Key Staff:

Program Director/Primary Counselor Tiffany Gallego, M.S.W. | 520.909.7019

Tiffany Gallego is the program director and a therapist at In Balance Living. She carries a small case load, oversees the operations of In Balance Living, supervises the staff and residents and monitors all admissions. Tiffany started at the In Balance Intensive Outpatient Program in 1997. From there she helped with the planning and opening of In Balance Ranch Academy in 2002, serving as a milieu manager and primary therapist at the ranch. She received her Bachelor's in Special Education from the University of Arizona and Master's in Social Work from Arizona State University.

In 2006, Tiffany helped to develop the In Balance Transitional Living program. Tiffany and Patrick Barrasso, owner of In Balance, realized how difficult it was for young adults coming out of treatment to be thrown back into the same environment that got them into treatment in the first place. Often they would stumble in their recovery. It was Tiffany and Patrick's belief that this stumble was unnecessary. Transitional Living was the answer; it would provide a safe and recovery living environment that would allow residents to acclimate back into society at a manageable pace. They would be introduced to young people in recovery in the Tucson area, helping them to realize that their community of support goes far beyond anything they first realized. They could enroll in college classes, find a sponsor that would become essential to their growth, learn how to attain, maintain and succeed at a job. These individuals will achieve success and will take these accomplishments with them as they continue off on their life path.

Outreach Director/Primary Counselor: Daniel Barrasso, M.S.W. | 520.370.5333

Daniel Barrasso joins In Balance with a Bachelor's in Psychology from the University of Arizona and a Master of Social Work degree through Arizona State University. He comes to the team with plenty of relevant life and work experience. He previously worked at In Balance during its early stages, for 6 years, as a life coach at In Balance Ranch Academy, a group facilitator at In Balance Intensive Outpatient and as a life coach for In Balance Transitional Living. He decided to take a three year hiatus in which he worked for a nationally recognized leader in adult residential treatment, where he proved to be a vital member of their team. After becoming lead of their Intake department and garnering extensive professional experience he has chosen to come back to In Balance to further his career. Daniel is responsible for outreach and admissions for Transitional Living and for In Balance Sober Living. He also is the recreational counselor responsible for fun activities on Saturdays.

"I am extremely excited about my return to In Balance. I grew up with an intense passion to help others, whether that meant volunteering at the Children's Hospital, staying overnight at a homeless shelter every Thanksgiving or helping a stranger on the side of the road. I've always known that I wanted to make a significant impact on young peoples' lives specifically; I just didn't know how I wanted to do it. I started off my college career looking to get a degree in education, become a teacher and have the ability to make a positive change in my students. My career path took an unexpected turn when I was asked to come work at In Balance one summer 6 years ago. From the second I came into contact with the population we serve and the dream that is In Balance I absolutely, positively knew that I could not see myself doing anything other than this. I believe full heartedly in the vision of In Balance and am thrilled to be part of the team again."

Operations Director: Paul Cicerol 

Paul has been a life coach for years and is an experienced rock climber who heads the rock climbing excursions. Paul is a part of the expedition team, he has lead a number of trips as well as taken part in organizing trips ranging from camping, AA conferences, Havasupai, snowboarding, and many more. He has been a part of the In Balance family for over 6 years and has worked at In Balance Ranch Academy and currently works with In Balance Living. Paul has been sober since 2007 and is active in a 12-step program where he embraces sobriety and is active in giving back to the large population of young people throughout Tucson. Paul is a remarkable example to young men in recovery and has been more than influential with the residents and living a full productive sober life.

Primary Counselor: Nick Eckley, M.S.W. | 520.437.7250

Nick comes to In Balance Transitional Living with diverse experience in community mental health and residential substance abuse treatment centers in Arizona. Nick has over three years experience providing clinical care to teenagers and young adults. His primary focus has been treating substance use and co-occurring disorders. Nick has experience using CBT and other therapeutic modalities in treating substance use and co-occurring disorders in outpatient, residential and in intensive outpatient settings. Nick obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona and a Master of Social Work degree through Arizona State University. Nick has seen the effects of substance abuse on individuals and families and strives to restore the lives of those affected by this disease. His energy, relational skills, life experience, and desire to help those in need will make him an amazing addition to the already stellar In Balance staff.

