Curriculum Vitae

Professional Experience


Private Practice, Mill Valley, CA

  • Consultation and Expert Witness
  • Identity Transformation Model (ITM) Individual Outpatient Program (IOP) Founder and Facilitator
  • Comprehensive Substance Use Disorder and Behavioral Addictions Assessment
  • Treatment and Recovery Planning
  • Residential and outpatient addiction treatment consultant for Coleman Research, CRC Healthcare (Bayside Marin), Constellations Behavioral Health (Alta Mira Recovery Programs), Stillpath Recovery, Northbay Recovery, Reflections, Five Sisters Ranch, Muir Wood, Safe Passage Recovery, Avery Lane Treatment, Ferguson Behavioral Healthcare Consulting, Recovery Without Walls (RWW) and My Doctor Medical Group.

2005- Present
Clinical Psychologist

Private Practice, Mill Valley, CA

  • Individual, Couple, Family and Group Psychotherapy
  • Substance Use Disorder Assessment
  • Clinical Supervision

Behavioral Healthcare Consultant

Treatment Program Development, Mill Valley, California

  • Program development, implementation, evaluation and review for SUD disorders. Residential Treatment Program (RTP), Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Sober Living Environment (SLE).
  • Responsible for Initial Licensing Application for the State of California-Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (DADP) Licensing and Certification Division
  • Responsible for Program Certification for the State of California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (DADP) Licensing and Certification Division
  • Program development for residential treatment facility to include creation and implementation of:
  • Program Description
    • Statement of Program Goals and Objectives
    • Program Mission and Philosophy Statement(s)
    • An Outline of Activities and Services to be Provided by the Program
    • Outline of Activities at a Glance or Weekly Activities Schedule
    • Admission Policies and Procedures and Admission Agreement
    • Statement of the Admission, Readmission, and Intake Criteria
    • Assurance of Nondiscrimination in Employment Practices and Provisions of Benefits and Services
    • Table of Administrative Organization of the Facility; Facility Staffing Plan, Job Descriptions, and Minimum Staff Qualifications
    • Consultant and Community Resources to be Utilized by the facility as part of its program
    • Needs Assessment
    • Evaluation Plan
    • Continuous Quality Management Plan

Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT)
International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP)
Lank Institute of Sexual Addiction and Recovery (LISAR), Founder
Private Practice, Mill Valley, CA

  • Sex Addiction and compulsivity Assessment Program
  • Individual, couples, group sex addiction treatment
  • Presenter, trainer, educator, media-representative

Founding Psychologist

Primary Therapist

Family Program Coordinator

Bayside Marin, San Rafael, CA

  • Pre-admission screening/assessment of  psychiatric, psychological and addiction severity
  • Established  initial treatment plan with integration of treatment model, addiction screening and psychological evaluation
  • Facilitated relapse-prevention model via psycho-education and skills instruction
  • Provided individual, co-joint and family psychotherapy
  • Co-facilitated daily process group
  • Conducted weekly  peer supervision group and daily case consultation for staff
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  • Facilitated family program for residents and family members; multi-family process group
  • Reviewed transitional plans post discharge at 3 month increments

2003- 2004
Clinical Coordinator

University of California San Francisco (UCSF); Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute (LPPI) Division of Substance Abuse and Addiction Medicine (DSAAM)

Office-Based Opiate-Addiction Treatment (SFOBOT)/OBOT 

Buprenorpherine Induction Clinic (OBIC), San Francisco, CA

  • Managerial and clinical oversight for a federal and  state-approved pilot program which provided  Opiate Replacement Treatment (ORT) at six community settings,with 5 community providers. Included: 2 primary care clinics, 2 addiction specialty clinics, and the San Francisco County Jail
  • Assessed quality assurance and program compliance with state and federal regulations and  guidelines for SFOBOT, designed to provide both medical maintenance and direct access for replacement based treatment for patients who have been unable to access or achieve long-term success in a traditional Narcotic Treatment Program (NTP)
  • Provided clinical leadership to assure clinical coordination of services between all sight’s medical and clinical providers
  • Led quality control monitoring and virtual clinical coordination for mulit-sites per Center for Substance Abuse Treatment-CSAT) grant and San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) guidelines
  • Provided administrative, operational and clinical supervision to counselors
  • Evaluated quarterly treatment plans for 100 clients

Post-Doctoral Fellowship CAIII
University of California San Francisco (UCSF); Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute (LPPI) Opiate Treatment Outpatient Program (OTOP)
Supervisor: Yong S. Song Ph.D., San Francisco, CA

  • Facilitator for initial Addiction Severity Index (ASI) and mental status assessment; development of short and long term treatment goals; completion of interpretive summary for opiate dependent individuals on methadone maintenance treatment
  • Provide individual, couple and group psychotherapy to individuals with poly substance use and with acute medical, psychiatric and complex psycho-social needs
  • Coordination, advocacy and referral of medical and social services to community and primary medical health care settings
  • Facilitator for gender-specific, weekly process/psycho-educational group.
  • Maintain records, including client data, utilization data review, maintained documents in compliance with state and federal guidelines and regulations per Title IX

1999- 2000
Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

Neurological Assessor and Substance Use Disorder Therapist

Kaiser Permanente, Department of Psychiatry

Chemical Dependency Recovery Program (CDRP)

Supervisor: Barbara Hart, Ph.D.

