Our clinical team is comprised of mental health professionals and experts in the field of substance abuse treatment. We believe that knowledge, experience, and compassion must go hand-in-hand, in order to provide a therapeutic environment that is conducive to achieving long-term sobriety.

Blades Williamson

Blades Williamson is the CEO of the Amy Winehouse Project and is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University’s Drug and Alcohol Counseling Program. Born in London, UK, Blades entered directly into the foreign exchange markets in the “City” of London just after graduating high school.

After working on the trading floors of London, New York, Los Angeles, and Tokyo, Blades retired from the markets in December 2013. Blades decided to pursue his passion for recovery and helping others. Blades has both volunteered and worked full-time at a prominent Malibu rehab facility, gaining him valuable experience in the 12 core functions of addiction treatment. Blades brings over 10 years of sober experience to the Amy Winehouse Project, being an active member in the rooms of London, Los Angeles, and Florida. Blades has been married for 30 years and is the father of three beautiful daughters. He is a cancer survivor, expert of the financial market trading floors, and a finisher of multiple ultra-endurance events. Blades is a true leader and a model of recovery for the Amy Winehouse Project community.


Brianne Messisco

Brianne was born a navy brat in Virginia Beach, Va. Her family settled in Michigan where she spent most of her early childhood.

She moved to Philadelphia when she was 15 and started her journey in recovery. When she moved to South Florida in 2000 she realized she had a passion for helping people. In the last 17 years, she has worked in two centers here in Palm Beach County. She brings a lot of experience and knowledge to the team at Amy Winehouse Project. She wears several hats here at Amy Winehouse including Public Relations, HR, Operations and all licensing. Brianne enjoys spending time with her daughters Nicole, Mikayla, and Jayden when she is not working.


Susan Anderson
Clinical Director

Susan L. Anderson, LMHC, NCC, CSAT is a licensed mental health counselor, a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, and is also certified in Trauma, Experiential Group Therapy, and Relapse Prevention Therapy. She graduated with the highest honors from her Clinical Mental Health Counseling Masters of Science program and has focused on both chemical and behavioral addiction diagnosis and treatment since entering the field.

She has been working in both inpatient and intensive outpatient substance abuse/dual diagnosis treatment centers for several years as a group facilitator, primary therapist and clinical director. Ethical care and compassionate treatment for the vulnerable addiction population is the cornerstone of all work she conducts and that philosophy is shared by her clinical staff.

Susan has been passionate about the field of sex and love addiction for 7 years and developed an introductory 12-week group therapy protocol for cybersex addiction. Her work with sex, love and other process addictions such as gambling and shopping add another layer of needed help to many clients with drug and alcohol issues. She has been presenting on the topics of process and sex addictions since 2015, and especially enjoys presenting to mental health students and faculty to help ignite passion aboutan under-addressed problem in our society and growing area of study and practice with a population presently underserved in our field.

She has also served on the board of her local Mental Health Counselors Association for 6 years and she was the Ethics Committee chairperson for the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association where she investigated claims of therapist misconduct statewide.


Steven R. Scanlan
Board Certified – General Psychiatry
Board Certified – Addiction Medicine (ASAM)

Steven R. Scanlan, M.D. is board certified in general psychiatry and addiction medicine (ASAM) and practices in Boca Raton, Florida. He specializes in office based detoxification from alcohol, opiates (heroin, methadone, vicodin, oxycontin, percocet, fentanyl, etc.), and benzodiazepines. Dr. Scanlan has performed thousands of opiate detoxifications using subutex and suboxone to treat opiate addiction.  His is also a Certified Suboxone Provider. His professional interests include relapse prevention, dual diagnosis treatment (for example, patients with both bipolar disorder and heroin addiction), and psychopharmacology, which is the study of drug-induced changes in mood, sensation, thinking, and behavior.

He is active in the American Board Of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Steve’s personal interests include spending time with his wife and two young sons, running, playing tennis, watching football, reading, being active in the recovery community, and working the twelve steps in his own life on a daily basis.  Dr. Scanlan takes a personal interest in helping set up a solid recovery plan for all of his patients that goes beyond the detoxification process.  He believes that if he can help a patient overcome the physical obsession of the disease of addiction, then the patient can start the work of treating the mental, social, and spiritual consequences of the disease.


Patricia Diaz
Primary Therapist

Patricia is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who specializes in addiction treatment. She received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Florida Atlantic University with high honors.

She is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Counseling at Florida Atlantic University, where she studies mastery in psychotherapy and the importance of the therapeutic relationship in client outcomes. Patricia is dedicated to forming a supportive alliance with her clients while they navigate their journey towards sustained recovery. She strives to assist them in gaining the skills they need to lead more meaningful lives.

Patricia has significant experience working with individuals struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders, and has counseled clients who are diverse in terms of age, ethnicity, diagnosis, and socio-economic status. She offers individualized, client-centered, evidence-based psychotherapy to clients struggling with addiction utilizing a variety of counseling approaches. These include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Adlerian Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Solution-Focused therapy.


Bret Sullivan
Case Manager/Fitness Expert

Bret is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with many years of training experience. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Education with a major in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from Florida Atlantic University.

Bret utilizes a holistic approach to work with clients on an individualized basis to achieve health goals including but not limited to: physical fitness, emotional regulation, stress management, and anxiety reduction. Bret regularly brings client on confidence building adventure outings to complement the therapeutic process.

Bret oversees all direct care of legal matters, case management services, and helps the clients feel safe and welcomed throughout the intake process. He works closely with clinical staff to ensure the best service possible is given to each client. Furthermore, he works with clients to establish work, education, and personal development goals. Bret has been in long term recovery for more than 5 years and is originally from New Jersey.


Dr. Adam Friedman, Ph.D.
Dialectical Behavior Therapist
Clinical Therapist

Dr. Adam Friedman currently co-directs the Dialectical Behavior Therapy program at The Amy Winehouse Program. Dr. Friedman has had the privilege of being trained by DBT founder, Dr. Marsha Linehan, in the state of Washington. He attended Nova Southeastern University, where he received his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Psychology.

He completed his doctoral dissertation on Anorexia Nervosa and self-mutilation. Dr. Friedman’s work has been published in psychoanalytic journals and he has written a chapter on the analysis of dreams that has been published as part of a book. He has a strong psychoanalytic background, and has trained with the Southeast Florida Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychology. Dr. Friedman was a finalist for the Max Hutt Award at Nova Southeastern University, given to the most promising Psychoanalytic clinician of the year. Dr. Friedman is also featured in HBO’s award-winning documentary on eating disorder treatment, entitled, “Thin.” Dr. Friedman has a private practice in Boca Raton, Florida, but spends most of his time teaching, developing and supervising DBT programming both in the United States and the United Kingdom.


Adrian K. Schmitt, M.S. RMHI
Co-Director of Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Clinical Therapist

Adrian received her Masters of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University in Mental Health Counseling. She works closely with other DBT professionals to ensure a successful and effective program for her clients. Ms. Schmitt is an experienced psychotherapist with specific expertise in substance abuse, eating disorders, and dual diagnosis cases.

Ms. Schmitt has the privilege of being trained under Dr. Marsha Linehan, founder and creator of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Ms. Schmitt has an extensive background in facilitating Relapse Prevention Programs in other addiction programs, and has worked closely with families to help them understand and address their loved ones’ addiction and related issues. During her tenure as an addiction care professional, Ms. Schmitt has been an effective advocate and therapist to clients suffering with a wide range of mental health disorders.


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