The FACILITATORS

 
The TBO team, 2017

The TBO team, 2017

Our core team brings many skills, vast experience, and both a sense of wonder and humor to the journey of recovery.  It is our great privilege to do this work.
Women preparing to come to a Weekend of Recovery may ask:  “Why are there male facilitators on this women’s Weekend?”  Many women have not been safe with men in the past because of their trauma histories, or because they have had negative experiences with male doctors, clinicians or pastors who were not helpful, perhaps even harmful in their interactions.
This weekend is designed with profound respect and attention to not only what is comfortable and safe, but also what is most empowering to each woman.  We have carefully chosen facilitators who have impeccable boundaries, and are attuned to women survivors’ particular issues around abuse, sexuality, sexual orientation, and their sense of self and aliveness.
We believe it is essential to create a space where survivors can feel safe and powerful in the midst of women and men who respect and value their courage and individual paths toward recovery.
So let us introduce ourselves...

 

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Denise Ballnik MA ADTR MFT

has been a practicing Dance/movement therapist and psychotherapist in the Los Angeles area for 30 years.    For the past two decades, she has worked with trauma, especially male and female sexual abuse .  She has facilitated groups for women survivors of sexual abuse  and currentlyis facilitating a group for male survivors.  She brings authentic movement, guided imagery, commitment  and the creative process  to her work with her clients to facilitate healing.

 

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Peter Bottéas, MA, LMHC, CCC, 

is a multilingual and multicultural therapist in Cambridge, MA, and is part of the facilitation team of the MaleSurvivor organization’s Weekends of Recovery. For several years, he was a counselor, group facilitator, and victim advocate with the Violence Recovery Program at Fenway Health in Boston, working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual trauma, bias crimes, and other life-altering events.

 

 

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 men and women 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 TBO team!

 

 

Sandi Forti, Ph.D.

is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Columbus, Ohio. She has a thriving practice in central Ohio with years of experience dealing with a wide range of emotional and psychological difficulties.  She has more than two decades of AIDS work in California and Ohio, building on previous work in the areas of pain management and physical disabilities.  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, as well as working with the families who struggle to love and heal both the victim and the offender. 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.

 

Denise Francis-Montaño.

Denise has worked with a wide array of individuals in diverse communities, colleges, in criminal justice, and in medical settings. With an eye on co creating safe and inclusive spaces for all, she has spent the past twelve years working in counseling, advising, consulting, administration and teaching. She collaborates with women to explore for understanding the complexities of multicultural and marginalized identities  including physical and psychological trauma.

 

Breeze Hannaford, LCSW

is an outpatient mental health therapist and the LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator for the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SLC VAMC).  She was also the Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Program coordinator for the SLC VAMC from 2010-2014. Breeze specializes in working with individuals struggling with PTSD, dissociative disorders, and gender dysphoria. She is passionate about and skilled in empowering individuals to see their own wholeness and reclaim their souls after surviving trauma, betrayal, and injustice. For the past 20 years she has honed her skills of being a compassionate listener, a fierce advocate, and an enthusiastic cheerleader for those desiring to find purpose and meaning in life after trauma.  Breeze was given an award by the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA) in recognition of her efforts to “End Sexual Violence in Utah” for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) 2013, and was granted the George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center medal of honor for her efforts in creating and expanding mental health and medical services for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) Veteran Population.

Mikele Rauch LMFT

Since 1983, Mikele Rauch, LMFT, has worked with men and women specializing in the areas of physical, sexual, religious, and ritual abuse and violence, utilizing art, music, bodywork and mindfulness practices to the work of recovery.  She is co founder and a facilitator of the MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery for male survivors of sexual and clergy abuse (www.malesurvivor.org ). She was a member of the Victims Rights Committee in Boston, MAfrom 2003-2005, an Independent Review Board of psychologists and legal experts whose purpose was to oversee the Catholic Church’s policies and procedures regarding survivors of clergy sexual abuse. Her book, Recovering the Soul after Religious Abuse: The Dark Heaven of Recovery, Praeger Publications, was published in Spring of 2009. www.mikelerauch.com

 

STAFF

Tricia Massa - Registration & Administration

Trisha Massa provides administrative support for TBO’s retreat weekends.  She became involved with TBO through her work with the Weekend of Recovery Program at MaleSurvivor.  In addition to her work with TBO, Trisha remains active withMaleSurvivor, where she has worked for the past 15 years.   The majority of her time there is spent helping to administratively coordinate Weekends of Recovery, Training, and Conference programming.  Outside of work, Trisha is active in her local community and has served on several boards, including the PTA, the Junior Women’s Club, and the Skating Club of Morris, New Jersey.

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The BOARD

We are proud to introduce you to our accomplished TBO Board.