Vallejo, CA

  • Provided neurological assessment, individual, Family System’s therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Individualized Outpatient Program to include related impulse control disorders
  • Facilitated bi-weekly dual diagnosis group
  • Administered intelligence, personality and projective instruments for cognitive impairment screening
  • Developed and evaluated chemical dependence education curriculum
  • Participated in staff development and training program
  • Facilitated weekly peer and individual supervision group

1999- 2000

Sonoma State University

Department of Psychology

Rohnert Park, CA

  • Proposed and developed syllabi for undergraduate and graduate psychology curriculum
  • Taught two consecutive semesters for course: Chemical Dependence: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Substance Use Disorder Therapist
Eating Disorder Therapist

Ohlhoff Recovery Programs

San Francisco, CA and San Rafael, CA

  • Administered initial needs assessment and multi-axial evaluation of adolescents and adults
  • Evaluated the appropriateness for intensive outpatient programs, including insurance eligibility and insurance authorization
  • Conducted individual, couples, family and group therapy for adolescents and adults
  • Developed treatment plans, addressed bio-psycho-social factors of disease and associated factors of dual-diagnosis; collaboration with treatment team including psychiatrist, nutritionist, IEP, social and legal services
  • Created and implemented a program of weekly psycho-education groups for clients and families; internal research of efficacy of education on abstinence; staff training and consultation
  • Performed community outreach and psycho-education to students at risk for substance related disorders and process addictions

Volunteer Coordinator

International Association of Applied Psychology, International Congress

Madrid, Spain

Teaching Assistant

Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency

California Institute of Integral Studies

San Francisco, CA

1995 – 1996
Residential Treatment Counselor

Haight-Ashbury Psychological Services (HAPS)

Lodestar Residential Treatment Facility, San Francisco, CA

  • Managed overnight and on-call shifts for residential treatment for women with substance related disorders and HIV disease
  • Administered and maintained records of client medications
  • Designed and facilitated support group for trauma , domestic violence, sexual trauma and violence
  • Provided information and referral to community programs and services

Research Assistant

Supervisor: Robert Morgan Ph.D., Program Director, California Institute of Integral Studies

San Francisco, CA

  • Assisted with research and development of American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation process
  • Assisted with APA self-study for CIIS doctoral program
  • Edited faculty proposed curriculum alterations to APA accreditation guidelines

1993 – 1994
School Therapist, Practicum Training

Marina Middle School

San Francisco, CA

  • Provided family, individual and group therapy for adolescents
  • Participated in client IEP conferences and case coordination
  • Acquired supervised field experience in case management

1992 – 1993
Therapist, Practicum Training

University of San Francisco Center for Family and Child Development

San Francisco, CA

  • Provided Brief Strategic Therapy for adults and adolescents
  • Conducted in person and telephone Initial Needs Assessment and Comprehensive Intake Interview
  • Obtained weekly individual and group supervision and consultation

Employment History

2005 – Current Clinical Psychologist/Consultant Private Practice, Mill Valley, CA

2004 – 2005 Primary Therapist Bayside Marin, San Rafael, CA

2001 – 2004 Coordinator/Post-Doc UCSF San Francisco, CA

2000 – 1999 Therapist/Pre-Doc Kaiser Permanente, Vallejo, CA

1997 – 1998 Therapist Ohlhoff Recovery Program, San Francisco, CA

1995 – 1996 Counselor Haight-Asbury Psychological Services, SF, CA



Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, 2002; California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA

MA. Marriage and Family Therapy, 1994; University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

BA. Psychological Services, 1992; University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA


Certified Trainer; Train the Trainer: Jack Canfield’s Success Principles, 2016; Newport Beach, CA

Certified Trainer; Sex Addiction Induced Trauma (SAIT) and Addiction Induced Trauma (AIT), 2015; Berkeley, CA

Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT), 2007-2016; International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP), Carefree, AZ

EMDRIA Certification; Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR, Level 1)

California Child/Elder Abuse and Reporting Training

Professional Ethics/California Laws for Psychologists; Levels 1 and 2


Psychologist License NO. PSY 20599; State of California, Department of Consumer Affairs, Board of Psychology


When Sex Becomes an Addiction. (2009). Lank, B & Weinberger, R.Voice for the Defense. Volume 38 No. 3 April 2009.  pp. 32-34

Integrating Methadone and Buprenorphine Treatment for Opiate Addiction into Physician Office Settings: The San Francisco OBOT pilot program (2004).   Alice Gleghorn, PhD. Richard Fine, MD, David Hersh, MD, Brigitte Lank, PhD, Stephanie Marsan, MD, & Jim Westphal, MD

A Diagnostic Assessment of Alcohol Abuse and Dependence and Personality Variables of First Offender DUI Participants (2002). Lank, B.L. Washington, DC: UMI Publications

By-Laws of National Council on Alcoholism-Bay Area, Inc., A California Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation. (2001). San Francisco: Internal Publications

Professional Affiliations

American Psychological Association (APA) – Member

California Psychological Association (CPA) – Member

Marin County Psychological Association (MCPA) – Member

References Available Upon Request

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