Hilary Moses, MSW, LCSW
Hilary 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.
Jason Adams, Ph.D.
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.
Kelly Weld, MA
Kelly holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from National University in Redding, California, and is presently completing licensure requirements in Hawaii for Marriage and Family Therapy. She is also a certified secondary School English teacher.
Kelly has a rich background in wilderness therapy and aftercare settings, having served as a Field Supervisor and Primary Therapist for several years at a wilderness program on the mainland. Prior to her work in wilderness therapy, Kelly was Assistant Dean of Students at NAWA Academy, and a counselor and teacher at a long-term boarding school for at-risk youth.
As a therapist, her training and interest lies in systems work, involving a whole-family (or community) approach in the growth process. In this pursuit, she has developed and conducted numerous parent workshops as well as experiential family therapy weekends. Her approach is eclectic; she has utilized a number or therapeutic techniques including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, strategic and humanistic-experiential paradigms. Kelly works with the roots of trauma and moves towards solution-oriented approaches for healthier functioning. Kelly is passionate about the development of communities that are healthy and sustainable. This interest, along with her belief in nature as a healer, engages her in the Pacific Quest model and its emphasis, both literal and metaphorical, on organic growth.
In her personal time, Kelly continues to seek her own emotional growth through reading, journaling and group-work. She also loves dancing, sailing, camping and surfing (or trying to anyway!).
THERAPIST / CO-OWNER
Anthony (Toby) Mautz, MSW, LCSW
Toby earned his BA in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1996 from Boston College, where his education focused on child and adolescent development and the impact of the environment on peer groups and families. Toby has been working with adolescents and young adults for 16 years.
Toby began his career working with adolescents as a Primary Therapist for a nonprofit residential treatment center in the Boston area. He combined his passion for nature and his clinical expertise, founding an adventure-based program exposing adolescents to the benefits of the outdoors. After moving to Salt Lake City, Toby worked in the public school system where he was instrumental in securing and implementing an inner city school violence and crime grant to benefit at risk-youth. Toby continued to work with adolescents in direct care at highly respected residential treatment centers and wilderness programs in Utah, serving as Primary Therapist, providing individual, group, and family therapy treatment for adolescents. He went on to serve as Clinical Director, coordinating a multi-disciplinary team, training staff, and assisting in the development of the program’s adventure-based treatment model.
Prior to joining the team at Pacific Quest, Toby served as Director of Clinical Services for an educational consulting firm. In this role, Toby worked closely with families, gathering information from the home community and other processionals to guide and implement successful treatment interventions. Toby also has extensive experience in coordinating family reunification and transitional living plans. Toby brings his extensive clinical and managerial expertise to each and every family with whom he works, assisting young people and their families to identify, address, and work through struggles as they learn to live in a healthy, well-rounded manner. Toby’s enthusiasm and innovative style is well suited to Pacific Quest’s progressive treatment approach and unique environment.
Mike Sullivan, MA
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.
Kathryn (Katie) Kasenchak, Psy.D.
Dr. Kathryn Kasenchak earned a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Pepperdine University, and her doctorate from the Wright Institute. Dr. Kasenchak has been working with at-risk children and adolescents since 1996, with experience in residential treatment centers, inpatient hospitals, and specialized academic settings as well as in longer-term, outpatient settings. Dr. Kasenchak also worked for many years with Psychological Solutions in the San Francisco Bay area, where she provided assessment services for an educational consulting firm and wilderness therapy programs.
Dr. Kasenchak has provided psychotherapy and psychological assessment for children, adolescents, and young adults who struggle with a variety of difficulties, including such issues as learning disabilities, emotional disorders, characterological difficulties, pervasive developmental difficulties, and trauma. She has received specialized training in attachment, psychodynamic theory, high-conflict divorce, bereavement, and projective testing. Dr. Kasenchak has also taught classes in child and adolescent development.
