Richard Schaub, Ph.D., is a state-licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Manhattan and Huntington.
He began working with people in recovery in 1964 as a New York City caseworker with street addicts. He went on to work in psychiatric hospitals, in cardiac and cancer rehabilitation, in an alcohol treatment center, and in directing a hospital program for adolescents. He also taught graduate courses in rehabilitation at Hofstra University and supervised graduate rehabilitation counseling students at St. John’s University. His 1997 book, Healing Addictions, co-written with his wife, Bonney Gulino Schaub, describes The Vulnerability Model of Recovery. His intensive course in early and advanced phases of recovery, The Psychology of Addictions, is required for all psychiatrists and psychologists who are in training at the Istituto di Psicosintesi, a European Union-approved psychotherapy institute in Florence, Italy.
His private practice emphasizes the teaching of skills to work with difficult thoughts and feelings and the awakening of the creative and spiritual potentials in each person’s nature. Included in his practice is the mentoring of other helping professionals who want to expand their work with people in recovery.
Bonney Gulino Schaub, M.S., APRN-BC, C.S., is a state-licensed and nationally board-certified advanced practice nurse psychotherapist in private practice in Huntington NY.
After working in medical-surgical nursing and in-patient psychiatry, Bonney worked as a detox coordinator and psychotherapist in an alcohol and drug treatment program. A pioneer of holistic nursing, she contributed the chapter on addiction recovery to the standard text for the field, Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice, and trained and supervised nursing students at Molloy College and the College of New Rochelle.
Her experience with hundreds of addicted clients led her to the core insight that a pervasive part of their histories was a profound loss early in life. This in turn led to her gradual formulation of The Vulnerability Model of Recovery. This model sees unmanageable sensitivity and vulnerability as a motivating force in compulsive self-medicating and advocates that recovery must address this basic vulnerability through emotional education and spiritual development.