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Bridget Camacho, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Bridget is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in adolescent and family treatment, experiential therapy, and animal assisted interventions. She received her master’s in social work and her Animal Assisted Social Work Certificate from the University of Denver. Throughout her professional career, Bridget has focused on mental health and how experiential therapy and animal assisted therapy can facilitate physical, emotional, and mental healing. She believes in the importance of relationships in the healing process and understands how the relationships individuals have with people, animals and nature can help them heal and grow into the people they are meant to be. Bridget has worked with adolescents and families throughout her career as a residential therapist, family therapist, IOP program manager at a program for teens and families, and as a program director at a therapeutic boarding school. She enjoys working with youth and families to help them build self-confidence, strengthen their relationships, and find their paths in life.

When not working, Bridget spends much of her time reading, writing, being outdoors, and spending time with her dog and two cats.

Matthew Beason, MA, LCMHC-A, LCAS

Primary Therapist

Matthew has been involved with mental health and addiction recovery since 2012. He has worked in a wide variety of treatment settings, including wilderness therapy, wilderness therapy aftercare, a therapeutic boarding school, university, and residential. Matthew has enjoyed working with dual diagnosis, mental health and addiction recovery clients, and he believes that any person can make meaningful changes necessary to experience a purposeful and fulfilling life with the necessary support.

As a primary therapist, Matthew works directly with the clients in both group and individual sessions. Matthew brings a unique mix of authenticity, humor, and experience to his work. He is responsible for facilitating effective communication between clients and their families. He also believes that the psychotherapist should be engaged in their own self-discovery and growth and considers his time in wilderness therapy to be instrumental to his own development as a man and therapist.

Growing up, Matthew was curious about the way people interacted with their friends and families. Graduating from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, he studied Psychology and Spanish and continued his education with a Master of Arts from Appalachian State University with a focus in Addictions. Experiences of spirituality and community related to mental health and addiction recovery offered a natural fit for continued passion and learning for a lifetime. His advanced education is influenced by Gestalt Therapy through the Appalachian Gestalt Therapy Institute (AGTI) and is shaped by experiential family therapy through the work of Dr. Carl Whitaker.

Originating in California, Matthew has appreciated the beach and mountain biking and now cherishes the beauty of Western North Carolina. He enjoys exploring nature, practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, reading, and spending time with friends.

Breana “Brë” Moser, LCMHC-A, LCAS-A

Primary Therapist

Brë began her work in the mental health field in 2014 when she discovered her passion for working with at-risk youth and teenagers. After completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology, Brë moved south to pursue a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Clemson University. She worked with a wide range of age groups in private practice, residential treatment, and college counseling. Throughout her clinical experience, Brë most enjoyed working with young adults with substance use issues and received specialized training in this area.

Brë brings an extensive knowledge of the program and is trained in many experiential aspects including the high ropes challenge course, animal care taking, and other recovery-based activities on campus as she has over a year of experience directly working with clients as a recovery guide at Foothills.

Brë approaches clients and families with genuine compassion. With teenagers, she places an emphasis on the therapeutic relationship to create a safe environment in which individuals can truly express themselves. Using a holistic approach to therapy, Brë believes in supporting and encouraging in a collaborative effort that allows clients to reach their desired goals. She uses workings of Existential Therapy, Choice Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy to engage clients in a transformative process.

As a native of Columbus, OH, Brë is a huge Ohio State fan- Go Bucks! She is a former college ice hockey and lacrosse player and still enjoys participating in anything sports. She coaches Crossfit classes and completes as a weightlifting athlete in her spare time. Brë loves the outdoors and exploring new places with her fiancé, Josh.

Campbell Dean, MA, LCMHC, LCAS-A, CCTP

Primary Therapist

Reigning from Raleigh, NC, Campbell began his work with adolescents while in graduate school, supporting gifted, at-risk youth in an alternative academic setting. After completing his Master’s in Counseling from Appalachian State University, Campbell honed his therapeutic chops working in wilderness therapy with both adolescents and young adults. From there, he grew into a leadership role and became a clinical manager and primary therapist of a day treatment school in Western North Carolina, working with dually-diagnosed adolescents boys and girls. Most recently, Campbell worked as a clinician with adults and their families in a residential facility, where he learned the great value in integrating farm work and the outdoors as part of the recovery process.

