All of our clinical consultants are Doctoral and Master’s level clinicians. Our educational backgrounds combined with our practical and hands-on experience in diverse therapeutic settings provides clients and families with reassurance as they navigate the therapeutic decision-making process.
Kim Jenkins, LCSW, CADC has practiced in the field of addiction and mental health since 1995, upon completion of her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Illinois State University. Kim became a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC) in 1997, and maintains this certification today. After working in the addiction field for a few years, she obtained her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina in 2000. Upon returning to Illinois, she continued to work with adults, adolescents and families in both outpatient and residential treatment for substance abuse and mental health issues. She quickly found her passion for assisting families in finding the best treatment program or school to meet their children’s needs.
She began educational and therapeutic consulting with families in 2008 and launched her practice, One Oak Therapeutic Consulting in 2012. Since beginning her consulting career, she has worked with hundreds of families and has never lost her devotion to supporting families who are often in crisis or at a crossroads in their lives.
While Kim continues to be dedicated to working with individuals and families who struggle with substance abuse issues, her area of expertise and interest has broadened to working with a adolescents and young adults with a wide range of struggles. In particular, Kim is known for working with clients and families who have a significant degree of clinical complexity and need a lot of support in navigating the daunting road of finding the right program fit that will create the best opportunity for success. She is creative and intuitive in her approach with clients who may have experienced prior programs and/or schools that didn’t meet their needs.
Kim personally visits and assesses schools and programs around the country and internationally each year. She connects with students, evaluates the campuses, curriculum and therapeutic approaches that each program offers in order to make a confident match for her students.
Kim has been a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) since 2011, a Professional Member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) since 2010 and a Professional Member of The Therapeutic Consulting Association (TCA) since 2015. When not working, Kim spends her downtime with her family, enjoys skiing, running and hiking and traveling to as many National Parks as possible in order to connect with the healing power of nature.
Dr. Lisa Cheyette has practiced as a licensed psychologist in the Atlanta area since 1995, working with children, teens and adults. She serves families, both locally and nationally, as an Educational and Therapeutic Consultant.
A recognized specialist in autism spectrum disorders, anxiety disorders, depression and other complex psychological issues, Lisa uses her skills in diagnosis, assessment and treatment in her consulting work. Combining individual attention with first hand knowledge of programs and schools, she strives to become the family’s advocate before, during, and after placement.
Lisa personally visits schools and programs around the country throughout the year. She talks with the students, tours the campus, and meets directly with the clinicians and administrators to learn who they work best with, and how they work with them.
Lisa received her Bachelor of Arts with Highest Honors from McGill University in Montreal, a Masters in Counseling/Criminal Justice from Northeastern University in Boston, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from CSPP-San Diego. She also completed an advanced training program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with the Atlanta Psychoanalytic Society and the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute. She serves on the faculty of the Emory School of Medicine as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and does Executive Coaching with the Emory Goizueta Business School.
As a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) since 2013, a Professional Member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) since 2013 and a Professional Member of The Therapeutic Consulting Association (TCA) since 2015, Lisa is dedicated to providing quality professional services and assistance to her clients.
Lisa spends her downtime recharging by spinning, hiking, working out, reading and spending time at home with her family.
Jude began her journey by working for a psychiatric hospital in 1991 in Southern California, while completing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University and her practicum at Pacifica Christian College. After earning her degree, she immersed herself in working with parents as they placed their children in therapeutic wilderness programs and became passionate about the impact that nature could have on the therapeutic progress families could make in treatment.
As a Colorado native and natural lover of the outdoors, Jude’s career led her to be the Director of Admissions at another wilderness program. It was through this position that Jude was introduced to many therapeutic boarding schools and residential treatment centers for adolescents, enabling her to be as knowledgeable about them as she is today. Jude’s career expanded in to working with young adults in transitional programs and other residential programs for adolescents, young adults and adults. Jude has traveled all over the country and internationally to visit programs in order to gain perspective that can be used when helping meet individual clients’ needs. Although she has most recently worked with addiction and substance abuse programs, Jude has broader expertise in working with individuals who struggle with other diagnostically complex issues.
