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


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


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

Kristine Ives | Co-Founder


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
  • Faculty at Breathwork for Recovery
  • 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


  • 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.

Meet Our Team


Sulabha (Su) Abhyankar

Sulabha (Su) Abhyankar is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/psychotherapist in the field for 30 years working with trauma, addictions and relationship issues. She is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitizing and Reprocessing), Psychodrama, as a Provisional Certified Practitioner in training to be a TEP. (Trainer, Educator and Practioner) and Sand tray therapy. She provides individual and group psychotherapy, including coping with cancer, for patients and families due to her own experience with the devastating effects of cancer on her family, and workshops on Compassion Fatigue Management for Clinicians. She utilizes Breath Work, Guided Imagery and Visualization techniques to build your inner strength to face life's challenges.

Su has a Masters in Social Work from University of Bombay, India 1987 and has been Licensed in the State of California since 1999.


Michael Gross


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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Christina Huxford


CHRISTINA HUXFORD, CTP, STR, is certified Trauma Professional, certified in Somatic Trauma Resolution and is a Reiki Master. Christina uses Somatic modalities with Psychodrama and Psychodramatic Bodywork,® to help her clients heal from the suffering that can result from abuse of any kind, traumatic injury, abandonment, grief, loss or any event that results in the traumatic “overwhelming” of the nervous system. Her work with trauma survivors has led her into working with individuals that have addiction and substance abuse issues, eating disorders, depression, anxiety and low self-esteem.

Christina’s holistic approach to helping individuals recover is augmented by her passionate energy, creativity, intuition and natural healing talents. Her work in individual sessions and as a group facilitator brings dramatic healthy changes and hope into the lives of those she works with.


Jill Krush

Jill Krush - therapist and guide - is committed to working hard to help you find your purpose, truth and healing. She believes strongly in the power of groups, community and truth telling, and has seen thousands of people change from destructive habits and hang ups to honest relationships with self and others. She helps people examine their lives, ask tough questions, become truth tellers and find freedom, and believes in working together to decide the best course of action for you, to define and work through your blocks to living the life you desire.

Jill has been committed to her own personal growth for the past 30+ years. She had several intense, unwanted experiences as a young person that propelled her on a path of transformation and truth seeking, and because she has been to the darkest places in her own life, she can offer a flashlight to those she works with. She is a person committed to her own recovery from substances, process addiction and healing from family issues, and believes the payoff is big when we get honest with ourselves and others. She believes people can change no matter what is going on, as long as desire and willingness is present.

Jill is a Master's Level Clinician (MS), a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Colorado, a Certified Addiction Counselor Level 3 (CACIII), National Certified Counselor (NCC), Certified Psychodramatist (CP) and a Certified Experiential Therapist Level 3 (CET3).


Courtney Leak


Courtney Leak, LCSW, LISW-CP is a dynamic therapist, wellness curator and empowerment speaker who utilizes direct honesty wrapped in humor in order to spread the message of living a life that is whole and full of purpose and courage. Courtney received her Master’s of Social Work from Winthrop University and has over 10 years of experience working with in the mental health field as a therapist. She specializes in working with those who have experienced trauma, grief and loss, attachment disorders, relationship complications and the mental health needs of marginalized populations. Courtney is trained in EMDR, Experiential therapy and Psychodrama.  Courtney currently sits on the board for the International Society for Experiential Professionals (ISEP) and the Onsite Foundation Clinical Advisory Board.  She also holds the Certified Experiential Therapist, level 2 credential with ISEP.  She has presented at various conferences and symposiums focusing on the journey back to wholeness. Through her own experiences and the experiences of the numerous individuals, couples, and families that she has worked with over the years, Courtney has developed insight into the struggles of everyday living and how they are often compounded by the history and patterns of pain that so many people are living with today.  Courtney’s fundamental belief is that everyone is naturally equipped with what they need to find and meet their purpose but it is often hidden under fear, hurt, and negative views of ourselves.  However, if we are willing to own our story, minus the fear and shame, we can embrace our true selves and live abundantly in our purpose.


Lesli Maul


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.


Debbie Reid


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.


Mike Robertson

Community Outreach Liaison

Mike Robertson brings a deep understanding of mental health issues, as well as substance use disorders and process addictions to his work as Community Outreach Liaison.  He has cultivated contacts in the community, including with therapists, interventionists, treatment centers, and other resources.  He works diligently to match people’s needs with the right person or program, so they have the best chance of success in their healing journey.


Dr. Jim Tracy


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.


Rosana Zapata


Rosana Zapata is a bilingual (English, Spanish) Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Addictions Professional, a Certified Practitioner of Psychodrama, Sociometry & Group Psychotherapy, and is a Practitioner Applicant for the Trainer (PAT) process.  She has been practicing as a therapeutic clinician for over 22 years treating behavioral problems with children and adolescents; empowering adults to have happier, more productive lives; and teaching families to have increased communication skills and connectedness within themselves and with others.

Rosana currently provides therapeutic support to our USA Military adolescents and their families in the Netherlands, Europe so that they can establish healthy coping skills for dealing with the many transitional challenges of being military service family members.  She had the opportunity to provide this same therapeutic support in Italy and in Germany.

As a PAT, Rosana is currently providing virtual psychodrama Trainings to Colleagues in the USA and in Europe.  She is committed to providing mental health wellness interventions and to breaking the cycle of addiction in families through education, counseling, recovery, and training.  Rosana continues to live in gratitude for the honor and privilege it is to work with others in the healing capacity.

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