia. (in Spanish and English)

2011

“Springtime in Recovery,” an article published in Doctora Ana: Salud,
Espiritu, y Psycologia. (in Spanish and English)

2010

Television interview with Gina Silva of KTTV, Fox News Los Angeles on "Love Addiction, its etiology, diagnosis and treatment."

Professional Associations

American Psychological Association

California Psychological Association

Marin County Psychological Association

Society for Personality Assessment

Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society

Women’s Association for Addiction Treatment – Marin Chapter

Life Member - National Registry of Who’s Who 2000

References Available upon Request