Primary Counselor: Jessie Libfeld, BHT (Master’s in Progress) | 602.803.5189

I am currently completing my master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Argosy University in Phoenix. I am also in training to become a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). Somatic experiencing is a form of trauma therapy that believes the nervous system is dysregulated during trauma and that through regulating the nervous system we can heal trauma. I am passionate about this work and believe it can work on nearly anyone. I have over five years of experience in the behavioral health field. In my early career, I worked as a Residential Counselor at a transitional home for boys ages 13 to 18 who had just come from juvenile detention and were waiting for a more permanent placement. I loved my work with those boys. In more recent years, I worked at a clinic specializing in adults with a Serious Mental Illness (SMI), and then at the Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) in the south training provider staff on recovery principals and recovery language. I believe that it is 100 percent possible for everyone to recover! I am also what I lovingly call a self-help junkie. I love listening to self-help books on while I'm driving. My current favorite author of this genre is Brene Brown. I have taken her Daring Way course and her Rising Strong course which both changed my life. I am new to Tucson in the last two months, coming from a decade in Phoenix. I live with my significant other and our amazing dog. I love being outdoors and trying new things and am ecstatic to immerse myself into the community of Tucson, and to be part of the In Balance team.

Primary Therapist/Expeditions Director: Matthew Hawe, M.S.W. 

Matthew Hawe graduated from Arizona State University with a Master of Social Work. He has a diverse background working in behavioral health treating substance use and mental disorders. Since 2008, Matt has been assisting adults and adolescents address barriers to living an independent, functional life while learning coping mechanisms to combat the symptoms of their illness. Matt has been an active member in the Tucson recovery community by working a 12-step program, participating in fellowship, and dedicating himself to service work. Matt has witnessed the devastating impact of addiction on the addicted individual, the family system, and the community and has found purpose in devoting his life to the field of substance use disorders. Collaborating with young people who have addictions can be very challenging and overwhelming without an intentional approach. Working at In Balance Transitional Living, Matt has learned the importance of building relationships to the degree that a level of trust is established that enables these young men to be genuine in their journey of recovery. Matt is trained in Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT). The combination of these two modalities assists individuals in moving away from sustain talk and focuses on the factors that motivate them to make an adjustment regarding their disruptive behaviors and substance use. CBT offers a path to modify negative thinking patterns that affect emotions and behaviors. Matt was born and raised in Tucson, AZ and has an extensive knowledge of the surrounding area for hiking and camping. He has utilized his knowledge base and passion for the outdoors through leading the weekend hikes and camping expeditions at In Balance Transitional Living. The wilderness offers an environment to find solace while unplugging from the stresses of everyday life. John Muir lived a life of exploration as he advocated for the preservation of the wilderness. He stated, "everybody needs beauty...places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike". The healing component of the wilderness combined with evidence based practice and the 12 steps is a method for a new way of living while recovering from the heartaches of addiction.

Primary Therapist: Landon Rush, Ph.d. applicant 

Landon Rush joined the clinical team at In Balance Ranch after a year working in the Intensive Outpatient program in Tucson, after many years at the Ranch he has moved to the Transitional Living program in order to finish the last step of his Ph.d. During this time he has not only shown us the breadth and depth of work he can do with young people and their families, he has also been a tremendously professional, creative and inspirational member of the team. Landon is an Arizona native and resides in Tucson. After high school, Landon joined the Active Army component as an artilleryman. He fought on Route Irish, in Baghdad, Iraq in 2003-2004, during the beginning of the Iraq War (OIF 1). After completing his term of enlistment in 2006, Landon left his duty station in Strassburg, Germany and returned stateside to start college. During this time, he joined the Army National Guard and is currently in Officer Candidate School to become a second lieutenant. After OCS, Landon's end-state will be as a psychologist in the Army National Guard.

