Biography

Meet Dr. Weedn

Sonnee D. Weedn, Ph.D. is a clinical and forensic psychologist in private practice in Novato, CA. She has been in practice since 1980. She has recently added a satellite office in her hometown Newport Beach, CA.

In addition to her psychology practice, Dr. Weedn provides continuing education and training programs for mental health professionals.

She has created and produced a wide variety of retreat programs and workshops, ranging from couples enrichment to spiritual development. Having studied with many leaders in behavioral/mental health care, as well as wisdom keepers from many traditions, Dr. Weedn applies traditional wisdom to a dynamic format.

Since 2004, Dr. Weedn has provided in-depth psychological assessments of patients at chemical dependency treatment centers. Her reports and recommendations guide individualized treatment planning and interventions designed to maximize treatment outcomes and guard against episodes of relapse.

Dr. Sonnee Weedn

Dr. Sonnee Weedn

Curriculum Vitae

Education

1988

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology
California Graduate School of Family Psychology, San Rafael, CA (Acquired by American School of Professional Psychology 7/99)Doctoral Dissertation: “Brothers and Sisters of the Mentally Retarded: A Retrospective Descriptive Study”

1973

M.S. Counseling Psychology
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

1969

M.S. Elementary Education
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

1968

B.S. Social Studies (emphasis on Anthropology)
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Doctoral Internships

1988 - 1990

Post-doctoral Intern at Redwood Psychological Services Center,      Petaluma, CA

1985 - 1986

Pre-doctoral Intern at Petaluma Valley Hospital, Phoenix Program   (inpatient treatment of chemical dependency), Petaluma, CA

Licenses and Credentials

1991

Licensed Psychologist - PSY12188

1983

Marriage and Family Therapist - MEl8670

1976

Administrative Services Credential

1973

Pupil Personnel Credential (Lifetime)

1969

Standard Elementary Credential (Lifetime)

Specialty Certification

2012

Certified Emotional Transformation Therapist (ETT)

2011

Certified Sex Addiction Therapist

2003 – present

National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists

1999

Level II Training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

1997 – present

Certified by the Board of Governors of the APA College of Professional Psychology in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders

Honors and Awards

2014

Eric Hofer Book Award for Making Advances: A Comprehensive Guide to Treating Female Sex Addicts.

2013

Clark Vincent Award from the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) for a literary and research contribution to the profession of Marriage and Family Therapy (received in conjunction with Alexandra Katehakis, MFT and Jill Vermiere, MFT).

2012

 

Bronze Award from eLit Awards in the category of Biography for Many Blessings: A Tapestry of Accomplished African American Women.

2012

 

1st Place in Reader’s Choice Reader’s View Award in the category of Humanities for Many Blessings: A Tapestry of Accomplished African American Women.

2012

2nd Place in Royal Dragonfly Book Awards in the category of Cultural Diversity for Many Blessings: A Tapestry of Accomplished African American Women.

2012

2nd Place in Royal Dragonfly Book Awards in the category of Memoir for Many Blessings: A Tapestry of Accomplished African American Women.

2012

Bronze Award in Book of the Year contest in the category of Women’s Issues for Many Blessings: A Tapestry of Accomplished African American Women.

2012

Honorable Mention at San Francisco Book Festival in the category of Biography/Autobiography for Many Blessings: A Tapestry of Accomplished African American Women.

2009 – present

By invitation to The National Women’s Leadership Forum for Women Treating Addiction

2002

Awarded the Lady Vera Scholarship by the Angeles Arrien Foundation for Cross-cultural Education and Research. This fund receives no applications, but scouts and awards scholarships as an unexpected blessing to those who have talent and promise and carry an altruistic spirit. This scholarship provided seven days of intensive training in transformational leadership. With Angeles Arrien, Ph.D. and Patrick O’Neil.

