Robert E. Matirko, M.A. LMFT, Executive Director
Robert Matirko holds an M.A. in the field of Psychology. Over the past 40 years he has practiced as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California and is a Psychologist in the United States and abroad. He has a varied background of multi-cultural experiences and therapeutic modalities, including treating patients suffering from chemical dependency. Among various techniques, he notably utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, psychoanalytic oriented psychotherapy and hypnotherapy in both individual and group sessions. Robert Matirko is a proud member and affiliate of the following organizations:
- California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
- Group Psychotherapy Association of Southern California
- American Psychological Association
- National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology
- International Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Robert Matirko’s clinical experience has traversed three continents including Europe and Africa, where he was in private practice. He also conducted research, taught and managed a diverse group of outpatient and mental health programs. He is now applying his expertise primarily to the comorbid condition of substance abuse and mental disorders for the Ridgeview Ranch Co-Occurring Disorder program, in addition to his role as Executive Director.
“The beauty of treating people who suffer from chemical dependency is watching the transformation”
Kathleen Whyte, MA, CADC II, Program Director
Dr. Dansinger, PsyD, MFT, Clinical Director
Dr. Stephen Dansiger has over two decades of experience in providing training, leadership, education, coaching and therapy for a diverse population. In the addictions community he has served as a Clinical Director, a Primary Therapist, and has created and facilitated groups and programs at many top treatment facilities. He is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Certified EMDR Therapist, and as Faculty for the Institute for Creative Mindfulness, provides EMDRIA Approved Basic Training in EMDR therapy. In keeping with his MET(T)A Method for agency direction and supervision, he is providing that training for clinical staff at Ridgeview Ranch, in addition to providing general trauma training for staff throughout the agency. He is the author of Clinical Dharma which is available now, and is completing the manuscript for EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma Focused Care, cowritten with Dr. Jamie Marich and due out on Springer Books in 2017.
Jon Rizk, MA, LCSW, Primary Therapist
Mr. Rizk holds a master’s degree in social work. He has worked in multiple substance abuse and mental health settings in the past several years. He has received training in multiple approaches aimed at addressing substance abuse such as motivational interviewing, Seeking Safety, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. He is currently receiving ongoing training and supervision in Dynamic Emotion Focused Therapy (DEFT). He brings 21 years of personal recovery experience to Ridgeview. Mr. Rizk is also a performing and teaching professional musician. He hopes in the very near future to integrate psychosocial drumming into Ridgeview’s groups as another tool to address a number of defenses that can keep clients stuck in self destructive patterns once in recovery.
Ross Reay, BS, CADC II-CAS, Counselor
Ross Reay is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Addiction Counseling from Capella University. Ross obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Los Angeles in Rehabilitation Services and is also a Certified Addiction Counselor with the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals. Ross currently has 18 years of continuous sobriety achieved by utilizing the 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous.
As a Counselor for the men’s facility, Ross is dedicated to providing personalized care for his clients which emphasizes their individual strengths, possibilities, resiliencies, and capacity for change and transformation. Ross utilizes a strength-based strategy which highlights choice as the cornerstone in the client’s treatment. Ross honors the choice and commitment made by each client for choosing Ridgeview Ranch and works to provide the best care possible. Ross has proficiency and experience in working with multi-cultural and LGBTQ clients and honors Ridgeview Ranch’s commitment to provide a safe, private, and healing environment that is designed to individually fit the lifestyles of the clients.
John Peres , CADC II, Counselor/IOP Manager
John Peres is a C.A.D.C. II Substance Abuse Clinician and manages the IOP/OP levels of treatment at Ridgeview Ranch Treatment Center. In addition to managing the outpatient program, he also counsels’ clients and is a group facilitator. John brings a decade of experience working in substance abuse treatment to Ridgeview Ranch. His own personal experience with the disease provides him empathy and respect for anyone in the process of changing their life. John has a deep understanding of the biological, psychological and sociological components that drives the disease and treats each client as an individual. He is a proud member of a treatment team that he describes as “The Gold Standard in Substance Abuse Treatment”. John received a B.A in psychology from Hunter College in New York and moved to Los Angeles in 1995. John is a F.A.A. licensed pilot and enjoys spending time with his daughter. He is currently in the process of obtaining a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University.
Pamela Allen, CATC I, Counselor
Pamela is a CAADE registered Drug and Alcohol Counselor. After completing her certification program at Glendale Community College in 2014, Pamela interned at some of the top treatment facilities in Los Angeles before coming to Ridgeview Ranch in 2016, one of California’s premier top treatment facilities. With six years of personal recovery experience, Pamela has a deep understanding of the difficulties faced by recovering addicts and a passion for helping them rebuild their lives. Pamela believes that the most important aspect of her job is to provide her clients with the unconditional love and support that they so desperately need in order to begin to reclaim their sense of self-worth – a process which she feels is essential to the foundation of a successful recovery.
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