Mike Bayer CADC II, BRI II
CEO & Founder
Mike Bayer is an addiction specialist, crisis consultant and interventionist with over 10 years of experience working in the addiction and mental health field. He is well known for quickly responding to crisis situations and assisting clients in obtaining the appropriate levels of care. Mike assembles specialized teams to help clients who may not be suitable for inpatient treatment due to professional or personal commitments and/or privacy concerns. Mike excels in creating individualized care plans and caters to the specialized needs of executives, professionals, celebrities and other clients who require the highest level of personal attention. Mike and his team at CAST understand the personal and confidential needs required to support high profile clients at home or at work in order to minimize disruption to their careers.
Mike Bayer received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Metropolitan State University in Minnesota. He is a California Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC II) as well as a Board Registered Interventionist (BRI I). He did his residency at The Hazelden Foundation and Progress Valley treatment programs as a residential counselor and worked at The Retreat Center in Wayzata Minnesota and Twin Town Treatment Centers in Minneapolis. Prior to founding CAST Recovery, Mike was one of the leading interventionists for what was then one of the largest addiction consulting companies in the country. In addition, Mike has consulted for many of the top treatment programs in the U.S., including the Hazelden Foundation, and has founded several programs helping complex clients in need of crisis intervention, personal attention and specialized care. Today, as the President and CEO of CAST Recovery, Mike supervises other counselors working in an integrated program that includes top notch clinicians, therapists, consultants and staff.
Stephanie Grayson, M.A., Ph.D.
Stephanie Grayson, M.A., Ph.D., is CAST’s Executive Director. She oversees CAST’s operations and program development in both the Transitional Living and Clinical Outpatient branches of the company. Stephanie comes to CAST with experience in psychological research, assessment, and practice as well as outreach, advocacy, and program evaluation. After earning her Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Psychology and Art History from the University of Southern California, Stephanie completed her Master of Arts and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University. Stephanie received formal clinical training at Harbor UCLA TIES for Families, the United American Indian Involvement, and the Long Beach Child and Adolescent Program/CalWORKS. She has implemented and evaluated wellness programs and interventions promoting life skills, prosocial behavior, empathy, and compassionate stances towards self and others. She is also involved in social psychological research in the area of prejudice, and she publishes and presents research in this area. Stephanie believes that a life worth living is within reach for everyone, and she considers it an honor to be part of CAST’s efforts to help others in shaping such lives for themselves.
Peter Dell, M.D.
Dr. Dell is a Board Certified in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry, and is Clinical Faculty at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He treats adults with a variety of problems including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, codependency and personality disorders. He is skilled in both medication management and therapy. He strongly believes that the relationship between doctor / patient is an integral part of the healing process. He also believes that relieving suffering is only half of the psychiatrist’s job; fostering positive qualities to enhance his patients’ lives is equally as important.
Dr. Dell received his bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA, and his medical doctor (MD) degree from UC San Francisco. He completed a psychiatry residency through San Mateo County Behavioral Health Services. He then completed a Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship through the Columbia / Cornell Combined program in New York City. He worked for one year in the NYU School of Medicine as Clinical Faculty while working as an attending physician in the Bellevue Hospital Psychiatric Emergency Room (CPEP) in New York City. He returned to Southern California to continue practicing psychiatry in July 2012. He is licensed in California and New York
Alyson Barry, Ph.D.
Alyson Barry, Ph.D. is CAST’s Program Director, supporting clients and the clinical team by overseeing the day-to-day activities of the outpatient program. She also facilitates workshops and provides case management. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Washington, Alyson moved to Los Angeles and worked in the music industry for several years before returning to school to pursue a Master of Arts in Counseling at Loyola Marymount University. Her love of learning led her to continue on to earn Master of Arts and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. She completed clinical training at a university counseling center, a foster care agency, and an inpatient psychiatric facility. She gained further experience through work in an intensive outpatient program, private practice, and primary care mental health research. Alyson loves having the opportunity to help clients in their journeys of personal growth, and she is excited to be a part of the team at CAST.
Barbara Wright, Ph.D.
Senior Clinical Consultant
Dr. Barbara Wright is a clinical psychologist and senior clinical consultant at CAST. She has had a private practice in Laguna Beach for over 30 years and has supervised psychiatrists, psychologists, and family therapists in clinical practice. She was the first psychologist to be Chief of Staff of a free-standing psychiatric hospital, and she has taught and trained clinical practitioners throughout the United States and Asia.
Dr. Wright has focused her research efforts on Compassionate Communication as well as the dynamics of recovery. Her seminal study on the psychosocial network of acute and recovered alcoholics continues to be central to her practice. She is the founder and director of the Interlude Cardiac Care Program, a psychosocial and educational prevention and rehabilitation program with nutritional, physical, spiritual, and recreational education for patients and families. She is also the founder and executive director of Metta4All, Inc., a system of conflict resolution used for individuals, couples, families, and businesses.
Cheryl Grant MFT, CSAT
Cheryl Grant is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in addictions and trauma. She is a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist and works with Sex and Love Addicts and also partners of Sex Addicts. She is also trained in Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing model and is a Level II EMDR practitioner. Both approaches are highly effective when working with the symptoms of trauma. She also uses the Pia Mellody model of Childhood Trauma to treat Co-Dependence in her practice.
