SoCal Recovery Solutions
The road to harmony, health, and brighter futures!

Our Counselors

We are a privately owned counseling, consulting, and behavioral sciences clinic founded in 2003 with its primary offices in Southern California and New York City.

About our staff:

Brent D Ortner.
Co-Founder - CEO
Brent has been working in the field of addiction and mental health for over a decade. He has worked in various capacities as Program Director, consultant, Founder, and has licensed several residential and outpatient programs in Southern California. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Antioch College, and is a certified chemical dependency counselor. Prior to working in the field, Brent worked on Wall Street as an analyst.

Alejandro Gil, MD.
Physician - Addiction Medicine
Dr. Gil is a leading physician with over 30 years of experience in treating addiction disorders. A former attending physician at the well-known Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, he has focused his practice on providing cutting-edge care and compassion to his patients. As our medical director he provides outstanding care and delivery to our patients.

Areas of expertise:

  • Medically Complicated Detox
  • Suboxone/Subutex/Opiate Detox
  • Naltrexone/Vivitrol
  • Wellness and medical services

John D. Joorie, Ph.D.
Psychotherapist
John holds a Doctorate of Psychology from Northwestern University. He also holds two master's degrees: one in psychology and the other in community health. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and is board certified. He has served on staff at various social services agencies as a counselor and case manager where he provided counseling services and support to individuals with a variety of mental health concerns. He is a nationally syndicated writer. John is also an associate professor of health sciences at American Military University, instructing courses in health, psychology, stress management, and wellness.

Areas of expertise:

  • Individual Counseling and life coaching
  • Substance abuse and wellness coaching
  • Cognitive therapies for negative thinking
  • Life transitions and Career Counseling
Thomas E. Taylor, LCSW
  Psychotherapist
Thomas holds an undergraduate from Marquette University and a Master of Social Work from the The Ohio State University. He has worked in a variety of environments, including outpatient psychotherapy settings and residential facilities. Additionally, he has been a medical social worker for various organizations, specializing in helping individuals, couples, and families impacted by various health challenges, including HIV, cancer, substance abuse, and other health related concerns.

Areas of expertise:

  • Individual counseling
  • Couples counseling
  • Substance abuse and dependence
  • Chronic illness
Alexandra Addelson, MSW, LCSW
Counselor
Alexandra, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, earned her Bachelor of Science from Duke University and Master of Social Work from Louisiana State University. She is a conversational therapist. This interactive approach creates a partnership with the client necessary for development of goals, healthy boundaries, and empowerment of the client for change. Directly communicating client strengths and modeling new behavior offers the client the opportunity to achieve milestones leading to increased self-esteem and more satisfying relationships. Alexandra believes understanding one's challenges and roadblocks open the door to new attitudes as well as interest in changing our behaviors.

Specialty areas include:

  • Individual, Couple, and Family Counseling
  • Depression, Anxiety and Stress Management
  • Substance Abuse and Dependence
  • Career Counseling and Coaching
Angela Atkins, LCSW
Counselor
Angela holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan and is a licensed clinical social worker. She provides solution-focused short and long term therapy, customizing therapy based on the client's needs. Angela works with adults, adolescents, and elders.

Specialty areas include:

  • Individual counseling
  • Couples counseling
  • Sexual orientation
  • Anxiety, depression, and grief
Greg Granger, MBA, CADC
Counselor
Greg received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of California, La Jolla and his MBA from Thunderbird School of Management. He is a board certified AODA Counselor and has strong experience working with adults with a variety of needs including substance abuse problems, anxiety and depression, as well as relationship issues. In addition to this work, Greg is an affiliated IAC Career Coach as well as an Associate Professor in the Management Department at Auburn University. He works with clients to explore new career paths, take on entrepreneurial challenges, and navigate the uncertain and stressful process of changing jobs.

Specialty areas include:

  • Life transitions and stress
  • Substance abuse and dependence
  • Sexual orientation and GLBT issues
  • Couples issues and groups
  • Career management and motivation
Web Hosting Companies