June 27, 2013 (New York, NY) – Combining the latest and most successful treatment methodologies with an all-star staff of experts in addiction and trauma healing, Breathe Life Healing Centers opens its doors with locations in New York and Los Angeles. Founder, Board-
Breathe Life Healing Center, is now New York City’s premier renewal program for those seeking a better life. Brad and co-founder Rev. Michael Ingersoll have crafted a dynamic 90-day spirit-based program leading guests to change as they transition from self-harm to self-discovery through highly personalized Life Skills Workshops. After a well-received start in New York, Breathe LA opens September 2013 in Beverly Hills.
“Brad is a natural innovator and proponent of treating the whole person,” said Dayton. “I have long advocated that trauma is at the core of many self-harming behaviors, including primary food addiction. I’ve spent my career integrating psychodrama and sociometry with research on interpersonal neurobiology and attachment. I’ve created a focused therapeutic model that is both intrapersonal and interpersonal in order to make experiential healing, which has become the therapy of choice for trauma, tangible and accessible. Breathe Life Healing Center is a place where that hope and help come alive along with a necessary attention to the spiritual aspect of recovery.”
With 41 beds total – eleven in New York City and thirty in Los Angeles – Breathe accommodates guests after acute detox and psychological assessment for long term treatment, up to as many as 12 months depending on guest needs. With 24-hour staff coverage and varying levels of qualifications in behavioral health at the house and clinic, the schedule includes communal dining with a focus on nutrition, daily group meditation, yoga and a robust physical activity program. Dr. Dayton’s clinical program features our proprietary four-day a week Relational Trauma Healing track in a full-day schedule. Services consist of individual and group counseling, medication monitoring, treatment goals and strategic recovery planning, and reparative family and relationship therapy, which makes up the clinical day programming. Breathe focuses on guests with chemical dependency, anxiety and/or depression, and obesity related recovery. Infusing life at Breathe, is a non-faith-based emphasis on the spiritual side of recovery tailored to each guest.
“After participating in over one thousand interventions in my work as an interventionist, I have worked with a number of long term rehab facilities, which I would hand-pick to fit each client’s needs and geographic circumstances,” said founder Brad Lamm. “Over time I have seen that certain practices and techniques are particularly effective and can increase someone’s chances of success in their recovery. I have often dreamed of combining those elements under one roof. Today that has become a reality as we open Breathe. A unified program that creates community and recovery in remarkable ways.”
Looking to bring the most inventive thinking and practices of the last 30 years into its curriculum, Lamm recruited renowned trauma psychologist Tian Dayton as Director of Clinical Programming to launch her just-developed relational trauma healing track at Breathe’s day clinic level. Widely known as the prime mover of psychodrama, Dayton is a best selling author who galvanized the field of behavioral health with her research and clinical development relating self-harming behavior to prior life trauma.
Incoming CEO Deb Hughes comes to Breathe with a dynamic background in program and business development, strategic planning, and a tremendous foresight on execution and expansion. Her experience with dual-diagnosis, eating disorder treatment, adolescent and adult programming, as well as a deep working knowledge of business development, transitional living, outpatient treatment programs and IOP services provides her the opportunity to make an unsurpassed difference in the lives of Breathe guests. “This is such a profound opportunity for Breathe Life Healing Centers to shift the paradigm of how wounded people heal their lives and those of their families,” says Hughes. “By implementing our Phases of Change curriculum, people are afforded the chance to remake their lives and find a new way of living.”
Breathe co-founder Rev. Michael Ingersoll inspires a spiritual dynamic that meets each guest, employee, partner and colleague where they are while encouraging a deeper discovery of the spiritual force that reassures change, healing, and awareness. “Through this wakefulness comes a call to action, which fills the programs with a sense of desire to inspire change through faith, as it is defined by each person.”
The flagship office and corporate headquarters are located in New York City, where the first Breathe Life Healing Center thrives in NYC’s beautiful Gramercy Park neighborhood. In Los Angeles, Breathe Life Health Center homes are located just north of Sunset Boulevard in Laurel Canyon, with the Clinic on Sunset Boulevard.
Brad Lamm, BRI-I | Founder
Brad Lamm is President & CEO of Change Inc, an integrative family-based change organization helping family members fill their lives with “more good, less bad”. Brad is an author, teacher and interventionist best known for helping people make life-enhancing change on The Today Show and The Dr. OZ Show. He is the Creator & Producer of the eight-part docu-series “Addicted to Food” on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) and conducts clinical trainings worldwide, highlighting 21st Century intervention and family recovery approaches using his Breakthrough Intervention
Brad’s book, JUST 10 LBS, has helped more than 500,000 people lose over ten million pounds on the The Dr. OZ Show. His work with “Blueprint to Quit: Smoking”, a smoking cessation resource, launched at more than 4300 Walmart locations in November 2011 and is the nation’s most successful stop-smoking campaign in US history.
Change Inc’s core business units include:
Intervention Specialists, Family Class + Case Management Services,
Tian Dayton, MA, PhD, TEP | Director of Clinical Programming
Dr. Dayton has a Masters in Educational Psychology, a PhD in Clinical Psychology, and is a Board Certified Trainer in psychodrama. She is the director of The New York Psychodrama Training Institute where she runs training groups in psychodrama, sociometry and experiential group therapy. Dr. Dayton is a fellow of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP), winner of their Scholar’s Award, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry & Group Psychotherapy, and sits on the professional standards committee.
Dr. Dayton is faculty alumna of New York University, where she taught psychodrama for eight years. She has been awarded the Ackerman/Black Award and The Mona Mansell Award for contributions to the field of addiction. Dr. Dayton is author of twelve books including Trauma and Addiction, Emotional Sobriety, bestseller Forgiving and Moving On, and The Living Stage. She has been a guest expert on NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Montel, Rikki Lake, John Walsh, Geraldo and is a blogs contributor for The Huffington Post.
As CEO, Deb will apply her 27 years of experience in the field of addictions and eating disorders in all capacities of treatment. Working in nearly every department of treatment, Deb’s keen specialty for program and business development has grown several programs from the ground up; from development through proof of concept on to sale. With a rich history of strategic planning, Deb demonstrates a tremendous foresight for execution and expansion.Deb has been the Executive Director of Balboa Horizons in Newport Beach, California. Under her hand, Balboa increased capacity and revenue by 200% in 12 months. Prior to this, Deb was the Program Administrator and Director of Business Development at Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders in Arizona.While maintaining this position she was also the Executive Director for Palm Beach Institute, the substance abuse sister facility to Rosewood. Deb began her extensive career in 1985 as the Director of Intake at Anacapa by the Sea and Steps Treatment Programs, where she was responsible for a large intake department that helped many people find their way through the doors of recovery.
Michael Ingersoll comes to Breathe Life Healing Centers after serving the needs of the community of faith at Seattle’s Center for Spiritual Living. He has been a leading voice nationally on the discussion of faith and spirit for more than two decades.A long time student and teacher of world religions, Michael served at One Spirit Learning Alliance, co-founded Sacred Center NYC and has partnered with leading spiritual teachers across America. Honored by many local and national organizations, Michael received Lifetime Television’s National Community In Service Award.
As Director of Wellness Services, Bryant Stiney is a skilled interventionist and long-time personal trainer who today focuses on helping our guests recover through activating their bodies in new ways. Bryant developed our Food + Weight Track with Brad and he has helped thousands unhook from self-harming behaviors.Bryant’s work is featured on the docu-series Addicted to Food.Contact: Tim Sullivan 732-816-0239