As a primary therapist, Campbell brings an eclectic style inspired by Person-Centered Counseling, Gestalt therapy, Existentialism, and Non-Violent Communication. Campbell firmly believes that positive change is not possible without both internal and external conflict. He has confidence in the power and structure in residential settings, such as Foothills at Red Oak, to facilitate personal growth necessary for adolescents to accept the responsibility required to be initiated as healthy young adults. A large part of Campbell’s therapeutic philosophy revolves around helping clients uncover and unpack shame while learning to obtain basic needs in healthier ways. Campbell helps his clients utilize and develop their inner strengths, while also challenging unhelpful cognitive, behavioral, and social patterns. Campbell is also a Gorski-trained Relapse Prevention Special.

When his mind is not at work, Campbell enjoys long hikes with his fiancée, playing drums, exercising, speed chess, and reading.

Maryana Newton, MA, ATR-P, LCAS-A, CTP

Milieu Art Therapist & Program Director

Maryana serves the Foothills at Red Oak Recovery team as both the program director and also as the milieu and art therapist; she has a deep passion for human creativity and curiosity. Maryana completed a dual Bachelor of Arts in art therapy and psychology from Mars Hill University in the foothills of Appalachia, before pursuing a dual masters in art therapy and clinical counseling, with a focus on interpersonal neurobiology from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Having started in the mental health field over ten years ago, starting in caregiving, Maryana has worked with and holds a passion for neurogenesis as it relates to traumatic brain injury, memory, and brain development. She has spent the last several years working in a residential capacity with adults, providing case management, art therapy, and administrative development throughout her time.

Maryana’s first passion is art therapy, which as a whole focuses on the creative processes of healing and integration of the self, but can often look very different than one may expect. Maryana strongly believes humans are creative in nature, and “art” is simply a byproduct of the human experience. As humans, we are made to make meaning – art, creativity, and expression can facilitate ways to do this when words fall short. In addition to art therapy, Maryana bases much of her clinical work around Jungian and Adlerian psychology with emphasis on the experience of individuation, fragmentation, and integration utilizing person-centered and existential therapies. Through this, Maryana is passionate about helping individuals create an empowered and fulfilling life.

When not at work, Maryana enjoys creating art of her own, hiking with her dog, Leo, various flow-arts, and playing in her garden!

Cater Davis, MA, LMFT-A

Family Therapist

Cater has been working in mental health since 2014. She has worked in wilderness therapy, community mental health, and university counseling with adolescents and young adults struggling with depression, self-harm, substance use, grief, and oppositional behaviors. After her Appalachian Trail thru-hike in 2013, she worked as a wilderness instructor in the mountains of North Georgia. The work she did sparked a passion for mental health, nature-based healing, and understanding family dynamics. Cater graduated from Valdosta State University and continued her education at Appalachian State University with a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. She holds certificates in Expressive Arts and Multicultural Counseling, and she also facilitates rites of passage.

Cater employs a systemic, experiential, person-centered approach, using Choice Theory and Expressive Arts to provide an encouraging, curious, and collaborative space. She is excited to work with the parents and families at Foothills. Cater understands that caregivers have good intentions and are sometimes unsure about what they could be doing differently. One important thing that Cater notes is that a parent can improve their child’s likelihood to thrive and maintain their growth by engaging in their own personal work. Families are systems and addressing the struggle of a single person (usually the child) is not likely to make long term changes to the whole. If parents can join their child in learning, growing, and being curious, the whole family benefits. Cater is eager to support parents and their child in cultivating a safe, meaningful, and authentic relationship.

Cater was born in a small town in Georgia and spent a lot of time in nature as a child; her connection with the natural world continues to this day. Cater enjoys spending her free time foraging wild foods, making handicrafts, traveling internationally, and training her pup Bruce.

Chad Barron, MS, LMFT-A, LCAS-A

Parent Coach & Family Program Coordinator

Chad graduated in 2006 from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas with a BA in Youth and Family Ministry. After serving as a youth minister in the Tampa Bay area for six years, Chad felt called to work more closely with families going through crisis and returned to Harding to pursue his MS in Marriage and Family Therapy.

As a clinician, Chad has worked in private practice, substance abuse counseling, and as an Intensive In-Home therapist. Chad has a passion for coming alongside adolescents and their families as they navigate the tumultuous transitions that accompany that life stage. Focusing on the relational aspects of the person as well as the inner-workings of the self, his goal is to find hope and healing wherever possible.

Chad grew up in a military family but grew up mostly in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Justine, since 2006 and has three amazing kids. He loves exploring the mountains of Western North Carolina with his family, finding the best “hole in the wall” restaurants in small towns, and playing guitar and piano.