C-SASI Board of Directors
Troy Snyder, MS, NCC, LPC, CCSAS, CPCS is one of the founding members of IACSAS now known as C-SASI. He has served on the board since its inception and on the executive for four years, helping guide and direct the development of the organization as well as overseeing the clinical track trainees.
As a counselor, Troy has been in the sex addiction field for 14 years. At present he works for Restoration Counseling in Atlanta where he employs a holistic approach—involving the spouse, family members and friends in the SA recovery process.
Troy is a clinical counseling supervisor, and C-SASI supervisor for clinicians, coaches and pastoral/lay leaders. In addition to speaking to schools and churches, Troy teaches on the topic of sex addiction through Liberty University's online program. He also works as an adjunct professor at Houston Baptist University.
Ella Hutchinson LPC-S, CSAT, APSATS CCPS graduated from St. Edward’s University in Counseling Psychology in 2006 and has experience working with severe mental illness, trauma, and crisis intervention.
Ella served for three years as a founding board member of the Association for Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS). During this time Ella helped to write the Multi-Dimensional Partner Trauma curriculum that is used to train and certify professionals in the treatment of partners of sex addicts.
Ella is a passionate advocate for partners of sex addicts. Among other mediums, Ella uses the power of the written word to help change the systems through which partners have been abused. Today, she and her husband Jeff are following God’s calling for them as they facilitate couple intensives from their office in Houston.
Donna Meredith Dixon
Donna Meredith Dixon is passionate about creating safe places within the Christian community for healing from the impact of sexual brokenness. Donna lives out that passion, in part, by collaborating with others to train partners of sex addicts to effectively facilitate groups.
During her 17 years in the medical field, Donna created curriculum and training experiences that met or exceeded federal and state standards as well as health-care accrediting organizations. The skills she acquired were brought to bear in the creation of her workbook, A Door of Hope: Peer Facilitator Training (Helping Women Heal After Sexual Betrayal). Taking a trauma-informed approach, the workbook and training combine the multidimensional partner trauma model and biblically based principles with the highest peer-facilitator training standards.
Donna is a certified life and relationship coach, certified pastoral sex addiction specialist (IACSAS/C-SASI), has completed the APSATS training, and has served on the board of IACSAS/C-SASI since 2014. Visit her website: https://www.lifeisahead.com/
Jeff Hutchinson is a Certified Professional Life Coach, a Certified Pastoral Sexual Addiction Specialist and is certified in the treatment of sex addiction through the American Association of Christian Counselors. Jeff has also completed APSATS training under Dr. Barbara Steffens .
Jeff is retired from the U.S. Army after over twenty years of service. As he pursued his Master’s degree in counseling through Houston Baptist University, he suffered health issues that prevented him from finishing. He then recognized a calling to work as a life coach, which gives him the freedom to work with addicts across state and country lines through phone and web conferencing.
Thus, since 2010, Jeff has provided coaching to men who struggle with pornography and other sexually compulsive behavior to find sexual purity in their lives and marriages. Additionally, he leads men’s retreats and support groups. He also facilitates couple’s intensives with his wife, Ella. As a recovering sex addict himself, Jeff’s story is a testament to the power of Christ to release a person from the bondages of addiction.
Lisa Taylor is a pastoral sex addiction specialist (IACSAS/C-SASI) and certified clinical partner specialist candidate (APSATS) living in New Zealand. She has spent the last several years counseling and supporting women and couples whose lives, like her own, have been impacted by a husband’s struggle with sex addiction.
Prior to completing her post-grad counseling studies, Lisa worked as a researcher, editor and writer. Her award-winning book Beyond Betrayal, has been followed up by the Beyond Betrayal Couples’ Guide and There’s WHAT on my Phone? (youth fiction).
Lisa has a passion for seeing quality research and training around sex addiction and partner trauma made available to the Christian community. She also runs an online community blog for partners at beyondbetrayal.community.
Jake Porter is a Board Certified Counselor, Certified Professional Coach, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, and an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Houston Graduate School of Theology, where he is also the Director of the Doctor of Professional Counseling program.
Jake has a B.A. in Psychology from Elmira College, a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lamar University, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Master of Theology and Doctor of Education from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a Professional Member of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH). Jake has been trained by Dr. Patrick Carnes, the world’s leading pioneer in the diagnosis and treatment of sex addiction, and also by Dr. Barbara Steffens to work with partners of sex addicts using the Multidimensional Partner Trauma Model of APSATS. He learned Post Inductive Therapy from its developer, Pia Melody, and sat under Drs. Pat Love, Sue Johnson, and Stan Tatkin to learn to work with couples in recovery. Jake has taught and presented research on the topics of theology, counseling, and sexual addiction around the world. To learn more about Jake please visit his website: www.daringventures.com
Biography for Michael Taylor is coming soon.
Barbara Steffens: advisor to the board
Barbara Steffens, PhD, LPCC, CCPS, CPC is the founder and past-president of The Association for Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS)—an organization that provides training and certification of Clinical Partner Specialists and Partner Trauma Coaches.
Her book, Your Sexually Addicted Spouse: How Partners Can Cope and Heal, co-authored with Marsha Means, has dramatically influenced the fields of sex addiction and betrayal trauma counseling.
In addition to nearly three decades in a counseling and professional coaching practice, Barbara has trained approximately 300 people who want to specialize in helping partners heal. Her years of service to the fields of sexual addiction and betrayal trauma therapy were recognized in 2018 when she received a life-time achievement award from Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH). Barbara was one of the founding members of IACSAS/C-SASI.
LYNDA WARD: ADMINISTRATOR AND NEW MEDIA SPECIALIST
Lynda Ward, M.T.S., C.S.D., is our administrator and new media specialist. She is a certified spiritual director and coach specializing in healing trauma, restoring relationships, and building resiliency. She is also a writer, photographer, and artist/ graphic designer.
Lynda has worked in a variety of settings: one-on-one coaching and spiritual direction; leading retreats, workshops, and seminars; teaching courses at the university level; working in treatment clinics; and serving churches as a pastor and youth minister. In each setting, her focus has been on healing trauma; recognizing and building healthy, authentic relationships; finding meaning, purpose, and strength in grief, loss, and suffering; realizing one's dignity and personal significance; and building resiliency in response to trauma. For more information on Lynda, visit www.HealingTraumaTogether.com