Clinicians & Counselors

Clinicians and Counselors

Serving the recovery community with love and care

Meaning and Purpose - Our Clinicians and CounselorsEach of the clinicians and counselors working with Encompass Recovery is an experienced professional with an advanced degree and/or board certification and licensure as a therapist, addiction specialist, or counselor by a state agency or nationally-recognized board or association.

Like our clinicians and counselors, our staff members and those working with us on a contract basis have decades of training and experience in treatment centers, counseling rooms, classrooms, and churches as clinicians, teachers, counselors, and caregivers. They are truly “shepherds” in their love for and care of everyone they serve and are well suited and trained to bring God’s love and clinical expertise into every client session.

Take a look below for more information on each of the clinicians and counselors at Encompass Recovery. We would be happy to answer any additional questions you have about our clinicians and counselors.

Encompass Recovery Clinicians and Counselors
Nina Dreyer, LCSW, LAADC

Nina Dreyer - Our Clinicians and Counselors

Nina graduated cum laude from the University of California, Irvine where she received a BA in Psychology and Social Behavior. She went on to complete a Masters Degree in Social Work from University of Southern California, with a focus on Families and Children, plus a sub-concentration in school social work including her PPS (Pupil Personnel Services) credential. She has worked in three school districts in Orange County (Orange, Irvine, and Saddleback) and three Universities: University of California, Irvine; California State University at Fullerton; and Concordia University, Irvine.

For the last 15 years, Nina has been working with dual diagnosis clients and their families.  Her work as a psychotherapist and licensed drug and alcohol counselor has provided insight, clinical tools and guidance to many addicts, alcoholics and their families.  Nina has implemented 12-step recovery programs, focusing on mindfulness and meditation as a way through to the other side of recovery, connection, mental health and community.

Contact Nina: | 949.218.4102

David Brisbin, MDiv, LPPC, RASI

Dave Brisbin - Our Clinicians and CounselorsDave has been working in ministry for over 25 years serving as worship leader, youth leader, associate pastor, and teaching pastor in churches in Laguna Niguel, San Clemente, Dana Point, and San Juan Capistrano, CA. With a BA from California State University Long Beach in English Lit/Creative Writing, he has taught school both at the elementary and under graduate levels. His Masters in Divinity was earned from Coastland University in San Juan Capistrano and was focused on pastoral counseling and Christian origins.

Dave is board certified by the American Association of Christian Counselors’ International Board of Christian Counselors and is licensed as a professional pastoral counselor by the American Association of Christian Therapists. He has been working in the areas of individual and family counseling, grief and crisis counseling, drug and alcohol abuse, and spiritual mentoring for the past 15 years and is a co-founder of theeffect, a faith community and recovery ministry that has been in operation for the past 10 years.

Dave has been married to his wife, Marian, for 23 years, and they have four children–Caitlyn, Megan, Sean, and Brennan–with only the boys and two dogs still at home. Dave is the teaching pastor of theeffect and Executive Director for Encompass Recovery and California Coast Detox and Rehab. He is also the author of the book The Fifth Way: A Western Journey to the Hebrew Heart of Jesus and Western Songlines: Following an Eastern Jesus in a Western World.

Contact Dave: | 949.218.4102

Frank Billman, CADAC I, LPPC

Frank Billman - Our Clinicians and CounselorsFrank did his undergraduate study at Baylor University in Texas where he received a BA in Oral Communications. Feeling called to the ministry, he then studied for two years at Dallas Theological Seminary, getting a firm foundation in theology and education. Then abruptly switching gears away from ministry, he launched a career in retail management that continued until his own addiction issues forced him to become serious about recovery. Moving to California, completing treatment, and becoming deeply involved in the recovery community resparked Frank’s desire to work in ministry begun years before. Coming full circle, Frank is now an ordained minister and has served as a recovery pastor at Encompass Recovery for the past three years.

Frank is a CADAC II addiction specialist and board certified by the American Association of Christian Counselors’ International Board of Christian Counselors as a biblical counselor. His passion is for people in recovery and he has dedicated his own recovery to helping those still suffering from alcohol and drug addiction.

Contact Frank: | 949.218.4102

Our clinicians and counselors will be very glad to answer any questions you have about our drug and alcohol treatment programs and services.