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Dr. Brett Furst, LMFT

Dr. Brett Furst, LMFT, holds a B.S. in Child and Adolescent Development from the University of California, Davis, an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University, and a Doctorate in Couples and Family Therapy from Alliant International University. Dr. Furst specializes in treating adoptees who struggle with substance use. He has created some of the first specialized treatment protocols, therapeutic tracks, and unique interventions to better help this under-served population and has used this background in his role as the director of Adoption Programming at PACE Recovery. Dr. Furst’s research in this field has focused on the role that a relationship with one’s biological parent(s) has on the severity of substance use and has brought to light the need for increased treatment expertise in the substance use treatment field. Therapeutically, Dr. Furst comes from a Gestalt and attachment perspective, placing emphasis on the exploration of the authentic self and how defensive inauthenticity can contribute to a lack of healthy attachment to others.