An Integrated Approach to Young Adult Mental Health Rehab

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Jamison Monroe - Founder and Chairman | Newport Institute

Jamison Monroe

Founder & Chairman
Before becoming the Newport Institute Founder, Jamison founded Newport Academy 12 years ago to treat clients ages 12–20 suffering from primary mental health issues: anxiety, trauma, depression, and co-occurring disorders. As a leader in adolescent mental health treatment, Newport Academy has received numerous requests from referral sources, professionals, and parents to create a program for the young adult population.Hence, Jamison has evolved his vision, and we’ve translated our highly successful Newport Academy model into a program for 18- to 27-year-olds. Newport Institute takes into account the unique needs of young adults, while maintaining the core philosophies that underlie our integrated treatment model. In all of our unparalleled treatment programs, we provide clinical excellence, a wide range of evidence-based therapeutic modalities, and the practical skills necessary to build a fulfilling life.ExperiencePrior to founding Newport Academy, Jamison Monroe worked in multiple mental health and co-occurring disorder treatment facilities—starting his career as an overnight coordinator and working his way up to Executive Director. He is also the co-founder of Drugs over Dinner, advocating open conversation about drug use in families and communities. Jamison was a producer of the critically acclaimed documentary film Behind the Orange Curtain, about the prescription drug epidemic in the United States.Advice I Would Give My 20-Something Self“You are not alone. There are so many people out there who are going through the same thing, and there is hope. I am grateful to have made it through what was a dark time for me, and I’m proud and honored to be able to share my experience and my healing journey with other young people who are struggling as I once was.”

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Ryan Fedoroff, M.Ed | Newport Institute

Ryan Fedoroff

National Director of Education
Ryan has appeared in Wired Magazine and has also been featured in Daily Voice & The Marin Independent Journal. As Newport Institute’s Director of Education, she often speaks to her experience as an educator in relation to mental health issues like depression and anxiety, as well as and how that is coupled with treating substance abuse disorders, depression and anxiety in young people. She also provides insightful advice on tools that for young adults dealing struggling with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse struggles issues can use to help them on their path to success.ExperienceRyan has been a leader in the academic community throughout her career and has a proven track record for successful academic program development, staff recruitment, and administration oversight. She has previously served in leadership roles at Tamalpais Union High School District and Novato (California) Unified School District. Colleagues describe her as ‘the type of educator who can adapt to any situation’ and she has been praised for her innovative solutions in the most challenging situations. Outside of her role at Newport, Ryan is an active member of various community organizations working to develop intervention programs for young adults and teens.Advice I Would Give My 20-Something SelfRemember that we are all doing the best we can with what we have and the tools we have been given, so don’t be so hard on yourself or others. Give energy and power to your strengths to overcome your weaknesses and to those people that build you up and make you stronger.

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Barbara Nosal, PhD - Chief Clinical Officer | Newport Institute

Dr. Nosal

Chief Clinical Officer
Dr. Barbara Nosal has appeared as a clinical expert on NBC and FOX News. She is also a frequent contributor to media outlets such as Business Insider, RealSimple and Teen Vogue. As a media contributor, she provides advice and guidance on a variety of mental health related issues such as sleep disorders, depression, body image, drug abuse, and sobriety.Clinical ExpertiseGiven her interests and expertise in the family structure, Dr. Nosal specializes in the Family-Systems approach. One of her main focuses is extracting the negative energy that manifests in young adult’s self-destructive behavior and retargeting it to create& meaningful, lasting connections. Dr. Nosal is both a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California, as well as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Connecticut. She has been trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Post-Induction Therapy, and Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy. Prior to joining the Newport family, Dr. Nosal held clinical positions in well-known treatment centers in Southern California.Advice I Would Give My 20-Something SelfIf I could instill in you elder wisdom, it would be to not allow those insignificant moments in time to define who you are and how you live your life. Speak your truth. Step into your power. Strive for balance. Don’t settle. Don’t take it personally. Don’t be so serious. Follow your dreams. Forgive yourself. Live with integrity and gratitude, guided by humility, in harmony with yourself and others. Life is a journey, not a destination. Live life to the fullest. One day you’ll wake up and the years will have seemed to pass you by. In that moment, remind yourself you did the best you could with what you knew at the time.

