About BraveHeart Retreats

Life can be challenging

Whether as a result of trauma, relationship difficulties, addiction, or a million little things that built up to unsustainable disconnection from yourself, from others, and from the ability to experience joy. Our team looks forward to helping you on the journey of coming home to yourself.

We believe all healing begins with a reconnection to self.

By growing in understanding and connection to our own passions, hurt, values, challenges, and dreams we can, in turn, develop deeper, more authentic relationships with others.

Call us today to help you find the best program for your needs. We are here to help you develop a life worth living.

Meet The Founders

Jean Campbell | Co-Founder

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I’ve been bringing groups of people together for over 2 decades to support and hold space for their healing.  Through our work together, I have had the honor of witnessing people’s willingness to bring their authentic selves to the table, dismantle the roadblocks that stand in their way, and move closer to becoming their best possible selves.

Like many of you, I’ve recreated myself more than once.  I’ve experienced the restlessness of being in a career that was feeding my 401K, but wasn’t feeding my soul.  I believe in second chances, and I’m living proof that they’re worth it.

Pia Mellody defines trauma as “Anything less than nurturing,” and that pain can lead us to cover up who we truly are.  Whether you experienced abandonment, neglect or abuse of any kind - trauma manifests in the body - through discomfort, pain or disease - and can’t be fully healed through talking alone.  Feeling seen, heard and understood - for who you truly are instead of for who people want you to be - can be a transformational experience. Identifying and shifting the energy in the body that has negatively impacted your life - the emotional and spiritual dis-ease - that shows up somatically can help you shed the shame, guilt and “not good enough” feeling in order to step into joy and comfort in your own skin.

I specialize in trauma reorganization, somatic psychotherapy and addiction/codependency recovery. I provide ongoing Psychodrama Training Groups, Leadership Workshops, Personal Growth Workshops and Intensives for individuals, families and couples.  By bringing my own 30-year healing journey to every workshop or training I offer, I am committed to creating safe spaces for people to do their own healing work, and believe that what we can’t do alone, we can do together.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (CA and NY)
  • Board-Certified Trainer, Educator and Practitioner of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy
  • Trainer and Practitioner of Psychodramatic Bodywork®
  • Master’s Level Certified Experiential Therapist
  • ISEP Approved Experiential Therapy Supervisor
  • Somatic Experiencing®️ Practitioner
  • Somatic Resilience and Regulation®️ Practitioner
  • Certified Professional Coach
  • Certified in Positive Psychology
  • Reiki Master

Current and Former Experience:

  • Founder and CEO of Action Institute of California, Costa Mesa, CA
  • TEDx Presenter, Conejo Valley TEDx, Thousand Oaks, CA
  • Clinical Director of Clearview Treatment Centers in Los Angeles, CA
  • Family Program Director of Inter-Care in New York City
  • Instructor, Addiction and Drug Abuse Counseling Certification Program at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA
  • Faculty, ICARE Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX
  • Psychodrama Trainer at Onsite Workshops in Cumberland Furnace, TN

Modalities:

  • Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy
  • Psychodramatic Bodywork®
  • Somatic Experiencing®
  • Somatic Resilience and Regulation®
  • Positive Psychology
  • Professional Coaching
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Reiki

Kristine Ives | Co-Founder

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Then Hansel said to Gretel, “Let us drop these breadcrumbs so that together we find our way home. Because losing our way would be the cruelest of things.”

Most of us have lost our way at various points in our lives. I know I have. But the beauty is in the process of reconnection. We leave breadcrumbs to remind us of who we are. Our passions. Our values. Our goals. These breadcrumbs remind us of what we are fighting for. A healing journey is the process of uncovering and reconnecting to those breadcrumbs and continuing to drop more as we evolve and grow.

Who am I?

I am a dedicated advocate for those who feel they do not have a voice, that they are not empowered to heal, or cannot envision a hopeful future. From my extensive experience working with issues related to trauma, eating disorders, addiction, relationship dissatisfaction, and depression, I can help you chart a course out of the maze of dysfunction and onto the path of authentic connection to self and others.

