“PATH offers a beautifully supportive, non-judgemental space for people healing from trauma and addictive behavioral patterns. What a gift to the recovery community!”

– Jenna Riemersma, #1 best-selling author, found/clinical director the Atlanta Center for Relational Healing, trauma and addiction specialist, Certified IFS Clinical Consultant, CSAT/CMAT Supervisor

PATH is an international non-profit organization centered on improving the lives of people all over the world struggling with addiction and trauma. As a voice for recovery, we bring individuals together, creating compassionate, HEART-centered communities where people can grow and thrive by healing from addiction and recovering from trauma.

We are guided by Internal Family Systems, Mindful Self-Compassion, body-oriented healing, and trauma-informed practices, seeking to embody a sense of safety and care as we heal.

PATH Mission:

Our Mission is to create compassionate communities where people can heal from addiction and recover from trauma.

PATH Vision:

To develop a worldwide organization that offers free online and in-person meetings, resources, and a variety of events to help people who are healing from addiction and recovering from trauma.

Trauma and Addiction Recovery Specialists


Nadine Lucas

Nadine Lucas, LMHC, RPT, SoulCollage® Facilitator

PATH Founder/President
PATH Workshop and Meeting Facilitator

As a person in recovery, Nadine understands the challenges that people struggling with “addiction” may face. She believes that understanding, educating, and raising awareness of how trauma plays a role in addiction is a fundamental step in ending the cycle of addiction around the world.

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David  Kerwin

David  Kerwin

Board Member, Secretary, Certified Coach
PATH Meeting Facilitator

David M Kerwin celebrated thirty-nine years of recovery on December 11, 2021. He has been an RN since 1975 and is an Addiction and Dual Diagnosis Counselor. He owns and operates a Life & Recovery Coaching practice in Central Illinois. David is also Level I, II & III trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS) as well as IFS Couples, Intimacy from the Inside Out (IFIO).
David and his lovely wife have been married over forty-five years. They have been blessed with four adult children and seven grandchildren. In his free time, David enjoys painting. For more information: dmkerwin5@gmail.com

Laura Lively

Laura Lively

Certified IFS Practitioner
PATH Meeting Facilitator

Laura Lively is a Certified Internal Family Systems (IFS) practitioner and a Certified Life Coach. Using IFS, Laura healed the Parts of her that used alcohol as well as used IFS to lose over 150 lbs., which she’s now kept off for over 3 years. After finally changing lifelong issues with her weight because of the work she did with IFS, she trained and became certified so that she could help others experience healing, as she did. For more information: https://www.lauralively.com


Maria Mellano

Maria Mellano, LICSW, CP, IFS Practitioner

Bloom Your Authentic Self Workshop
PATH Meeting Facilitator

Maria Mellano is an experiential psychotherapist licensed in Massachusetts as a clinical social worker with over twenty years of experience. Maria is an IFS trained, certified psychodramatist, soul-aligned money and business coach and course creator. Maria is passionate about creating transformational growth in her clients’ lives, devoted to living and teaching a life led by the heart. She works with clients of all genders to heal and integrate the mind, body, and soul so they can grow purposeful lives they love. For more information: https://www.bloomalifeyoulove.com

Achara Tarfa

Achara Tarfa

Certified Trauma Recovery Coach
PATH Meeting Facilitator

Achara uses compassionate coaching for complex trauma to support survivors of sexual abuse, racial trauma, religious trauma, narcissistic abuse, domestic violence, and high-conflict divorce. With over 20 years of experience in mentorship and communication disorders, she is also dedicated to helping clients with ADHD and parents of children with ADHD understand executive functioning skills and the neurological aftereffects of trauma. As a trauma survivor herself, using her education, unique skills of courage and resilience, and lived experience, she is able to provide safe spaces for her clients to be seen and grow into their authentic selves in order to develop secure attachments in relationships. For more information: https://acharatarfa.com

Diana Dugan Richards

Diana Dugan Richards

Certified IFS Practitioner, Licensed Dietician
Confidence and Food Freedom Workshop Facilitator

As a registered, licensed dietitian for over 20 years and nutrition therapist, Diana offers a non-diet approach in setting a foundation of curiosity for clients to discover their own eating philosophy and beliefs. She partners with other IFS colleagues to offer introductory and continuing education courses to other nutrition professionals. She is a Level 3 certified IFS practitioner, serves as training staff for many trainings and retreats, and participates in IFIO couples’ training. She offers consultation to dietitians and therapists interested in integrating IFS into their practice. Diana offers safety and warmth to all people regardless of shape, size, age, faith, gender, ethnicity, skin color, and sexual orientation. For more information: https://namastenutrition.net

Ryta Kunciunas

Ryta Kunciunas, MA

PATH Meeting Facilitator

Ryta, who has a Masters in Counselling, did her psychotherapy training in Hakomi Integrative Psychotherapy (with an IFS component). She worked as a clinician in the welfare sector for over 20 years in Alcohol and Other Drugs Agencies, Residential Youth, and Aged Care. Ryta has completed the IFS Circle Training and has had a part time private practice. She has lived experience as a trauma survivor and has been on this planet, mostly in Melbourne, Australia since 1959!