Clinical Leadership Team

CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Lorraine R. Freedle, Ph.D.
Email: drlorraine@pacificquest.org

Dr. Lorraine R. Freedle | wilderness therapy program for troubled adolescents

Dr. Lorraine R. Freedle is a board certified Pediatric and School Neuropsychologist with over 25 years experience in clinical practice and administration in children’s behavioral health. She has extensive experience treating young people and their families impacted by trauma, loss, substance abuse, ADHD, mood disturbances, TBI, and a variety of neurodevelopmental and learning disorders through evidence-based practices. She is also a gifted clinical administrator and staff development specialist committed to developing high performing teams.

Lorraine received her BA in Social Work from Pennsylvania State University and her Master of Social Work from the University of Hawai’i in Honolulu. She also holds an Educational Specialist graduate degree in School Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in neuropsychology from Fielding Graduate University. In addition to earning board certifications in social work, school psychology and neuropsychology, Lorraine completed advanced training and certification in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT™) through the Child Trauma Academy. She is also an internationally certified Sandplay ® therapist and teacher who has conducted award winning research in this modality. Lorraine is the founder of Black Sand Neuropsychological Services, PC where she conducts neuropsychological evaluations, consultation services, and sandplay therapy.

Lorraine combines her education and experience into a “whole brain” approach to learning and development. She is passionate about building resilience by fully understanding a young person’s strengths and needs and tailoring treatment accordingly. She asserts that multi-sensory treatments are critical in maximizing growth, balance, and learning potential.

Lorraine was most attracted to Pacific Quest’s whole-person, nature-based model. She states, “A lot of programs talk about such an approach, but PQ actually harnesses the power of nature and practices complete wellness, with qualified staff working together on every aspect. PQ works because it is an individualized, comprehensive and neurodevelopmentally-informed approach. Everyone’s brain works differently. At PQ we can design strategies that reach our students and move them through a deep and lasting change process.”

Lorraine is married to Shannon, her “ku’uipo” of 25 years. She has two children. Her son, Ryan, attends medical school at Indiana University and her daughter, Angelica, attends college at the University of Hawai’i. Lorraine enjoys fitness, writing, travel, and exploring the wonders of the Big Island of Hawai’i.

LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST
Jason Adams, Ph.D.
Email: drjason@pacificquest.org

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Dr. Jason Adams is a Licensed Psychologist with extensive experience treating adolescents and adults.

He received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. There he focused his studies on human development and growth. He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

He is the founder of Adams Psychological Assessment & Consulting, Inc., and The Parent Mastery Group. Jason has assisted in research studies related to social skills training and the efficacy of family-focused treatment for troubled youth. He has been a radio co-host on various parenting topics and has engaged in the disaster relief program of the American Red Cross Foundation as a volunteer.

Jason’s clinical experiences include work in a variety of outpatient and residential programs with children and adolescents, including community mental health services, outpatient private practice, and inpatient long-term treatment of the severely mentally ill. He spent many years as a consulting psychologist to various wilderness programs through providing psychological assessment services.

Jason’s background includes psychological testing, as well as individual, family, and group therapy. He is skilled at working with adolescents and families of all needs. Jason is also a fluent Spanish speaker. He loves the outdoors and enjoys running, hiking, camping and spending time with his family.

THERAPIST
Mike Sullivan, MA
Email: mikesullivan@pacificquest.org

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Mike earned his BS and BA in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Washington, Seattle. His fascination with the wild and natural environment led him to pursue a career in wilderness therapy. Working for a therapeutic wilderness program in Idaho, Mike developed a sincere passion for working with adolescents, where he honed his interpersonal skills and nurtured his ability to connect with teens. Inspired by the power of experiential therapy in the desert of Idaho, Mike went on to earn his Masters in Psychology at Seattle University.