I believe that deeply understanding who we are in relationships moves us forward in the healing process. Most of our triumphs and struggles occur in the context of relationships, especially our relationship to ourselves. By gaining a greater connection to our own passions, fears, and desires we can create a new way of functioning in the world.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California
  • Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado
  • Licensed Clinical Supervisor
  • Master’s Level Certified Experiential Therapist
  • Certified Brainspotting® Therapist

Current and Former Experience:

  • Founder and Director of Mosaic Counseling, a private practice in Santa Monica, CA
  • Facilitator at Onsite Workshops in Cumberland Furnace, Tennessee
  • Psychodrama Group Facilitator at Casa Bella Recovery Services in Los Angeles, CA
  • Clinical Supervisor for Resilience Treatment Center’s Residential Treatment Program in Los Angeles, CA
  • Interim Program Director for Resilience Treatment Center’s Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Program
  • Program Director for La Ventana’s Dual Diagnosis Eating Disorder and Addiction Treatment Center in Santa Monica, CA
  • Multiple Trauma-Based Programs
    • Rape crisis centers
    • State-based sexual assault advocacy centers
    • Child and adolescent foster care programs

Modalities:

  • Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy
  • Psychodramatic Bodywork Level 1®
  • Brainspotting®
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Functional Analytic Psychotherapy

I value, welcome, and affirm the full diversity of all people – supporting individuals of all genders, sexual orientations, religions, races, and ethnicities. I am also passionate about adoption and attachment-related needs, drawing from my own experience as a parent of an older adopted child and my professional training in addressing the complexities of these courageous and often misunderstood individuals, couples, and families.

Lastly, I am still holding out hope that my Hogwart’s letter is on its way.

Meet Our Team

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Michael Gross

PhD, RADT-II, CP, PAT, SEP
Facilitator

Dr. Gross is a Board Certified Practitioner of Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psycho­therapy, a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, and has worked in the field of addiction recovery for over seven years.  For more than six years, he has facilitated psychodrama groups for survivors of trauma and neglect, as well as addictions and eating disorders. During his own intensive psychodrama training, he found inspiration and experienced personal transformation through the invitation offered by sociometry and psychodrama, and is keen to share those opportunities with others.

In addition, Dr. Gross integrates principles of twelve-step recovery into his work with groups and individuals, and seeks to embody them in his own life. Previously, he devoted two decades to the world of HIV/AIDS, especially HIV prevention, as a counselor, educator, grant developer/administrator, program director, and clinical researcher, in association with a variety of organizations including the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH).

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Lesli Maul

LCSW, CEDS, CDWF
Facilitator

Lesli has worked in a number of healthcare settings over her 26 year career, and she has been in private practice for the past 15 years in Brea, CA. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, is certified as an Eating Disorder Specialist – serving as President of the Orange County Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals from 2011-2013 – and has been trained and certified in all three of Dr. Brené Brown’s professional programs: Connections, The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong. In addition, Lesli has extensive training in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, and advanced training and certification in Clinical Hypnosis and Family Mediation.  As an adult adoptee herself, has a special interest and involvement in the adoption community. She has offered several workshops and educational events for adoptees and most recently authored a book chapter entitled, Late Discovery Adoptees: The Original Victims of Identity Theft in the 2014 anthology, Adoption Therapy: Perspectives from Clients and Clinicians.

Lesli enjoys speaking to groups about finding courage, authenticity and wholehearted living, and values the strength and resiliency that each individual brings to the world. Her commitment is to building vulnerability, connection, and authenticity within all beings.

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Dr. Jim Tracy

DDS, LMFT, LAADC, CET2, CIP, CP, PAT
Facilitator

Dr. James (Jim) Tracy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Board Certified Sociometrist and Psychodramatist, a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Master’s Level Experiential Therapist.  He graduated from Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1979 and practiced General Dentistry for over 20 years before his own personal journey led him to the behavioral health industry.

He is founder and past Vice President of The Betty Ford Center’s Licensed Professional Recovery Program.  His experience has allowed him to serve as Chairman of the Dental Board of California’s Diversion Evaluation Committee, the Medical Board of California Diversion Evaluation Committee and the Lawyers Assistance Program for the State Bar of California.

He is a nationally recognized expert, speaker and educator on addiction, interventions, chronic pain, family treatment and impaired healthcare professionals, and has been conducting professional and family interventions for over 20 years.   Jim has a special interest in developing effective family programs utilizing experiential and psychodramatic methods, and has consulted and developed family programs for some of the top addiction treatment centers in the country.

He conducts specialized family workshops, provides long-term family case management and monitoring, and facilitates action-based family programs for some of the most respected treatment centers in the country.

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Debbie Reid

LCSW
Facilitator

Debbie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a strong background in treating both chemical and process addiction(s). She is a trauma specialist. Debbie travels to Tennessee once a month to treat trauma at Onsite Workshops in their Healing Trauma Program. Her passion and therapeutic talent is the use of Psychodrama. Family systems are an especially important factor in her work, and she can often be found in session with multi-generational families addressing change as a group.

Debbie enjoys all types of art and theater. She loves to travel and explore, especially where it is warm. She enjoys fly fishing. Debbie is game for most adventures. She has the ability to put clients and friends at ease with her warmth and smile.

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