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.


Margaret Kelleher, PsyD, EAGALA Advanced, Equine Program Director.

In addition to her work at Alliance Counseling and The Center at Heron Hill, Dr. Kelleher is a LIcensed Psychologist in private practice in the Sellwood area of Portland, Oregon. She holds advanced certification with the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association and utilizes that model for EAP work. Areas of special interest include working with adults and young children to address issues of chronic trauma, collaborative co-parenting, grief resolution after loss, and creative self actualization. Dr. Kelleher also has experience in using EAP to enhance leadership development and team building for corporations and businesses. Throughout her career, Dr. Kelleher has witnessed the transformational power horses ignite within the people they meet. Professionally, and personally, she deeply understands both the hard work, and the joy, involved in creating, and living out, that transformation day by day.


Beth Kuchenreuther, MA, EAGALA, LPCi, Publicity Consultant

As founder of Four Winds Coaching, Beth Kuchenreuther seeks to energize clients and guide them toward greater self-awareness and realization of their fullest potential. Beth’s highly developed coaching and training skills are backed by twenty years of experience in executive leadership, team development, and sales management. She has supported leaders at several levels in developing their operational and personalized action plans, enhancing their effectiveness, and helping them reconnect with their passions and strengths.

After earning a M.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Education, Beth was formally trained as a professional coach, and is licensed as a Certified Counselor in WA State. She is an EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) trained specialist (Level I and II) and holds both Mental Health and Equine Specialist certifications.

Beth designs and conducts coaching and training programs for executive development and organizational teams, and specializes in leadership development, team performance, and employee engagement. Her counseling specializations include women, wellness and workplace issues. Beth utilizes her extensive background and education to challenge and support her clients as they reach outside their current reality and transform their work and life.

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, MA, 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.

Merri Beth Vaughn, MA, LPCi, EAGALA, Equine Specialist

Merri Vaughn graduated in 2011 from Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling with a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology. She has received specialized training in somatic psychology, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, human sexuality, and the treatment of trauma. Merri also holds a Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from Carleton College. She is EAGALA certified as both a Mental Health Specialist and an Equine Specialist.

Merri has ten years of experience in the mental health field and has helped clients deal with major mental illness, homelessness, and traumatic brain injury. She completed a year-long internship at the Oregon State Hospital. She has provided therapy, case management, and skills training to adults and adolescents in outpatient, inpatient, and residential settings. In addition to working as a therapist and Equine Specialist at The Center at Heron Hill, Merri has a private practice. She also provides abuse intervention treatment services through a local non-profit organization.

Merri has a life-long passion for horses and the outdoors. She began riding before she could walk, and she continues to spend as much time at the barn as possible. She grew up in the country and has never lost her love of a good hike and a campfire.


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. www.ourinnerlandscape.com 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..