Founder & CEO
Mike Ferguson is the Founder and CEO of FBHC Advisors. As the leader of an independent behavioral health consulting firm, Mike and the team at FBHC are able to direct families and their loved ones to appropriate programs based on their specific needs. Mike has visited nearly 600 therapeutic programs around the globe, and is deeply passionate about finding the perfect fit for every client. He works diligently to help clients find long term recovery and help families heal themselves. Mike specializes in building and developing individualized and custom therapeutic options, often using his extensive healthcare network to provide out-of-the-box solutions for clients and their families, including putting together individualized Intensive Workshops for families and clients in need. At FBHC, Mike’s extensive network of professional contacts provide access to a diverse range of mental health, therapeutic, and addiction treatment options for clients and their families. Mike is a nationally recognized speaker and presents at conferences and with businesses nationally and internationally. Mike travels frequently to visit programs, engage in trainings, and meet with families. Mike is also the Curator of Applied Services in Los Angeles. Ferguson BHC is a proud member of the Association of Recovery Schools, the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, and the Association for Experiential Education.
Alex Flood, an internationally known and highly respected expert in the field of mental health and addiction, is the Executive Director of FBHC Advisors. As our Executive Director, Alex brings her expertise to strengthening FBHC Advisors' outreach and communication efforts with all the amazing resources and colleagues with whom we collaborate with around the world, as well as working with families directly via intervention, intensive workshops, and case management.
Flood’s highly respected reputation within the mental health and addiction field, combined with her passion for collaboration with therapists and treatment centers worldwide for placement, makes her a great addition to the FBHC team. Alex began her career twenty years after completing her initial therapy training at Guildford College, Surrey, UK before specializing in the treatment of addictions and the underlying issues at the Priory Addictions Training Course and at the Priory Hospital Sturt and Farm Place, graduating with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Addictions Counselling. She is also certified in Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Trauma Resolution and Structured Interventions, as well as a host of other important adjuncts to addictions treatment.
Flood has gained valuable experience in trauma resolution while working and studying in America. She has undertaken further training both in the United States and the United Kingdom and is the only licensed Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) Practitioner in Europe, as well as a Certified Challenge Course Counselor.
Previously, Alex held a reputable private practice and was Clinical Director for Farm Place in the UK. She co-founded and was clinical director at Nova Vida Recovery Centre in Portugal and Treatment Director position at Milestones at Onsite in Cumberland Furnace, TN.
Alex is based in the Nashville area but travels nationally and internationally to work with clients and families.
Whether JuliAnn Crommelin is connecting with a client, mental health professionals, or her team she believes that vulnerability and authenticity have the ability to change our lives. With over a decade of experience in the field of mental health and addiction, JuliAnn held multiple client centered positions. Before joining the FBHC team, JuliAnn served as a chemical dependency counselor, alumni coordinator, aftercare coordinator, and clinical outreach representative. JuliAnn’s experience and education, uniquely qualify her to help clients and families achieve long term serenity and sobriety.
JuliAnn believes that with the right support all adolescents and families have the ability to thrive. JuliAnn has spent the last ten years helping young people achieve their goals, and she is inspired by their resiliency. Having been given the gift of sobriety at an early age, her personal and professional goals center around helping people create and develop lives they have always dreamed of. JuliAnn continuously seeks out innovative ways to be of service to others.
JuliAnn believes that personal learning, growth, and recovery allow adolescents, young adults, and families to live lives of purpose and joy.
Director of Transitional Services
Following a long career trading options on the floor of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, John realized his passion was better served helping others; immersing himself in the Treatment arena in 2007. John is a CADC-1 California Drug and Alcohol Counselor, a Crossroads Recovery Coaching Program graduate, and is trained in several different Intervention models. Continuing education includes training in the Trauma Resolution Model (TRM) and Pia Mellody’s PIT program. He is also a Certified Neurofeedback Professional utilizing the Othmer Method/Cygnet software. John brings his passion for recovery and active lifestyle together with his business skills and clinical/coaching training to his position as Director of Transitional Services for FBHC.
His unique life experience, clinical training, and ability to seamlessly blend with the type of clientele that can avail themselves of companion based “Re-Integrations” make him extremely valuable, not only to the clients he works with personally, but to the other trained “Re-Integrators” that FBHC employs. A huge fan of live music and concerts, John’s catchphrase is “Sobriety Rocks”.
Ron Armstrong, President of Recovery Support Solutions, Inc., began his work in the addiction treatment field in 1988. In 1996, after assisting in a number of cases, Dr. James Fearing, a nationally recognized addiction expert and psychotherapist, asked Armstrong to join his team at his Minnesota-based organization, National Counseling Intervention Services. In 1998 Armstrong became the Director of Intervention Services, which offered intervention services nationally and abroad. In 2000 after four years with NCIS, Armstrong opened his own intervention practice in Pacific Palisades, California and in 2002 was recognized by the Betty Ford Center as one of the top five interventionists in the country.
