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.
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.
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.