Katie enjoys hiking music, yoga, and paddle boarding in beautiful Hawaii.
Haley Brink, MS, LMFTA
Haley earned her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University and her BA in Psychology from the University of Washington. Upon receiving her degree, Haley went on to work for several years in residential treatment settings, providing mental health and substance abuse counseling to adolescents and young adults.
Haley has significant experience working with dual-diagnosis clients. She has extensive expertise in treating chemical dependency, PTSD, trauma, depression, Bipolar and personality disorders. Haley is passionate about helping her students and families to establish goals, connect to community resources, manage crises, and develop sustainable life skills. One of her beliefs about therapy is that individuals are the “experts” on their own lives, and she seeks to live this belief by helping families identify internal resources and claim their own preferences and values. Haley’s role as a therapist is that of collaborator and guide, as she hopes to empower clients to take responsibility for themselves and their lives.
Haley’s experience also includes management of a transitional program promoting academic and occupational achievement for families. Haley thoroughly enjoys working with students and families in the context of outdoor therapy, as it allows her to build creative therapeutic interventions into her work. She finds that people are able to open up differently in a natural environment and loves witnessing students learn new skills and develop mastery in the PQ gardens. Haley’s background in family counseling, case management and substance abuse provides her families with a well-rounded perspective.
During her personal time, Haley enjoys spending time with her husband and beloved Siamese cat, lounging at the beach, cooking, entertaining, catching up on celebrity gossip, and defending her title as the family Jeopardy champion. She is an avid runner, and believes firmly in the healing power of art, movement, music and writing. Haley feels incredibly blessed to live in Hawaii and have her dream job.
THERAPIST (Doctoral Candidate)
Erik Jul, MA
Erik Jul was born in Columbus, Ohio in Ohio State Buckeye territory. Erik attended undergraduate studies at Salisbury University in Maryland, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Shortly thereafter, Erik relocated to the beautiful island of Oahu in Hawaii. In Hawaii, Erik went on to earn his Masters in Clinical Psychology and is now in the final stages of pursuing his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
Erik was drawn to Pacific Quest for several reasons. Long before he began his clinical career, Erik had an innate love of the outdoors and nature. He gives thanks to his mother and father who placed emphasis on the creeks and lakes near his home in Ohio as places to learn, appreciate and enjoy. Furthermore, a “green thumb” thrives in both sides of Erik’s family and it is a trait and passion that continues in his life. Erik attributes his emotional, and psychological growth to many of the unique experiences he and his family had in nature. Erik was drawn to these same themes at Pacific Quest, through horticulture therapy.
Becoming a Professional Psychologist allowed Erik to integrate his various passions to help others in their quest for self-realization. Erik coaches lacrosse and is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys finding balance in the water and on land. Erik is a lifelong-learner and has dedicated himself to the study of the human condition, with a particular focus on facilitating positive change within young people.
Erik relies on his previous life experiences and clinical training to inform his work at Pacific Quest. Erik has a strong background in substance abuse treatment, working with the evidence-based American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) model treatment. Erik has also conducted assessment and treatment in residential settings and correctional facilities with adolescents who have experienced abusive behaviors. He has extensive experience working with the co-morbid issues of sexual trauma as victims, issues of family systems, emotional regulation, self-esteem, and mood disorder. Erik is trained in and uses the Seeking Safety model; an evidence-based practice to address issues of trauma. Erik is also trained in projective, objective, and cognitive assessment as well with group, individual and general milieu therapy. Additionally, he has worked as a researcher for the Adult Mental Health Division’s (AMHD) Courts and Corrections division and understands and can implement quantitative and qualitative methodology.
Erik is passionate about his work and dedicated to assisting young adults and adolescents to reach their full potential, discover and nurture their unique talents and passions, and live a healthy and vibrant life. Erik believes in Pacific Quest’s unique and effective environment for change and is humbled to be a part of such an innovative organization.
Bridger Jensen, APC, CTRS, TRS
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.