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Jennifer Dragonette, PsyD | Newport Institute

Dr. Jennifer Dragonette

Executive Director
Dr. Dragonette has appeared in the L.A. Times and PopSugar and is the go-to expert for publications such as Bustle, Shape Online, and Refinery29. As a certified expert in the field of behavioral health, she has advised on a wide array of mental health issues such as PTSD, eating disorders, Munchausen Syndrome, and clinical depression.Clinical ExpertiseAt Newport Institute, Dr. Dragonette’s clinical approach focuses on Attachment-Based Family Therapy and other modalities that work with the whole family as a system, as well as holistic wellness approaches. She is a strong advocate for Trauma-Informed Care and understanding the wide-ranging impact of early trauma, and works closely with individuals around themes of attachment, codependency, and anxiety. Dr. Dragonette is also an expert in the field of Epigenetics, an emerging and intriguing field which explores the ways in which our genes can turn on and off based on our life experiences and environment. Dr. Jennifer Dragonette utilizes a variety of modalities to help young adults who suffer from mental health issues derived from childhood and/or unresolved trauma, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).Advice I Would Give My 20-Something SelfWhen you’re having a tough day – and those happen! – it’s essential to understand how to step back. This is where mindfulness comes in—taking the time to pause and acknowledge that you’re feeling a certain emotion right now, and that this emotion is telling you something important. Feelings are just information that we need to pay attention to; avoiding our feelings or trying to ignore the messages from our experiences leads to suffering. No matter how much support you have from friends, family, and loved ones, the healing process really begins when you make the personal decision to make a positive change in your life. There is extreme strength that stems from our internal motivations; therefore, this pivotal decision must come from within.

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Michel Mennesson, MD | Newport Institute

Dr. Michel Mennesson

Psychiatrist
Dr. Michel Mennesson has been featured in media like MindBodyGreen, Romper, and Elite Daily. As a certified expert in the fields of addiction and adolescent and young adult psychiatry, he often provides advice on an array of topics such as the impact of social media on young adults’ mental health, how to deal with grief and sleep disorders, and substance abuse trends among young people.Clinical ExpertiseDr. Mennesson’s career began in his native country of France where he received his medical degree. Since then, he has focused on discovering new, creative ways to integrate a variety of therapeutic approaches, which he continues to explore in his role at Newport Institute. Dr. Mennesson moved to America to study both Adult and Child Psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center, where he also completed a Fellowship in Adolescent Psychiatry. Prior to joining Newport Institute, Dr. Mennesson worked as a pediatrician and internist, and completed his residency at Waterbury Hospital Health Center in Connecticut.Advice I Would Give My 20-Something SelfMany people don’t realize that practicing mindfulness on a regular basis is the key to unlocking the body’s plentiful natural healing qualities. I strongly believe mindfulness should be incorporated into the clinical treatment model, not only as a supplement, but as an integral part of the process. At its core, the journey to recovery boils down to retraining negative thoughts into positive, healthy lifestyle changes.

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Heather Monroe, LCSW | Newport Institute

Heather Monroe

Senior Clinician
Heather is a regular contributor for Brit & Co., Elite Daily and Shape Online. She has also been featured in Women’s Health Magazine, Allure and Romper. As a certified expert, she gives advice on mental health and co-occurring disorders such as eating disorders, as well as anxiety and other stress-related mental health & conditions.Clinical ExpertiseAt Newport Institute, Heather Monroe specializes in treating young adults struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, and prioritizes being present every step of the way as her patients move through the healing process. Heather is a frequent speaker at US Journal Training conferences where she discusses a myriad of clinical topics such as relational trauma, the power and science of gratitude, how to build authentic connections and how trauma effects individuals and families. Prior to joining Newport, Heather was Director of Family Services at Partnership for Drug-Free Kids in NYC.Advice I Would Give My 20-Something SelfI spent so much of my 20s stuck in stories of shame, unworthiness and unlovability. These beliefs fueled addictions that refueled these beliefs. I would remind my 20-year-old self that your past does not have to dictate your future; that you don't have to live like this anymore - that's how powerful you are.