In 2004, after having experienced the tragedy often associated with relapse, Armstrong identified the need for improved methods to support people transitioning home from residential treatment. Consequently he developed the first software used for monitoring the continuing care plans created by treatment providers during the discharge planning process. This innovative application became the core technology he then used to support people as they practiced their new recovery lifestyle as outlined in the framework of their continuing care plan. While providing important structure and accountability for the client it also benefitted clinicians monitoring behavior and helped identify the potential threat of relapse.
Over the years RSS, in cooperation with the clients and providers we’ve collaborated with, has helped in excess of 2,000 families find hope beyond the crippling grip of addiction and begin the path of a recovering lifestyle.
Executive Director of Family Services
Charlotte Cox is the Director of Admissions and Family Services for FBHC Advisors. Charlotte helps manage families through the initial admissions process, communicates with and visits programs, facilitates family meetings and provides transport services. Charlotte works directly with families throughout the therapeutic placement and case management process, and provides ongoing support and skill building for our families. Charlotte started working in the field in 2008 at AIM House in Boulder, CO, which specializes in helping young adults transition from primary treatment programs or outdoor therapeutic programs back into real life, learning about sobriety and life skills, while also providing educational, vocational and therapeutic support. She worked as both a mentor and admissions counselor, and then became the Director of Admissions. Charlotte earned her Bachelor of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology from Naropa University with a minor in early childhood education. Charlotte has received trainings in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and attends meditation and mindfulness workshops regularly. She loves working with the families at the forefront of this process and getting the privilege to witness major growth in the whole family system. She enjoys sharing her personal journey in recovery from addiction and connecting with the families needing help and in crisis now. In her free time, Charlotte loves to be active: hiking, snowboarding and practicing yoga, and is based in Santa Barbara.
Claire Fierman Mattison currently serves as a Therapeutic Consultant for FBHC Advisors. As an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor located in Salt Lake City, Utah, Claire is actively engaged in the therapeutic world; regularly attending workshops, trainings, and therapeutic events.
Claire’s experience has mainly been within residential treatment working as both case manager and therapist, working with clinically complex clients and families. After being on the front lines of treatment, Claire can confidently guide families and loved ones through a gentle healing process.
Claire holds an M.Ed. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Montevallo. She has been trained in Experiential Therapy, as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Claire also maintains a private practice in Salt Lake City at Red Willow Counseling.
Special Projects Manager
Jamie Engel is the Special Projects Manager for FBHC Advisors. Formerly based in the Twin Cities, and now living in Indianapolis, Jamie has worked extensively with families & businesses in the field of addiction & mental health consulting. Jamie manages clients through their initial phase, handles team logistics and works with families throughout the therapeutic process. Jamie is currently developing a transitional men's sober living in Indianapolis called Circle City Sober Living.
Jamie also manages and develops new programs and areas of interest for FBHC’s diverse team. He works with the team to develop and implement out-of-the-box solutions for families and works to build plans specific to each client with whom our team works. Jamie also specializes in managing individuals through the re-entry process, often facilitating a return-to-home process following treatment or on-the-road support with individuals who travel professionally. Jamie is a graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis, with a major in English Literature & Creative Writing and minor in Applied Music, with a focus on adolescent & young adult counseling and consulting.
Chief Clinical Consultant
Dr. Brigitte Lank is a licensed psychologist who holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She has two decades of direct clinical service to include specialization in addiction medicine, substance related disorders, process addictions, eating disorders and co-existing psychiatric disorders for adults and adolescents. With a commitment to addictions field and treatment development she has conducted original research of personality variables and alcohol abuse and dependence. Dr. Lank is the past two-term President of the Board of Directors for the National Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Addictions (NCADA-Bay Area) in San Francisco, CA. and committee member of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) Diversity Committee New York, N.Y. She is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). Currently she works as an educator, lecturer, program/treatment consultant and provides substance abuse and sex addiction assessment and individual, couple, and family psychotherapy in private practice in Marin County, California.
Family Liaison, Interventionist, & Clinical Consultant
Johan Sorensen was clinical director for the Nour al Shorouk Centers in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. Before that, he was director/founder/clinical director/marketing director of some of the best known residential facilities in the UK, including Life Works and Priory Farm Place. Johan now provides consultancy services and interventions in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. He travels and networks internationally in a quest to find the newest and most effective approaches for any given population. His passion is the provision of comprehensive and top quality care using innovative and client-centered approaches. As a result of living in different countries and speaking a variety of languages Johan is always looking for new challenges to push the field forward, challenge conventional wisdom, and improve on what exists. Johan specializes in out-of-the-box solutions and works with the FBHC team to design the best course of action for families in challenging situations. Johan also facilities intensive workshops with clients around the globe. Johan manages families through crisis worldwide, and is based in London.
