Judith Landau MD, DPM, LMFT, CFLE, CIP, CAI-II

President, Founder of ARISE®


Judith Landau, MD, DPM, LMFT, CFLE, CIP, CAI is a child, family and community neuropsychiatrist and former professor of psychiatry and family medicine, who has spent many years studying resilience and overcoming adversity. Dr. Landau is also an isangoma or traditional African healer. 

Former professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Rochester, and Senior Consultant to the Trauma Studies Program at NYU and Columbia, Dr. Landau is Co-developer of the Evidence-Based, Best Practice ARISE® Continuum of Care.  Dr. Landau draws upon 40+ years of research and experience aimed at facilitating long-term healing for addicted individuals and their families. 

 Author of over 200 publications, she has taught in 100+ countries, trained more than 2000 Certified ARISE® Interventionists, been principle investigator on research conducted through WHO, NIDA and NIAAA, SAMHSA and has consulted to UN, WHO, NIMH, NIDA, NIAAA, SAMHSA, and several international governments. 

A Senior Fulbright Visiting Fellow, and Fellow of Orthopsychiatry, Association, AAMFT and NCFR, she is the recipient of awards for AAMFT’s Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Marriage and Family Therapy and AFTA’s Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy. 

Currently recognized as a global addiction and trauma pioneer, Dr. Landau continues to change the future of addiction and its interface with mental health by identifying trauma that spans generations. Her recent TEDX talk, Family Stories, Secrets and Survival, has become legendary and is one of the most sought-after presentations on the subjects of family resilience, trauma, and addiction. Steadily working on her long awaited personal memoir, Dr. Landau continues to be used by the national media as an expert on all stories relating to human behavior. Click here for CV.



Associate Director of ARISE® Training, Senior ARISE® Trainer and Senior ARISE® Supervisor


Sarah is a seasoned therapist, addiction counselor, and Certified ARISE® Interventionist who has specialized in helping families and individuals in the addiction treatment field in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her therapeutic approach is very client-centered and she considers herself to be a “reality-based” therapist, utilizing whichever tools seem best suited to helping the client reach their therapeutic goals. Her collective experience has allowed her to intervene with families at many levels and enabled her to work with the myriad of problems that go along with addiction. She is highly adept at helping families with dual-diagnosis. Click here for CV.



Associate Director of ARISE® Service, Senior ARISE® Trainer, ARISE® Supervisor

James is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified ARISE® Interventionist with a practice in Salt Lake City, Utah that focuses on helping individuals and families with mental health and addiction issues. His past experience includes working on an outpatient, residential, and inpatient psychiatric basis. He is a consultant for several addiction treatment facilities to bring them into compliance with Joint Commission accreditation standards. James is currently involved in the State of Utah Policy Implementation and Reform committee, which diverts drug offenders from incarceration to treatment. He also serves as the Board Chair of a non-profit agency that provides scholarships for addicted individuals to receive appropriate treatment. He is currently working toward becoming an ARISE® Trainer and an ARISE® Supervisor. Click here for CV.



Senior ARISE® Trainer, Senior ARISE® Supervisor


Doug LaBelle is a licensed clinical social worker with 28 years experience in the addiction field. His private practice is based in Lake Bluff, IL. and Kenosha, WI. LaBelle’s work focuses on individual and family counseling and psychotherapy, Behavioral Health and Employee Assistance Programs and Intervention Services, with special emphasis on gambling, substance abuse, and dual-diagnosis. LaBelle is certified as a National Certified Gambling Counselor II, a Certified Employee Assistance Professional, a Certified Intervention Professional and a Certified ARISE® Interventionist. He is a Senior ARISE® Trainer and Supervisor for the LINC Foundation. Click here for CV.


Heather Hayes M.Ed., LPC, CIP, CAI-II

Senior ARISE® Trainer


Heather Hayes, a licensed professional counselor, Certified ARISE® Interventionist, and level II Board Registered Interventionist, has been working in the addiction field for more than 27 years and is well-known throughout the United States as an Interventionist. Her private practice is based out of Atlanta, GA where she also serves as a psychological profiler for the Hostage Negotiation and SWAT team for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department. Hayes specializes in the treatment of adolescents/young adults, trauma, brain disorders and the full spectrum of addictive disorders. In addition to her private practice, Heather travels nationally and internationally presenting on addiction, co-occurring and psychiatric disorders, disordered eating, trauma and adolescent/young adult issues. She is currently President of the Network of Independent Interventionists (NII) and a Senior ARISE® Trainer for LINC Foundation. Click here for CV.



Senior ARISE® Trainer, ARISE® Supervisor, Associate Director of Facility Training


Gale Saler, LCPC, CRC-MAC, CAI, CIP, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Maryland, is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Master Addiction Counselor as approved by the Commission for the Certification of Rehabilitation Counselors and the National Council of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, respectively, and is approved through the Pennsylvania Certification Board as a Certified Intervention Professional.

She received her B.A. in psychology from The American University and her Masters degree in education/rehabilitation from George Washington University in Washington D.C. Gale has worked in the addiction, mental health and rehabilitation field for over 30 years, during which time she has developed, opened and operated some of the most effective treatment and recovery programs in the region. Her experience includes working with adolescents, young adults and adults, including those who are adjudicated and/or have co-occurring mental health or behavioral issues.

Gale is a Certified Intervention Professional specializing in ARISE® invitational interventions. These interventions emphasize and build on the strength and love which exists in the family system to assist the individual to accept help and enter treatment. She brings extensive experience in assessment and treatment placement to her intervention work. She is also a national trainer and supervisor for the ARISE® model.

As a life coach, Gale has been at the forefront of modifying the model and developing a program of recovery coaching. She is dedicated to developing the necessary resources to help her clients build the foundation for a lasting recovery.

Gale is an active advocate for prevention, treatment and recovery. She served as President of the Maryland Addiction Directors Council for six years and currently serves as President Emeritus. In 2013 Gale was presented a Governor’s Citation in recognition of her advocacy on behalf of the citizens of Maryland, as well as the Excellence in Leadership Award from the State Associations for Addiction Services. Click here for CV.