The best drug addiction counselors can be found at JC’s Recovery Center. We pride ourselves in having an elite team of substance abuse counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists along with a highly experienced administrative staff that knows exactly what it takes to achieve permanent sobriety. We not only draw from proven medical treatment for substance abuse, but from personal experience as many of our staff members are recovered from drug and alcohol addiction.
We have designed a treatment program with a strong spiritual component because it is proven, through our years of experience in recovery, to have lasting results. We have in-house spiritual counselors and spiritual advisors who guide our clients through the most important aspect of recovery- a relationship with God.
We understand that alcoholism and drug addiction is an illness that hinders our ability to fulfill God’s will for us. For this reason our program’s mission, led by our Clinical Director Wendy Cabrera and Spiritual Director Brother Stevie B., is to help our clients stay sober in order to find their purpose. Her psychological expertise and his ministry have enabled our clients to do more than just stay clean. They have discovered their true potential and the courage to take action to realize what God has put on their hearts. In short, they have learned how to live fuller and more joyous lives without any need for a mood-altering substance.
Meet The Staff
Wendy Cabrera is a licensed mental health counselor by the state of Florida. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology and a master’s of science in psychology. I became a therapist to help people navigate their complex worlds in order to live a healthier, happier life. For the last 8 years I have worked as director of outpatient treatment centers serving clients with both mental health and substance use issues. My approach to therapy is integrative and incorporates client centered, solution focused, cognitive behavioral and dialectic behavioral theories.
Stephen Boyarsky – Brother Stevie B. helps clients develop a strong relationship with God through spiritual counseling and strong knowledge of God’s word. Brother Stevie B. is the Ministry Leader of the Recovery Bible Study of Ft. Lauderdale. (recoverybiblestudy.org) He is Blessed to be the Ministry Leader of Celebrate Recovery, in Dania, Fl.
John Charos grew up in Queens, New York John struggled with drug addiction for many years. Now with over 20 years in the South Florida recovery community, John has devoted a large part of his life helping young men overcome the same addictions he struggled with for so long. John keeps recovery and his relationship with God first in his life and is eager to help patients reach a happy and joyous recovery.
Patty Charos is our Intake Coordinator and handles all our Human Resource responsibilities. During the intake process Patty establishes a relationship with the new client and explains our Christian and Spiritual approach with God and how our IOP Program works. Patty works with clients and their families for guidance with financial and insurance verification.
Ashleigh comes to JC’s Recovery Center with nearly 10 years of direct experience in the behavioral health care field. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology and is a certified addictions professional, currently finishing her master’s degree in clinical social work. Using a solution oriented approach, Ashleigh specializes in the treatment of young adults with a history of multiple treatment attempts. In addition to solution oriented techniques, Ashleigh utilizes evidenced-based modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing to facilitate change in our clients. Ashleigh is passionate about her work in the field of addiction and grateful to be a member of JC’s Recovery Center.
Allison Konovalova is dedicated to helping others struggling with addiction and mental illness. She provides crisis counseling, individual counseling, couples counseling, family, and group therapy. Allison focuses on treating substance abuse and mental health issues in the context of family systems theory; as well as using cognitive behavioral, narrative, reality, structural, and eclectic therapy approaches. She holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and is a member of the AAMFT.
Andrea Clough has a certificate in Biblical studies, a BA in sociology and a Master’s degree in social work. As a spiritual counselor, her passion is helping clients find inner healing and emotional wholeness. She focuses on incorporating a biopsychosocial approach and spiritual care to assist clients in overcoming their problems in order to live balanced and productive lives.
Stephen Jackson, CAP, BHT, CRRA has been in the recovery community in South Florida for the past seven years. He has worked as a behavior health technician and in housing management for the past six years. He has a passion for helping others. He demonstrations this passion on a daily basis by helping the newcomer who is just getting started in recovery process. He makes himself completely available 24 hours a day for his staff and takes pride in his working relationships.
Holly brings to JC’s Recovery Center a dynamic understanding of addiction. She has been in recovery herself for several years which gives her personal experience in treatment. Her attention to detail and ability to multi-task allows her to give clients optimum care. She loves watching clients use the tools from our program to obtain permanent sobriety and develop a relationship with God.
As Director of Operations for JC’s Recovery Center Jackie brings over 20 years’ experience working in the Healthcare field. Along with her experience in operations, leadership, and management, Jackie is emotionally invested in helping others. She enjoys seeing the transformation in the clients during their time with us and sharing her own personal recovery experience with them. Her ability to manage multiple functions of our program ensures that our clients receive the best possible care during their treatment with us. Her upbeat personality helps to instill a positive outlook for our clients and their recovery, showing them that through a change of heart and habits, recovery is possible.
Brian is originally from Connecticut and is in recovery from drugs and alcohol with multiple years of sobriety. Brian grew up an athlete playing high school baseball and ice hockey. He came to Florida with the dream of changing his life in October of 2014 and has since dedicated his career to helping people over come the same struggles and adversity he has dealt with himself. Brian has been working in the field of rehabilitation since 2015. In his free time he still enjoys playing ice hockey in a local men’s league and rooting for his favorite sports.
Steven Church was born and raised in New Jersey. He has a passion for helping people and has worked in the treatment field for over 3 years. At a young age, he has seen what this disease of addiction can do and feels honored to be on a team that puts the emphasis on clinical care as well as the ministry of helping all who are in need. As a graduate of Discipleship House, he has grown his faith and realizes that with Faith and a team of professionals who believe in you anything is possible.
Steven works as an outreach coordinator to bridge the gap between client and care.
Dave has been working in the recovery community for the last 14 years and in the treatment field for the last eight years. He serves in ministry at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale and has found a calling to minister to the alcoholic and addicts. He has dedicated his life to help struggling alcoholics and addicts come to know the unconditional love of our Lord and Savior so they may be set free from the grips of their disease.
Rachel Noel, LPN has worked in the recovery community for over 6 years. She has worked in the medical field her entire career. She enjoys developing a great rapport with the clients. Rachel believes that a high level of trust and understanding goes a long way in helping the clients along this difficult journey of recovery. She works closely with physicians and counselors to ensure the clients receive the highest level of care possible.
Sequoya has a passion for helping others and is an instrumental part of our team. She has 14 years of experience in addiction and mental healthcare management. She has held a similar position at one of South Florida’s top hospitals. Sequoya monitors and evaluates new projects and ongoing services to ensure our facility meets the highest of quality standards. She handles all admission consents and client demographics. She is our staff creative go-to person. She is in charge of all holiday/on-site celebrations.
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