Landon graduated from Prescott College with a Political Science B.A. He found his calling in psychology when he looked back on his life with the military and some other personal experiences, and realized that help is needed for those who suffer. Landon then redirected his education and is now in his academia for counseling psychology at Prescott College. He has finished his Master’s degree and started his Ph.D. in August of 2013 for clinical psychology, with a neuropsychology concentration. He is creating a psycho-educational based website for war veterans,, to help educate about PTSD and the related issues. His human subject research stretches from Equine Facilitated Therapy to Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET). He prefers a CBT approach with his counseling work, but researches the cognitive neuroscience of behaviors and disorders, as well. As for his personal perspective, Landon believes that building from life experiences, whether negative or positive, to create coping strategies is highly valuable. His philosophy is, ”life is the greatest educator of all.” Landon is dedicated to his work and believes that helping those who struggle, is a necessity as a human-being.

As for passions and hobbies, Landon has a history with sprint to ultra distance endurance events. His passions are triathlon, duathlon, running, swimming, cycling (on and off-road), motorcycles, classic cars and nature. Landon was on Team USA in 2011 and competed in Gijon, Spain for the United States in the Duathlon World Championship. He believes that physical fitness is an important part to recovery and life.

"I can understand what these young men are going through. I dropped out of high school and struggled with substance abuse myself. I joined the Army as a teenager and thought my troubles were over, but when I returned from war I found myself struggling again. The Army missions I ran while on deployment and my time on the streets of Baghdad, Iraq changed me forever. After losing my best friend in 2008 to a D.U.I. related motorcycle accident and further reflections of friends that I lost through combat, substance abuse and suicide, I found myself changing career paths. I originally wanted to be a federal agent and my B.A. was geared towards that. I realized that I do not need to be in the fight anymore, but want to help those who are currently fighting with substance abuse, PTSD, depression and any psychological issues. After seeing myself change through education and self-work, I believe that all the young men in this program can make a change, as well. The lessons of life are there, we just have to realize what they are, and use them to help us."

Primary Therapist David Lavin, MS, NCC, LAC, LPC 

David Lavin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Fordham University, and a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Pace University. He is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) is a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). David has over 12,000 hours of practical working experience in the helping field. In addition, he has a degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling.
David’s work experience includes the following settings in NY, MT, CT and CO; acute detox, outpatient, inpatient, intensive inpatient, short term and long term residential, crisis intervention, chemical dependency intervention, prevention, family, group, and individual therapy, equine therapy, and wilderness therapy. He also consults on court cases assessing client dependency and providing treatment recommendations as alternative to incarceration. This work has been conducted with all ages, but predominantly young adults.
David comes to In Balance with 11 years of front line experience in the field of addiction and mental health treatment. He is thrilled and humbled to have found a place where he can combine both of his passions in counseling and horsemanship.
David’s role models in the field of psychology have been Albert Ellis, Irvin Yalom, and Viktor Frankl. His personal philosophy is this; "We wake up in the morning and decide that day to do the right thing, or not". This simple idea when executed consistently equates to a balanced internal peace. David uses his innate ability to connect with others, his education, and experience to guide each and every client he encounters to their fullest, purest versions of themselves. David enjoys spending time with his horses, dog, and family. He has also recently taken up cooking and is becoming less of a novice.

Life Coach/Peer Facilitator: Harris Jurney 

Harris Jurney has been sober since January 20, 2016. He is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. Harris attended treatment at Red Oak Recovery in Asheville, North Carolina. He is a recent graduate from the In Balance TL program (November 2016). He is currently taking and succeeding at classes at Pima Community College and is planning on transferring to U of A next year and pursuing a major in economics. He spends time playing sports, hiking, and searching for sweet tea in a very unwilling Arizona. "I believe heavily in AA and the 12 steps. I work with a sponsor and have a group of sponsees. I believe that growth and change are fostered through an environment of challenge and encouragement."

Life Coach/Peer Facilitator: Bryan Crow 

My name is Bryan Crow. My sobriety date is January 13, 2001. I have been actively involved in AA and happily sober since I was 21 years old. Since getting sober at an early age I have been able to carve out a cool life for myself. Skateboarding and making art were important to me as a teen, and getting sober allowed me to fully immerse myself in both activities. Before working for In Balance I worked for two different inpatient alcohol and drug treatment facilities.

My life today looks like taking care of my 12-year-old son (which entails going to the skatepark or working on projects with him), working in my art studio, hanging out with my 4 cats, and work! I also sponsor a few guys, lead a meditation meeting, and travel to AA related activities with friends. Working for In Balance allows me to live a good life and give away what I have been able to find through sobriety and seeking a Higher Power.

