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Briana Lefman, M.S., C.R.C., L.P.C.C.

Briana Lefman speaking at SOAP Trauma and Addiction

Trauma and Addiction:

Identifying and Examining the Path to the Development of Addiction as a Result of Trauma

I’ll provide an in-depth examination of the foundations of childhood, adolescent, and adult trauma and the correlation with distorted beliefs. By examining trauma’s impact on the human condition:

  • We begin to identify how our beliefs are changed over time.
  • I connect self-worth and the experience of exposure to trauma and tie it to the pathway to addiction.
  • I provide a concrete foundational understanding of the facets involved in attaching our understandings of our world views and ourselves through the assignment of emotions.
  • This talk will give individuals an understanding of how avoidance is developed as a coping mechanism and shed light on the integral importance of addressing our buried traumas.
  • This will emphasize and focus on how avoidance is cultivated through numbing of emotions through addiction.

CEUs will be available through CCAPP

Join us on April 25th at 10:30 a.m. for our monthly meeting.  RSVP below.

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Briana’s Bio:

Briana Lefman is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and her area of focus is in addiction and trauma. In 2013, she obtained her Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State University. After completing the comprehensive focus in Vocational support for persons with disabilities, Briana went on to pursue her education and received her certification in Psychiatric disorders and Addiction. After exploring her work with Cognitive impairments, she decided to combine her areas of interest and pursue licensure.


Briana has her own practice in Oceanside, CA and runs various community support groups. In her private practice, Briana supports adults living with: acute mental illnesses, eating disorders, severe substance abuse, and survivors of sexual trauma and domestic violence.


Briana emphasizes the childhood experience as a foundation for developing a deeper understanding of the growing addiction epidemic. Briana relies upon her lived experiences and her professional education to assist individuals with connection with internal resources. She believes in providing transparent communication through awareness and education of how unresolved trauma leads to life-long patterns of avoidance.


Briana serves as a member of the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation and as a panel member for trauma-informed care. Briana belongs to a multitude of community addiction groups and clinical consultation groups. She serves as a mentor to interns and graduate students while providing ongoing consultation in various professional settings. Briana’s personal and professional experience has gained her expertise in the field of addiction, mental health, cognitive disorders, and trauma to serve as a guide for persons and families seeking healing through interpersonal introspection.


Our many thanks to our sponsors:



Milestone Addiction Centers

Our thanks to Milestone Addiction Centers for providing lunch during the networking time of our meeting!







Precision Diagnostics SD SOAP sponsor

Precision Diagnostics

Precision Diagnostics is a key sponsor for San Diego SOAP, making everything possible.


CEUs for today’s meeting are provided by CCAPP


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