Eating Disorder Treatment in Santa Barbara, CA | Alsana®

Eating Disorder Treatment in Santa Barbara, California

When an individual receives early, adaptive, and developmentally appropriate care, their recovery from disordered eating is not only possible, it’s probable!

Welcome to Alsana Santa Barbara

Alsana in Santa Barbara, California offers residential, day, and intensive outpatient treatment for those ...

seeking the individual care and healing they need to live passionate and fulfilling lives. Our beautiful residential location in Santa Barbara, CA is now open and accepting clients.

Led by Andy Williams, our Alsana team in Santa Barbara, CA demonstrates the commitment, excellence, and compassion necessary to help you or your loved one achieve recovery.

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Eating Disorder Treatment Programs

We want you to succeed and we know the first step is often the hardest. At Alsana in Santa Barbara, California we offer three levels of care that are essential to recovery success. The ability to step up or down throughout treatment is always an open option.

Our Santa Barbara, CA Staff

Linda Gorostieta, MSN, RN

Regional Director of Nursing

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Linda Gorostieta, MSN, RN

As the Regional Director of Nursing for California, Linda is responsible for overseeing the nursing teams, as well as the delivery, and quality of nursing care at all California residential and outpatient facilities. Linda works collaboratively with the National Nursing Director, and the clinical multidisciplinary team to ensure the utmost quality of care is delivered to our clients. 

Linda earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Nurse Leadership from The University of San Francisco. Before coming to Alsana, Linda has worked in acute care in the Bay Area in Labor and Delivery, and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In her free time, Linda enjoys local Santa Barbara beaches, watching scary movies, scouring antique stores, and pizza. 

Linda is most passionate about family, helping others, and all things mental health. Linda finds fulfillment in making others smile and helping solve problems. 

Linda’s background also includes working as a legal assistant in San Francisco before deciding to become a nurse.

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Andy Williams, LMFT, MBA

Senior Regional Executive Director

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Andy Williams, LMFT, MBA

As the regional executive director of central and northern California with Alsana, Andy was inspired by the company’s mission to be the leader in quality clinical services, and for the opportunity to join a team that he respects and wants to learn from.

Andy appreciates that no day is exactly the same in his line of work, and that he gets to join in on groups, budget conversations, recruiting and more. Andy believes being part of a growing company is an opportunity to take part in growth initiatives and to jump in and help wherever it’s needed.

Andy earned his Bachelor of Science in Sociology from California State University Hayward, his Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy from Fuller School of Psychology, and his MBA from Jack Welch Management Institute.

Andy is a big sports fan who grew up in Texas and follows the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Cowboys very passionately. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring the trails of central California with his trusty Labrador, Hank, and sampling the local coffees and pastries with his wife.

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Juliana McLaughlin

Nurse Manager | she/her/hers

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Juliana McLaughlin

As Charge Nurse for Alsana’s Santa Barbara programs, Juliana is responsible for educating and supporting clients through the physical healing process and working hand in hand with the multidisciplinary treatment team to provide holistic care. Juliana earned her vocational nursing degree from Career Care Institute.

Before coming to Alsana, Juliana worked in behavioral health, addictions, and case management. In her free time, Juliana enjoys listening to music, petting a fur baby, and spending time in nature.

Juliana is most passionate about spreading kindness and positively contributing to the planet and finds fulfillment in supporting fellow humans through the roller coaster of life and having meaningful moments during the process. Their background also includes working as a mental health case manager, addictions health and wellness nurse and medication clinic supervisor.

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Brad Zehring, DO

National Psychiatry Director | he/his

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Brad Zehring, DO

Brad Zehring, DO is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and co-occurring psychiatric disorders.

He completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Arizona – Phoenix Campus. He is the National Psychiatry Director at Alsana and serves as the psychiatrist for the Santa Barbara and virtual programs. His desire to treat eating disorders was born out of a personal connection which fueled his passion for learning all he could to help deliver the best psychiatric care. This passion led to him starting his private practice in Arizona, where he delivers expert outpatient psychiatric care in the treatment of eating disorders throughout the United States.

“It has been the thrill of my career to come to Alsana and work with other professionals that are like-minded and hearted doing really good work for our clients,” Brad shared. “The passion for knowledge, communication, and high-quality care shine through brightly.”

 

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Christina Kelley, ACSW, MBA

Director of Clinical Services | she/her/hers

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Christina Kelley, ACSW, MBA

Christina earned her MSW from the University of Southern California concentrating in macro social work, and she earned her MBA from Antioch University Santa Barbara with a focus on social business. Before coming to Alsana, Christina worked on leadership teams in outpatient treatment settings, and as business services director in a women’s residential addiction treatment program.

In her free time, Christina enjoys writing and recording rock music and inspiring her two children who love to do the same.

Christina is most passionate about innovations to address homeless youth problems and finds fulfillment in participating in street outreach activities with those young people. Her background also includes being an associate clinical social worker, a licensed addictions treatment counselor, and a trained EMDR therapist.

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In their own words

Let Alsana help you write your own story of hope and healing. We would like to be your eating recovery community

  • The staff at Alsana proved to be extremely talented in the art and the skill of not colluding with my eating disorder while...

    also not treating me as if  I was an eating disorder. They treated me like the real, whole person that I had lost sight of. They have an ability to hold nuance gently and they aren’t afraid to wade into the hardest waters, which is so much more helpful than receiving treatment that is guided by a rigid manual. There is an unbelievable amount of safety at Alsana because of this and my gratitude is crazy high!
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    Sydney
    Sydney
  • As I began to apply the knowledge I gained from Alsana into my daily life, I found that my anxiety, guilt, shame ...

    and self-criticism steadily faded like a candle flickering on its last legs. I found authentic joy in things I used to reprimand myself for doing. I took, and continue to take pride in the progress I made and continue to make. Most importantly, I am now capable of self-acceptance and self-love whether I succeed, fail or anything in between.
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    Paul
    Paul
  • Before coming to Alsana, I had never had a treatment experience in which the "how" and "why" of the eating ...

    disorder were addressed. This has proven to be essential in my treatment at Alsana and also in my daily life as a member of society. Alsana providers led me through so much illuminating self-reflection about topics that I had never before considered relevant to my treatment, recovery, or self in general. Alsana staff appreciate and treat the individual, and I felt this in and outside of therapy sessions. They always humored my random geography facts and propensity to trail glitter wherever I went. 🙂 Ultimately, my treatment experience at Alsana taught me how to be a shamelessly authentic individual, and it gave me a sense of safety to explore what it means to be myself. With so much love,
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    Kate
    Kate

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