Joyce Korschgen, MS, LPC, EAGALA, Executive Director

Joyce Korschgen is a Licensed Professional Counselor and EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association)  trained Equine Assisted Professional (EAP) who has been in private practice for 30 years. Though her main specialty has been the treatment of Eating Disorders she was inspired to create Heron Hill Arabians 8 years ago and has been working to promote EAP since then. Her more recent collaboration with Lewis and Clarke College and Thomas Doherty has resulted in the development of The Center at Heron Hill: An Equine and Nature Based Therapy and Education Program. She is the founder of Alliance Counseling Center, an outpatient eating disorder treatment facility and now serves as the Director of The Center at Heron Hill. Joyce is a level one Archery Instructor

Thomas Doherty, PsyD, Ecotherapy Consultant

Thomas Doherty, PsyD is a psychologist in Portland, Oregon who specializes in nature-based counseling approaches and the psychological aspects environmental issues. He is active in research and education in wilderness therapy and brings over 20 years of experience providing therapy, education, and personal growth in settings ranging from primitive skills expeditions to inpatient hospital units. Thomas began his career working with adjudicated youth on the wagon trains of the Vision Quest program of Arizona. He later worked as a river guide in Grand Canyon and as an expedition leader, therapist, and supervisor at the Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Programs. In addition to his clinical psychology practice, Thomas trains counselors at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School, where he founded the Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate program. Thomas is also Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal Ecopsychology and served on the American Psychological Association's Task Force on the Interface between Psychology and Global Climate Change.

The New York Times called Thomas Joseph Doherty "the most prominent American advocate of a growing discipline known as 'ecopsychology.' Thomas's work has also been featured in the Oregonian; New Hampshire Public Radio; the Detroit Metro Times; Sustainability: The Journal of Record; Alternative and Complementary Therapies, the Monitor on Psychology.

Thomas has provided talks and workshops for organizations such as the American Psychological Association, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, Natural Step USA, New Season's Markets, the Port of Portland, the Bioneers, the Association of Oregon Recyclers, and the Oregon Counseling Association.

Luz M. Rivera, MA, LPC, EAGALA, Cultural Diversity Specialist

Luz Rivera joins The Center as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Cultural Diversity Specialist with more than 20 years of clinical and management experience.She has had extensive experience working with various cultures including differently abled, native and indigenous peoples residing in the United States. Luz is a graduate of Rollins College for both her B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Professional Counseling.Working with young children from age 3 years, adolescents, and adults, Luz has clinical experience across the continuum of care from crisis inpatient hospitalization through to residential, private practice and in-home counseling; including addictions inpatient hospitalization for alcohol, drugs and eating disorder treatment. She has specialized in the areas of mental health and developmental disabilities with an emphasis in grief/loss, trauma and cultural counseling. Luz is national speaker and trainer and has worked with the National Mental Health Association, Disability Advocates, Center for Mental Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Walt Disney World, Inc., UCLA School Mental Health Project and others across the United States. Her passion for working with people of diverse backgrounds has led her to commit her service to capacity building, community development and raising cultural understanding. Luz is a trained national and local first responder and has served with the National, Florida and Oregon Red Cross as well as with federal and local governments in responding to man made and natural disasters affecting various communities across multiple states. Luz is EAGALA Certified


Emily Nemeth, LPC, CADC-I, EAGALA, Director of Mental Health Services

Emily received her master's degree in somatic psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. She moved to Oregon in 2008 to pursue the lifelong goal of leading wilderness therapy expeditions, and she has remained here and now calls Oregon "home." Emily is licensed as both a professional counselor and a certified alcohol and drug counselor. She is a registered dance/movement therapist (R-DMT), and an EAGALA certified equine assisted psychotherapist (EAP). Emily also holds a 200-hour yoga instructor certification and has been intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, a mindfulness based therapeutic modality to help change ineffective behavior. Emily has experience working in residential, wilderness, community mental health outpatient and intensive outpatient settings with adults, adolescents, and families. Along with adventuring at Heron Hill, she works in private practice in NW Portland.

Emily is most passionate about using body-based and experiential modalities to assist people in healing their body, mind, and spirit. Her hope is to reduce the effects of trauma, both chronic and acute, and guide clients to change maladaptive patterns by having opportunities for reparative experiences. Emily makes a strong effort to put into personal practice what she believes in… outside of work you will mostly likely find her practicing yoga, trail running, or spending time with her two energetic pound dogs.

Jamie Trudeau, LPC, CADC-III, EAGALA, Addictions Consultant

Jamie is dually licensed in mental health counseling and addictions, and works both in private practice and for a community agency. She graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Human Services Counseling in 2008 and with her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2011 from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Jamie has worked with both adults and teenagers who experience a wide range of mental health concerns, behavioral concerns, alcohol and drug abuse, and trauma. She enjoys using experiential models of therapy, including animal assisted therapy, and is certified to practice equine assisted psychotherapy and learning through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA). Jamie has always loved nature- she rode horses throughout much of her childhood and greatly enjoys being around animals. She is passionate about the special bond humans and animals have and the healing it can bring.

