Meet the Family Recovery Institute Clinical Team

Kenneth Perlmutter, Ph.D.

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


Kevin Lecy, Psy.D.

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. Kevin has recently passed the international and California exams required for licensure as a psychologist.

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, 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


Jed Purses, MA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#122358)

Jed Purses specializes in supporting individuals and families to heal longstanding wounds and shift unhealthy patterns. Jed has spent the last several years of his career working intensively in residential and outpatient treatment with client-families struggling with complex mental and behavioral health challenges. 

Prior to joining the Family Recovery Institute, Jed worked as a family therapist, parent coach, and family programming director at an adolescent residential treatment center. 

Jed’s outpatient work has included supporting families and individuals before and after residential treatment and wilderness therapy placements. In addition to working systemically, Jed employs a behavioral therapy lens to promote change in individuals struggling with suicidality, self harm and substance abuse.

Beyond individual and family therapy, Jed teaches and leads ongoing DBT skills groups, parent groups, and consults staff at a local residential treatment center. 

Jed completed his undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, and earned a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Touro University Worldwide.

Email Jed at [email protected] or call 415-737-6352