Board Appointments

2015

Open Recovery – The National Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Addictions – Bay Area

2005 – 2011

National Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Addictions – Bay Area Chapter

2010

Check to Share Foundation (supporting victims of sexual abuse or rape)

2005–2009

California Women’s Commission on Addictions

Advisory Boards and Committee Memberships

2011 – present

President of the Board of the Sonnee Weedn Institute for Integrated Therapy, (SWIIT – www.swiit.org)

2005 – 2011

National Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Addictions – Bay Area Chapter

2011

The Reach Foundation (Newport Beach, CA)

2010 – present

Promises Treatment Centers (Malibu and West Los Angeles, CA)

2010

Spirit2Spirit (The Refuge, Ocklawaha, FL)

2008 – present

Member of the Continuing Education Committee for The Ben Franklin Institute, Cave Creek, AZ

2008 – present

Chairman of the Continuing Education Committee for Promises Treatment Centers, Malibu, CA

1999 – 2010

Administrative Director of Continuing Education - Sierra Tucson, Tucson, AZ - Directing the delivery of continuing education for Registered Nurses, Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists in the area of group psychotherapy, couples therapy, dream interpretation, the integration of spiritual issues into psychotherapy and eating disorders, addiction, etc.

Clinical Experience

1980 – present

Private Practice, Novato, CA providing: brief and long-term outpatient psychotherapy to individual adults, adolescents, children as young as twelve years of age, seniors, couples and families; assessment and treatment of chemical dependency; consultation to churches, schools and school districts, physician groups, family businesses, private business and community organizations in the areas of team building, organizational behavior, conflict resolution and stress management; group psychotherapy, including three ongoing, long-term women’s groups and two ongoing, long-term mixed gender groups.

Providing psychological evaluations for adolescents and adults and including the Wechsler Intelligence Scales, Rorschach:  Comprehensive System, MMPI-II, MCMI-III, MACI, MMPI-A, TAT, Bender-Gestalt and drawings.  Assessments provided for City and County of San Francisco, Marin County Child Welfare Department, Child Protective Services of Marin and Sonoma Counties, Workers Compensation, State of California, Board of Registered Nursing and by referral from other mental health professionals, attorneys and insurers.

2014 – present

Providing qEEG assisted neuropsychological assessment, to develop a brain-map for accurately diagnosing mental/behavioral health issues and provide Neurocoach treatment to enable repair.

2014 – present

Consulting Clinical Director – Windward Way Intensive Outpatient Program and Sober Living Environments – consulting on matters of maintaining clinical excellence and integrity, and program development, Newport Beach, CA.

2006 – 2009

Director of Clinical Services for The Mayflower Center, San Rafael, CA Providing inpatient treatment for men who have relapsed subsequent to treatment for alcoholism or other chemical dependencies. Providing psychological assessment for every admitted patient.

2004 – 2005

Providing psychological assessments for over 135 patients at Bayside Marin, San Rafael, CA, an inpatient facility treating chemical dependency, patients with dual diagnoses, and chronic pain patients.

1985 – 1986

Phoenix Program at Petaluma Valley Hospital, Petaluma, CA. Clinical psychology internship at inpatient treatment facility for chemically dependent adults. Provided individual, group and couples therapy on inpatient ward; lectured; performed psychological evaluations; designed and directed aftercare program for patients out of the hospital for 90 days or more.

1981 – 1982

Catholic Social Services, Santa Rosa, CA, Marriage, Family, Child Counselor internship. Provided outpatient treatment for wide variety of clientele.

Teaching and Consultation Experience

2016

By invitation of Onsite Workshops to facilitate monthly alumnae group meetings.

2015

By invitation of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and Men-Tsee-Khang (Tibetan Medical Society) – Presenter at the 3rd International Conference of Men-Tsee-Khang and requested to speak on the topic of “Remedies for Disturbing Factors in Body-Mind-Life.”

2014

By invitation, in conjunction with Fordham University’s inter-disciplinary consortium (affiliated with the Graduate School of Social Studies), consultant in long-duration space travel – psychological aspects of crew selection,  monitoring and maintenance of mental health on the flight to Mars projected for 2030.

