Our staff is comprised of compassionate and knowledgeable individuals dedicated to helping you as you find your way in the recovery process. Addiction can be devastating both for the sufferer and for their loved ones. Lives are ruined and relationships are strained to the breaking point. We bring the collective experience of over 20 years of helping people achieve successful recovery from drug and alcohol dependency. Utilizing time-tested methods combined with the latest advances in therapeutic techniques, we offer a comprehensive and thorough treatment plan that best suits your individual circumstances. Our clinical and medical team, our therapists, drug and alcohol dependency counselors, coordinators, and our resident technicians work as a cohesive unit to give you the best possible experience in treatment and opportunity for successful recovery. We understand the struggle and we’re here to customize your treatment based on your specific needs.
Dr. Nicole Gilbert, Ph.D., California License Number: PSY 13462
Dr. Gilbert is a licensed clinical psychologist who has practiced in Los Angeles, California, for 20 years. Her specializations include the treatment of trauma and addiction disorders as well as family issues in the context of divorce or relocation. Dr. Gilbert has worked as a primary therapist, group leader and Clinical Director in several drug and alcohol treatment centers in Los Angeles and Malibu, where she also organized family weekends for patients and their families. She is past and current President of the Los Angeles Society of Clinical Psychologists and a member of the California Psychological Association as well as of the California Brain Injury Association.
Dr. Gilbert was educated in Switzerland, France, and the United States. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Washington, and her doctorate at the California Graduate Institute (now The Chicago School). She did her dissertation in cooperation with the Yale Psychiatric Institute on intergenerational patterns of attachment. Dr. Gilbert is competent to conduct psychotherapy in both French and English.
Marco Pardo, MA, is an addictions counselor whose areas of specialty are Spirituality and Grief Counseling for people in recovery. Marco first got involved with the work of recovery in 1978 as part of his studies for his Masters Degree in Counseling and Guidance from CSUN. In the 1980’s and 90’s, Marco pursued his interest in spiritual practice and studies by doing pastoral work and acquiring his Masters Degree in Pastoral Theology. In 1997, Marco was invited to start a group at a local treatment center to help the clients resolve concerns in spirituality that were obstacles to their recovery. A couple of years later he was asked to take over their Grief Group. He has done this work continuously from 2000 until the present. Marco has also done staff training sessions for several agencies on issues of Cultural Sensitivity, Professional Ethics, Spirituality in Recovery, and Grief in Recovery. He teaches in the Addiction Studies Program at Pierce College. Marco currently facilitates weekly groups at four local treatment facilities. He started facilitating groups and conducting individual counseling sessions at the Villa in 2014.
David Ibrahim is an Addiction Counselor CATC, MFT trainee, and also certified Yoga teacher, E-500 RYT. He also owns a private Donation-based Yoga studio certifying 200 hr RYT. David is trained in Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Yoga Nidra and is from a Raja Yoga lineage. David is also a Yoga therapist credentialed by the Yoga Therapy RX Program at Loyola Marymount University. David is Lead Counselor at The Villa Treatment Center and co-owner of ToughGuyStickers.com and is honored to have helped hundreds of addicts discover a recovered life.
Rudy Castro – M.S., A.C.S.W.
Rudy Castro is an Associate Clinical Social Worker who received his Master’s degree of Social Work from California State University, Northridge. He has worked in the field of addiction and mental health for over ten years in various capacities, most recently as a medical social worker for an acute Hospital alcohol/drug detox as well as their outreach coordinator. He has also been the drug treatment program director at Rancho San Antonio, a 100-bed group home for adjudicated youth. Living by example, Rudy has broken at least three generations of addiction in his family lineage and has been sober since he was fifteen years old, with over twenty years of sobriety. As a result, Rudy lives a life of passion and service for wellness and freedom from addiction. In a combination of his personal and professional experience, Rudy is an eclectic and integrative clinician who develops a client-centered approach to healing. Rudy maintains a private practice serving individuals, couples, and families in Los Angeles.
Shane Coyle – C.A.T.C.I., C.D.S.
Shane Coyle has worked in various treatment centers in the Los Angeles area and specializes in Equine Therapy sessions for dual-diagnosis clients. He was introduced to Equine Therapy through a co-worker, and fell in love with it instantly. He attended the EAGALA training, and believes working with the horses is healing. Prior, Shane was the Program Creator/Director of community outreach at Sober College (a facility treating young adults with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders). Shane believes that volunteering is a beneficial and powerful therapeutic tool in recovery. In addition, Shane led an Emotional Intelligence Program and facilitated process groups. Shane has interned at The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center as an addiction counselor to male adults- facilitating individual and group sessions, and leading classes on grief and loss, as well as, beginner book study. Shane graduated Pierce College with a degree in Addiction Studies, and in the summer of 2013 became certified under California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE). Shane is currently pursuing a degree in Psychology, with a focus on trauma and addiction.