Therapists

Malibu Recovery Center provides a specialized and person-specific approach through working with the professionals each resident would like to include in their recovery journey. If you are working with a client that you believe could benefit from any of the services Malibu Recovery Center provides, we want you to know that you can continue to be a part of your client’s treatment. We create individual treatment plans and schedules that work to incorporate what is already working well for that individual, which often includes therapists and physicians already integral in that person’s recovery.

It is critical to the recovery process that the individual gains a complete understanding of the concept that recovering drug addicts and alcoholics have underlying issues and problems that are a major contribution to why they drink and/or abuse drugs. We would like you be a part of this process.

Please let us know what we can do to help.

   
   
Dr. Bruce Rays, PsyD – EMDR Therapist

Dr. Bruce Rays is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Marriage & Family Therapist. He has worked at the UCLA Medical Group-Malibu for almost two decades. His specialty is in the field of Dual-Diagnosis and he is a Certified Doctoral Addictions Specialist. Dr. Rays’ educational and clinical background encompasses empirically validated methodologies including: Interpersonal, Cognitive-Behavioral and Psychodynamic Therapies. In an effort to bring best science to best practice for his clients, he has combined these time proven modalities under the one roof of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy. He was trained by the EMDR Institute under the direction of Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. EMDR is grounded in psychological science and is informed by both psychological theory and research on the brain. With successful EMDR treatment, upsetting experiences are worked through to "adaptive resolution". Dr. Rays is experienced in treating a wide variety of disorders including: anxiety, couples and family counseling, depression, eating disorders, grief counseling, phobias, stress management, sexual abuse recovery, panic disorders and psychological assessments.

   
Joy Ann Lazarus, Equine Therapy

Joy Ann Lazarus, is an accomplished trainer and instructor. Over the years, Joy has operated a very successful training and lesson program, instructing riders of all ages and abilities year round. Park Place Stable specializes in Saddleseat and Driving, but Western and Hunt Seat lessons are offered as well.
Joy is a graduate of Stephens College, Columbia Missouri where she majored in Equestrian Science. Before opening her own business in Southern California, she was a riding instructor and trainer for top stables in the competitive Kentucky area. Her students have successfully shown at the World Champion Horse Show in Louisville, KY, American Royal in Kansas City, MO, Lexington Jr. League in Lexington, KY and many more prestigious horse shows.

Joy’s hobbies include skiing, scuba diving and showing her dogs. She is also a successful breeder and handler of Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, competing in conformation, packing, herding, obedience, rally and drafting.