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Trauma & Addiction: Breaking the Cycle

Our trauma does not define us. However it can be an underlying source of misunderstood behaviors. Take an up-close look at recovery and self-renewal – whether for yourself or seeking insights for a loved one – surrounded in a healthy environment. This event is designed to remove the stigma from the conversation by taking a comprehensive and in-depth look at the relationship between trauma and addiction.

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Amy Hawthorne, MS, LMFT specializes in getting to the root of issues quickly, helping guests to identify shame-based messages, past traumas and maladaptive relationship patterns. Amy believes the only true path to long-lasting, meaningful change is through the cultivation of self-compassion and gaining personal insight and awareness. She helps guests achieve this through her direct, yet compassionate style of therapy.


Learn about our trauma and addiction guest experts, Kathleen Parrish MA, LPC, and David Cato, LCSW, TCT, SEP.

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Kathleen Parrishis a Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1991 and a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Master of Arts Degree in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1999. Kathleen has worked in private practice, outpatient treatment, and residential treatment settings.


David Cato began working at Sierra Tucson in April 2008 and holds a Master of Social Work from Arizona State University. He is a Somatic Experiencing® Therapy Practitioner, certified Transgender Care Therapist, and a licensed clinical social worker. He has worked with substance abuse disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, co-dependency, grief/loss and trauma.

Her work with trauma survivors spans over 25 years, focusing on story, mindfulness, and self-compassion.

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Canyon Ranch experts in Life Management come together with locally recognized experts to offer insightful pathways toward understanding and healing. From neurobiology of addiction and stress management, to attachment styles and fostering healthy relationships, take a closer look in supportive and positive surroundings.

Nurture vs. Nature
Amy Hawthorne shares how factors of genetics, environmental trauma and stress affect dependency and recovery; while learning to foster emotional maturity and healthy relationships.
Daily 12-Step Open Recovery Meeting
Share experiences with fellow guests at daily virtual meetings based on AA principles. Learn about the options of support for you or your loved ones. Applies to all fellowships. See Daily Schedule for the link to join the meeting.
Triumph Over Trauma
Kathleen Parrish takes a close look at the rise of complex global trauma and how what’s happening in the world around you can trigger personal feelings of discomfort. Learn to work through the “noise” and find triumph in every day.
Trauma, Attachment & Recovery
David Cato shares insights about the impact of trauma on attachment styles and relational systems vital to every day life. Explore ways to heal attachment wounds and have functional relationships.
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