Cheryl received her B.A. in Sociology from UCLA and graduated with an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles. She has years of experience working with addicts in recovery and with a variety of psychological and mood disordered clients in both residential and outpatient settings. Cheryl is committed to reducing suffering and to teach clients tools for improved self regulation.
Roxan Malloy, RRW
Case Manager and Recovery Companion Supervisor
Roxan Malloy is a Registered Recovery Worker with the California Certification Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors. Roxan has been with CAST since 2009, beginning as a Recovery Companion. Her experience in the recovery field began in 2004. Prior to joining CAST, Roxan worked as a Director of Operations, Tech Manager, and Psych Assistant at a premier dual diagnosis treatment center in Southern California. Roxan has facilitated workshops on chemical dependency, relapse prevention, crisis management, and neuroscience in recovery. She has received training in Axis I and Axis II mental health disorders as well as psychopharmacology. Roxan is currently attending the University of Phoenix undergraduate program in Psychology, with plans to complete a Master’s Degree in Social Work.
Case Manager & Family Liaison
Lee has a certificate from UCLA in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies. She is currently working on her California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor (CAADAC) certification. For the past 25 years, she has worked as an Interior Designer, servicing residential clients. Having had personal experience with mental illness and addiction within her family, she decided to embark on a career in the field of addiction and recovery. Lee has always been passionate about helping people. She is enthusiastic about working with CAST’s team so that she can be of support to individuals and their families who are struggling with addiction and assist them during their personal transformations so they may reach their fullest potential.
Saba Harouni, LMFT, ATR
Saba Harouni is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Board Certified Art Therapist who specializes in working with adolescents and young adults engaging in risky behaviors. Saba strives to create a safe and supportive therapeutic environment that fosters growth and accelerates change.Her practice integrates person centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychodynamic therapy to assist each client. Saba’s dynamic and interdisciplinary approach allows her to tailor therapy to meet each individual’s specific needs. She helps clients develop life enhancing coping skills and insights to find greater meaning and satisfaction from their relationships and in their daily lives.
Saba earned her BA in Psychology with a minor in Gender Studies from UC Berkeley and earned her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy, Specializing in Art Therapy, from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Cayce Clayton was born and raised in San Luis Obispo, California. He attended UC Irvine, majoring in Dramatic Arts, with an emphasis in Musical Theater. He later went on to work in the music industry and traveled Europe as a member of a pop group. He relocated to Los Angeles from New York City in 2011 and has since been working in customer service while maintaining his passion for singing and the Arts. He is excited to bring his knowledge of guest services and his smile to CAST Recovery.
Senior House Manager
Matthew has worked in recovery at various sober living and treatment centers over the last several years. He is dedicated to recovery and very passionate about helping others, he has a lot of experience with client care and is very focused on helping them succeed in any way that he can. He is very motivated on encouraging clients in a positive way so they can feel good about making healthy decisions so they can continue to grow and change. Recovery for him has been a lifestyle change being able to handle his responsibilities show up for his commitments and utilize the tools he has obtained and transmit them to others.
Marissa comes to CAST with compassion, experience, and a strong passion for helping others. As the activities coordinator Marissa facilitates the weekly activities group, taking clients on weekly outings around the Los Angeles area. Marissa has also worked as a house manager for the Cast Apartments.
Damon Raskin, M.D
Dr. Damon Raskin, M.D has been doing what he loves for the past 16 years. As a board certified internist, he has dedicated his career to helping his patients through both minor and major medical interventions. For 10 years Dr. Raskin has specialized in working in addiction detoxification.
His interest in addiction medicine was fueled by helping people change their lives for the better and seeing their success. His greatest satisfaction as a doctor is seeing his patients make it through the hard times and transition into sobriety.
Dr. Raskin grew up in Los Angeles before moving up north to attend Stanford University for his undergraduate degree. After graduating with honors, he went to medical school at George Washington University, where again, he graduated with “distinction.” He then moved back to Los Angeles to finish his internship and residency at UCLA.
Dr. Raskin first became involved with addiction medicine when he was hired as a consultant at a rehab center in Southern California before moving on to Cliffside Malibu as one of their medical specialists. At Cliffside Malibu he works closely with patients who are going through detoxification. Dr. Raskin believes that the detox process can be very dangerous and he stresses it is important that the addict doesn’t stop using suddenly as it can be as harmful as their actual addiction. Dr. Raskin recognizes that it is beneficial for the addicted patient to slowly and calmly re-train their bodies to function without drugs for optimal treatment
There is a fine line between treating underlying legitimate cognitive issues with medicine and actual substance abuse, and that is where Dr. Raskin is most skilled. After the initial detox period, Dr. Raskin understands that sobriety is an on-going process and he feels gratified that he can help so many people achieve this goal. He strategizes with his patients on how to stay sober and if needed with the use of medication, as many times there are mental or psychological issues that need pharmaceutical assistance.
Dr. Raskin knows that addiction and sobriety is an on-going process and he feels gratified that he can help so many people achieve this goal.
Dr. Raskin is married and has two young children and two dogs. And, while he is too busy to have a major hobby, the family, dogs included, enjoy long beach days in Malibu or hiking on the Pacific Palisades trails.