2014

Presenter for Elements Behavioral Health, “Psychosynthesis and ntegrative Psychology: An In-Depth Study with Emphasis on Cross Cultural Considerations and Experieince (including ethical considerations)” September 28 - October 9, (India – Delhi, Amritsar, Dharamsala, Jaipur, Agra).

2014

Producer with Terry Eagan, M.D., Beata Lundeen, et.al. for the Prayer for Compassion event at Avalon Malibu, raising over $50,000 for the Tibetan Children’s Villages and the Men-Tse-Khang (Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute), June 14, 2014, Malibu, CA

2014

Presenter with Col. Yvonne Cagle, M.D., NASA, “Space for Dreams,” and a book-signing, by invitation of the Discovery Science Center in conjunction with The Pacific Club, June 12, 2014, Newport Beach, CA.

2014

Presenter for Sovereign Health Group, “Spirituality for Recovering People,” a half-day continuing education program, May 10, 2014, San Clemente, CA.

2014

Producer and Presenter with Elements Behavioral Health and the Sonnee Weedn Institute for Integrated Therapy, “Wise Women: Leadership Training for Senior Clinicians (25+ years of experience),” a 4-day continuing education program, March 14-17, 2014, Santa Fe, NM

2014

Producer and Presenter with Elements Behavioral Health, “Sensing the Sacred: The Warrior’s Way,” with Lench Archuleta, January 18,2014 Petaluma, CA

2013

Presenter for Sonoma County Bar Association (Family Law Practice Group), “Allegations of Sexual Abuse in Child Custody Cases,” December 14, 2013, Santa Rosa, CA

2013

Panel Member with Jamison Monroe of Newport Academy at a screening of the award-winning documentary about teen-age and young adult drug abuse, Behind the Orange Curtain, discussing the film and conducting a question and answer session, September 26, 2013, Mill Valley, CA

2013

Presenter, Produced by Elements Behavioral Health, “The Challenge of Finding Intimacy and Spirituality in Our Addicted Digital World”, May 3, 2013, Little Rock, AR, a one-day continuing education program.

2013

Keynote Address, “Keystone Treatment Center Alumni Reunion” April 12, 2013 Philadelphia, PA

2013

Producer and Presenter, “Psychosynthesis and Integrative Psychology: An In-Depth Study with Emphasis on Cross Cultural Consideration and Experience (including ethical considerations)” February 22, to March 7, 2013 India – various locations.

2013

Producer and Presenter, “Winter Renewal and Creating a New Year Focus: A Retreat for Women” January 12, 2013 Petaluma, CA

2012

Presenter, By invitation of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) "Group Psychotherapy for Female Sex and Love Addicts" with co-presenters Alexandra Katehakis, MFT and Marnie Ferree, MFT.

2012

Presenter, By invitation of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) “Spirituality for Recovering People” with co-presenter Rev. George McLaird. This presentation included a section on the ethics of t reating diverse populations.

2012

Producer of an evening of Shamanic Healing Music with Tito La Rosa, Sausalito Presbyterian Church, Sausalito, CA

2012

Producer and Presenter, with Dr. Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock, “Raise Your Voice: African American History in Oral Tradition.” A one-day continuing education program sponsored by Promises Treatment Centers, Novato, CA.

2012

Producer and Presenter, with Lench Archuleta, “ Group Psychotherapy as Transformational Experience: Diverse Populations.” A one-day continuing education program sponsored by Promises Treatment Centers, Sonoma, CA.

2012

Producer and Presenter, with Keith Arnold and Lench Archuleta, “Spirit Journey: Group Psychotherapy as Transformational Experience.” A one- day continuing education program sponsored by Promises Treatment Centers.

2011

Producer and Presenter, with Dr. Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock, “Raise Your Voice: African American History in Oral Tradition.” A one-day continuing education program sponsored by Clearview Treatment Center and Sierra Tucson Hospital, Venice, CA.

2011

Producer and Presenter, with Dr. Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock, “Raise Your Voice Again: African American History in Oral Tradition.” A one-day continuing education program, sponsored by Promises Treatment Centers and Elements Behavioral Health, Tiburon, CA.

