Ria Flanagan is an independently licensed substance abuse counselor. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine University in California. She has worked in the recovery field for several years. Before taking the Clinical Director position at Soul Surgery she worked as a primary therapist at The Meadows specializing in dual diagnosis clients. During her years at the Meadows she worked closely with Pia Mellody and was certified in Post Induction Therapy. Ria is also a Certified Sex addiction Therapist, has extensive experiential training including psychodrama training, certified in Cognitive Processing therapy, and trained in somatic modalities and is a pain management coach. She worked closely with the young adult population at The Claudia Black Center where she gained experience working with families, interventions, crisis management and behavioral issues. She worked as an in-home clinician with children and families at Terros, providing education and therapy to families in crisis and helping them reunite.
Ria moved to Arizona in 2011 to take an administration position as an Assistant Program Manager at Sunshine Group Homes, where she managed several group homes, trained staff, facilitated groups with children, and created programming.
She started her counseling career interning for Green Dot Public schools providing counseling to adolescents with a range in diagnosis including depression, anger management issues, anxiety, schizophrenia, PTSD, ADHD, relational and family issues. She also worked during her Master’s program in the homes of children with autism and supporting families with ABA, psychoeducation and family therapy. After work she practices self-care by focusing on her family, practicing yoga and daily meditation.