Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Psychodynamic Therapy

In addition to psychoeducation and psychotherapy, we offer Psychodynamic therapy at California Prime in order to help our clients get a deeper understanding of their thought patterns and emotional signals. Not addressing our unconscious thoughts can lead to unexpected reactions and behaviors, especially in addiction patients. Our therapists use psychodynamic therapy as a tool to help analyze and uncover unconscious beliefs that are obstacles to recovery.

What is Psychodynamic Therapy?

Psychodynamic therapy is a modality of psychotherapy where therapists and counselors help individuals connect their current behaviors to past experiences. Oftentimes, an individual may not realize why they are behaving a certain way, or why they turn to substances, despite their every intention of healing and recovering from addiction. It is because of unexamined unconscious thoughts and reactions that they are unaware of. Psychodynamic therapists provide the insight necessary to not only discover, but also to address the deeper thought patterns that are driving current behaviors.

Psychodynamic Therapy for Addiction Patients

Addiction patients are also often dual diagnosis patients, suffering from one or more psychiatric disorders, in addition to substance use disorder. Some of the disorders that we often use psychodynamic therapy are in treating:

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)Depressive DisorderPersonality Disorder
Eating DisorderAnxiety and Panic Disorder 

Psychodynamic Therapy Techniques at California Prime

At California Prime we pride ourselves in providing individual treatment plans for the unique needs of each of our patients. These may include several different treatment techniques in unique combinations tailored to each individual.

Some of the techniques we use include:

Goals for Psychodynamic Therapy

One of the major goals of psychodynamic therapy is to uncover and analyze the influence of the unconscious mind on conscious behavior. Because unconscious thoughts and emotions are formulated in response to unexamined past life traumatic events, it is necessary to be in a safe space with a therapist that an individual is able to trust. Recovering addiction patients benefit from deeper bonds with their therapist so they can make long term progress on their journey to sobriety.

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Alyssa Mueller


Alyssa Mueller is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural and interpersonal communication from California State University of Long Beach. Compassion, empowerment and unconditional positive regard are the foundations of her clinical practice, Alyssa has a passion for helping others and her priority is to hold space for clients to feel heard, to feel safe and to find fulfillment and self-love on their recovery journey. Alyssa specializes in addiction treatment, self-esteem building, mindfulness practices, grief and loss, trauma informed care, and self-compassion as well as individual and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with high risk populations in various clinical settings such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, schools, and community outreach. Alyssa uses a client centered and holistic approach to address the client as a whole person in order to help them to feel empowered and facilitate their confidence and independence.

Charee Marquez

LMFT - Clinical Director

Charee has worked in the recovery field for 10 years.Charee is dedicated to supporting and inspiring clients to live a healthy lifestyle filled with meaning and purpose.Charee has extensive clinical experience within the recovery field in both inpatient and outpatient settings.She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction however she has also clinical experience in assisting individuals,couples and families in working through a variety of concerns,including: depression,anxiety,relationship & communication issues,substance abuse,grief & loss,trauma, life transitions, and many others.Charee works with each client to specialize their treatment plan with what works best for the client in a compassionate and effective way. She emphasizes the strength of every individual client and fosters an environment of personal growth and internal healing from a mind, body and spiritual approach.Charee received her Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Women and Gender Studies, in addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.

Stephen Carmel

Founder & CEO

I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when I moved to California from New York.Along wiht my recovery and beginning a new way of life,I began to develop a heart for others struffling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growht.I truly believe i would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.I started CPR as a way to work with people in recovery on a daily basis and it evolved into something much more beautiful. I have also come to realize that my own personal happiness and recovery depends on being involved in the lives of people in recovery. Helping others recover is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, as it is here. Giving back to those still suffering, is the only way not to lose what you have gained. It is the paradox that we live by every day.