Member Directory: Dr. Charles Flores


Distinguished Specialist in Integrative Health & Addiction (DSIHA) - Lifetime, Charter Member

Awarded: Jul 10, 2020

Awarded To: Charles Flores, PhD


Location: Oakland, CA, USA

Treatment areas: Substance Use Disorders, Gambling, Internet and Porn Addictions, Alternative Lifestyles, transgenerational trauma

Specialties/Modalities: BIPOC, EMDR, EFT, transpersonal psychology, body-mind techniques



Personal bio

Dr. Charles Flores LPCC, LAADC-S, CEO of Vital Puma Integral Recovery, is a California licensed and nationally certified psychotherapist, and a state and internationally certified advanced drug and alcohol counselor who has practiced in multiple settings in the field of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders for over 25 years. He has directed several multi-million dollar substance abuse and mental health treatment programs in the Bay Area. He is currently the Psychedelics and Addictions Fellow for the CIIS Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research. He is also professor of Chemical Dependency Studies at California State University, East Bay and has taught psychology at John F. Kennedy University and several other universities for the past 15 years. Dr. Flores is a Board Director of the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals, where he serves on the Executive and Legislative Committees.

Originally hailing from the South Bronx, Dr. Flores obtained his BA from Vassar College in International Studies and Philosophy, his MS in Counseling Psychology at Fordham University, and gained additional training and certifications in Family Counseling in Iona College, the Ackerman Institute, Gestalt Associates, Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, Sophia University, and his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Integral Studies in multicultural, humanistic, and spiritual psychology. He has published and presented on the topic of Integral Psychology and somatic psychology in conferences in the US, Europe, and India. Dr. Flores has had a long-standing passion for harm-reduction Recovery from substance mis-use, and the use of technology, meditation, and other spiritual practices to support individual and societal change. He is excited about the prospects for the use of psychedelic therapies for Recovery in this “psychedelic renaissance”, and directing these therapies to the underserved and traumatized populations that most need them.


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