Matt McCarty, Eco Program Coordinator

Matt McCarty has been a life-long adventurer out of doors and began his outdoor career at age 15, with the Northwest Youth Corps.  He earned his undergraduate degree in environmental studies from Prescott College. Matt worked ten seasons as a biological technician, roaming several western states, primarily conducting surveys for threatened and sensitive raptors and songbirds. After "retiring" from this line of work, he discovered the field of wilderness therapy where he worked with at-risk youth for 540 days as a direct care field staff.  Midway through a graduate program in counseling psychology he decided on a different and more personal path.  Matt is currently in his last semester pursing a masters degree in adventure education, again at Prescott College.   His studies have focused on the therapeutic use and values of nature, culminating in his thesis addressing and promoting the concept of therapeutic outdoor leadership. Matt has worked at Heron Hill since it's inception in the fall of 2011. In addition to the population served by Heron Hill and in wilderness therapy, Matt has worked at a secure psychiatric residential program and a residential program for adolescent male sex offenders.  Presently, he is on the board of directors of Rewild Portland, a non-profit organization that utilizes earth-based arts and crafts and traditional knowledge for environmental education. He also volunteers with Inner City Outings, a Sierra Club group committed to providing access to nature for underserved urban youth.  Matt is medically trained as a wilderness first responder, and very is excited about his role as a new father.

Halina Kowalski, MA, MFT, LPCi, EAGALA, Equine Program Coordinator

Halina is a marriage and family therapist and counselor working both in private practice as well as part time at the Portland VA Medical Center. Halina is also an Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) certified equine assisted psychotherapist holding an additional special designation of “EAGALA Military Service Provider” for EAP work with Veterans and military families. Halina graduated with her masters degree in counseling psychology, marriage and family therapy in 2009 from Lewis and Clark College. She has worked at the Portland VA Medical Center since her clinical internship in the areas of couple/family counseling and PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) research. Halina's work at the Portland VA Medical Center has encompassed counseling couples through PTSD and reintegration after deployment, facilitation of PTSD Couples Groups and PTSD Family Education groups as well as TBI Cognitive Rehabilitation groups. Halina's clinical specialty areas are in trauma, PTSD and grief with couples, Veterans, and military families. She also has special interest and training in mindful, experiential and somatic (body/sensation focused) therapies and has some additional training in the EPONA model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy which incorporates somatic and spiritual approaches into EAP.

Halina has worked in the mental health field professionally since 2003 beginning with experiences working with adolescents and teens in residential and day treatment facilities as well as with young bereaved children (ages 4-8) as a volunteer grief counselor at the Dougy Center in Portland, OR. Halina is a registered Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy Intern with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists and she is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate in the State of Washington. Personally, Halina has an endless love of the outdoors and horseback riding and believes strongly in the power of healing through regular contact and connection with the natural world and animals.

Leah Shuyler, MA, LPCi, EAGALA

Leah Shuyler graduated in 2009 with a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark. In addition, she received a Specialty in Ecopsychology from Lewis & Clark. She also holds a Certificate in Yoga Calm™ for Children and for the last three years she has been working with Yoga Calm to integrate Ecopsychology principles and activities into their program. She will be co-authoring a book with Yoga Calm tentatively titled Love, Knowledge, and Action: Fostering Environmental Stewardship, publish date to be determined. Leah is the Yoga Calm Certification Manager and is a certified EAGALA professional

Leah has experience working with all ages, as well as individuals, groups and families. She has experience in environmental education, watershed restoration, leading children's camps, and teaching gymnastics and trampoline. She has also worked as a Mental Health Therapist, she has helped lead workshops and trainings for teachers and counselors, she has presented at multiple conferences, and she has participated in various research studies.

Leah has been passionate about helping people and the planet since she was a young child. She loves to recycle, create repurposed art, read, spend time in nature, spend time with her family and pets, and learn about the environment and cultures from around the world. Leah is a level one Archery Instructor.

Ivy Katz, MA, LPCi

Ivy Katz has a masters in Counseling Psychology and certificate in Ecopsychology from Lewis & Clark College. She is also trained in Hakomi Body Centered Psychotherapy and is a certified yoga instructor. Ivy has had numerous experiences in the outdoor behavioral healthcare field. Along with her Masters degree she holds two bachelors degree from Prescott College. One in human development and the other in dance. She focused her studies on the therapeutic use of adventure education along with dance as means for personal and spiritual growth.

Since 2007 Ivy has worked in the mental health field, including three and half years as a senior field instructor at two adult based wilderness therapy programs. This includes competencies in backpacking, earth based skills, rites of passage work, and other adventure based activities. She has also had multiple years of experience working with adolescents at both wilderness programs and residential treatment.

Along with working as a therapist at the Center at Heron Hill, Ivy has a counseling private practice where she focuses on somatic mindfulness based approaches to therapy. She also works as a teacher trainer for the non-profit Street Yoga where she trains other social workers,counselors and yoga teachers how to teach yoga to vulnerable youth. Ivy is a wilderness first responder and a Leave No Trace trainer. When Ivy is not working you can usually find her on her yoga mat, traveling, exploring the mountains, riding her bike and spending time with family and friends..