Stefanie Carnes, PhD, LCSW, a leading therapist, author and expert in the treatment of sexual addiction and intimacy disorders, will develop special trauma-informed programming for women at two residential addiction treatment centers: Malibu Vista in Malibu, Calif., and The Sundance Center in Scottsdale, Ariz. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 18, 2015 \u2013 Stefanie Carnes, PhD, LCSW, a noted therapist, author and expert in the treatment of addiction and intimacy disorders, is joining two of the Promises Behavioral Health\u00ae programs as a clinical consultant. Dr. Carnes is a certified sex addiction therapist and supervisor specializing in the treatment of couples and families struggling with sexual addiction. Dr. Carnes has more than two decades of experience in addiction treatment, including managing and directing drug rehabilitation centers and providing training at the advanced professional level. She is currently president of the International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals and a frequent speaker at professional conferences nationwide. \u201cWe\u2019re proud to have someone of Dr. Carnes\u2019 caliber joining our family of treatment centers and expanding our programming for women and families,\u201d says Keith Arnold, senior vice president of clinical outreach, marketing and strategic development for Promises Behavioral Health. \u201cShe has the ideal blend of expertise in sexual addiction, intimacy disorders and trauma needed to develop programming relevant to women and families struggling with addictions and mental health issues.\u201d Dr. Carnes\u2019 new role will include expanding residential treatment services for women at two Promises Behavioral Health owned facilities: Malibu Vista in Malibu, Calif., and The Sundance Center in Scottsdale, Ariz. Dr. Carnes will set up groundbreaking \u201cpartners programs,\u201d offering intensive couples therapy and residential treatment for partners of sex addicts struggling with issues of betrayal, grief and loss. \u201cThis programming will be one of very few resources in the U.S. for partners of sex addicts, and there\u2019s a tremendous need for it,\u201d says Dr. Carnes. \u201cWe know that 70 percent of partners of sex addicts have acute stress disorders, including PTSD, and that they need higher levels of support than is usually available in residential treatment.\u201d Dr. Carnes is also going to be expanding programming to include treatment for co-occurring sexual addiction, love addiction and intimacy issues. The programs will provide intensive couples therapy, and will extend treatment services to include children and other family members, when warranted. \u201cI\u2019m thrilled to be developing these programs for Promises Behavioral Health,\u201d says Dr. Carnes. \u201cI\u2019m hoping to be able to build on the already strong base of sex addiction and intimacy programs developed by Rob Weiss, who is one of the nation\u2019s foremost experts on sex and intimacy disorders as well as technology addiction.\u201d Dr. Carnes has written extensively on sexuality, intimacy disorders and addiction. Her books include Mending a Shattered Heart: A Guide for Partners of Sex Addicts; Facing Addiction: Starting Recovery from Alcohol and Drugs; and Facing Heartbreak: Steps to Recovery for Partners of Sex Addicts. In taking on this new role, Dr. Carnes joins a clinical team of thought leaders that includes sexual addiction expert, psychotherapist and mating\/tech\/relationship author Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S; renowned\u00a0nutrition scientist and\u00a0expert in integrative medicine Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP; and psychologist, distinguished trauma specialist and author Christine Courtois, PhD, ABPP. About the Malibu VistaSM Mental Health Center The Malibu VistaSM mental health center is an exclusive residential treatment center for women suffering from trauma, depression, anxiety, personality disorders and other psychiatric issues. Situated in two private, boutique-style residences with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, Malibu Vista supports women\u2019s recovery in a way that embraces their specific physical, mental, relational and spiritual needs. To learn more about us, call (866) 285-9441 or visit www.malibuvista.com. About The Sundance Center The Sundance Center is a Joint Commission-accredited residential addiction treatment center in Arizona that offers innovative therapies such as a nutritional program from a naturopathic doctor and equine therapy as well as world-class amenities including onsite massages and a gourmet chef. Our multidisciplinary team treats the whole person, using personalized treatment approaches that heal the body, mind and spirit from addiction and its root causes. To learn more about us, call (855) 893-5987 or visit www.sundancecenter.com. The Malibu Vista mental health treatment center and The Sundance Center are members of the Promises Behavioral Health\u00ae family of behavioral health programs located throughout the U.S. Promises Behavioral Health offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders and other mental health disorders. We are committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the patient but for the entire family system. For more information about Promises Behavioral Health, visit elementsbh4.wpengine.com.