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.
Karen Caswell, MA., LPC
Partner Specialist, Director of Women’s Sex and Love Addiction Program
Karen is a Master Level Licensed Professional Counselor with over 7 years of experience working with trauma and addiction. She has worked with the partners of addicts as well as women suffering from their own sex, love and relationship addictions. Karen will provide individual and group therapy at CSRC with both betrayed partners and women struggling with sex/relationship/love addictions. She will also provide individual and group therapy for CSRC’s sister program, Begin Again Institute’s 7 Day Betrayed Partners Intensives. She is trained in both EMDR and Brainspotting to quickly and effectively help heal the impact of trauma. Karen’s gentle and grounded presence, as well as her immediate attunement to clients is part of the skill she brings to our team. Additionally, she has studied and practiced mindfulness meditation and yoga for 12 years, which allows her to help her clients find profound personal healing and integration through greater awareness and connection of mind-body-spirit. Karen is passionate about personal growth, self-compassion, empowerment and healthy relationships, and she strives to inspire this passion in others.
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.
QUDDUS MAUS, M.A., LPCC
Mr. Maus Joined the team in 2015 as a Primary Group Facilitator. He moved on to seeing individual patients for sex and pornography addictions. While he still facilitates some of our groups, his primary role is to work with individuals suffering from sex and pornography addictions. His past experience includes, working as a drug and alcohol counselor and also as the Clinical Director of an alcohol and drug addiction program in Boulder, Colorado. Mr. Maus’ style is genuine, compassionate and wise.
Begin Again Institute, House Manager – Art’s Program Director
Ben’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 transportation. We chose Ben because of his high level of education, maturity, experience, and natural calming presence. Mr. Fields adds a beautiful experience while at BAI because of his training in Art and Photography. Clients enjoy his guided work learning to express themselves through painting, drawing, sculpture and photography. His educational background includes bachelors’ degrees in Geography and Anthropology from Florida State University, a Masters in Environmental Planning from Clemson, and a Cinema Production Certificate from the Nashville Film Institute.
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.