Caitlin and Dr. Sarah met at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in their master’s program. Both women share strong ethical values and have a strong desire heal those experiencing pain. Their professional experiences have provided them with the necessary skills to be competent clinicians. Part of their motivation for opening The Fearless Kind facility was witnessing patient care coming second to a corporation’s bottom line and recognizing that there were not enough treatment resources available to help women.
As women and mental health professionals, they were determined to provide solutions to these problems. Caitlin and Dr. Sarah created The Fearless Kind facility to breakdown many of the barriers women face when seeking treatment for addiction and mental health disorders. They are both extremely passionate about providing gender-responsive treatment services for women to heal from past trauma, reconnect with who they truly are, and create new life paths for the future.
Gender-responsive care means that our facility and programming have been designed to meet the unique needs of women. While many treatment facilities may be for women only, their programming may not be gender-responsive. At The Fearless Kind, our program and environment are sensitive to the needs of women seeking recovery from addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. It is important to understand that addiction impacts women differently than men. More specifically, the onset and progression of addiction occurs differently for women – thus, suggesting that treatment should also be different!
Meet those who have made our mission possible
Co-Owners and Founders
Caitlin Martinez, MS, LMFT
Caitlin relocated to Las Vegas, NV upon completion of her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas, Austin where received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and completed research in the areas of stress, bullying, and social interactions. In 2009 she began working in the Las Vegas community with children in adoptive and foster care. Her work with the children at that time was focused on behavioral interventions to aid in adjustment and healing from trauma, while simultaneously working with and training parents who often struggled with substance use disorders. This work allowed her to collaborate among a team of social workers, therapists, advocates, and families, inspiring her to gain more education in mental health to better serve the Las Vegas community. Caitlin received her Master’s in Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Since the completion of her Master’s, Caitlin has worked with a wide range of clients and presenting problems – focusing on healing from trauma, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, self-harm, family conflict, and grief. She has experience working with children, adults, the elderly, and Spanish speaking populations. Her therapeutic approach is client-centered and collaborative, as she believes that the client is the expert of their experience, and works to develop a strong trusting therapeutic relationship, built on empathy and compassion. Clients who seek help from Caitlin can expect to be treated with dignity and respect. She believes deeply that there is a need to shift the conversation around mental health care and addiction to reduce the stigma associated with seeking help. At some point, in all our lives, we need help – seeking that help is truly an act of self-compassion and strength.
Caitlin is married and has four children. When she is not practicing therapy, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, painting, and hiking. She is originally from La Quinta, California.
Dr. Sarah Schonian, LMFT
Dr. Sarah completed her Master’s of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. After the completion of her masters, she continued her academic journey at Texas Tech University, where she received her Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy in the department of Community, Family and Addiction Sciences. Dr. Sarah has research, teaching, and clinical experience working with drug, alcohol, and process addictions (e.g., eating disorders, self-harm, gambling, etc.). She taught an undergraduate course entitled, Understanding Alcohol, Drugs and Addictive Behaviors at Texas Tech University, where she was given the opportunity to teach and mentor students about addiction.
Dr. Sarah worked as a mental health professional at a residential treatment center for substance use disorders. She had the opportunity to help individuals, couples, and families begin their recovery from addiction. She also facilitated both individual client groups (e.g., CBT, women’s trauma, addiction education, etc.) and multifamily groups, as part of a structured, research-based, family program.
In addition to her clinical and teaching experience in the field of addiction and recovery, Dr. Sarah also has experience as a researcher in the field. More specifically, she has been involved with several research teams, designing and implementing various research projects related to addiction and recovery. She has served as a mentor to others interested in research in the field of mental health, women’s issues, addiction, and recovery.
Dr. Sarah is passionate about empowering women to love themselves through self-discovery, introspection, and learning how to be the most authentic version of themselves. She is an advocate for women, helping them to increase their self-esteem and find their voice in the world. She believes that providing ethical and quality patient care should be the biggest priority at any treatment facility. Witnessing deficits in treatment, specifically related to women living with addiction, motivated her to open The Fearless Kind, where patient care will always be a priority.
