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Claudia StevensClaudia Stevens, LCSW 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, LCSW 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 Bachelor's 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.


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 primary editor of DBT in Clinical Practice.


Kimberly ElkenberryKimberly Elkenberry, LPC Associate is a mental health therapist who holds degrees in Mental Health Counseling (2012) and Healthcare Business Administration (2014). She began her career in community mental health by working within day treatment and residential sites with high-risk children and adults in 2008. She has served children, teens, adults and complex family systems for the last decade as a therapist, psychiatric services administrator and as a regional consultant. Her area of specialization is treating trauma; specifically, the effects of sexual trauma on the brain and the relationship between generational trauma and the presentation of personality disorders. Her work has always been steeped in evidence based behavioral therapies and included elements of DBT. She is inspired by the construction process of self-empowerment and works with her clients to build a sense of control, independence and balance. Kimberly is thrilled to have joined the team at DBT Center of Southern Oregon in 2020.


Aubrey Shaw Hetland, CSWA/MSW Aubrey Shaw Hetland, CSWA/MSW is a Clinical Social Work Associate through the State of Oregon’s Board of Licensed Social Workers. Aubrey graduated from Portland State University in 2018 with a Master’s degree in Social Work, a specialization in Behavioral Health Integration and a focus on school counseling. Aubrey graduated from Southern Oregon University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with practicum work focused on working with youth in education-based settings. She has worked with individuals as young as four (4) and as mature as 95! Aubrey has experience as a medical social worker and behavioral health consultant including short-term and long-term work with patients, and as a youth and family therapist providing team-based support for clients and their families. Aubrey has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient therapy, as well as experience working in a domestic violence shelter. Prior to moving into the mental health field, Aubrey worked as a university and college TRiO advisor in higher education for almost a decade with a focus on supporting individuals who were low-income, first-generation, veterans, and students with documented disabilities to help them achieve their personal and academic goals. Aubrey looks forward to working with you on your DBT journey!


Amber JensenAmber Jensen, CADC, QMHA has a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health counseling. She has extensive experience in substance abuse treatment, a certificate in American Sign Language and has spent the last several years working as a therapist for treatment court. Amber is really committed to doing DBT at the highest level.


Mary LupinettiMary Lupinetti, LPC completed her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Southern Oregon University in 2012; she is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Oregon and is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC.) In addition, Mary is a retired Internal Medicine physician (MD, Vanderbilt University, 1982.) She is particularly interested in the connection between traumatic experiences and chronic physical and mental health conditions. She helps adult clients recover from childhood trauma and attachment injuries using client-centered treatments including: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Eye-movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR.) For clients with depression and bipolar disorder, she integrates Social Rhythm Therapy. In her private practice, Mary treats people with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, attachment disorders, life transitions, grief and loss, relationship challenges, and somatic disorders. She has been providing DBT for 6 years, first with JCMH and for the last 2 years with DBT Center of Southern Oregon. She completed the DBT Intensive and DBT Individual training in 2018. “I am grateful to be part of this dedicated and talented group of clinicians providing this transformative therapy for our clients.”


Kristen SchuchKristen Schuch, LPC holds a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Illinois University 2002. 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.