2011

Presenter, by invitation of Cirque Lodge, Newport Academy, and Ascend Recovery, presentation of Psychological Assessment: Your Best Treatment Guide, a continuing education presentation for mental health and addiction professionals at Cirque Lodge Resource Room, Beverly Hills, CA.

2011

Producer and Presenter, in conjunction with Promises Treatment Centers and Elements Behavioral Health, Spirit Journey, a one day retreat featuring Keith Arnold, Joseph MacDonald, and Dana Patterson.

2010

Presenter, by invitation of The Ben Franklin Institute, national presentation of The Use of Dreams in Individual and Group Psychotherapy, Tucson, AZ. Taped for national distribution for continuing education for mental health professionals.

2010

Producer and presenter, in conjunction with Promises Treatment Centers and Elements Behavioral Health, “Taking Flight,” a one day retreat featuring Elena Avila, R.N., M.S.N., (curandera), Keith Arnold, and Dana Patterson.

2010

Producer and presenter with Dr. Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock, “Raise Your Voice Again: African American History in Oral Tradition.” A one-day continuing education program, sponsored by Promises Treatment Centers and Sierra Tucson.

2010

Interview, Love Addiction, a taping for Fox News, Los Angeles, CA.

2010

Producer and presenter in conjunction with Promises Treatment Centers, “Spirit Journey II: Further Along the Good Red Road,” a one-day retreat, featuring Keith Arnold, Dana Patterson, and Albert Sombrero.

2010

Producer and presenter in conjunction with Promises Treatment Centers, “Spirit Journey,” a one-day retreat, featuring Keith Arnold, Dana Patterson, and Albert Sombrero.

2010

Producer and presenter, in conjunction with Sierra Tucson, “Waking From the Dream of Winter,” a one-day retreat for women, with Luisah Teish and Dana Patterson.

2009

Producer and presenter, in conjunction with Promises, Sierra Tucson, and The Mayflower Center of "Raise Your Voice: Creating a Vocal Community," featuring Dr. Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock.

2009

Featured presenter for The University of Wisconsin Center for Health Enhancement System Studies (CHESS), "Advancing Recovery" program, a teleconference promoting evidence-based practice improvement to improve large-scale systems change. Presentation on the use of psychological testing in the treatment of addiction.

2009

Producer and presenter, in conjunction with Promises, Sierra Tucson and The Mayflower, “Raise Your Voice: Singing in the African American Tradition,” a day dedicated to learning African American history in the oral tradition, featuring Dr. Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock.

2009

Producer and presenter, in conjunction with Promises and Sierra Tucson, “Finding Balance,” a three day, two night retreat, featuring Keith Arnold, Albert Sombrero, Dana Patterson, and Luisah Teish. Petaluma, CA.

2009

Producer and presenter, in conjunction with Sierra Tucson, “The Women’s Medicine Wheel,” a one-day retreat for women.

2009

Featured presenter at Women's Association for Addiction Treatment - Marin County Chapter. Presentation on Group Psychotherapy as Transformational Experience, Corte Madera, CA.

2009

Administrative Director of Continuing Education at Promises Treatment Center, Malibu, CA. Directing the delivery of continuing education programs for psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Registered Nurses, and allied health professionals in all areas related to clinical practice.

2009

Member of Advisory Board at Promises Treatment Center

2009

Chairman of Continuing Education Committee and consultant to The Ben Franklin Institute, AZ.

