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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.


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.


Kate BlacomKate Balcom, LCSW graduated from Arizona State University in 1994 with a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work. She has over 20 years experience counseling adults, couples, families and teens in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. She currently has a private practice helping people deal with the challenges of depression, anxiety, grief and loss, mood disorders, parenting, divorce, and relationship issues. She has experience working with drug and alcohol issues, sexual abuse and domestic violence. She provides a safe environment where you can learn new coping skills to manage and reduce feelings and thoughts that drive negative behavior patterns. Her goal is to help individuals function more effectively on a daily basis and have more joy in their lives.


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.


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.


Mary ChambersMary Chambers is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in social services in Southern Oregon since 1994. In 2004, she graduated from Portland State University with a Masters in Social Work and became licensed in 2007. Prior to and since receiving her MSW, Mary worked in an agency setting, where she received extensive clinical experience working with adults, children and families. abuse survivors and those struggling with addiction. Mary has been in private practice since 2004 and works with adults, couples and families/step families who are experiencing concerns ranging from depression/anxiety, communication/relationship issues as well as infertility and the difficult challenges that often accompany this diagnosis. Mary completed the Foundations training in DBT in 2013.


Victoria M. BonesVictoria M. Bones , LCSW, ACHP-SW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of experience and training. She received her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1978. Victoria has extensive knowledge and understanding of those who have survived life altering events such as emotional, physical and sexual abuse as well as other traumatic situations. She has been a long time advocate for children, adolescents and adults. Victoria has specialized training in Dialectical Behavioral Treatment (DBT) working with those who are challenged with suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety and hopelessness. She also co-leads an adult DBT group.

Victoria has a certification from Oregon Family Institute in parenting coordination and specialized training in general mediation as well as divorce & family mediation. She is in private practice in Medford & Ashland Oregon.


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.


Linda DimeffLois Schlegel, MFA, MS has 20 years of experience providing services to individuals and families. She received a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Southern Oregon University and a Masters in Creative Writing from Antioch University. She has taught parent education and life skills classes to adults and teens and worked with survivors of domestic violence. Lois has been a facilitator for Winterspring's Loss and Mindfulness group, and participated in a year-long clinical counseling internship at La Clinica. She has treated clients with a wide variety of mental health challenges including depression, anxiety, grief, relationship and communication problems, job loss, menopause and 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. In her practice, Lois combines a Humanistic approach to counseling with the latest intervention strategies derived from Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Positive Psychology and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.