Academic Advisor/Life Coach: Jackie Doyle, B.S. 

Jackie Doyle graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and works as the Collegiate Recovery Programs Academic Advisor. She has been in recovery since 2014 and dedicates much of her time to sponsoring young women, working a 12- step recovery program, and service work. Jackies journey with learning how to balance academics with recovery led to her interest in taking on an academic advisor role within a recovery program. She is passionate about helping fellow addicts and alcoholics achieve their occupational and educational dreams while maintaining sobriety and recovery. Jackie enjoys spending time with her husband, Peter, who works at In Balance Ranch Academy, as well as their two cats Clark and Calvin.

Life Coach/Peer Facilitator: Ryan Doten 

Ryan has worked for In Balance for almost 4 years at the Ranch Academy and Transitional Living. "I am an addict and alcoholic in my 8th year of sobriety. I started drinking and using drugs when I was 13 and left home at age 15. I believe that the age group we work with at the ranch and TL is a crucial time to intervene and can potentially save a young person and their families from years of suffering due to drug and alcohol addiction. I love to be a part of a young person figuring out how to navigate life's challenges without relying on substances. I think a huge part of my job is to make the treatment experience for a young person easier by being available to our guys on or off shift and showing them by example that you can have a life that you love, sober. I am a certified recovery support specialist and have experience working with the SMI and DD populations as well.

Life Coach/Peer Facilitator: Mitchell Hestad 

Mitchell Hestad is a life coach, as well as an alumni of the transitional living program. He is an active member of a 12 step fellowship, and has been sober since June 17th, 2010. After graduating the transitional living program Mitchell sought out employment at a local bakery while navigating the pitfalls of early recovery and independent living, before making the decision to pursue more meaningful work helping others. Besides work, Mitchell spends his time taking classes at Pima Community College, hiking, going to the gym, and riding his skateboard. Mitchell has an unwavering commitment to fostering change and growth in the lives of the students of transitional living. Mitch's body of work includes tutoring, mentoring, and teaching life skills. His steadfast commitment is represented both on campus and around the Tucson community.

Life Coach/Peer Facilitator: Samuel Zimmer 

Sam Zimmer is a grateful alumni of the In Balance Transitional Living Program. Born in San Diego, Sam has always loved playing sports and being active. After high school, he attended and played football at Washington and Lee University in Virginia for around 3 years before his use of drugs and alcohol got the best of him, forcing him to return home. He arrived in Tucson on September 4th, 2015 and has been sober ever since. During and after his stay in the program, Sam held a few retail jobs and attended class at nearby Pima Community College, while waiting for the opportunity to work for In Balance as a Life Coach, something he knew was in store for him since early on in his stay.

Sam began working In Balance in early August of 2016. He enjoys having the opportunity to connect with and fun with the guys while being in a position to positively impact young men who are in the exact position he was once. He has wholeheartedly embraced his new life of service and the commitment that comes with working in the field of recovery and is active when it comes to sponsorship as well. Sam is one of our full time Life Coaches at the Collegiate Recovery House and currently a student at The University of Arizona, finishing up his education. Sam also works at local Santa Rita High School as an Assistant Football Coach working with the Defensive Line and Linebackers. When he is not working as a Life Coach for In Balance, coaching football, or in school, he participates in recreational flag football and basketball leagues with the transitional living and collegiate revocery residents and lives in and manages one of In Balance's sober living houses. Sam does his best to make time for working out, sketching, and hanging out with friends, most of which also work for In Balance.

Life Coach/Peer Facilitator: Luke Hamilton, B.A. 

Luke is a proud Tucson native. After struggling with addiction throughout adolescence and early adulthood, he has found a fulfilling life in recovery after getting sober in 2011.
Luke came to In Balance after finishing his degree in Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. He was drawn to In Balance because of his own interest and background in behavioral/mental health, academics, and overall recovery. In addition to working in the recovery field for the last five years, Luke completed an internship working with at-risk minors from low income families facing a wide variety of mental and behavioral challenges.Outside of work, Luke is a music enthusiast and happy family man.