Dr. Shari Corbitt Joins Promises Treatment Centers as Senior Executive Director

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Dr. Corbitt is a licensed psychologist with rich clinical experience in the treatment of addiction, eating disorders, and trauma as well as a strong background in treatment center operations.

Dr. Shari Corbitt

It has all the ingredients that make a wonderful program - licensed clinicians, psychiatry, and executive management that is open to growth and learning. Everything I saw when looking at Promises showed me they care for clients with integrity. That’s the kind of team I wanted to join.

Promises Treatment Centers announced this week the appointment of Dr. Shari Corbitt, a licensed psychologist with a background in the treatment of addiction,Trauma, Pain Management and eating disorders, as Senior Executive Director of Promises. The newly created position will allow Promises to continue to grow their already strong reputation as a clinically rigorous addiction treatment program.

“Dr. Corbitt has a wealth of clinical experience related to recovery, pain management, trauma, and eating disorders. She is an extraordinary manager and I look forward to her providing leadership and innovation at Promises,” said Dr. David Sack, CEO of Promises.

“Promises is doing a phenomenal job,” Dr. Corbitt said. “It has all the ingredients that make a wonderful program - licensed clinicians, psychiatry, and executive management that is open to growth and learning. Everything I saw when looking at Promises showed me they care for clients with integrity. That’s the kind of team I wanted to join.”

Dr. Corbitt began college at the young age of 16. That was the same year she began her own journey of recovery from an eating disorder. She went on to earn her doctorate degree in psychology from Yeshiva University in New York. She has over two decades of personal experience in recovery as well as a rich background in both treatment and operations.

“My first introduction to working with addictions was at a treatment center on the Rincon reservation in northern San Diego County. I was clinical director on the reservation where seven tribes had banded together to get all their health care needs met at one clinic. It was a wonderful clinic. That was probably where I received my most intensive training relative to the true realities of substance abuse and the long-term effects – physical, emotional, and spiritual – of addiction.”

Dr. Corbitt then briefly worked with a large private practice group before becoming the program director at Casa Palmera, a boutique-style treatment center for eating disorders and trauma. She became well-versed in the treatment of trauma using EMDR, somatic experiencing, and art therapy.

“Trauma was the primary focus, and how the dysregulation of emotion as a result of traumatic experience had driven those young women, and occasionally men, to having disordered eating,” Dr. Corbitt said. “Making that connection was very powerful for them.”

Dr. Corbitt later became the Clinical Director at Sierra Tucson where her experience shifted from strictly clinical experience to more clinical operations experience. She worked with Promises’ Keith Arnold, who was Executive Director at Sierra Tucson at that time.

“I am very excited to have Dr. Corbitt join our team,” said Arnold, who joined Promises in 2008 as Vice President of Operations for Elements Behavioral Health and Promises. “We have worked closely in the past and I respect her ability to enhance clinical programming, increase patient care and satisfaction, and work collaboratively with staff and the referring community. She has incredible energy, and integrity, and has a wonderful ability to make great things happen. I am looking forward to working with her again and enhancing the great care we give at Promises.”

Promises Treatment Centers has addiction treatment programs in West Los Angeles and Malibu, California. Promises is part of Elements Behavioral Health, which aims to fill the gaps in mental health treatment between inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services; in co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders; and between traditional and alternative settings to help clients that are underweight or overweight due to eating related and other issues. The goal is for full recovery and well being with permanent life change and life style improvement and not just symptom reduction. Our focus is not only on the patient, but on the health and support of the family system. For more information about Promises Treatment Centers visit http://www.promises.com or call 866-466-1276.

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