COO and Program Director

Tess, Chief Operations Officer and Program Director, earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. She completed her training with the Department of Navy on Marine Corp Air Station (MCAS) Miramar in San Diego. While at MCAS she worked with active duty Marines and Naval personnel in the family counseling center providing a wide spectrum of clinical services and counseling for the Navy's Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP). In addition, Tess attended the University of California at San Diego’s Certification program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling--she completed her training there at Aurora Behavioral Hospital in San Diego and became certified with The California Certification Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CCBADC) and currently credentialed with the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP/CAADAC).

Tess has worked at area hospitals and treatment centers developing and implementing substance abuse programs for more than 15 years and has gained experience in mainstream population with individuals recovering from addiction and co-occurring conditions to include, substance abuse, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Pain Management, Eating Disorder, Domestic Violence, mental health diagnoses, and special populations such as active duty military and combat veterans.

She has clinical skills and experience in a variety of areas to include group therapy, psycho-education, relapse prevention, family and individual counseling.  In addition, Tess has been developing family programs for area treatment centers such as Casa Palmera Treatment Center where she wrote and implemented a Family Program under the direction of Rand C. Lundmark.  She has extensive experience treating and educating communities and understands the impact that substance abuse has on the family and the community, and that education and prevention are key roles in the recovery process.   Her approach is a multi-dimensional and holistic approach which addresses fundamental areas of a person’s life; Biological, Psychological, Social and Spiritual.  "I have a strong faith and belief in the human spirit’s ability to heal and find purpose on this planet."   -Tess Stewart Todd