All staff at Willow House at The Meadows are trained and supervised by Dr. Stefanie Carnes, ensuring that patients receive the most advanced treatment in love and intimacy disorders. During their time here, patients will be under the 24/7 supervision and care of our highly-trained professional staff. Our team of physicians, psychiatrists, and addiction specialists are all Masters or Doctoral level and CSAT trained with extensive experience in intimacy disorders and sexual trauma. Our psychiatric nurses, nursing staff, and recreation therapists are experienced in supporting patients through the treatment process and working as an integral part of the treatment team.
Your Expert Treatment Team
Sean Walsh, Chief Executive Officer
Sean Walsh is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Meadows Behavioral Healthcare and is responsible for the oversight of its family of programs which include The Meadows, Gentle Path at The Meadows, Claudia Black Young Adult Center, The Meadows Ranch, Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows, The Meadows Outpatient Center, and Willow House at The Meadows. Sean has been in the behavioral health field since 1996. Sean has a clinical background and although he has been a treatment center executive since 2009, he is a licensed therapist and is highly invested in ensuring quality care to the patients The Meadows serves. Sean came to The Meadows from Calvary Addiction Recovery Center where he was the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Calvary, Sean was the COO of Laurel Ridge Treatment Center in San Antonio. He has held a wide variety of positions in the treatment field ranging from: Director of Outpatient, Risk Management, Case Management, Intake and has been a primary therapist specializing in treating young adults.
Allan Benham, RN, BSN, Chief Operating Officer
Allan Benham is the Chief Operating Officer for Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. In his 16 years with The Meadows, Allan has served in numerous roles including positions as a Registered Nurse, Director of Nursing, Director of Operations at The Meadows, Executive Director of Gentle Path at The Meadows, and presently as the Chief Operating Officer for Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. With a background in working almost every position and with every facility in the Meadows family, Allan brings a commitment to quality and effective treatment for our patients and a dedication to helping those who are suffering find relief. Allan is now working with all of the Meadows Behavioral Healthcare facilities including The Meadows, Gentle Path at The Meadows, Claudia Black Young Adult Center, Meadows Ranch, Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows, The Meadows Outpatient Center, and Willow House at The Meadows.
Stefanie Carnes, Ph.D., Clinical Architest and Senior Fellow
Stefanie Carnes, Ph.D. is the President of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals, a training institute and professional organization for addiction professionals. At The Meadows, she works with sexually addicted clients and their families. She is also the clinical architect for Willow House: Relationship Healing for Women, a treatment program for women struggling with sex, love, and intimacy disorders. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and an AAMFT approved supervisor. Her area of expertise includes working with patients and families struggling with multiple addictions such as sexual addiction, eating disorders, and chemical dependency.
Dr. Carnes is also a certified sex addiction therapist and supervisor, specializing in therapy for couples and families struggling with sexual addiction. She presents regularly at conferences at both the state and national levels. She is also the author of numerous publications including her books, Mending a Shattered Heart: A Guide for Partners of Sex Addicts, and Facing Heartbreak: Steps to Recovery for Partners of Sex Addicts, and Facing Addiction: Starting Recovery from Alcohol and Drugs.
Jerry L. Law, D. Min., MDAAC, CIP, Executive Director
Dr. Law serves as the Executive Director of Gentle Path at The Meadows and Willow House at The Meadows, residential programs specializing in relationship disorders, sex addiction, substance abuse disorders, and co-occurring behavioral health disorders. He is a Board Certified Counselor, a Board Certified Intervention Professional and a Master Certified Drug Alcohol and Addictions Counselor.
Prior to assuming the Executive Director Role and Gentle Path and Willow House, Jerry served as Director of Family Education and Leadership Training for Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. In this role, Jerry worked closely with the clinical teams and offered education and support to family members while their loved one is in treatment.
As Executive Director, Jerry oversees the day-to-day operations of the programs and works closely with the clinical team in providing world-class treatment as well as advocating for service excellence in the care provided. He works closely with Senior Fellows, Dr. Patrick Carnes and Dr. Stefanie Carnes, in the ongoing development and implementation of program curriculum ensuring the continuity of care for which The Meadows programs are known worldwide.