Mike has extensive experience serving youth, adolescents, and families with a diverse range of mental health issues. In addition to his work in a community mental health center, Mike mentored adolescents in a home-based transition program, focused on supporting teens in their transition back to the home environment after attending therapeutic programs and schools. Mike’s areas of clinical experience include adoption and attachment issues, anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, and spectrum issues. He utilizes Pacific Quest’s garden for dynamic therapy, assisting students and families in cultivating their true potential.

Mike brings warmth, compassion, and inclusiveness to his work at Pacific Quest. He enjoys the natural beauty of Hawaii where he is able to partake in his favorite hobbies including, surfing, camping, slack-lining and tending to his own garden.

THERAPIST
Hilary Moses, MSW, LCSW
Email: hilary@pacificquest.org

hilary-175x220px-webHilary is an LCSW with over 13 years of experience working with adolescents and families in a variety of therapeutic settings. Hilary earned her MSW from Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She spent many years working for a wilderness program in Idaho, initially as a Field Instructor, then as a Primary Therapist and finally as Clinical Director of the program.

Hilary’s areas of strength include, attachment and adoption, DBT, childhood developmental disorders, ADHD, family systems theory, CBT, anxiety management, and depression. Hilary intertwines the theoretical beliefs of object relations theory, CBT training and DBT training along with the strengths-based model, which helps her to see her clients as far more than their history, struggles or diagnoses. Hilary approaches her work with an authenticity and integrity that she’s wears on her sleeve, which is critical to building rapport with adolescents and young adults. She also effectively challenges her clients into a deeper level of work without losing the relationship.

Hilary believes in the power of horticulture-related metaphors as a means of introducing clients to relationship, ownership, care giving, give and take, to struggles through transition, mental flexibility, motor skills and to belief in oneself. Hilary has experienced first-hand, the power of these lessons outside of her work, when she challenges her own personal beliefs about what she is or is not capable of accomplishing.

Hilary loves the outdoors and spending time with her family exploring the island. As a step-parent to two boys (9 and 6), Hilary and her family love to camp, spend time on the ocean and take pictures of Hawaii’s abundant beauty. Travel and exploration of different cultures is also a passion for Hilary but what she truly values is the simplicity of living on the island, being with her boys and tending to her beloved garden.

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
Brian Konik, Ph.D.
Email: drbrian@pacificquest.org

Dr Brian Konik

Brian received his B.A. in Psychology from The University of Florida, his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The University of Vermont, and completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Outpatient/Inpatient Neurobehavioral Unit with the Kennedy Krieger Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Konik’s research background focused on the relationship between anxiety and pain in children. He uses an eclectic CBT- and ABA-focused approach with his clients, which culminated at UVM and Johns Hopkins but which developed over many years in a variety of settings.

Most recently Dr. Konik worked as a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Annapolis, Maryland. For 10 years at Spectrum Behavioral Health, he treated adolescents and young adults with issues ranging from anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance use/abuse, to learning differences, significant behavioral problems, and developmental disabilities. Dr. Konik also has extensive training in and experience with parent/child interaction therapy, parent training, and family group counseling, as well as specialized training in suicide/crisis intervention. While in Annapolis, he served regularly as a contracted behavioral specialist with the local public school system and as a consultant with private, independent day schools, conferring with teachers and administrators on issues experienced by his clients, their families, and educators.

Brian has also coached basketball at the high school and college levels for 15 years, most recently as the Head Boys’ Varsity Basketball Coach at St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis, where he led a championship level team for 8 years in the competitive Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) private school conference. His education, training, and experience allow him to provide a variety of new and complementary services to Pacific Quest’s dynamic wilderness therapy program. Brian has had enriching experiences at outdoor/experiential educational positions in the past and is enthusiastic about transitioning back to this type of lifestyle with his young family.

THERAPIST
Christine Riley, LMFT
Email: christine@pacificquest.org

Christine Riley | wilderness therapy program for troubled adolescents

Christine Riley received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from State University of New York in Plattsburgh and her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2003. Prior to joining the Pacific Quest clinical team, Christine served as the Clinical Director for a prominent wilderness therapy program based in New York state where she supervised a team of clinicians and provided clinically-based trainings for therapists and field instructors. Christine is a respected mental health clinician in the wilderness therapy industry and is recognized for her ability to provide highly-effective individual, group, and family therapy to her clients.

