What Sets Us Apart?
Dr. Barta has worked with addictions over the past 31 years. He has personally trained each of staff to enable exemplary clinical skills an approachable style of treatment and communication. Dr. Barta is a Ph.D. level Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist – Supervisor and his staff were hand chosen to assure that each person’s or couple’s needs are thoroughly addressed.
MICHAEL BARTA, PH.D., LPC, CSAT - S
Founding Director - Clinical Director
Dr. Barta was fortunate in that he was in one of the last cohorts to receive his clinical training in sexual addiction directly from Dr. Patrick Carnes, the founder of the sex addiction treatment field. He has over 31 years of addiction recovery experience, and 10 years specializing in the treatment of sex and porn addictions and the betrayed partners. His book, Trauma Induced Sexual Addiction is due out in the fall of 2017. Dr. Barta has utilized his clinical skill and personal recovery with his own sexually compulsive issues to create a model that works on the cause of sexual addiction rather than just providing techniques to remain abstinent. He is a nationally acknowledged speaker in the field of sex addiction and frequently provides lectures and trainings for therapists regarding the treatment of sex and pornography addictions and compulsivity.
He has the privilege of training and supervising many of the sex addiction therapists in Colorado. Dr. Barta has extensive training in the treatment of trauma and works directly with nationally recognized trauma specialists to understand and develop treatment for sexual addiction as the result of attachment disorders. He continues to published numerous articles and book chapters regarding psychological issues and sexual addiction.
Juliane Rohs, MA, MFT, LPC
Clinical Director, Partner Specialist
Julian Rohs has worked with addictions with for last 23-years. She works and specializes with both individuals and couples for the treatment of trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, and loss. She is trained in Strategic Family Therapy and Internal Family Systems therapies. She did her grief training with David Kessler, a protégé of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and is trained in Motivational Interviewing. Her in-depth training and experience working with trauma helps individuals and couples address their deepest wounds with compassion, care, and confidence. Ms. Rohs’ goal is to help you reclaim your authentic self, safety, and peace of mind.
Ashley Benakis, MA. LPCC
Ashley received her Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of New Mexico. Since that time she has worked with multiple types of addictions and focused on helping the partners and family members affected by these addictions. Her role at CSRC focuses on helping and supporting the betrayed partners of sex and porn addicts both individually and in group. She also works closely with Dr. Barta in our couple’s intensive programs and our two - therapist couple’s work to ensure the partner is heard and supported. Ashely is the lead therapist at CSRC’s sister program, Begin Again Institute’s 7 – Day Partners of Betrayal Program. Her authenticity, clinical skill and her empathic nature have helped many partners find freedom from the pain and destruction that occur as a result of infidelity and betrayal.
House Manager Men’s 14-day Program
Jeff’s primary role is to make sure that all the clients at Begin Again Institute are comfortable, safe, and well fed. His duties also include helping with program direction, facilitating outdoor activities, and leading yoga and mindfulness sessions. Jeff will be your first contact if you’re flying in, by picking you up at Denver International Airport. We chose Jeff because of his high level of education, maturity, experience, and natural calming presence. Mr. Toffoli has seven years of experience counseling individuals through periods of transition and growth. Having served overseas with the US Peace Corps Economic Development Program in Bulgaria, Jeff has contributed to a variety of projects related to education and the empowerment of underserved populations. Jeff brings a grounding presence while keeping the men organized and focused on their treatment.
Emily has joined our staff after a successful career writing for many high profile blogs and magazines. She is also an expert in communications and social media. Emily has spent the last year helping Dr. Barta write his book (due out in April) regarding Trauma and Sexual Addiction. She is a graduate of Orange Coast College in Orange County, California. Before joining our staff Emily has extensively studied the works of many leaders in the fields of sex and pornography addictions as well as trauma specialists. She is honored to be able to serve as our Executive Director.