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Our Team

Karen Rubenstein LMFT - Clinical Program Director
  • Karen RubensteinLMFT – Clinical Program Director

    Karen Rubenstein, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 43747) with a specialization in addiction and co-occurring disorders. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge and her Masters of Arts degree in Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute.

    Karen has been with Cliffside Malibu since 2014. Karen’s work in bringing the clinical philosophy using the Stages of Change, Evidence Based Practices and the therapeutic alliance to life, goes unparalleled to any other treatment program. She works closely with the clinical team by guiding them towards utilizing a center of excellence philosophy and ensuring the clinical program at Cliffside Malibu is at the forefront of the industry.

    Karen has over 20 years of management experience and has been working in drug and alcohol treatment since 2004. She has extensive experience with managing and structuring clinical programs that best meet the needs of clients.

    Prior to her work as a Therapist, Karen was a Vice President and Operations Department Head for Nationwide residential lending at one of the largest savings and loans nationwide for 10 years. Her management experience spans over two decades.

    As a Clinical Director and Program Director, Karen managed the clinical teams providing adolescents, adults and their families` the necessary tools to effectively address mental health and substance abuse issues. Karen worked compassionately with staff, clients, and their families to foster a healing environment.

Britney Stearns AMFT
  • Britney StearnsAMFT – Asst. to Clinical Program Director

    Britney Stearns is a Associate Marriage and Family therapist (AMFT) and received a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Arizona State University and a Masters degree from Pepperdine University. Britney has 5 years working within the field of addiction and 2 years working with children with Autism. Britney has been at Cliffside Malibu for the past 5 years.

Michelle Brady Clinical Coordinator
  • Michelle BradyCADC-II – Clinical Coordinator

    I am the clinical coordinator for Cliffside Malibu. I am directly involved in client coordination of care, facilitating group therapy as well as meeting with clients regarding individual needs and communicating with clients families when the first arrive.

    Prior to starting with Cliffside I started my journey in recovery as an EMT then participated in multiple volunteer opportunities Safe House of the Desert, Jewish Family Services, ABC Club, and ultimately ended up at Micheal’s House (Foundation Recovery Network) for 7 years as the residential counselor manager which was a rewarding.

    Moving forward I received my certification for a drug and alcohol counselor, received an AA degree in counseling and psychology from college of the desert, received a BA degree in psychology from Cal State Channel Islands and currently working on a masters in clinical psychology. I’m current a CADAC II and a Smart Recovery facilitator.

    I enjoy meeting and working with people from all over. I believe that learning the ways, opinions and beliefs of others is key to putting life in its true perspective, helping one to grow. I believes in treating the whole individual and meeting clients where they are, providing an empathetic, non-judgmental approach for the recovery journey.

Nika Kalili LMFT
  • Nika KaliliLMFT – Program Therapist

    Nika Kalili, holds a Masters in Educational Psychology, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Nika’s field of interest and passion consists of promoting the deeper understanding of issues surrounding multiculturalism when working with the minority population. In addition Nika has been practicing in the mental health field and in substance abuse for over 13 years with the emphasis of applying psycho-dynamic and object relations theories to better understand attachment styles and the unconscious forces that can play in ones current behaviors, thoughts and emotions leading to addictions and other maladaptive behaviors. Nika believes awareness of the root cause of our problems alone may not bring about the changes ones is desiring. Therefore she uses the combination of Cognitive Therapy and strength based approaches in addition to the psycho-dynamics to challenge thinking patterns and valuing the capacity, skills, knowledge, connections and potentials that can bring into practice the ability to look beyond there presenting problems, childhood experiences and dare to making the incremental changes needed in creating the life they intended to live. Nika also works in her private practice and has achieved academic publishing and Author of Unveiling Iranian women’s beliefs and attitudes towards divorce, published in 2010 through Lambert Academic Publishing.

Jacek Wysocki LMFT
  • Jacek WysockiLMFT – Program Therapist

    Jacek Wysocki is a licensed therapist in greater Los Angeles area. Jacek graduated with a BA degree in psychology from UCLA in 2009 and an MA degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis on marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine University in 2012. Throughout his career, Jacek had gained experience conducting therapy in a broad range of settings such as outpatient, inpatient and in-home. Since his first internship in 2011, Jacek has been dedicated to addressing issues underlying substance abuse. Among other modalities, Jacek enjoys using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with great success.

Britney Elyse LMFT - Program Therapist
  • Britney ElyseLMFT – Program Therapist

    Britney Elyse is a licensed psychotherapist (LMFT) and received a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Britney has over a decade experience working within the field of addiction and dual diagnosis. Britney has been at Cliffside Malibu for 5 years and with her unique style has treated some of the most challenging cases. Britney is currently attending Somatic Experiencing (SE) Trauma Institute, where she is in the intermediate level. She utilizes the stages of change, S.E., Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic, Dialectical Behavioral, and experiential approaches to help clients through the early stages of recovery and beyond. In her free time, Britney enjoys traveling to Europe, spending time with her 2 Pomeranians, studying history, and immersing herself in the recovery community.

Jonathan Mozenter LMFT
  • Jonathan MozenterLFMT – Group Facilitator

    Jon has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for 6 years and has worked at Cliffside Malibu for over 5 years. He has worked as a primary therapist in the Residential Treatment Program while also working as a group facilitator in the Residential and Outpatient programs. Jon has helped develop group therapy curriculum in the residential program and been active in developing Cliffside’s Family Program. Prior to working at Cliffside, Jon worked two years in county mental health in primarily Spanish-speaking Latino communities. Jon received his Masters in Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute and Bachelor of Arts from University of Vermont.