THE FIRST TIME I was asked to support someone getting into recovery
    (having been sober for a few years) was by my Rabbi. He called and asked if I
    would be willing to help a fellow congregate who was struggling with alcoholism.
    Over the course of the next eight years I was called upon many times to help
    others in this para-professional capacity.

    IN THE YEAR 2000 I retired as a VP of a multi-national menswear manufacturing company. At that time
    I was 50 years young and knew deep in my heart that I was supposed to be doing something else. Ten
    years sober from drugs and alcohol, and having helped many people connected to my synagogue, I made
    a life-changing decision. I decided to return to school to become a drug and alcohol counselor.

    MY FIRST POSITION as a counselor was at Bet T'Shuva, a 110 bed drug & alcohol in-patient rehab
    facility in Culver City, Ca. My personal sense of fulfillment in helping others infused me with the
    knowledge that this was my calling. Going to work was no longer a chore. After promotion to Mens
    Program Director I remained at this facility until the end of 2001.

    IN JANUARY OF 2002 I was offered the position of Primary Counselor at Promises West Los Angeles,
    a 18-bed in-patient private drug & alcohol treatment center.

    IN 2003 I WAS PROMOTED to Director of Aftercare at Promises Malibu (considered by many as one of
    the preeminent facilities in the country). Through this term I continued my education, first completing a
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and then my MFT Masters Program. It was working under the excellent
    supervisor of the Clinical Director at Malibu, however, where I truly honed my skills.

    IN JANUARY OF 2007 I decided to devote myself exclusively to my growing private practice. It was
    difficult to leave my Promises family. I continue, however, to do one class a week on relapse prevention at
    that facility. In addition, other local relapse facilities seek my services, and as time allows I am more than
    happy to help, although my private clients always take precedence.

    I AM CURRENTLY SEEING CLIENTS in my private Topanga, Ca. office, regarding all areas of
    addiction, including drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex, food, shopping, online game playing...any activity that
    can become addictive.

                            EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION

MA MFT Degree from World University of America - Ojai – June 2006

Cal. Lic. # MFC 50247

Appointed Board Member – Ethics Committee CCBCDC – March 2006

California Certification Board of Chemical Dependency Counselor #104431 - December 2005

BS in Psychology from Southern California University

American Psychotherapy Association Board Certified Professional Counselor ID #9701     

Advanced Institute of Counseling – Graduated in November 2001 with a C.C.D.C (Certified
Dependency Counselor)

Sullivan County Community College – Associates Degree in Hotel Administration in 1969

Nottingham High School – Syracuse, NY – Graduated June 1967


M.A., M.F.T.
            Masters Degree in Marriage Family Therapy
            Registered Intern I.M.F. #51235

BA Psychology

C.C.B.C.D.C #104431
            California Certification Board of Chemical Dependency Counselors

            Certified Chemical Dependence Counselor

C.A.A.D.A.C. #086059
            California Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors

            National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors

ACA# 6154788
            American Counseling Association


Crisis Response
            @ The Maple Counseling Center

Art Therapy and Anxiety: Healing Through Imagery
            @ Cross Country Education

Changing the Cycle of Anger
            @ C.M.I. Education Institute Inc.

                                                      I CAN BE CONTACTED confidentially via:
                                               Telephone: (310) 455-8996 (preferred)
About Me
Larry Meltzer
Addiction Therapist