Who We Are
Founded by pioneers of the trauma approach for treating partners, the APSATS organization is made up of a diverse group of treatment providers, life coaches, and others who are dedicated to the training and certification of Partner Specialists from a “Multidimensional Partner Trauma Model” approach.
Our staff and board members also advocate for the recovery and treatment needs of Partners of Sex Addicts, knowing that this is an underserved and often misunderstood population. We would be delighted to have you partner with us, as we join voices to provide improved responses to partners.
All APSATS Board Members have years of experience working directly with partners of sex addicts in diverse settings, including treatment centers, outpatient programs and private practices. We are researchers, advocates and clinicians who actively use the trauma model to treat partners.
Barbara Steffens PhD, LPCC, BCC, CCSAS, CCPS, CPC, President Dr. Barbara Steffens has specialized in the area of sexual addiction and providing help for the partners of sexual addicts since 1999. At her practice in Cincinnati, Ohio, Safe Passages Counseling, she provides individual and group counseling, as well as coaching for partners of sexual addicts.
Janice Caudill, PhD, CSAT, SRT, SEP, CCPS, Vice President Dr. Janice Caudill has over 25 years experience in working with children, adolescents and adults. Her background is in brief therapy and strength-based approaches, which she uses to help her clients focus on realistic action plans to deal with problems, improve their relationships, and heal from relationship and life difficulties. Her practice is located in McKinney, TX.
Dan Drake, MFT, CSAT-S, CCPS-S, Secretary Dan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Supervisor, and a Certified Clinical Partner Specialist. He specializes in treating sex addicts, their partners and families. Dan's passion is to help people restore relational, mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual wholeness to their lives. He has a private practice in Studio City, CA.
Carol Juergensen Sheets LCSW, CSAT, PCC, CCPS, Treasurer Carol has a no-nonsense style and cut-to-the chase attitude that makes it clear she means business. Carol has trained with Dr. Patrick Carnes and has been credentialed as a Certified Sexual Addictions Counselor to provide clients with the needed resources to restore their lives. Carol has an Internet radio show at www.blogtalkradio.com/sexhelpwithcarolthecoach.com. Her practice is located in Indianapolis, IN.
Jill Manning, Ph.D., LMFT, CCPS, Research Dr. Jill Manning is a licensed marriage and family therapist and Certified Clinical Partner Specialist (CCPS) who specializes in working with individuals impacted by sexual addiction, pornography or betrayal trauma in their primary relationship. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Manning is a researcher, author, consultant, professional speaker and activist. Dr Manning practices in Louisville, CO.
Dorit Reichental, MA, MFTi, CPCC, ACC, ASAT, CPC, CCPS Associate Dorit is a California Marriage and Family Therapy Intern, Certified ICF Life Coach, and founder of RelationshipWorks™ Life Coaching, LLC. Dorit developed her passionate, multidisciplined approach after years in the mental health field, both as a patient advocate and as an executive administrator at Planned Parenthood of Connecticut and later at the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Greenville, SC.
Jennifer Cole, RN, BScN, DOHN, CPC Jennifer coaches women who feel betrayed, from all over North America. Through an interactive coaching process she helps them determine what is important to them, how they want to heal and without judgement. She looks at what is blocking them from getting there and then together comes up with manageable steps to reach their goals. She is located in Kingston, Ontario.
Sheri Keffer, Ph.D., MFT, MA, EMDR Consultant Dr. Sheri Keffer received her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy and her Master of Arts Theology, both from Fuller Theological Seminary. She currently specializes in individual, couples and family therapy at her private practice in Newport Beach, CA. With over 17 years experience as a marriage and family therapist, Dr. Keffer believes in looking at issues from a psychological, biological and spiritual perspective.