The clinical team at Silver Lining is comprised of individuals who have worked in the drug and mental health sector for more than 30 years. Our group facilitators and counselors all have experience as supervisor therapists, which mean you will be treated by experienced and knowledgeable clinicians. They bring their many years of expertise when providing customized, compassionate care to clients.
With more than 30 years of professional experience in mental and behavioral health, Jack Platt has worked in administration, staff supervision, patient and family counseling, corporate training and teaching. Jack received his bachelor’s degree in business administration, a master’s degree in psychology from Pepperdine University and another master’s degree in social work from USC. He is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), a national certified master addiction counselor (MAC), an internationally certified alcohol & drug counselor (IAOD) and has a lifetime teaching certificate for the California State Community College system. Jack has been a guest lecturer at the University of California, Irvine and at California State University, Fullerton.
Dr. Cathy Thielen has been working in the field of Addiction for 20 years. She has both a Masters and a Doctorate Degree in clinical psychology. Dr. Thielen specializes in Trauma/PTSD, Substance Abuse Treatment, and Anxiety and Depressive disorders. She believes in individualized care, and tailors treatment to the needs of the client utilizing techniques pulled from CBT, Mindfulness and Meditation practices, Music/Art therapy and DBT. Dr. Thielen has worked as Program Director, a Clinician as well a Trauma services coordinator. She has trained staff on Treatment for PTSD and Substance abuse, as well as vicarious traumatization/self-care for clinicians, at various substance abuse treatment centers in both Northern and Southern California. When she is not working with clients, she enjoys hiking, the beach, meditation workshops and spending time with family.
A licensed drug and alcohol counselor and LCSW therapist with a doctorate in medical physiology, Dr. Robin Fraser uses his skills to strengthen and empower families and communities through educational and support programs. He obtained his masters degree in social work and completed his Ph.D. in physiology from Stanford University School of Medicine. He has more than 40 years of experience in the field of mental and behavioral health and has worked as a social worker, counselor, and supervisor throughout his career. Some highlights include working as a Senior Clinical Director for Padres Unidos, where he supervised as a field instructor for intern students from USC, California State University, Long Beach and California State University, Dominguez Hills to provide counseling for families in vulnerable communities. He has also been a part of Orange County Children and Family Services as a senior social worker. Dr. Fraser has a passion for working with those struggling with mental and substance abuse issues. He believes in nurturing the spiritual growth of himself and others. When it comes to treating clients, he believes in the art of therapeutic connection. His style of treatment promotes a compassion first approach as well as positive contributions to their lives. He enjoys the love and service he brings to the life of others. In his free time, he engages in meditation/mindfulness, mountain biking, jogging, weight training, archery, yoga and Ki training.
As the Co-Founder of Silver Lining, Barmak seeks to achieve the highest level of program efficiency while ensuring clients are receiving the best care possible through collaboration with the Executive Director. Barmak attended CSUF Miyahlo School of Business and studied accounting and started a career working in tax accounting and the financial sector. After working in that industry for 10 years, he decided he needed a change. Barmak went back to school to study to become a therapist. He began working in rehabilitation facilities (from small facilities to large centers) and enjoyed the work. From his business outlook, he saw there was a lot of structure missing from the administrative side in client care. Barmak soon discovered he had a knack for filling in those missing pieces and establishing a seamless administrative process for clients. At Silver Lining, Barmak wants clients to know their health and recovery is the focal point of the treatment they will receive. He has created an administrative system that will allow clinicians to focus solely on client care, rather than spending countless hours on the administrative side like filling forms and other office tasks. He has invested in up-to-date, innovative technology that will allow clinicians to do what they do best: providing high-quality care for their clients. In his free time, Barmak spends time with his wife and 2-year-old son as a family man. Also, he likes to keep active by playing soccer regularly and maintaining his skills as an amateur MMA fighter. Meditation and service to the community are also a passion of his of which he participates in various groups.
My name is Ngosa Pepala I obtained my Associate’s degree as a Paralegal in Pittsburgh PA. I later on attained my Bachelors in Justice studies and continued to graduate school attaining an MS in Criminal Justice. My professional career spans from a Domestic violence Agency (Interact- Raleigh North Carolina) I attained multiple certifications in Domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Working with this population I become aware of the symbolic relationship between domestic violence and substance abuse. In order to appropriately serve the victims, I decided to go back to school and obtained an MS in addiction counseling. I am a member of NAADAC and CCAPP. I have three adult children, I love music, dancing, fishing, and sewing. I love what I do, it has given me human insight having worked through issues that others struggle and seek help with.
With an undergraduate degree in Psychology from CSUF and a Master’s degree in Addiction Counseling from GCU, Sarah has been working as a substance abuse case manager for over 3 years. Due to her own family’s history with addiction, Sarah has a strong passion for helping those suffering from the disease of addiction. As a case manager, Sarah believes in helping people break their cycle of addiction by tapping into their true potential, developing healthy coping skills, identifying triggers, building a sober support system and learning life skills that will help empower clients to maintain their sobriety. When Sarah is not working, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 young children. Along with working as a case manager, Sarah has a passion for living a healthy lifestyle and her and her family own a local gym.