Meet the Family Recovery Institute Clinical Team

Kenneth Perlmutter, PhD

Dr. Kenneth PerlmutterKenneth Perlmutter, PhD, Founder of the Family Recovery Institute and a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY25112), brings 30 years of experience working with individuals and families with complex psychological and behavioral health disorders. In 2008 he founded The Family Recovery Institute which provides multi-disciplinary treatment for individuals and families including dynamic therapy, family systems work, group therapies, healing workshops and clinician training. He has pioneered and validated a theory of family system woundedness with a corresponding recovery model he calls Stress-Induced Impaired Coping.

He has overseen the design and installation of the family treatment program for Bayside Marin, Morningside Recovery, Safe Harbor Treatment Center for Women, Casa Capri/Windward Way and other national-level programs. In addition, he conducts a twice-monthly therapy group for parents of troubled teens and stuck young adults as well as an annual healing workshop for the wounded families of the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Whiteriver, AZ.

In 2016 Dr. Perlmutter was appointed Credential Chair of the International Association of Family Addiction Professionals. He also serves on the Association’s Board of Directors.
As a professional educator he has served on the graduate faculty for San Francisco State University’s Counseling Department and as Associate Professor of Chemical Dependency Studies at Cal State East Bay.

He has held complex clinical leadership positions including founding Family Program and Clinical Director for Alta Mira Recovery Programs in Sausalito, CA, a 14-year tenure for the Boyer House Foundation where he eventually served as both Clinical Milieu and Admissions Director, and on the Sierra Tucson Clinical Outreach Team.

Email Dr. Perlmutter: [email protected] or call 415-322-0939


Baaba Hawthorne, LMFT

baaba hawthorne
Baaba Hawthorne is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#106136) who has a strong connection to treating individuals and their wounded families struggling with substance abuse, trauma and other complex mental health conditions. As a woman of color and first generation American born to West African parents, Baaba has a unique understanding of cultural influences and issues in families as well as a keen appreciation for intergenerational trauma.

Baaba brings a wide range of experience, having worked with children struggling with developmental disorders and their parents/siblings. She has helped a culturally-diverse group of individuals face mental health challenges at a community mental health agency, and provided psychotherapy in an adolescent residential treatment center. In addition, Ms. Hawthorne has worked in West Africa developing an adult anger management program in conjunction with a local psychiatrist.

Paired with her unique cultural understanding and professional experience, Baaba brings empathy, warmth, a non-judgmental stance, a sense of safety, strength and empowerment to the therapeutic process. She values the importance of the therapeutic relationship between client and psychotherapist and uses it as a tool for healing. Currently, Baaba’s work at the Family Recovery Institute (FRI) fosters strengthening her knowledge of family system dynamics and treatment while providing outpatient therapeutic services to those in need of emotional healing.

A Southern California native, Baaba has recently made her home in Northern California. Baaba and her husband can often be found exploring the many treasures associated with life in the Bay Area.

Email Ms. Hawthorne at [email protected] or her direct voice mail 415-967-2095


Kevin Lecy, PsyD

Dr. Kevin Lecy

Dr. Lecy earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) in San Francisco. He is originally from “outdoorsy” Colorado, now in the Bay Area for more than 10 years. He has enjoyed a diverse set of clinical experiences in the mental health field.

Most recently, he completed a pre-doctoral internship at San Quentin State Prison, providing individual and group psychotherapy for male inmates. Common psychological issues faced with these clients included PTSD and Complex PTSD, Substance Abuse, Depression, Anxiety, and Existential struggles. It was here that he learned the power of compassionate healing.

Prior to San Quentin he received intensive training at St. Helena Hospital Center for Behavioral Health (CBH), an acute care, short-term inpatient behavioral health hospital. His patients included people of all ages, children to seniors, challenged by severe mental illness. Here he learned “to foster strength and safety in the face of sheer terror and pain.”

Prior to that he logged many years of clinical experience in East Bay school districts working with children and teenagers expressing emotional disturbance, along with their families. This included providing individual and family therapy, psychodiagnostic testing, group therapy, consultation and various multidisciplinary treatment team meetings including IEPs. It was here he says he “learned the strength of community.”

Lastly, he has worked with and researched the intersection of chronic physical illness/disability and mental health. His particular focus involves stress and pain management in autoimmune disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis. At the Institute he is a Registered Psychological Assistant (PSB94023686) supervised by Dr. Perlmutter (PSY25112).

Email Dr. Lecy at [email protected] or his direct voice mail 415-413-7072