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Introducing Dr. Mary Anne Fifield

Dr. Mary Anne Fifield

Mary Anne Fifield, DMFT, CAS, CSAT-S, LMFT

Dr. Mary Anne Fifield is the founder and director of FAST, the Foundation for Addiction Specialist Training.

Dr. Fifield has a Masters in Family and Child Counseling from the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary (MBBS), now affiliated with Fresno Pacific University in Fresno CA. She obtained a certificate in alcohol and drug counseling, the California CADAC program, while living in Fresno.

Moving to Pasadena, she earned a Doctorate in Marital and Family Counseling from Fuller Theological Seminary, submitting a dissertation on codependency. Along the way Mary Anne received certification as a sex addiction therapist from Dr. Patrick Carnes' organization IITAP. She is also a supervisor for that program.

The Addiction Recovery Center (ARC) in San Jose, CA was founded by Dr. Fifield in 1999, and reorganized in 2004 to focus on sex addiction treatment. Gathering a highly trained staff, the ARC now offers therapy for individuals suffering from sex addiction as well as other addictive behaviors.

Mary Anne has taught Substance Abuse Counseling to masters students at MBBS, Fuller of Northern California, and Western Seminary in Santa Clara CA. Moving away from substance abuse over time, she is now focused on teaching about sex addiction. The teaching package offered by the Foundation was filmed in the summer of 2012 to present a comprehensive look at sex addiction treatment.

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Introducing the Foundation for Addiction Specialist Training

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The Foundation for Addiction Specialist Training

The Foundation for Addiction Specialist Training (FAST) was created in 2013 by Dr. Mary Anne Fifield. The mission of FAST is to promote addiction recovery through the training and equipping of certified addiction specialists.

On its website, FAST offers free resources and a great list of recommended addiction recovery books, as well as its flagship product, the “Sex Addiction Treatment” training DVD set.

When combined with the FAST Addiction Specialist Training Program, this DVD set has been approved for 30 hours of Continuing Education credit to be applied towards the 60 hours required to receive the Sexual Addiction specialization for Certified Addiction Specialists (CAS) offered by the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders, the premier certifying organization in the United States.

A Special Note of Thanks from FAST

FAST would like to recognize two people for their tireless efforts on its behalf: Katie Vorrieter and Stewart Griffith.

Katie Vorreiter of performed the copyediting for FAST's Serenity Prayer Workbook. Katie is a freelance copy editor, with a Professional Certificate in Editing from UC Berkeley Extension. She also holds an M.A. in International Trade Management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a B.A. in English and Spanish from the University of California at Santa Barbara. An award-winning fiction writer, Katie makes her home in San Jose, CA.

Stewart Griffith created the FAST website, and managed the product listing and website integration. Stewart is the president of The Counseling Consultant, a practice development consultancy that specializes in website design for marriage and family counselors, psychologists, and clinical social workers. Based in Oceanside, CA, Stewart spends his free time gardening and caring for his elderly parents.

CAS Training DVDs

Wise Words

Practice on-purpose positive thinking, being open to learning, growing, and changing.

Mary Anne Fifield

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.

Scott Hamiton

Let emotion subside before you decide.

Joyce Meyer

There must be more to life than increasing it's speed.

Mahatma Gandhi

Wag more, bark less.


All that a man achieves (or) fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts.

James Allen

If you feel dis-couraged, ask God for courage so you feel en-couraged.

Mary Anne Fifield

Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

Abraham Lincoln

Courage is not the absence of fear, it is progress in its presence. Do it afraid!

Joyce Meyer

Remember, being a human people is not a character defect. Be gentle with yourself today.

Mary Anne Fifield

You don't have to think about everything that falls in your head! Choice!

Joyce Meyer

There can be no intimacy without identity. Find yourself first, then another.

Mary Anne Fifield

Reason is our soul's left hand, Faith her right.

John Donne

There are some secrets we think we're keeping, but those secrets are actually keeping you.

Frank Warren

Change your thoughts and you change your world.

Norman Vincent Peale

Power is the ability to achieve purpose. . . to effect change.

Martin Luther King

We don't see the world as it is. We see the world as we are.

Mary Anne Fifield

A slave is one who waits for someone else to come and free him.

Ezra Pound

It's never to late to be who you might have been.

George Eliot

I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.

Ashleigh Brilliant

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

Winston Churchill

It is only possible and live happily ever after on a day-and-day basis.

Margaret Bonnano

Your 'who' is different than your 'do'. Your 'do' can be changed. Your 'who' is terrific as is!

Joyce Meyer

Your attitude determines your altitude: fly high or bump along in the dirt. Choice!

Mary Anne Fifield

Weed & Feed: weed out what hinders your growth; feed with spiritual food for healthy growth.

Ortho & Dr. Fifield

Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.

Joyce Meyer

Whatever we think about we bring about.

Ernie Larsen

Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you.

Aldous Huxley

Power really does not change things; It only rearranges them.

Napoleon Bonaparte

No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.

George Jean Nathan

Courage faces fear and thereby masters it.

Martin Luther King

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid of only standing still.

Chinese Proverb

If what I say resonates with you, its because we are both branches off the same tree.

William Butler Yeats

Availability is making our abilities available to be used to help another along the way.

Mary Anne Fifield

What comes around must go around or it does not come around again.

Richard Rohr

For God alone my soul waits in silence.

Psalm 62: 1,5

GIGO: garbage in, garbage out. Into your mind, out into your life. Your are worth the good stuff.

Mary Anne Fifield

Healthy pride leads to service and gratitude. False pride leads to relapse.

Mary Anne Fifield

The soul is here for its own joy.

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