We would like to introduce you to some of the amazing staff we have here at The Control Center. This will help you get to know who we are, and why we love to do what we do!
Clinical Psychologist Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Erika Widera is a prelicensed psychologist who treats chemical dependency, mental health disorders, and relational difficulties. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at The Control Center. Dr. Widera received her undergraduate degree in psychology and criminology from Marquette University. She completed her doctoral studies and training in clinical psychology with an emphasis in forensics through the APA accredited doctoral program at Argosy University, Orange County.
She conducts psychological and neuropsychological evaluations and provides individual, couples, family, and group therapy services, utilizing a multitude of treatment modalities, including CBT, DBT, ACT, object relations, and various recovery models in the treatment of addictions and mental health disorders.
Expertise: Pathological Gambling; Problem Gambling
Dr. Eric Geffner has been a clinical psychologist and specialist in the treatment of impulse control disorders with an emphasis on pathological gambling disorders since 1998. He is a board member of the California Council on Problem Gambling and has directed their therapist training and certification program for many years. As a gambling treatment specialist, he was also involved in the initial phases of establishing the funding priorities for the California Office on Problem Gambling which exists within the Department of Mental Health.
Dr. Geffner has treated hundreds of gamblers and their families. He utilizes a comprehensive blend of cognitive-behavioral, educational, and psychodynamic approaches in assisting an individual suffering from gambling addiction. He has published several research articles and has given expertise to both clinicians as well as the media.