MA MFT, Therapist
Leroy received his BS in Forestry from Southern Illinois University. After working a number of years as a park ranger he found his way into wilderness therapy in Oregon. It was while working in the field that Leroy discovered his life’s passion, to help adolescents and young adults build the courage to go within themselves and find their true self, while learning healthy coping skills to handle the challenges of young adulthood, assertive communication skills, and resources to help them maintain their sobriety. After working for 2 ½ years as a Senior Field Instructor, he moved into a Mentor and Outdoor Director position with a young adult transition program in southern Oregon.
While gaining experience working with young adults in a transitional living setting, Leroy saw the need to tackle some of his own personal struggles in life and took a year off to travel by motorcycle across the country. While on his travels he made the decision to return to the wilderness as a Field Guide with a wilderness therapy program in Georgia. While working in the wilderness once again, he found that graduate school was the next logical step as he pursued his passion for helping others. He received his Masters in Counseling Psychology with a focus on Marriage and Family Therapy from California Institute of Integral Studies. Upon receiving his degree, Leroy than worked as a young adult therapist with a wilderness company here in Bend, OR before once again feeling the need to grow as an individual and a clinician and joined Cascade Crest Transitions as a Primary Therapist.
Leroy is passionate about working with young adults and helping them through the difficult period of change and transition as they leave the safety of the wilderness and begin to put their lives back together again. He draws upon a variety of therapeutic modalities; Gestalt, Transpersonal, CBT and DBT techniques, Relational, Family Systems, to help him meet the client where they are, and has extensive training in working with trauma and adoption. He is trained in neurotherapy practice of Brainspotting for working with trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety, and a variety of other mental health struggles.
In his spare time Leroy enjoys woodworking, reading, meditation, motorcycle rides, backpacking and hiking, and spending time with friends, family and his dog Sid.