Irene Jacobs, MC, LPC, CSAT, Clinical Director
Irene is the Clinical Director for Willow House at Meadows Behavioural Health in Arizona. Years of experience in counselling and administration has deepened her understanding of, and passion for, people who struggle with trauma and addiction. Irene has expertise in the areas of sex addiction; love addiction; relationship and intimacy issues; victims of domestic sex trafficking; human trafficking; survivors of torture; self-harm; personality disorders; addictions; and disordered eating. She has worked as a Primary, Family, and Trauma therapist at The Meadows, giving her rich experience in how to treat women and their families struggling with intimacy and relationship issues. On several occasions, Irene has been asked to contribute to the Dr Phil Show as an expert on topics related to female intimacy and relationships. In addition, Irene is a contributing author to the book, Voices Against Sex Slavery. Her extensive knowledge and experience, combined with her clinical sensitivity and warmth, offers healing and hope for patients and their families.
Isabel Nino de Guzman, Ph.D., CSAT-S, Psychologist
Dr. Nino de Guzman works as licensed psychologist for the male Gentle Path program and the women's Willow House program at The Meadows, participating in direct patient care and supervising CSAT professionals from The Meadows organization. She trained under Dr. Patrick Carnes' direct supervision and has worked with him conducting research in the field of sex addiction since 2006. Dr. Nino de Guzman has previously held jobs at two of the most reputable programs for addiction treatment in the United States. She brings a wealth of clinical experience from her career in Peru as a professor and researcher and is author and co-author of several publications. At The Meadows, she conducts specialized psychosexual assessments for patients with sexually addictive behaviors, intimacy disorders, and complex trauma. Dr. Nino de Guzman has brought into the programs her vast experience on dual disorders and utilizes evidence-based practices to treat patients, knowing the unique patterns of interaction between sexual addiction, mental health disorders, and maladaptive personality patterns.
Rob Wallace, MSN, RN, ASAT, Director of Nursing
Rob Wallace is the Director of Nursing at Gentle Path at the Meadows & Willow House at the Meadows. He also serves as Meadows Behavioral Healthcare Nursing Coordinator interfacing with nursing staff throughout the MBH system. He earned his Master of Science in Nursing with focus on Nurse Executive and completed Associate Sex Addiction Therapist (ASAT) certification in 2016. Rob has worked in addiction recovery since 2003, and remains active volunteering with Wickenburg Lions Club, Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce (Tip of the Stethoscope Award for 2017, Volunteer of the year - 2010), Wickenburg Unified School District, HOSA, and as advocate for nursing issues at the AZ Senate and House of Representatives engaging around Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder issues.
Dr. Jon G. Caldwell
Dr. Caldwell is a board-certified psychiatrist and clinical research investigator who specializes in the treatment of adults who are healing from relational trauma and addictive behaviors. He is currently the Medical Director of Meadows Behavioral Health, with oversight of Willow House. His theoretical perspectives are heavily influenced by his Ph.D. training at the University of California at Davis, where he began researching how early childhood maltreatment and insecure attachment relationships affect cognitive, emotional, and social functioning. His clinical approach has become increasingly flavored by the timeless teachings of the contemplative traditions and by the daily practice of mindfulness. Dr. Caldwell has published a number of articles on child maltreatment, attachment theory, emotion regulation, and mindfulness and he is a noted international speaker and trainer on these and other topics.
Kevin Berkes, MA, Vice President of Admissions
Kevin Berkes, MA, is the Vice President of Admissions and has been with The Meadows since 2004. Kevin leads the intake team guiding patients and their families through the difficult decision of admission into inpatient treatment. His passion for helping struggling individuals has helped thousands of people to realize recovery is possible. With formal training in Theology, his varied work experience ranges from working with traumatic brain injury patients in upstate New York to running groups for addicts in Southeast Asia. Kevin is currently undergoing the Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) training.