In her spare time, Jude teaches indoor cycling and enjoys volunteering at different local charity organizations, such as the Make a Wish Foundation in Denver. A mountain girl at heart, Jude resides in Colorado with her family and Shetland Sheepdog where she also enjoys hiking and skiing.
Maureen is a Boston native who values the experience of travel and exploring other cultures. She received her undergraduate degree from Boston College in 1985. After joining the Peace Corps where she served in West Africa, she decided to pursue a graduate degree from the London School of Economics followed by life and work in Hawaii, The Federated States of Micronesia and American Samoa. Maureen received a Master’s Degree in Public Health as a Peace Corps Fellow in 1996 and began working with pregnant and parenting teenagers on the Island of Oahu. After living and working in Micronesia and American Samoa, she settled on the Big Island of Hawaii in 1999 and continued her work with high school students followed by several years of working with at-risk adolescents and young adults to identify therapeutic needs and access necessary care. Maureen has been working in the mental health field with adolescents, young adults and their families in a variety of settings for over 20 years and ultimately obtained her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the University of Hawaii Hilo in 2009.
Prior to joining One Oak Therapeutic Consulting, Maureen was a primary therapist supporting adolescents, young adults and their families at a therapeutic wilderness program on the Big Island of Hawaii. In this role she witnessed firsthand the power of nature, combined with sophisticated therapeutic intervention and family support, in the lives of struggling adolescents and young adults. She became familiar with the plethora of therapeutic schools, residential treatment centers and other therapeutic programs for adolescents and young adults across the country and formed professional connections that continue to strengthen. She travels often to maintain relationships with these schools and programs towards the goal of advising families on the best possible fit for their struggling child, adolescent or young adult.
On a personal level, Maureen’s own two daughters left Hawaii and embarked on their own exciting journeys. One taught in Thailand for a year while the other did a gap program in Madagascar. With both of her children launched and on their own paths, she decided to return to her hometown of Boston to reconnect with family. In her free time, Maureen loves to travel, hike, explore “all things New England’, and spend time with family.
Maureen is based in Boston, Massachusetts and will be serving families in New England and throughout the United States.
Tanya began her career in the helping profession volunteering as a victim advocate at a domestic violence shelter in her home town in rural Illinois. Upon completing extensive training and working alongside the legal advocates and counselors to assist the clients, Tanya’s passion for supporting victims of domestic violence led her to take the role of shelter coordinator for the program.
After several cross-country moves, a relocation to Texas led Tanya to a direct-care position working with young adult women in a residential mental health setting, ultimately working as an admissions counselor for the program. Now, at One Oak, Tanya is excited to continue working with families and provide support as they partner with their consultant to determine the best path for their child.
Tanya is known for the warmth and compassion she brings to her interactions with the families that she works with, providing a steady presence for them. Understanding that each family is unique, Tanya’s priority is to be available and responsive to families during a critical time in their lives.
In her free time, Tanya enjoys going to the theatre, reading, playing tennis, walking with her dogs, going to horse shows and spending time with her family and friends.
Susan Coulson is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC) and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services. Her unique life experiences allow for understanding and compassion, both for those suffering with addiction or mental health issues as well as their loved ones. Her belief in the individual’s ability to replace their anxiety, confusion, and depression with hope, empowerment, and insight is a big part of what she hopes to bring to clients and their families.
At One Oak, Susan supports families through the intake process and works alongside the family and their consultant throughout the placement process. She is also passionate about collaborating with clinical professionals and spreading the word about the unique role that therapeutic consultants play in ensuring that families have access to the best programs to fit their needs.
In her free time Susan enjoys traveling, interior decorating, walking her dogs, and spending time with family and friends.