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Interview: Peter A. Levine, Ph.D., talks about how we’re all united in how we respond to trauma
Interview: Peter A. Levine, Ph.D., talks about how we’re all united in how we respond to trauma

Peter A. Levine, Ph.D., founder of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute in Colorado, was one of the guest speakers on the Jan. 15 “In Your Right Mind” radio show, which addressed trauma. We spoke to Dr. Levine about the different types of trauma and how people can react to them differently. Q: First off, what […]


Sovereign Health today: Agents of a paradigm shift
Sovereign Health today: Agents of a paradigm shift

Tonmoy Sharma, CEO of Sovereign Health The behavioral health industry is in the middle of a tsunami, with insurance reimbursement on a very severe downward trend. Sovereign had the foresight to build strong clinical compliance departments, invest in training and make sure that we got our ducks in a row. While you can never cover […]


Looking forward to growth and innovation in 2017
Looking forward to growth and innovation in 2017

Jamie Deans, Senior Director, Communications Just as Sovereign Health is a trailblazer and innovator in behavioral health treatment, we are also innovative in the application of our communications and marketing products and services. There’s no question Sovereign Health has soared to impressive heights in just eight years and will continue to grow. In 2016, the […]


Taking Evidence-Based Treatment Standards to the Next Level
Taking Evidence-Based Treatment Standards to the Next Level

Veena Kumari, Ph.D., C. Psychol., AFBPsS, Chief Scientific Officer I am looking forward to another exciting new year at Sovereign Health. When I arrived here in the summer of 2016 from London, I was immediately struck by the cohesive work environment and eagerness of the team members to maintain excellence in every department. We already […]


Interview: Dr. David Velkoff discusses attention deficit and substance use disorders in adults
Interview: Dr. David Velkoff discusses attention deficit and substance use disorders in adults

David Velkoff, M.D., is the medical director and co-founder of the Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine in Northridge and Irvine, California. Dr. Velkoff earned his master’s degree in psychology from the California State University at Los Angeles in 1975, and his doctor of medicine degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta in 1976. […]


Interview: Charles V. Ford, M.D., talks about lies, deception and the personalities behind them
Interview: Charles V. Ford, M.D., talks about lies, deception and the personalities behind them

Charles V. Ford, M.D., professor of psychiatry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, was a guest speaker on the Dec. 11 “In Your Right Mind” radio show called, “Fabricating the Facts,” which discussed various issues related to lying and deception. We spoke to Dr. Ford about the different lies that people tell and issues […]


Interview: CCAPP CEO Pete Nielsen on NIMBY: Don’t get rid of treatment; get rid of bad providers
Interview: CCAPP CEO Pete Nielsen on NIMBY: Don’t get rid of treatment; get rid of bad providers

Pete Nielsen, M.A., CADC-II, ICCJP, CCJP, who serves as CEO of the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) in Sacramento, California, was a guest speaker on the Dec. 4 “In Your Right Mind” show about the resistance of communities to having substance use disorder treatment and recovery residences, such as sober living homes, […]


Interview: Dr. Daniel Amen, Sondra Kronberg and Janet Whitney discuss seasonal eating disorder triggers
Interview: Dr. Daniel Amen, Sondra Kronberg and Janet Whitney discuss seasonal eating disorder triggers

Q&A featuring Dr. Daniel Amen, M.D., Psy.D., a physician, double board-certified psychiatrist, 10-time New York Times bestselling author and founder and CEO of Amen Clinics; Sondra Kronberg, M.S., R.D., CDN, CEDRD, the Founder/Executive Director of the Eating Disorder Treatment Collaborative/FEED IOP programs in New York and former board member of National Eating Disorders Association; Janet […]


Interview: University of Montreal Professor Natalie Castellanos-Ryan, Ph.D., discusses personality traits that may make teens more prone to drug use
Interview: University of Montreal Professor Natalie Castellanos-Ryan, Ph.D., discusses personality traits that may make teens more prone to drug use

Substance abuse is prevalent worldwide and responsible for the loss of many lives. Addiction affects young and older adults alike. Teenagers are prone to addiction for a number of reasons. Because their frontal lobes are still developing, they are more prone to participating in high-risk behavior. They are more vulnerable to peer pressure. In addition, […]


Interview: NAMI-OC President John S. Leyerle on reducing mental illness stigma
Interview: NAMI-OC President John S. Leyerle on reducing mental illness stigma

John S. Leyerle, president of the Orange County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-OC), was a guest on the Nov. 13 “In Your Right Mind” radio show about mental illness stigma. We spoke to Leyerle about the stigmatization of mental illness, the impact of stigma on persons with mental illness and their […]


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