Banyan Therapy Group

Meet Our Team

The banyan is a sprawling tree whose roots grow down towards the ground and become new trunks to support the tree.  We chose the banyan tree as a symbol for the work that we do, as it represents a place of safety, of healing, of community, and of transformation.  And with its above-ground root structure the banyan tree brings to light what is so often hidden underground. We are committed to offering you a safe place to explore hidden parts in your life.

All of us here at Banyan Therapy Group have received specialized training and have years of combined expertise working with women and men to help them recover from sex addiction and the impact of sex addiction and trauma on their lives.  We look forward to meeting you!


info@banyantherapy.com

818-435-7847


Dan Drake, LMFT, LPCC, CCPS-S, CSAT-S

Founder & Clinical Director

Co-Author of “Letters from a Sex Addict”

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT49986), a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC327), a Certified Clinical Partner Specialist, a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Supervisor, and am EMDR trained.  I specialize in treating sex addicts, their partners and families. In addition to treating sex addiction, I have years of experience working with adults, adolescents, couples, and groups on issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, PTSD, relational difficulty, and spirituality.

As a Christian raised in the church, I can appreciate the impact faith can have, both positively and negatively. Additionally, I also have a masters degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary.  I respect if you do not want to include faith, religion, or spirituality in therapy, but if you do I am qualified to do so.

My passion is to help my clients restore relational, mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual wholeness to their lives.  I understand that it can be overwhelming to begin this process, so my goal is to provide a safe environment where you can grow and heal.

 

dan@banyantherapy.com

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Eric Anderson, LMFT, CSAT

Intensives Director & Therapist

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT90189), Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) and am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).  I have been working with clients struggling with issues around sex and pornography for over 7 years and am excited about working with Banyan Therapy Group to be able to provide effective and innovative treatment for those affected by sex and pornography addiction.

 

eric@banyantherapy.com

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Julia Alperovich, LMFT, CSAT-C

Community Engagement Director & Therapist

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT104657) and have completed my Master’s of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Seton Hall University with a specialization in addiction treatment. I have extensive training in structural family therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as sex addiction treatment and partner trauma. Additionally, I am trained and certified in several trauma-focused evidence-based therapeutic practices and have almost ten years of experience in various mental health settings.

 

julia@banyantherapy.com

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Katie Sanford, LPCC, CCPS-C

Therapist

I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC3627).  I received my Master of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University in 2010. The majority of my clinical experience has been with clients who have gone through trauma.  I have also worked extensively with clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, and relationship concerns.  In my work with Banyan Therapy Group, my primary focus is on partners, children, and couples hurt by sex addiction and the related betrayal trauma.

 

katie@banyantherapy.com

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Juan Carlos Quinteros, LMFT, CSAT

Therapist

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT105350) and specialize in providing clinical services to adults, couples, children, teenagers, and families who are struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship problems, child-parent conflict, anger management, spirituality and more. I obtained a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, with a Specialization in Latino/a Family Studies from Pacific Oaks College and began my clinical work at Phillips Graduate Institute Counseling Center. I aim for collaborative goals that build on client and community resiliency.  In my treatment approach, I have relied heavily on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Bowen’s Family System Therapy. My clinical experience includes working with different populations and cultures, including the LGBTQ community, in treating issues related to sex, sexual compulsions, sex addiction, trauma, healing and recovery.

 

juancarlos@banyantherapy.com

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Monifa Ellis-Addie, MA, AMFT

Intake Coordinator

I am a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (AMFT 99650).  I earned my Master of Arts Degree at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  I have experience working with individuals, adolescents, children, and groups.  Within these sessions I would work with clients dealing with anxiety, trauma, sexual issues, and relationship issues.  My goal is to assist others in working through relational sexual issues to become a fuller, more complete version of themselves.  I believe that through working through relational issues, it helps the individual, those around them, and others, creating a positive, mentally healthy community.

 

monifa@banyantherapy.com

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