Two decades of clinical leadership.

The thought manifests as the word,
The word manifests as the deed,
The deed develops into habit,
And the habit hardens into character.
So watch the thought and its way with care,
And let it spring from love
Born out of concern for all beings.

Buddha

Who We Are

The clinical team at 1 Method is made up of compassionate, skilled, and most importantly, seasoned professionals. Our clinical director has thirty plus years in the field, the medical director, twenty-eight; our psychiatrist has been seeing clients for twenty-five years, our administrator, twenty – even some of our line staff have worked in treatment for ten or more years. We know that treating life threatening conditions like addiction and mental illness requires expert help, a sense of urgency and incredible patience and compassion. And expertise only comes with training, time in the trenches, and practical experience. We aren’t a group of people who just went to treatment and decided to start a rehab on a whim. We maintain stringent standards. Our dedicated team is made up (and under the constant supervision) of licensed and certified professionals with decades of experience.

1 Method Center is not corporately owned or governed by private equity. This is not an extension of a hospital chain, an investment group, or a call center. We are clinically owned and operated. In today’s day and age where treatment centers are as ubiquitous as coffee shops with shiny logos and big marketing budgets, this makes 1 Method Center incredibly unique. We care about what we do and we are in this not as a business, but for life.

Watch this video to see why 1 Method is head and shoulders above the rest:

Recovery X: Get the Real Scoop on the Rehab Industry

We recognize that recovery and the road to it is a unique and very personal journey. We know that finding your way to sustainable recovery is difficult. Each extraordinary person who works on our team has their own individual story of how they faced their problems and more importantly, how recovery changed their lives. The path that brought them to this type of meaningful work is rooted in the understanding that as challenging as it can be to seek help, being of service and giving help to others can make all the difference in the world because they too have been helped and believe they can make a difference in yours. Just from addictive disorders alone, our team members have a collective 317 years of unbroken recovery and are not only living proof but proof positive that if they were able to overcome the hurdles and change their lives, they can be a collective force of nature to help you change yours, for better and for good.


Cassidy Cousens

Cassidy Cousens FounderNon nobis solum nati sumus. – CiceroCassidy Cousens is the founder and administrator of 1 Method Center. He specializes in the integrated model…

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Dr. Brooke Gilbertsen

Program Therapist Brooke Gilbertsen is a psychologist who has been working in the field of mental health for 7 years and specifically co-occurring disorders for the past 3 years.…

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Dr. Kotra Ajir

Psychiatrist Dr. Kotra Ajir received her MD from the New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York in 1992. Her four-year residency training in psychiatry took place at…

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Ryan Lichterman

Ryan Lichterman Chief Operating Officer Ryan is the Chief Operations Officer of 1 Method Center. He is tasked with overseeing the day-to-day operation of the company and to…

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Elizabeth M. Goetchius

Clinical Director, LCSWOriginally from Washington, DC, Elizabeth attended Boston University Wheelock College of Education where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Social Work,…

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Dr. Abe Malkin

Medical Services Dr. Abe Malkin is a Southern California native, growing up in Los Angeles. He received his MD/MBA degree from a joint program at Tufts University School of…

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Laura Varney

Director of Health and FitnessLaura Varney is the Director of Health and Fitness at 1 Method Center and has worked as a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal…

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David Wiss

Nutritionist David Wiss, MS, RDN, CPT, grew up in Los Angeles, graduating from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science. He earned a…

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Dr. Edward Riceberg

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Mike Endes

Program Therapist Mike Endes is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been working with addictions and co-occurring disorders for over 4 years. Mike emphasizes on…

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Morgan Cohn

Quality Assurance Morgan Cohn has worked in treatment settings for over 4 years in a number of roles, allowing her to see the treatment process and program from many angles.…

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Dr. Jonathan Reitman

Medical Services Jonathan Reitman, M.D. is board certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. He received his bachelor of arts from Brown University, graduating Phi Beta…

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Maia Fohrman

Case ManagerMaia is an Associate Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the mental health field for 3 years. Maia has had a long-standing passion for social service.…

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Dr. Robert Saltzman

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Dr. Rodney Collins

Psychiatrist Dr. Rodney Collins is board certified as an Addiction Medicine and General Adult Psychiatrist in private practice at New Visions Medical Group, Inc. in Beverly Hills,…

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Taylor Lincoln

Office AdministratorTaylor recently moved to California from Santa Fe, New Mexico and is new to the treatment field but has a passion and three years of experience working in…

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Duncan Sherwood-Forbes

Residential Supervisor Duncan Sherwood-Forbes has been with 1 Method since 2017. Duncan has over 4 years of experience in the treatment industry in Operations having worked as a…

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Jenna Morigi

Jenna Morigi Community LiaisonJenna is a professional in the recovery field with over 15 years of experience in the mental health field. In order to help as many…

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Vince Peagler III

Fitness Trainer Vince is a NASM certified personal trainer and integrates his knowledge as a strength and conditioning specialist in designing individualized, progressive programs…

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Peter IshKhans

Meditation Coach Peter IshKahns is meditation coach that works with a diverse range of clients. This includes CEO's and founders of some of the largest companies in the world,…

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Phillip Stevens

Residential Supervisor Phillip Stevens is registered as an Alcohol and Drug Technician with over 2 years experience working in the field, as well as over 1 year of volunteer work…

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Victor Ikani

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Ashley Johnson

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Shaw McPherson

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Shelby Bublitz

Nutritionist Shelby Bublitz, MS, RDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who is passionate about bridging the gap between knowledge and application when it comes to nutrition.…

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Tim Harrington

Family Coaching Tim’s the family coach for the Family Recovery Resources and BALM program. He is a loud and persistent voice in the field of mental health advocacy,…

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Elissa Weisberger-Cohen

Experience Senior VP of Human Resources Elements Behavioral Health 2008 – October 2015 7 years Long Beach, California Oversaw Human Resources (HR) at the corporate office and 14…

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