Emily Abrams is a member of the leadership team at Narva & Company, a firm which has been helping family growth companies sustain business success while enhancing family relationships and maintaining family control of the enterprise. Emily specializes in helping clients create effective governance processes and appropriate meeting protocols. She is a member of The Boston Club whose mission is to support women toward significant and visible leadership roles.. Emily is also a founding member of the Michael C. Rothberg September 11th Memorial Scholarship Committee, a charitable organization established to honor the memory of her nephew Michael, who perished in the World Trade Center tragedy.

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Peter Botteas LMHC is on the TBO team and clinical contact for the Board. Peter Bottéas is a multilingual and multicultural therapist in private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who specializes in trauma recovery. For several years, he was a counselor, therapist, and victim advocate in the Violence Recovery Program at Fenway Health in Boston, which focuses on recovery from traumatic events such as sexual abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, and bias crimes in the LGBTQ community. He frequently trains clinicians, students, and community volunteers, has spoken at various conferences in the U.S. and Canada, and has been an adjunct faculty member in the Counseling Psychology program at Lesley University. He is a certified EMDR clinician certified with advanced training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

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Christine Frieze has over 25 years of successful financial management. Working with development stage companies through maturity, she is able to develop and implement sound accounting systems and processes working with technology to create seamless financial environments. Christine’s client base runs the gamut from a not-for-profit health awareness organization, a SaaS systems company, a music festival production company to retail and industrial manufacturing. Most recently, she is the CFO of Enviro Ambient, an emissions control technology firm, which was preceded by her position as Director of Financial operations and Accounting for Meridian Companies, LLC, a leading provider of tax credit equity financing. While at Meridian, she provided financial advice and guidance for over ten different companies and interacted with FINRA and the SEC on a number of related regulatory matters.

Dr. Purnima Mane, Phd is an internationally recognized expert on gender, AIDS, and sexual and reproductive health. Dr. Mane has served as UN Assistant-Secretary-General, United Nations and Deputy Executive Director (Programme) of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). In late summer 2016, Dr. Mane was a Policy Fellow Resident at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy. She has served in leadership positions in several international organizations such as Pathfinder International, UNAIDS, World Health Organization, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Population Council. Before launching into an international career, Ms. Mane worked for over a decade and a half in India on public health and gender-related issues, while serving as Associate Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. Dr. Mane holds a doctoral degree from TISS in women's studies. She has co-authored several papers, co- edited 3 books, and is a founding editor of the journal, Culture, Health and Sexuality. Dr. Mane is Board member of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and the MTV Staying Alive Foundation. She was recipient of the Fulbright-IIE Global Change Maker Award in September 2016.

Shari Narva, MSW is Senior Clinical Advisor at Narva & Company. Shari has worked for over 30 years with families as an advisor, consultant, and psychotherapist. She helps families create a coherent family narrative that incorporates the past and honors the legacy of the family into the future. She specializes in helping families engage in the difficult conversations that prevent progress and success. By interviewing all relevant family members, including spouses, she ascertains the family dynamics, communications patterns, and disruptions to the business family issues may cause. Creating a safe and effective forum for family dialogue, a practice in which Shari has deep experience, can often be a key intervention where family discord or resistance exists. Shari has presented to many university based family business programs, foundations, law firms and other professional firms on these subjects. Her previous professional experience includes private practice in psychotherapy, teaching and clinical supervision. She spent many years working as a social worker in child protective services, developing and managing state and federally funded programs for youth in the juvenile justice system as well as serving as an expert witness in judicial proceedings. Shari received a B.S. from Cornell University in Human Development and Family Studies and earned an MSW at the Smith College School for Social Work. Shari speaks Spanish and volunteers in a number of Boston-based programs for children and families. She is also known as “Sparkle” in her role as a hospital clown.

Mikele Rauch LMFT has worked both in Los Angeles and Boston, with men and women survivors of trauma, physical, incest, sexual assault and rape, religious and ritual violence, utilizing art, music, EMDR, bodywork and mindfulness practices to the work of recovery since 1983. She currently facilitates mixed gender groups for survivors of military, familial, religious and sexual trauma who struggle with addiction. In 2001, she co-founded and is currently on the clinical staff of the International MaleSurvivor Weekend of Recovery Team for male survivors of sexual abuse (www.malesurvivor.org.) She is the Chair and founder of TakingBackOurselves, a Weekend of Recovery program for women survivors of sexual abuse. She has written for Paradigm, Cross Currents, National Catholic Reporter magazines, Sober World, and Big Voice Productions, author ofHealing the Soul after Religious Abuse: the Dark Heaven of Recovery, Praeger Publications, “Words on the Ground” for Trauma and Countertrauma, Resilience and Counterresilience: Insights from Psychoanalysts and Trauma Experts, edited by Dr. Richard Gartner.


Larry Ruhl is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology followed by a decades long career in the creative arts. His memoir, Breaking The Ruhl's is due out from Central Recovery Press in the fall of 2017. Larry is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse.