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.

Operations Director: Peter Doyle, B.A. (Master’s in Progress) | 520.869.8845

Peter Doyle is an alumni of all three In Balance programs and has worked for the In Balance Continuum since 2008. Peter is a college resident pursuing his Bachelor's degree and is also a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician. Peter is graduating Cum Laude in May 2015 with his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Arizona. Peter has been active in the local 12-step fellowship since 2006. He is in charge the In Balance Living Life Skill's curriculum and also assists residents in meeting their program fitness goals. He is a Certified Personal Trainer and can deadlift over 600lbs. Being an alumni of In Balance allows Peter to bring a unique perspective to the staff and program management as well as the residents because he has had direct experience with what the residents encounter as they go through the program.

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."

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 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.

Resident Manager/Life Coach: Paul Cicerol 

Paul is a Life coach and 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 3 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.

Life Coach/Administrative Liaison: Rachel Kundrat, B.A. 

Rachel Kundrat graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and works with In Balance Students as a Life Coach, Academic and Administrative Liaison . Rachel is a woman in recovery with 10 years of experience working with adolescents and the millennium generation. At In Balance she guides students in recovery helping them set educational and vocational goals. With a diverse background ranging from a research assistant in the Cognitive Science and Neuro-imaging lab at the the University of Arizona to an Associate Manager at Buffalo Exchange she shares life and work experience with the students. Educational and behavioral health experience includes College and Career Coordinator in alternative education, Academic Advisor at Pima Community College, Exceptional Education teacher and Intensive Case Manager. A native of Tucson, Rachel has been practicing yoga and meditation for 15 years helping clients learn various techniques for relapse prevention. With a passion for service, she enjoys music and family in her free time. Priding herself on practicing patience, love and tolerance Rachel won the Ben’s Bells Kindness award while working with high schoolers at a local high school and brings this positive attitude to In Balance Transitional Living.

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.

Resident Manager/Life Coach: Peter McGuire, B.S.W. (M.S.W. in progress) 

Peter McGuire originally from Long Island New York, graduated Transitional Living in September of 2009, and has maintained his sobriety since leaving Transitional Living. Upon graduating he began working at In Balance Ranch Academy and eventually became an Assistant Milieu Manager after four years of learning the ropes, and tireless working towards the betterment of the students at the ranch. At the beginning of this year Peter joined the team, after having to make the tough decision to leave the ranch and finish his bachelors degree. Peter anticipated graduating from Arizona State University in December of 2015 with a Bachelors in Social Work. When Peter is not working or going to school he enjoys working out, hiking, and traveling

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.