2009 2008 Producer and presenter, in conjunction with Sierra Tucson, "The Women's Medicine Wheel," a one-day retreat for women, Petaluma, CA. 2008-present Chairman of the Continuing Education Committee for Promises Treatment Centers, Malibu, CA. 2008-present By invitation of Life Healing Center, Santa Fe, NM, to join a consultation team to develop a treatment protocol for women with issues related to sex and love addiction. 2008 Producer and presenter, in conjunction with Sierra Tucson, of "Invoking the Dream", three-day/two-night retreat, featuring Keith Arnold, Joe MacDonald, Dana Patterson, Albert Sombrero, and Luisah Teish. 2008 Producer and presenter of "Sensing the Sacred" with Lench Archuleta of Wind Spirit Teachings, Arizona City, AZ. 2007 Team Building for staff at Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts , Stone Mountain, GA and producer of program for staff, students and their parents at the Center - "Singing in the African Tradition", with Ysaye Barnwell of "Sweet Honey in the Rock." 2007 Producer, in conjunction with Sierra Tucson of "A World of Wisdom", featuring, Luisah Teish, Joe MacDonald, Albert Sombrero, Dana Patterson, Keith Arnold, and Sonnee Weedn. 2006 Featured workshop presenter at Sierra Tucson Alumnae Reunion. 2006 Two day team building retreat for the staff of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Performing Arts in Atlanta, Georgia. 2006 Presentation on use of dreams in the spiritual practices of indigenous peoples of the Americas at the Episcopal Cathedral of Little Rock, Arkansas (Seedwork Project). 2001-2007 Member Mandatory Continuing Education for Psychologists Accrediting Committee - One of three “Third Reviewers” in the state of California for California Psychological Association ruling on contested applications to provide continuing education for psychologists. 2001-2007 Featured presenter at Miraval Wellness Center, Tucson, AZ on Integration of Spirituality in Group Therapy, Lakota Medicine, Women’s Sexuality and Body Image, and Interpretation of Dreams. 1999-present Administrative Director of Continuing Education - Sierra Tucson,Tucson, AZDirecting the delivery of continuing education for Registered Nurses, Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists in the area of group psychotherapy, couples therapy, dream interpretation, the integration of spiritual issues into psychotherapy and eating disorders, etc. 1997-present Owner of Sacred Calling ProductionsPresentation of workshops and retreats for individuals and couples to enhance spiritual development and psychological well-being. Providing training for Mental Health Clinicians in Group Psychotherapy as Transformational Experience. Yearly week-long training in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Santa Fe, New Mexico.Special events in the past have been sponsored by Sierra Tucson Hospital, Tucson, AZ and have included “The Heroine’s Journey”, “Archetypes of Healing and Wholeness”, “The Power of Two”, and “The Medicine Wheel as Sacred Space”. 2005 Featured presenter at The University of San Francisco High School Parent Night on Alcohol and Drug Use and Abuse Prevention for Adolescents. 2004 Retreat leader and facilitator for Employee Assistance Personnel, Chevron/Texaco 2002 Retreat leader for staff of Marin General Hospital Psychiatric Unit. 2000 Featured presenter of Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society - “An Evening with the Masters” 2000 Provider of Continuing Education for Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society - Women’s Group Psychotherapy 2000 Featured presenter Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society Asilomar Conference 1999-2000 Provider of Continuing Education for Department of Psychiatry, Kaiser-Permanente, Santa Rosa, CA - Group Therapy and Clinical Interviewing. 1998-2000 Consultant to Marin County Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Program in Group Psychotherapy and Clinical Interviewing. 1998 Consultant to Family Law Judges and Mediators of Sonoma County in the use of psychological assessments received by the court. 1996, 1998,2007 Contributor to feature articles on various topics related to mental health in The Quarterly magazine of Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity. 1996-2001 Board of Psychology - oral examination commissioner 1995 Instructor, Sonoma County Bar Association - Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency (continuing education provider) 1992-1996 Partner - Lytle, Caro, Weedn, Inc.Presenting psychotherapeutic and educational retreats - employing large and small group therapy, psychodrama, play therapy, milieu therapy, meditation instruction and practice, family genogram and art therapy. 1986-1987 California Graduate School of Family Psychology, Corte Madera, CATaught the lab section of the psychological assessment class. 1983-1985 PCG Seminars, Pasadena, CATaught case presentation skills to MFCC interns; taught seminars for professionals on child abuse: detection, reporting and treatment.
