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Claudia StevensClaudia Stevens is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the social service field in Medford and the surrounding area since 1989. In 2004, she graduated from Portland State University with a Master in Social Work and since then has been working as a therapist in community mental health and alcohol and drug outpatient settings. She has been in private practice since 2007 running the region’s only non-agency based Dialectical Behavioral Therapy program (DBT).  She has specialties of working with Dialectic Behavior Therapy treating many conditions including depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, chemical dependency, eating disorders and especially Borderline Personality Disorder. Claudia previously created and ran the DBT program at County of Siskiyou Behavioral Health from 2005-2008 and was taught DBT in several Southern Oregon Agencies that use the model including during her 9 years at Jackson County Mental Health.  Claudia has attended DBT trainings and currently receives consultation from a lead trainer at Behavioral Tech, LLC in Seattle, WA.  Claudia founded DBT Center of Southern Oregon in 2010 in order to provide DBT services to a greater number of clients.

Bryce BrooksBryce Brooks is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who completed intensive DBT training in 2013. Bryce graduated from the University of Chicago in 2005 with a Master’s degree in Social Work and a concentration in Community Organizing. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 2003 with a Bachelors' degree in Psychology. Bryce has worked in a variety of settings including education, hospitals, intensive outpatient mental health clinics, transitional housing, street outreach, and therapeutic residential treatment centers. She has extensive experience in individual, family, and group therapies. Bryce is especially passionate about working with teens.

Richard BrowneRichard Browne I earned my masters degree in mental health counseling from Southern Oregon University in 2012. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Oregon after teaching high school for 20 years. I have worked in a variety of settings since gaining my degree, including an internship at the SOU Heath and Wellness Center, work at the Hazel Center, and my on-going private practice. I have experience conducting individual and couples counseling. My therapy experience includes working with a variety of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, and a wide range of life issues including relationships, career and life transitions, existential matters, and personal growth. I joined the DBT team at the beginning of 2016 as a way of furthering my own skills, and because I believe deeply in the impact mindfulness and effective interpersonal communication can have on the treatment of emotion regulation and distress tolerance skills. I am excited to be the only male therapist delivering this comprehensive therapy in the Rogue Valley.

Doreen Cummins-HastyDoreen Cummins-Hasty has a Master’s Degree from Southern Oregon University and is licensed in both the state of Oregon as a MS, LPC, NCC and in the state of Alaska as a Licensed Social Worker. She has worked in the mental health field over 28 years at various agencies and settings such as; education, intensive inpatient mental health clinics, transitional treatment planning and therapeutic residential treatment centers. She has extensive experience in individual, family and group therapies. She has also worked in the public school system where she has run parenting groups, individual and group counseling for ages 5 to 18, provided academic and social emotional assessments. She worked with many of Southern Oregon agencies partnering in assisting families in wrap around services. She holds a valid license in counseling K-12, a valid teaching license and is a valid licensed administrator. She is trained in dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) a comprehensive therapy program treating clients with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety spectrum disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders and addiction. Her approach to therapy is client centered with a humanistic focus. She is a member of the American Counselor Association, and abide by the standards and ethics set forth by that Association, as well as those of the State Board of Certified Counselors.

Linda DimeffLinda Dimeff, PhD is our clinical consultant and she has been working with us since 2010. She joined Portland DBT Institute, Inc. as Institute Director after previously serving as Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President at BTECH Research, Inc., an organization she co-founded with Marsha M. Linehan, PhD to facilitate the training and dissemination of DBT and other evidence-based therapies (EBTs). In addition to her role at Portland DBT Institute, Linda currently serves as the Chief Scientific Officer at Evidence-Based Practice Institute where she develops and evaluates emerging technologies that have the potential to transform training and delivery of EBTs. Trained, supervised, and mentored by Dr. Linehan, Linda is a DBT expert clinician, consultant, and supervisor with specialty expertise in DBT for Substance Abusers. Linda is the 2011 recipient of the ISITDBT Cindy J. Sanderson Outstanding Educator Award. She is a standing member of the Mental Health Services Research grant review committee for the National Institute of Mental Health and is Adjunct Clinical Faculty at the University of Washington. Linda has received over 20 federal grants to facilitate the dissemination of evidence-based therapies and has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications. She is the first author of Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention College Students and the primary editor of DBT in Clinical Practice.

