Advisory Board

The Rainbow Advocate Advisory Board uses their knowledge, resources, and relationships in advising the development of the RAE and RACS program.

Our goal is to cultivate positive relationships, teach understanding, and empower a feeling of compassion for the challenges and needs in the LGBTQIA2+ community as they interact with employers, colleagues, public servants, family members, health care providers and educators.

William Feurerbom

Dr. William Feuerborn

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Dr. William Feuerborn, DSW, LCSW is a psychotherapist specializing in helping adults overcome childhood trauma and compulsive sexual behavior. He is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and Supervisor (CSAT-S) and a member of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) since 2005. He utilizes a variety of trauma-focused therapies including EMDR, Brainspotting, and Pia Mellody’s Post Induction Therapy in order to help clients realize their inherent human worth and live their lives to the fullest.
Dr. Feuerborn was a professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California for 9 years where he contributed to curriculum development and taught a variety of classes, including the course LGBTQ+ Psychosocial Political Issues. His most recent publication includes several chapters on sexual health in the book entitled “LGBTQI Workbook for CBT”. He holds both Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Social Work.

Dr. Feuerborn began his career as a Social Work Case Manager helping clients living with HIV/AIDS. He also started an agency devoted to helping people of all sexualities recover from the pain and hurt of sex addiction. Throughout his career, Dr. Feuerborn has been dedicated to inclusiveness and helping all members of LGBTQIA2+ community experience full and rewarding lives and relationships.

Mellissa McKracken

Mellissa McCracken

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Mellissa McCracken is a trauma focused substance abuse counselor who is currently working in an acute treatment setting in West Hollywood, CA. She is responsible for facilitating a treatment track specific to the needs of those in the LGBTQIA2+ community. Mellissa utilizes an experiential based, sex positive, gay affirmative approach to recovery from ChemSex addiction. Mellissa is also member of several community outreach programs serving the LGBTQIA+ population in the greater Los Angeles area.
Robert Hudson

Robert Hudson

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Dr. Robert Hudson, is the Clinical Director at the Hudson Centre, in addition to a United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) psychotherapist, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) and Trauma Specialist with over 10 years’ experience. He is a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and an accredited member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapy (COSRT). Robert’s professional experience includes working with men and women in private practice as well as individuals, couples (both same sex and heterosexual couples) and groups. Robert is an integrative psychotherapist who draws on humanistic, psychoanalytic/psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural models to work with those with sex addiction issues. Robert is also a certified CSAT supervisor and is currently completing a doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Elizabeth Ogren

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Elizabeth Ogren has a Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Development, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in trauma, dissociation, and addiction recovery. She has served as Clinical Director, Director of Family Services, as well as in experiential therapy roles in a variety of treatment program settings. Ms. Ogren brings a multi-modality approach to psychotherapy including EMDR, somatic experiential therapies, psychodrama, internal family systems, ego states work, yoga, acupuncture, and more.

As a CSAT Ms. Ogren holds expertise in traumatic bonding and exploitation, betrayal trauma, sexual addiction and other attachment and intimacy disorders. She has worked as a victim advocate collaborating with first responders, as well as in the drug court system with parents working toward recovery and family restoration. Her particular passion is working within the LGBTQ+ community and with all who have experienced marginalization to reach empowerment and true sense of self. Ms. Ogren teaches, speaks, and provides consultation in addition to offering traditional therapy and intensive workshops in her private practice. To learn more visit elizabethogren.com.

Kristina Padilla

Mx. Kristina Padilla

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Kristina Padilla, M.A., LAADC, ICAADC, CGS is a leader with the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), where she serves as the Director of Education overseeing CCAPP’s Education Department. She also is Director of Business Development for the organization, wherein she travels throughout California and the nation bringing addiction focused businesses together to promote the profession, increase access to services, and improve the quality of AOD service provision through education, business development, and investment in quality programming.

Mx. Padilla led California’s innovative criminal justice program serving as the Offender Mentor Certification Program Director for three years where she managed 12 in-prison programs for training counselors. She worked closely with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) in California prisons for the duration of the contract bringing innovation and growth to the state’s in custody treatment programming. Mx. Padilla also was the previous Program Director/Adjunct Faculty of the Peer Support training and Placement Program which trained peers in recovery/mental health to become certified and how to work with other peers in recovery such as, self-direction, advocacy, ethics, person centered approach, personalization, empowerment, strength base, goal setting, respect, cultural sensitivity and competency, responsibility, hope and at the very core of the program.

Michael Salas

Michael Salas

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Dr. Michael Salas is a therapist, author, and the owner & founder of Vantage Point Counseling Services in Dallas. Michael is the author of Bridging the Sex Addiction Divide: Mindful Considerations for Vulnerable Clients. A book written to help therapists work with LGBTQIA2+ clients, as well as those who are interested in kink and consensual nonmonogamy, yet who may also be concerned about possible sex addictions.