mental health treatment in california

Our mission

Into The Light is a center that offers mental health treatment. We help our clients recover and rebuild their lives.

Our philosophy for Mental health treatment

We believe that everyone has the potential to heal and recover. We know that mental health disorders can be challenging, but we also know that recovery is possible. We offer a supportive environment where people feel loved, cared for, and supported. We believe everyone deserves to live a healthy and fulfilling life, and we are here to help you achieve your goals.

Our approach to recovery is holistic. We believe mental health is just one part of a person’s health. We also consider physical, emotional, social, and spiritual health. We believe that all of these aspects of health are interconnected and that we need to address them to achieve proper recovery.

Services

PROVIDING COMPREHENSIVE AND INDIVIDUALIZED CARe.

Meet The Team

Our team comprises caring, compassionate professionals ready to help you or your loved one begin the treatment process.

Ronald Honn

Program Administrator

Ashley Phillips

Clinical Director

Michael Valdez, MD

Medical Director
License: G 79406 NPI 1205923224

Maria Haro

Nurse

Erin Engstrom

Therapist

Sophia Broderick

Therapist

Madelyn Johnston

Therapist

Alfredo Lopez

Program Manager

James Perisits

Counselor

Kory Murrin

Counselor

Richard Romero

Clinical Operations

Cody Gregg

Business Development

Larry Vaughn

Admissions/Operations

Andy Roy

Community Outreach

Ronald Honn

License –LAADC LCi1009127 Certifying Agency CCAPP
NPI 1104349646

My name is Ron. My journey started 3/3/09 when I realized I could no longer go on merely existing. I am no stranger to the pain, isolation, misery, hopelessness and debauchery of active substance use. There is truly no reason that I should be here, no longer questioning why I am, I now question what can I do to make a difference to those who still suffer. When I first started in the field as support staff I knew I found my purpose. As I approached the completion of my Masters Program in Psychology the next indicated step to making that difference was to start something new, something different. New Origins was that vision, that hope, that difference I was seeking. As with everything my vision expanded and the introduction of Into the Light followed as a means of addressing the mental health needs that became impossible to ignore. As a person who also understands the potential depths and darkness of mental health, I had to do something. I show up each and every day with that same goal I had at day 1, to bring hope, bring change, and bring light to an otherwise dark existence. Every journey may look a little different but I will be there to walk alongside in support hoping to inspire and motivate the very change I have come to know and appreciate.

Ashley Phillips

My name is Ashley and I became a therapist because I knew I wanted to help others to become their best selves. As an intern I first started working in a Mental Health and Co-Occurring Disorders Facility and immediately felt I found my calling and felt a deep sense of passion and motivation to help as many men as I could walk into recovery and live a life they’re proud of. Upon licensure starting New Origins was the greatest impact in this journey I could make to help. Creating a safe therapeutic environment to challenge and encourage others in their journey, baring witness to the change of suffering to health and wellness and knowing personally and through supervising other clinicians we are lifting the depths hidden under mental health and co-occurring disorders and embarking into a new beginning and authentic life is my dreams coming true everyday. Into the Light organically became the next indicated step to continue this journey to expand the helping hands to untangle the complexity of primary mental health. The passion and drive to provide the most effective and personalized treatment to every individual and their families who trust us to be part of their journey grows everyday with a constant gratitude and honor.

Maria Haro

Licensed Psychiatric Technician
Maria brings empathy and compassion with an easy-going style of communication, helping patients to feel at ease and comfortable. She gives patients ongoing care and follow-ups paying special attention to the patient’s individual needs. She is an active listener and advocates for her patients. Maria strives to understand her patients to better meet their needs and has continued her education, becoming a certified counselor. What helps her understand her patients best is her intimate knowledge of the disease of substance use and the battle she has fought to overcome it.

Erin Engstrom

Erin Engstrom is a Cognitive Behavioral therapist who specializes in mental health, severe and persistent mental illness, trauma, and family therapy. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside, a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Redlands and is licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Her approach is one of compassion as she collaborates with clients and their families to work toward a common goal of healing.

“My goal is to help patients restructure how they view themselves and empower them to live as caring, motivated individuals. I believe that recovery and wellness are maintained through continuous insight and self-compassion, and therapy is an integral part of the process.”

