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.