Annie FunkhouserAnnie Funkhouser, LPC, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and graduated with a Master’s in Applied Psychology, Counseling from Southern Oregon University, Ashland Oregon. I have over 10 years experience with individual and group counseling. In addition, I have previous experiences in criminal justice settings, domestic violence shelter, hospice care, SOU Student Health Center, Ashland High School, and teen mentoring in the Rose Circle. I was a Therapist and DBT facilitator at Jackson County Mental Health for over 6 years and have joined this amazing DBT of Southern Oregon team to further develop my skills. DBT is a powerful approach, offering many tools and skills for learning how to create a more meaningful life. I have experienced the benefits of this therapy myself, and have witnessed many people undergo significant growth after participating in DBT. I’m excited to be a part of this team. In addition, I have experience working with a wide range of issues including trauma, grief and loss, PTSD, life transitions and assisting transgender individuals with various supports they need. I study Tai Chi and incorporate mindfulness practice in my daily life and therapeutic work.

Candace Gesner is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist and Art Psychotherapist.  She received her Master’s Degree in Marital and Family Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA in 1996. She received a Masters of Fine Arts degree from California Institute of the Arts in 1980.  Before She changed careers, she was a professional artist who exhibited nationally, and a special effects animator and digital artist in the film industry in Los Angeles for 16 years.  She worked as a Marital and Family Therapist for 14 years in Los Angeles before moving to Medford.  “I was initially drawn to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy because it is based on the use of mindfulness skills, combined with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  I first began to use meditation to move beyond a creative block I experienced in 1978, and since then have attended several meditation retreats, and trainings in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.”  She attended several DBT trainings in Los Angeles in the late 1990’s and in 2001, was able to put these trainings into practice by starting a DBT program at Lifeworks, a cutting edge intensive day treatment program for adults who suffered from severe mental illness.  She has been with DBT Center of Southern Oregon since August of 2010.

Lois SchlegelLois Schlegel, MFA, MS, LPC has 20 years of experience providing services to individuals and families. She received a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Southern Oregon University, a Masters in Creative Writing from Antioch University and has completed intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Lois has also taught parent education, life skills and bereavement classes for adults and teens and worked with survivors of domestic violence. In her counseling practice she treats clients with a wide variety of mental health challenges including depression, anxiety, grief, relationship and communication problems, job loss, menopause, chronic illness and pain. Lois’s background also includes teaching writing and facilitating experiential groups for artists and writers. She is a published writer and poet herself and believes in the power of the creative to heal. Lois combines a Humanistic approach to counseling with the latest intervention strategies derived from Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Positive Psychology, Emotion Focused Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Kristen SchuchKristen Schuch got her masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Illinois University in 2002. Has eleven years of experience working with children, adolescents and their families. She moved from Illinois to Wisconsin after gaining her degree. For eight years she worked as an in-home intensive family therapist, particularly with identified clients ages 4-17 with severe emotional disturbances including, but not limited to, bipolar disorder, depression, ADHD, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and anxiety disorders. She has also trained in domestic violence dynamics and substance abuse/addiction, and working with families affected by domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse. Kristen has been trained in trauma focused cognitive-behavioral treatment. Additionally, she has exclusively worked with substance abuse/addiction issues in adolescents ages 12-20. Kristen is very client centered in focus and eager to incorporate cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral treatment practices.

Once moving to Oregon in 2011, she worked for a year on an organic farm. After that experience she decided to continue her work in counseling. Kristen enjoys helping people learn more about themselves and figure out how to be happier and healthier. Outside of work she enjoys reading and tv, mostly sci-fi/ fantasy, and of course, she enjoys being outside hiking and bicycling.