George Perlin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and primary therapist for the Executive Program, with over 20 years of experience working in substance abuse and mental health treatment. Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Maryland, George is the son of a retired Navy doctor and real estate executive. George served for three years in the U.S Army and received an honorable discharge. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in psychology and was made a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 1985. He received his Master’s of Social Work from Florida State University in 1993.
George has worked at hospitals and clinics, and in private practice. He believes in using a psychodynamic approach to help clients get to the root causes of their addictions and co-occurring mental health issues, as well as a cognitive-behavioral approach to help them learn to change maladaptive patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving that lead to alcohol and drug use. “I care deeply about my clients and want every one of them to get sober. I want their lives and the lives of their families to get better. I believe that a person must be completely honest with themselves about their addictions and who they are if they want to stay sober. They must be open-minded, willing to change and do whatever it takes to recover. I will do everything in my power to help them work through their underlying issues and give them the recovery skills that they need to be successful.”
Darlene Bancroft is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Florida. She received her Master of Social work with a minor in child welfare from the University of West Florida. Darlene has worked with a wide range of diverse populations including adolescents, the elderly, those struggling with substance abuse, trauma, and other mental health issues as well individual and family therapy.
Darlene believes in treating clients with a patient-centered approach. She states the most important step in therapy is developing a healthy therapeutic relationship that provides trust, empathy, and safety. Darlene’s dedication in helping others is reflected in her work each day. “I love helping people help themselves and working with a committed team that helps people overcome life’s challenges”.
Ms. Bettcher received her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Family, Youth and Community Sciences from The University of Florida. Lisa has extensive knowledge of out-patient/In-home therapy with individuals and families.
Lisa specializes in working with individuals and family members of those overcoming substance abuse issues as well as mental health issues. Her primary goals are in assisting individuals and their families during their journey in recovery and she hopes to be able to help bring insight, understanding and hope to those struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues.
Gillian Gordon spent over thirteen years working in the Behavioral Health field as a Mental Health Therapist and Vocational Counselor. She received her Master of Arts degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at New York University.During her counseling career, Gillian worked in many different addiction treatment centers in the New York and New Jersey area as a Licensed Chemical and Addiction Counselor.
In 2006, Gillian set out to redesign her life with a move to West Palm Beach, Florida. Her love and passion for working with the addiction population continued to be part of her professional career. She is currently a Primary Therapist at The Executive Recovery Center. Working with clients at the Center has been a rewarding experience and honor for her. She is looking forward to continuing being an integral part of each client’s life, and being able to assist them in getting back to living a healthy life without the use of substances.
Mr. Fox earned his Master’s at The Nova Southeastern University in FL for Mental Health Counselor and also his Masters in Human Resources from Barry University, Miami Fl. He has 23 years of experience in the field of addiction and mental health. Ronald has joined the faculty to work with the truly multi-disciplinary team of professional. His areas of expertise are in group therapy, experiential, psycho-educational groups and development of curriculums.
Ronald sees an opportunity to provide new and broadening challenges as the shift in treatment from the traditional 12 steps programs to the encompassing alternative methods of recovery for long term emotional sobriety. His goals are to create a group therapist team to engage and treat clients at any level of care.
Adrian K. Schmitt, Co-Director of DBT, Ms. Schmitt earned her Master’s of Science from Nova Southeastern University in Mental Health Counseling and continues to work closely with other DBT professionals to ensure a successful and effective program for her clients. She is an experienced psychotherapist with specific expertise in substance abuse, eating disorders and dual diagnosis cases.
Adrian currently co-directs the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program. She has had the privilege to be trained by DBT founder, Dr. Marsha Linehan. Adrian has an extensive background facilitating Relapse Prevention Programs in other addiction programs and has worked closely with families to understand and address their loved ones addiction. During her tenure as an addiction care professional, Adrian has been an effective advocate and therapist to clients suffering from a wide range of mental health disorders.
Dr. Adam Friedman, Ph.D., Co-Director of DBT, Dr. Friedman earned his Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in Clinical Psychology. His specialty is Dialectical Behavior Therapy with specific expertise in substance abuse, eating disorders and dual diagnosis.
Dr. Friedman currently co-directs the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program. Dr. Friedman has had the privilege to be trained by DBT founder, Dr. Marsha Linehan. He completed his doctoral dissertation on Anorexia Nervosa and Self-Mutilation. He has been published in psychoanalytic journals and has written a chapter on the analysis of dreams that has recently been published as part of a book. He has a strong psychoanalytic background and has trained with the Southeast Florida Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychology. Dr. Friedman was a finalist for the Max Hutt Award at Nova Southeastern University, given to the most promising Psychoanalytic clinician of the year. Dr. Friedman is also featured in HBO’s award-winning documentary on eating disorder treatment, entitled, “Thin.”