Sophia Broderick

Sophia Broderick is an Acceptance and Commitment therapist who specializes in co-occurring disorders, trauma, sexuality, gender identity issues and family work. Sophia earned her bachelor’s degree in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Redlands. Sophia is trained in EMDR, and is a certified clinical trauma professional. Sophia’s aim is to guide clients to be present with what life brings and to move in a direction that has personal meaning. Sophia’s approach to the therapeutic environment is to provide a space of no judgement and rigorous compassion in order for her clients to heal and grow. It is an honor for Sophia to serve the clients of New Origins and witness their transformations.

Madelyn Johnston

Madelyn Johnston, APCC specializes in treating co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, an offshoot of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Madelyn believes all aspects of a person’s health are connected—mental, physical, social, and spiritual—so she works with individuals and groups to unite the whole self in balance and flexibility. In therapy, Madelyn focuses on healing trauma, connecting with the present moment, and setting value-driven goals for the future. Madelyn graduated summa cum laude with her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Redlands.

Alfredo Lopez

My name is Alfredo Lopez, and I myself am a grateful recovering addict. After having spent many years lost in a hole of darkness and insanity, detached from society, I was given a second chance in life. This new way of life is truly a miracle from God through the most loving and caring people of New Origins.

My personal transformation being proof, has inspired me to make the same happen to others suffering with the disease of mental health. I have taken the necessary steps to start my career as a Counselor and will delightfully continue my journey with New Origins. Utilizing my skills and knowledge, I will provide the care and support for our patients as well as the life skills necessary to cope with a new way of life

James Perisits

I have experienced life in mental health and I live life in recovery. I have been given the gift of desperation to find life in my sobriety. I am able to provide my children with the father they deserve. I am able to be present for my loved ones in my life. I have found that life works best when we share it with others and I am happy to be a part of the family at New Origins. I have found a home here and I hope many more come to know and love this place as I have done. My experience was not only did I find treatment but I found a family who was there for me every step of the journey. I don’t believe we are just a treatment center, but a home for people to come and learn to trust, love, grow, and find the life they deserve. I know for me getting clean was one of the scariest things I have done in life, however, I do not think I could have found a better place. 

Kory Murrin

As a child of an active addict, Kory Murrin was exposed to a lifestyle of chaos and instability. As an adolescent, he would soon begin living a similar lifestyle filled with crime, and violence. As an adult, Kory witnessed God’s amazing grace in his mother’s life and in his own life. Now the proud son of a mother in recovery for 27 years and a man qualified to empathize, encourage, and serve, Kory looks to support individuals fighting in the journey of life.

“As a man that knows what it feels like to both forgive and to be forgiven, it is my goal to fight alongside individuals willing to face the man in the mirror”.

Richard Romero

Hello, my name is Richard.  All I knew since adolescence was the lifestyle surrounding substance use. It seemed all I had to look forward to was jails, institutions, and death. Through the grace of God I was brought to recovery and was taught a new way to live. Since then, I have dedicated my life to help those suffering from the disease of substance dependency. I have worked in the field of mental health treatment for over 11 years and I am grateful for the miracles that have taken place in my life. I strive to be a better professional and better person in recovery.

Cody Gregg

Cody Gregg is in recovery and an alumnus of the Into the Light/New Origins’ program. Cody struggled with multiple substances and experienced multiple failed attempts before finally surrendering completely and finding success. Through his surrender and with the help of the staff at New Origins, Cody was able to learn a different way of life, and today, he finds true and pure happiness in being able to give back what was given to him and show others struggling with their mental health that there is a different way to live.

Larry Vaughn

Hi, my name is Larry, my sobriety date is 7/19/2010. I have an amazing wife and five kids. I almost lost my life, but recovery saved me, and my life is beautiful. Today I have a completely different view on my health; I live to give back to what was given to me. Working in treatment has allowed me to give others the same chance at a fresh start, and I love watching the clients grow; my hobbies are cars, fishing, and football.

Andy Roy

This man needs no introduction, a living legend in skateboarding has now dedicated himself to being a beacon of hope for the still suffering user. As an alumnus of the program Andy began his journey to recovery February 13, 2020 when he decided to apply his rip ride or die attitude to getting clean and staying clean. Andy brings life and excitement wherever he goes, nobody does it like he does. Stay tuned as he returns with everybody’s favorite Dear Andy where anyone can write in, call in, or message questions and thoughts regarding mental health.