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...
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.
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 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
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.