Collaborative Team Member
Lizzie is a psychotherapist and licensed master social worker in Nashville, TN. She is also an EAGALA certified mental health specialist, and a social work instructor at Belmont University. She has a clinical focus and special interest in working with adults and adolescents who are experiencing substance abuse or addictive disorders, unresolved trauma and relationship issues or codependency. Lizzie has worked in the therapeutic and recovery field since 2006. She has served as a family counselor, relapse prevention specialist, trauma counselor, substance-abuse researcher, intervention coordinator and case manager. Lizzie currently serves as the NASW-TN Chapter’s Secretary. She received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Belmont University and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. Lizzie is a member of the Phi-Alpha honor society for Social Work. Informed by her own experience in recovery and her professional training, Lizzie’s passion is to help families and individuals heal from the devastation of addiction and trauma.
Collaborative Team Member
Susan’s career as a therapist began over two decades ago in 1989 at the Caron Foundation, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program that also specializes in codependency and ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) work. At Caron, Susan discovered her passion for and joy in helping people find more of themselves and seeing the magical results of that journey.
A few years later, Susan moved to New York City to begin her private psychotherapy practice. While establishing her practice, she also designed and implemented an intensive outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program for Mediplex/United Hospital in New Rochelle, NY.
With a desire to grow personally and professionally, Susan relocated her therapy practice to Georgetown in Washington, DC, where she does Individual counseling and therapy, couples and marriage / relationship counseling, group therapy, Psychodynamic Clinical Supervision for Social Workers in DC and Drug and Alcohol Counselors and specialized work with impaired professionals. In addition she offers aftercare and continuing care for clients coming out of intensive outpatient treatment and inpatient treatment programs for substance abuse and addiction issues. Susan works with people varying in age from 17 to adult. More information about Susan can be found on her website.
Collaborative Team Member
Colleen M. Kelly, PhD, MFT is a psychotherapist and clinical outreach consultant. She is a California Licensed Marriage Family Therapist and an APA Board Certified Professional Counselor. She holds a BFA from New York University, a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and a Doctorate. With over 20 years of personal recovery, Dr. Kelly has worked in the substance abuse and mental health field in a variety of clinical settings, beginning 17 years ago with American Indian treatment centers.
Dr. Kelly is a California Probation Certified Master Domestic Violence Group Facilitator and has participated in the development of culturally relevant substance abuse and batterers programs. She is a Board Certified Subject Matter Expert in Substance Abuse with the Board of Behavioral Science and a BBSE licensed Continuing Education Provider. In 2005, Dr. Aletha Solter, a colleague of Piaget, certified her as an Aware Parenting Parent Educator Specialist. As an educator, she has had over 80 articles and is the author of over 20 Continuing Education courses for MFTs and LCSWs. Her private practice is in Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Kelly specializes in couples and addiction. More info about Dr. Kelly can be found on her website.
Collaborative Team Member
Dr. Reza Nabavi (also called Dr. Reza) is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who has over 12 years of clinical experience working with individuals and families suffering from alcohol and chemical dependency, problem gambling, low self-esteem, mood and anxiety disorders, chronic mental illness, men’s issues, interpersonal problems, process addictions, and co-occurring disorders. His psychodynamic training does not limit his use of other modalities. Dr. Reza’s integrative approach incorporates humanistic, family systems, and mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. Clients have described him as warm and empathic, while appreciating his honest and direct feedback as well. While long-term depth work can be valuable in terms of gaining important insight into one’s self, not everyone has the luxury of being in therapy for years. Dr. Reza understands this and uses a strengths-based approach because he believes in empowering clients by teaching them practical and more effective coping skills that they can utilize on their own. More information about Dr. Nabavi can be found on his website.
Collaborative Team Member
Dr. Jennifer Cooper Stelwagon is a practicing clinical psychiatrist specializing in addiction psychiatry in New York City. As a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, she is board certified in both general and addiction psychiatry. In addition to full time private practice, she is a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and an Assistant Attending Psychiatrist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. As an addiction psychiatrist, her experience has included Medical Directorship of both Bridge Back to Life and Exponents Drug Treatment Program, outpatient chemical dependency treatment facilities in Manhattan.
Dr. Stelwagon graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from DePauw University, and received her medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency at the New York Presbyterian- Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Stelwagon then received her subspecialty training with a Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical College. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, The New York State Psychiatric Association, and The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. Additionally, she serves on the Advisory Board of The David Nee Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that seeks to support and encourage organizations devoted to preventing suicide among adolescents and young adults through diagnosis, treatment, education, and research.