It is our goal to maintain a positive and recovery oriented environment. Our Recovery Advocates have been carefully selected and trained to help the women in our program meet their personal goals and develop the life skills necessary to thrive in recovery!
Charm is the Executive Assistant to Caitlin and Dr. Sarah and also serves as a Recovery Advocate. Charm has a tremendous work ethic and leads with kindness and compassion – teaching the women in our program how to be optimistic and diligent when facing challenges in their lives.
Patient Recovery Advocate.
Allura has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Wayne State University and is currently applying to graduate school to further her education in the field of mental health. She has experience working with vulnerable populations, such as those struggling with eating disorders and suicidal thoughts. Allura is passionate about helping others and is an asset to our team and community!
Amanda is a recent graduate of Nevada State College with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Addictions Counseling. She is one of our dedicated Recovery Advocates. Amanda has been accepted to University of Reno to continue her education to pursue her master’s in Social Work. Amanda had a passion for helping people become their best selves and live a life to their fullest potential. She is married, has three kids and enjoys spending her time off with them.
It is our belief that some may not always have the words to express themselves or process difficult emotions. One of the many opportunities in our program for women to increase self-esteem, heal from trauma, and process difficult emotions is through art therapy.
Michelle Costigan is a licensed clinical professional counselor, licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor, and registered art therapist. She has worked in a variety of psychiatric and medical settings, assisting clients in developing skills to work through trauma, addiction, and other challenges in living through the use of talk therapy, visual art, and exploring the great outdoors. Her mission is to create safe spaces for people to practice self-care, find joy, and connect with the most authentic version of themselves.
Director of Dietary Services
Jennifer works in collaboration with our Treatment Team and Dietitian to provide our patients with delicious and nutritious meals. Her passion for nutrition helps our patients restore their bodies and improve their mental health by serving healthy, well-balanced meals.
Courtney is a registered and licensed dietitian who is passionate about helping clients use nutrition to enhance their life. She believes the foods we eat each day significantly impact our mental and physical health. Courtney received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition-Dietetics from the University of Nevada, Reno and completed her Master’s in Nutrition and Dietetic Internship at Boston University.
Wishing Wellness Medical
Professional Development and Leadership
Leadership Excursion Co.
Leadership Excursion Co. takes an unconventional approach to professional development with a focus on self-discovery learning. Kri Edholm Founder of Leadership Excursion Co. and Katelynn Eddy Lead Horsemanship Instructor, are passionate about providing a learning experience in a safe environment to help discover your full potential. Equine guided leadership training programs promote increased confidence and improved communication skills while professional development programs support accountability and growth utilizing goal-based techniques. Attendees walk away with a better understanding of themselves and are armed with practical tools that can be used right way.
Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Tam is a Peer Recovery Support Specialist who works closely with our patients by sharing her lived experiences as a woman in long-term recovery. Tam brings a wealth of knowledge to assist our patients with finding and maintaining their own recovery pathway. She offers support, encouragement, and love to our patients and has a passion for helping them find their way. Tam’s hope is to help our patients become the women they have always dreamt of becoming.
Meditation and Spiritual Coach
Socorro is a meditation coach and spiritual consultant. The intention of her services are to help women with their energy field awareness and spiritual awakening. She helps our patients bring awareness to their current state of being and increases their personal insight to master where they are. Socorro uses energy healing techniques to help our patients release physical, emotional, and spiritual pain or blockages – allowing them to progress towards their future endeavors in recovery.
Amber is an author, mentor, and self-love advocate. Her 12-step based program on self-love teaches others how to love the truest version of themselves, let go of past demons, and live an incredible life. Each week she facilitates a group with our patients to help them navigate their own self-love journeys through empowerment and self-care practices.
Healthy Steps to Freedom
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension developed the Healthy Steps to Freedom program in 2007 to help women in treatment for addiction, specifically for those with low energy, eating issues, and weight concerns. The curriculum promotes nutrition, and participants learn about essential nutrients, meal planning, food labels and portions, calcium intake, disordered eating and more.