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Kristin Wilson, MA, LPC - VP of Clinical Outreach | Newport Institute

Kristin Wilson

Clinical Outreach
Kristin Wilson is a regular contributor for Bustle and has been featured in various media such as Refinery29, Byrdie,com, Shape and Romper. She is often quoted on subjects such as eating disorders, body dysmorphia, substance abuse, and anxiety disorders, providing insights accumulated over her 20 years of experience in the mental health treatment field.Clinical ExpertiseKristin draws on her master’s degree in Psychology and Creative Art Therapies to encourage creative outlets into the healing process because these activities provide young adults with an opportunity to be grounded in the moment. She has also conducted research on how bridging the generation gap between young adults and parents can protect and be a positive impact on their mental health. Kristin has experience serving as a clinical supervisor, trainer, interventionist, and clinical outreach representative. Previously, she served as Senior Regional Director of Marketing for a major behavior health network and also ran an outpatient behavioral health department in Pennsylvania for seven years.Advice I Would Give My 20-Something SelfBuilding and sustaining authentic connections with family and friends are some of the most powerful tools in life. Supportive, caring relationships are essential to a healthy lifestyle, not only for young adults, but for parents, too. Sometimes you need to take a step back and unplug from a stressful situation so you can re-join with clear intentions. No matter where your life path leads you, having a support system will always be important.

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Jeffrey Zurofsky - Culinary Program Director | Newport Institute

Jeffrey Zurofsky

Culinary Program Director
As Newport Institute’s Culinary Director Jeffrey Zurofsky has been featured in Clean plates and The Counter. He also appeared on ABC News. He uses these platforms to highlight the correlation between balanced nutrition and mental health, and to explain how he utilizes the ritual of eating as part of the Newport Institute integrated treatment approach. He was founder and CEO of ‘wichcraft’, Board Member of Grow NYC and was featured as a Co-Host of Bravo’s Best New Restaurant.ExperienceJeffrey brings a strong sense of entrepreneurship and an innovative spirit to his role at Newport. He is the Founder and CEO of No Small Plans LLC, a multi-disciplinary creative firm dedicated to creating, advising, and investing in projects that make large-scale social impacts in food, health, wellness, and social justice. Jeffrey is also the Co-Founder and Former President/CEO of ‘wichcraft, Riverpark, and Riverpark Farm, known as one of NYC’s Most Urban Farms.Jeffrey brings a strong sense of entrepreneurship and an innovative spirit to his role at Newport. He is the Founder and CEO of No Small Plans LLC, a multi-disciplinary creative firm dedicated to creating, advising, and investing in projects that make large-scale social impacts in food, health, wellness, and social justice. Jeffrey is also the Co-Founder and Former President/CEO of ‘wichcraft, Riverpark, and Riverpark Farm, known as one of NYC’s Most Urban Farms.The foundation for Jeffrey’s culinary expertise began at the French Culinary Institute in NYC. He also worked in Manhattan’s most prestigious kitchens including Lespinasse, Savoy, and Union Square Café, and as opening sous chef at Restaurant AZ, to name a few.Advice I Would Give My 20-Something SelfThe ‘involved by doing’ aspect of cooking makes it the perfect therapeutic activity. Cooking has the potential to redirect your entire thought process, mood, and focus away from negative or stressful emotions in a way that’s fun and natural. Making food with others creates a special connection because the process is central to who we are as human beings.

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Carter Barnhart - CXO | Newport Institute

Carter Barnhart

Chief Experience Officer
Carter Barnhart has been featured by media outlets including Forbes, Refinery29 and Thrive Global. Carter has the unique perspective of personal recovery coupled with a 365-degree feedback philosophy, which has helped shape the extraordinary client experience at Newport.ExperiencePrior to becoming the Chief Experience Officer (CXO), Carter worked in the CEO’s office and served as the Vice President of Referral Relations at Newport Academy. This gave her the opportunity to work in areas such as programming, discharge planning, admissions, and operations. In fact, she began her career while pursuing her undergraduate degree, working full-time for Newport during the day and taking a full course load at night. Carter has always had a strong commitment for helping others, and is known for her dedication to young adults and their families throughout one of the most difficult periods of their lives. Carter is also a regular speaker at conferences, schools, and hospitals on a variety of topics, including the importance of adolescent mental health, sustainable healing, and the Family-Systems approach – all of which are essential to the recovery process at Newport.Advice I Would Give My 20-Something SelfPrioritize yourself. Your relationship with yourself is the most important relationship. The process of witnessing our darkness is a brave and sacred act of self-love – and developing that takes courage. The most courageous thing you can do is face your fears head on. Brené Brown found in her research that courage is one of the most important qualities that wholehearted people have in common. I wish I truly understood what courage was in my early 20s. Courage today is typically attached to heroics and valiant acts, but originally it was defined as "to speak one's mind by telling all one's heart." Speaking openly of your truths, your feelings, and your thoughts should be celebrated.

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