Patty Baret, CAI, is a certified ARISE interventionist who has helped hundreds of chemically dependent individuals enter recovery. An advocate for recovering women, and with almost three decades of personal recovery herself, Patty has facilitated groups on self-empowerment, relapse prevention and a wide breadth of gender-specific issues. Patty’s expertise in substance abuse, process addictions, psychiatric decompensation and emotional dysregulation has led to her recognition as an expert in recovery and aftercare support, as well as the highest respect from the international recovery community. Originally from Nice, France, Patty’s international experience, (including her years living in Morocco), as well as professional visits to investigate rehabilitation resources worldwide, have provided her the rare ability to align with, and relate to individuals from virtually any cultural, communal or familial experience.
With more than a decade of professional experience as a substance abuse counselor with UCLA training, Lauren Arborio, CADAC II, has worked with, and received training from, leading specialists in addiction recovery, psychiatry, and pain management. Born and raised in New York City, Lauren is familiar with the temptations, fast life and lure of drugs of living in such an international urban city. A graduate of New York University, with a BA in International Relations, Lauren is passionate about helping others struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders. Utilizing her vast depth of professional resources in behavioral and mental health, addiction medicine, treatment providers, holistic therapies, alternative healing modalities, and sober living communities, Lauren ensures that each client and family with whom she works with receives a customized recovery plan designed to support optimal outcome success.
Jared Morgenstern, LCSW, is a New York-based Licensed Clinical Social Worker and therapist. Prior to joining the Connections in Recovery New York team as its Director of Services, Jared worked as a primary therapist at the New York Center for Living, where he provided out-patient therapy for adolescents and young adults with chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders including anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, and OCD. His therapy consisted of intensive individual and group therapy with a focus on developing productive relapse prevention skills, nurturing insight, improving interpersonal communication and strengthening family relationships.
Jared Morgenstern’s background also includes having worked as a clinical therapist at both Catholic Charities and Neighborhood Counseling Center and as a residential habilitation specialist at YAI National Institute for People with Disabilities. Applying years of experience and a variety of therapy modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, play therapy, supportive counseling, and mindfulness techniques, he engages the mental and/or substance abuse communities in the recovery process and serves as a dedicated mentor to his staff and clients alike.
With over five years working with high-risk populations struggling with addiction, trauma, and mental health challenges, Raven Burgos, MSW – in recovery herself for over a decade – approaches addiction and recovery-based work through a harm reduction lens, focusing on strengths and evidence-based practices. Her diverse professional background includes working with state legislators and city council members to improve the quality of program funding for homeless youth and mentally ill homeless populations, to marketing, event planning, social work, and outreach coordinator roles.
The bi-lingual native New Yorker has extensive experience working with failure to launch clients, who have yet to realize their full potential in life, providing them with one-on-one therapy and coaching. She works collaboratively with support teams and family members to foster holistic healing, helping people move through their addiction and into recovery. During this process she honors the family unit as a whole, helping them to identify and honor the past, while walking them through the (recovery) process learning, stretching and growing together. As a clinician having worked with at-risk populations, specifically people struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders, she has had the opportunity to witness the resilience of individuals and families coping with various addictions, seeing them move from hopelessness to empowerment.
CiRNY is proud of its invaluable advisory board which includes expert addiction psychiatrists and psychologists. With over 20 years of experience in the field, our cadre of professionals possesses the knowledge, skills and compassion to help you navigate your options and give you the tools to make the best decisions in taking control of your life.
Dr. Jeffrey S. Ditzell is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Ditzell enjoys practice as a General Adult Psychiatrist working in Private Practice in New York City. Dr. Ditzell’s depth and breadth of clinical experience is unique, having served as the Chief of an inpatient Dual Diagnosis Unit, as the lead attending in two Psychiatric ER’s, and as the Lead Physician of an Assisted Community Treatment team. Dr. Jeffrey Ditzell is an Adult ADHD Psychiatrist in New York City.
Dr. Ditzell has been committed to the service of soldiers in the United States Army for over 16 years, having himself attained the rank of Major. During his deployment to Tikrit, Iraq in 2005, Major Ditzell served as the division psychiatrist in Tikrit, Iraq and was awarded the “Army Commendation Medal,” for his service with distinction. Dr. Ditzell has had the additional honor of serving as medical officer for a community-based warrior transition unit at Rock Island Arsenal, assisting soldiers and their families in making the oft-times difficult transition from overseas deployment to home.
Dr. Ditzell has completed Fellowships in Addiction Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Public Psychiatry, and received his medical degree from The Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine.