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
Licenses and Credentials
Honors and Awards
Advisory Boards and Committee Memberships
Teaching and Consultation Experience
|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.||
|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).||
|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."||
|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