Forensic Experience
2005-present Appointed Special Master of the Sonoma County Superior Court 1994-present Custody Evaluator, Marin County, CA, Sonoma County, CA, Napa County, CA, Alameda County, CA, and Contra Costa County, CACourt stipulated evaluator in child custody cases requiring psychological assessment and recommendations. 1982-present Admitted as expert witness in various jurisdictions, including Sonoma County, Marin County, Contra Costa County, Solano County and Sacramento County in areas of child abuse, child custody and dependency, reliability of child witnesses, and psychological assessment. 1982-present Deposition taken and expert testimony given approximately forty times in variety of cases. 1993-2001 Consultant, Probation Department - Civil Custody Unit, Sonoma County, CAProviding monthly consultation to Probation Officers regarding disposition of high conflict, complex child custody cases. Approximately 900 cases reviewed and decided.
Books and Articles
2012 Making Advances: A Comprehensive Guide to Treating Female Sex and Love Addicts. Co-author of two chapters on diagnosis and group therapy. Edited by Marnie Ferree, MFT. 2011 Author of the book Many Blessings: A Tapestry of Accomplished African American Women, a collection of the life stories of thirty contemporary, accomplished African American women, as told to Dr. Weedn. It will inspire and challenge all readers. 2010 Regular contributor to Recovery View, an online newsletter for mental health professionals specializing in the treatment of addiction. 2010 “Addressing the Complexities of Chronic Pain,” with James Gagne, M.D., Marin Medicine: The Magazine of the Marin Medical Society.Volume 56, Number 4. 2010 In press, Many Blessings: A Tapestry of African American Women. A collection of the life stories of thirty-one contemporary, accomplished African American women, as told to Dr. Weedn, will inspire and challenge all readers. 2010 “Fear in the Midst of Plenty: The Effects of the Economic Downturn on Mental Health,” Marin Medicine: The Magazine of the Marin Medical Society. Volume 56, Number 3. 2010 “The Effects of the Economic Downturn on Mental Health,” The Newsletter of the Marin Medical Society. 2009 Feature article in Afterwords: A Newsletter from Sierra Tucson, “An Earth-Based Spirituality,” Fall/Winter 2009. 2009 “A Warrior of Spirit,” Alpha Gamma Delta Newsletter (Sonoma County, CA).
Media Presentations
2012 Guest presentations on three occasions on The Deniece Barnes Radio Show, Differences, out of Nashville, TN. Presentations featured nine of the women featured in Many Blessings: A Tapestry of Accomplished African American Women. 2011 Television interview with Karen Holmes Ward, Channel 5 WCVB, Director of Public Affairs and Community Services, regarding Dr. Weedn’s book, Many Blessings: A Tapestry of Accomplished African American Women. 2011 Book signing and presentation with Col. Yvonne Cagle, M.D., NASA astronaut and Valata Jenkins-Monroe, Ph.D., Fullbright Scholar. Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA. Sponsored by Sierra Tucson Hospital. 2011 Book signing and presentation with Valarie Pettiford, actress, Karolyn Ali, producer/director of Tupac Resurrection and Academy Award nominee, Lola Love, singer and dancer, and Erika Hall, teacher. Beverly Hills, CA. Sponsored by Cirque Lodge Treatment Program. 2011 Book signing and presentation with Lola Love, singer/dancer. Martha’sBookstore, Newport Beach, CA. 2011 “Summer Visions of Recovery,” article for publication in Doctora Ana: Salud, Espiritu, y Psycologia. (in Spanish and English) 2011 “Springtime in Recovery,” an article published in Doctora Ana: Salud,Espiritu, y Psycologia. (in Spanish and English) 2010 Television interview with Gina Silva of KTTV, Fox News Los Angeles on "Love Addiction, its etiology, diagnosis and treatment."
Professional Associations
American Psychological AssociationCalifornia Psychological AssociationMarin County Psychological Association

Society for Personality Assessment

Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society

Women’s Association for Addiction Treatment – Marin Chapter

Life Member - National Registry of Who’s Who 2000

References Available upon Request

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