We are pleased to announce new growth in the Pacific Quest wilderness therapy program clinical department! After almost six years as a primary wilderness therapist, Hilary Moses is now our Therapeutic Program Director. In her new role, Hilary will work collaboratively with Toby Mautz, our Clinical Director. Hilary’s goal is to train and coach our new and existing clinicians, as well as advance the unique therapeutic process at Pacific Quest. We are thrilled to say that all Pacific Quest students and families will now benefit from Hilary’s expertise and compassion throughout their experience with us.
We also have two new additions to our clinical team and growing ohana! Dr. Katie Kasenchak and Kelly Weld joined Pacific Quest wilderness program in October as Primary Clinicians. Kelly Weld comes to us from SUWS Idaho, where she served as a primary wilderness therapist for two years. Before that, Kelly was Assistant Dean of Students at NAWA Academy, and a counselor at Mount Bachelor Academy. Kelly holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and expects to complete licensure requirements in Hawaii for Marriage and Family Therapy shortly. She is also a certified secondary School English teacher. Kelly has experience in individual, group and family therapy, utilizing cognitive-behavioral, Gestalt, strategic and humanistic-experiential techniques.
Dr. Kathryn Kasenchak joins us after five years with Psychological Solutions in the San Francisco Bay area, where she provided assessment services for an educational consulting firm and wilderness therapy programs. She earned a BA in Psychology from Pepperdine University, and her doctorate from the Wright Institute. She has been working with at-risk children and adolescents since 1994, with experience in residential treatment centers, inpatient hospitals, and specialized academic settings. She has provided psychotherapy and psychological assessment for children and adolescents who struggle with a variety of difficulties, including such issues as learning disabilities, emotional disorders and trauma. Dr. Kasenchak has received specialized training in trauma, attachment, psychodynamic theory, high-conflict divorce, bereavement and projective testing.