Kerri Hanlon

Kerri Hanlon grew up in beautiful Bend and attended Mountain View High School. She continued her education in Portland, Oregon with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Portland State University. She then went on to receive a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Addiction Studies from Lewis and Clark College. She spent a few years working in Salem in Community Mental Health before switching directions to the private sector in out patient drug and alcohol programs in the Portland area. Kerri then made the decision to move back home to Bend and in 2007 started her private counseling practice, East Cascade Counseling Services. Kerri had the goal of bringing together an eclectic, dynamic group of therapists to create a Wellness Center environment – offering the very best  therapeutic services to her home community.

 

Kerri is very excited to be offering services in the private practice setting. She brings a great deal of enthusiasm and passion to her work with adolescents, adults and families. Through her experience she has gained a unique way of being able to connect with clients and has a genuine capacity to assist individuals in seeking changes in their lives.

 

Kerri is licensed by the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapist (LPC) and certified by the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon (CADC III) as well as the National Association of Drug Abuse Counselors (MAC).

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Grace Thornton

Grace is new to Bend after pursuing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at George Fox University in Portland. Grace ran a private practice in Portland for 3 years before moving to Bend.

Grace specialized in the treatment of trauma in graduate school and has since continued her trauma education with EMDR training. She believes that people can recover from the destructive patterns they learned during abuse or other terrible life events. Sometimes these destructive patterns are found in relationships, work or emotions, but all can be healed over time. Grace approaches counseling as a guide through these dark places back into the light of a full life again.

Before moving to Portland to study, Grace lived in a small mountain town in Northern Arizona where she fell in love with climbing. She continues to pursue that passion here, and is excited to be part of a growing mental health team in Bend.

Stuart Forrister

Stuart, a Texas native, has lived in the Northwest for the last several years. He moved to Bend in 2018 to enjoy the great outdoors. Stuart has a background in education and completed a Master’s Degree in Counseling at Western Seminary in 2017.

Stuart has spent the last four years working in community mental health and addictions. He specializes in both group and individual therapy for those struggling with co-occurring mental health and addiction issues.

His approach to therapy incorporates a cognitive behavioral framework as well as a solution focused approach. He aims to help clients identify, challenge, and replace the self-defeating behaviors and find a healthy approach to living. Stuart also uses skills and techniques from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Narrative Therapy to address past trauma. Stuart views counseling as a collaborative effort where he can help clients to recognize strengths, identify needs, understand conflicts, discover new options, set personal goals, and make informed choices.

When he is not in the office, Stuart likes to spend time climbing, skiing, and fly fishing. Stuart is a registered LPC with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, a CADC I and CGAC-R with the Mental Health and Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon.

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Corey May

With a Master’s degree in Counseling from Oregon State University and an undergraduate degree in Adventure Recreation, Corey has spent the last 20 years working with families and individuals from children to adults. Settings for his counseling experience have included wilderness, residential and private office practice. In any setting, his primary focus has always been on communication and goal setting.

As a son, a husband, and a father Corey understands how complex life can be and aims to help those he works with to find tools and techniques to slow things down and create a system of communication and support that is effective and understood. Corey believes that community is the most critical aspect of the healing and change based process and that all members of this community must embrace the journey for the most growth to take place.

As a therapist Corey is dedicated to utilizing a trauma informed care approach with his clients. He uses skills and techniques from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Prolonged exposure therapy that is designed to treat post traumatic stress disorder.

Corey draws from both his life experiences and his clinical knowledge in helping clients assess their top that life is complex, sometimes crazy, and at times debilitating and aims to provide calm waters where discussions and healing can happen.

Corey is licensed by the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists (OBLPCT)

Christine Ewing

Christine Ewing, a Southern California native, moved to Bend in 2017. She has a background in Psychology, Child and Adolescent Development, and has a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She holds both a license in Marriage and Family Therapy and School Counseling Credential in California and Oregon, respectively.

Christine has spent the last thirteen years in community mental health, specializing in child, adolescent, and family therapy. The last five years she has focused working in both the school and community settings. She is trained in a variety of traditional and evidence-based practices that work to help support each unique individual. Some of these modalities include, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Seeking Safety, Trauma Resiliency Model, Crisis Response, Applied Behavioral Analysis, and Collaborative Problem-Solving techniques.

Christine believes that every person has a story to tell, and that it takes courage to share that story. The foundation of therapy is built on the ability to walk alongside of that story, while finding resiliency and strength. The hope for therapy is to provide individuals with opportunities to gain hope in their ability to live, love, and laugh to their fullest potential. When individuals are able to gain awareness on their trauma or story; needs can be identified, and insight can be used to make positive change. Her passion is helping young people find their voice, with the courage to share their story with family, friends, and community.

In her free time, Christine loves to travel (especially somewhere with a beach) and spend time with family and friends. Christine is licensed with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists (OBLPCT).

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Megan Marie Kuntz

Megan has a master’s degree in mental health counseling from OSU. She is a registered counselor intern with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists. She previously provided counseling at Saving Grace where she worked with victims of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault. She is trained in EMDR and specializes in treating eating disorders, PTSD, adolescents, depression/anxiety and trauma related issues. Her approach entails treating the client as a whole, with an emphasis on utilizing mindfulness based and holistic treatments; especially in the treatment of depression and anxiety. Building trust and creating a safe space is crucial in her practice. Her other areas of expertise include sexual and physical abuse, anxiety, depression, addictions, attachment issues, sports psychology, existential crisis, and spiritual development.

Megan hopes to provide a specialty focus on working with clients who struggle with eating disorders and athletic/sports issues. Additionally, she treats clients with depression and anxiety and has a strong relation to working with women and others who come from traumatic backgrounds and suffer from PTSD. She sees individuals who are 13 years and older and enjoys working with young and middle-aged adults. It is significantly important to her, to establish rapport with those she works with therapeutically. Through her work, education, and training she has developed excellent communication and deep listening skills with the art of patience. Yoga and eco-wellness are other areas of expertise for Megan.

Megan is a survivor herself: she has overcome addictions, abuse, and eating issues. She has experienced great post traumatic growth in her life and is passionate to help others make positive and lifelong changes. She hopes to help her clients’ shed light on their trauma in a way that is compassionate and trauma-informed and that allows vulnerability; not only in session but in the clients relationships with others and self. She firmly believes that a deeper level of healing can be obtained when we discover and show up as our authentic selves.

Marci Tucker Billing Services

Marci Tucker brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in working with insurance and billing.  Prior to beginning services with East Cascade Counseling Services Marci is available prior to your beginning services with East Cascade Counseling Services, to check benefits and assist you in understanding your specific health insurance coverage. If you have questions about your insurance, benefits or a statements from us at any point, please call Marci directly at 541-420-4460, or email her, MLTINSBILL@msn.com.

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