As a LMFT, Family Systems work is her “cup of tea,” including highly-complex family dynamics. Christine also has experience working with victims of trauma through child sexual abuse treatment centers and domestic violence prevention/treatment programs. She also served as a Trauma Education Trainer for Guardian ad Litems, attorneys, and judges who were working cases with families dealing with trauma. She has many years experience working with adolescent girls (in a past wilderness therapy program setting), many of whom were referred, in part, because of trauma-related issues. Additionally, Christine has extensive experience working with adoption and/or attachment struggles, depression and anxiety that may manifest as self-injury, negative body image, and avoidance.

Christine is the author of several psychoeducational books for siblings of troubled teens. She is a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP) as well as a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools & Programs (NATSAP).

THERAPIST
Kristen McFee, MA, LPCC
Email: kristen@pacificquest.org

Kristen McFee | wilderness therapy program for troubled adolescents

Kristen received her Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She is experienced in providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents and families in outpatient clinics, acute hospital care, long-term residential wilderness treatment and intensive day treatment settings. Kristen has experience working in a variety of areas including anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, parent/child conflict, issues with authority, anger management, attention/concentration, opposition/defiance, low self esteem, psychosis, spectrum, trauma, attachment and emotional, physical and sexual abuse. She utilizes cognitive behavioral, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavior and strength-based approaches.

Prior to completing her graduate degree, Kristen earned her bachelor of science from the University of MN in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies. She worked as a field instructor for a wilderness therapy program in 2008 and since then has worked as a case manager in a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric hospital unit, Intensive Day Treatment Programs for troubled children and adolescents and most recently in an outpatient setting working with children, adolescents, adults and families.

Kristen is excited to use the garden as a catalyst for change to encourage adolescents on their journey to sustainable growth. She believes that each person is unique and deserves unconditional, positive regard. She strives to journey with others in a nurturing, compassionate way. In her spare time, Kristen loves reading, going for walks/hikes, exploring new places and spending time with her husband and little Yorkie.

THERAPIST
Bridger Jensen, APC, CTRS, TRS
Email: bridger@pacificquest.org

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Bridger Jensen is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with a Masters in Psychological Counseling. Bridger has years of experience working with adolescents in both wilderness therapy, residential and aftercare settings. During his time as Field Director at a wilderness program, Bridger mentored, trained and supported the development of field staff. He wrote programming and assigned field activities for therapeutic expeditions and was instrumental in creating parent and alumni support programs. Most recently, Bridger worked as a Primary Therapist for at New Haven Residential Treatment Program in Utah, providing both family and individual therapy with an emphasis on therapeutic recreation.

Bridger’s past experience also includes developing and facilitating hundreds of workshops for parents and adolescents, assisting in the foundation of a prominent adventure therapy program for adolescents and young adults, and performing extensive research on the need and demand for aftercare programming. Bridger has also published academic research on the vital elements necessary for successful wilderness therapy experiences and overall wilderness therapy efficacy.

Bridger enjoys a multitude of outdoor adventures and spending time with his family.

CLINICAL COORDINATOR
Cyndi Desha
Phone: (808) 935-5423
Email: cyndi@pacificquest.org

Cyndi Desha | wilderness therapy program for troubled adolescentsCyndi joined Pacific Quest in 2008 as is dedicated to her position as Family Services Liason and Executive Director Assistant. Cyndi was an office manager for a prominent retail store on Maui for six years before moving into managing a pediatrician’s office in Hilo for another six years. After two years as a preschool teacher, she has returned to the office setting to help keep us all organized and running smoothly. Cyndi is a native of Maui and lives in Hilo with her daughter, Lacie. Cyndi enjoys kickboxing, running and spending time with her daughter.