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, PLC, MCA

Nina Dreyer - Our Clinicians and CounselorsNina 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 USC, University of Southern California, with a sub-concentration in school social work and a 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.

Leaving the school systems, Nina became a Certified Domestic Violence Counselor while working with battered and abused women and children at Human Options Domestic Violence Counseling Center. She has worked with Orange County Probation as a counselor and parent educator at Boundaries, an agency providing counseling and anger management for child abuse offenders. Nina moved on to become a Certified Loss and Grief counselor in her role as program director for Gary’s Place for Kids, a non-profit agency that provided bereavement support to children and their parents who had experienced the death of a significant loved one in their lives.

For the last 10 years, the focus of Nina’s work has been with dual diagnosis clients in various rehabilitation and drug and alcohol treatment centers. She takes great joy and gains great reward working with individuals and families whose lives have been destroyed by substance abuse and dependence. She became a Certified Personal Life Coach in her efforts to better support and sustain those who are choosing to walk the path of recovery through the 12-Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.She recently completed the requirements for her Master in Counseling Addictions from the Breining Institute.

Nina and her husband Roy live in Dana Point and are currently launching the last few of their nine children in their blended family.

Contact Nina: | 844.408.7878

David Brisbin, MDiv, LPPC, RASI

Dave Brisbin - Our Clinicians and CounselorsDave has been working in ministry for over 18 years serving as worship leader, youth leader, associate pastor, and teaching pastor in churches in Laguna Niguel, San Clemente, and Dana Point, 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 8 years and is a co-founder of theeffect, a faith community and recovery ministry that has been in operation for the past 4 years.

Dave has been married to his wife, Marian, for 17 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 Encompass Recovery and also the president of Children of The Americas, a non-profit organization working for the nutrition and education of children in Mexico and the US. He is also the author of the book The Fifth Way: On the Aramaic Way of Jesus with Passionate Common Sense.

Contact Dave: | 844.408.7878

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 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: | 844.408.7878

Meg Elam, MSW

Meg Elam - Our Clinicians and Counselors

Meg graduated cum laude from the University of California, San Diego with a major in Psychology. She went on to earn her Masters in Social Work from the University of California, Los Angeles with a specialization in Mental Health. During this time, she worked in community mental health settings as a therapist at Didi Hirsch and Women Helping Women.

After completing her graduate studies, Meg worked in residential treatment centers counseling sexually abused children, sexual offenders and families in crisis. She also worked as a per diem employee facilitating therapy groups at College Hospital. Over the past two years, Meg has served as a therapist at Sovereign Health of California, where she has worked with dual diagnosis clients. Her passion is to work alongside those whose lives have been disrupted by addictions and mental illnesses.

Meg and her husband live in Mission Viejo with their four children. In her spare time she enjoys playing and coaching soccer, spending time with her family and friends, and gardening.

Contact Meg: | 844.408.7878

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