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The Pathways Institute Core Principles

We are a group practice of licensed clinicians who provide the highest standards of assessment and compassionate, sensitive treatment.

We specialize in treating compulsive stealing, alcohol and chemical dependency, eating disorders, anger management, sexually compulsive behaviors and sex offending, and other impulse control disorders.

We are trained in techniques such as motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral interventions, psychoeducation, harm reduction, abstinence, psychodynamics, psychological assessment, and relapse prevention. We work collaboratively with medical professionals when appropriate and have experience with alternative treatments such as yoga and meditation. We maintain close relationships with leaders in the field of evidence based treatments and write and publish our own research and findings; we are committed to educating ourselves and others.

IMG_1241 - BWElizabeth Corsale, MA, MFT

Ms. Corsale is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has worked for over 20 years with individual, couples, and families, on issues related to trauma, attachment, and relationships, learning and attention differences, and has specialized in impulsive disorders and addictions. She has offered comprehensive education, training, outreach and consultation to clinical professionals and to criminal justice institutions.  She also founded and directed one of the few nationally recognized treatment programs for compulsive stealing: the Shoplifters Recovery Treatment Program (SRTP) – now a part of Pathways Institute. She is a Certified Problem Stealing Therapist (CPST) and trainer, and is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). Ms. Corsale also loves working with parents of kids with learning, attention and spectrum disorders supporting them on their unique journey together. She is connected and knowledgeable with accommodations, testing, remediation and schools throughout the Bay Area and beyond, and is an active member of the Parents Education Network (PEN). She also provides treatment in her private practice.  (MFC 36769)

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Samantha Smithstein, PsyD

Dr. Smithstein is a licensed Clinical and Forensic Psychologist who has assessed and provided help for adults, adolescents, couples and children for over 20 years on issues related to relationships, intimacy, creativity, infidelity, addiction, and impulse control, and specializes in working with couples who want to, revitalize, repair, open up, or end their relationship. Dr. Smithstein also has considerable experience related to sexuality, in and outside of relationships, and working with and evaluating people who have a sexual addiction and/or have been arrested, charged, convicted or otherwise gotten into trouble for their sexual behaviors.  As a forensic psychologist, she has provided hundreds of evaluations for the courts and has provided expert court testimony and community consultation and training.  She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), and the California Coalition On Sexual Offending (CCOSO).  She is a Certified Problem Stealing Therapist (CPST). She also provides treatment in her private practice.  (PSY19074)

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IMG_1348Jennifer Fernandez, PhD

Dr. Fernández is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in evaluating and treating addiction and impulse control disorders including compulsive sexual and stealing behaviors as well as substance misuse, abuse and dependence with dually diagnosed adults and adolescents. She is particularly interested in the relationship between attachment and impulse control disorder and works from psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal modalities within a harm reduction philosophy. She is a Certified Problem Stealing Therapist (CPST). Dr. Fernández is a bilingual therapist and provides therapy in Spanish. She also provides treatment at her private practice. (PSY 26573)

Pathways Institute is a professional member of The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH), GAYLESTA, and Parents Education Network (PEN).