Meet all of the TherapyAid clinicians that will be available at the Ride For Peace of Mind & First Responder Preparedness Summit in Tuscon, AZ. June 6-12
Jen Silacci is the founder of Therapy Aid Coalition, a 501©(3)nonprofit offering free therapy to essential workers. Specializing in the treatment of trauma, she has been in private practice for over 17 years. Jen has trained in NYC at The Women's Therapy Centre Institute, The Trauma Studies Program at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapies, and she is trained in EMDR and Somatic Experiencing. With a dear uncle who is a Vietnam veteran, former undercover drug enforcement agent, and retired highway patrol officer, she is thrilled to be present in Tucson to support first responders.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado and went on to get my Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC), a Certified EMDR therapist, and an Emergency Responder and Public Safety Certified Clinician (ERPSCC). I have worked in a variety of settings, including adolescent detention centers, residential treatment centers, day treatment centers, outpatient centers, and schools. I mainly serve first
responders and athletes who have issues related to trauma and/or addictions.
In addition to my clinical work, I respond to both natural and human caused disasters to help support victims experiencing traumatic responses to those events. I have also been a Wilderness First Responder for over 10 years and I am working on starting a wilderness therapy program for youth and their families. I am passionate about healing trauma with the power of human connection while also utilizing evidence-based approaches, such as, EMDR, CBT, Solution-Focused, Motivational Interviewing, and Functional Family Therapy. When I'm not at work, I'm spending as much time as possible outside. I love to go mountain biking, backcountry snowboarding, trail running, and backpacking.
My name is Jessica Bassett and I am a Licensed Associate Marriage & Family Therapist. In my professional career, I work primarily with couples and teens and truly enjoy helping each person I meet. I chose to become a therapist shortly after becoming a first responder (EMT & dispatcher). As a first responder, I met so many people struggling with various challenges, traumas, and life altering accidents. It was at that moment I knew I wanted to help people process and overcome these challenges and help them throughout their healing journey. I specialize in systemic approaches, applying CBT and DBT methods, utilize Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and have received specialized training in Family Based Treatment and CBT-E.
I live in Georgia with my husband, Randy, and our three kids (Boston 12, Benton 8, Breckenridge 7). I enjoy yoga, bike rides, hiking, and camping in the north Georgia mountains.
Hollee Hagen developed a passion for mental health during her time at the University of Arizona, where she earned her masters degree in psychology. Her experience encompasses a multitude of different areas of mental health, including; crisis work in emergency departments, substance abuse, residential treatment facilities, private practice and a nonprofit working to end homelessness. Additionally, she has personal ties to the first responder community, having a brother who was in the police force.
During her time in Arizona, Hollee began to get involved in the cycling community, finding peace and balance while on her bike. Her love for cycling and her competitive nature led her to completing a half Ironman in 2019. When she is not working or on her bike, Hollee spends her time skiing, rock climbing, and hiking with her dog Barlow. Hollee grew up outside of St. Louis, MO, and currently resides in Steamboat Springs, CO.
I am a Licensed Master Social Worker and certified in Trauma Stress Studies, which I received from the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Boston. I earned my graduate degree in Social Work at Fordham University and my undergraduate degree at West Virginia University. My practice modalities include; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma Focused CBT. I also believe in bringing in a more holistic approach and focusing on mindfulness and being connected on all levels. Mind, body, and soul.
Sydney James, LCSW is a psychotherapist specializing in trauma, anxiety, and healthy relationships in her private practice Black On Black Therapy PLLC. Sydney has dedicated her career to mental health access through technology, trauma treatment, and social justice. Additionally, she is a consultant and speaker on mental health and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Sydney attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received her Master of Social Work. Sydney comes from a family of first responders and understands personally and professionally the importance of emphasizing mental health and wellness in the first responder community. She enjoys biking, traveling, fitness, and yoga in her free time.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and the owner of a small group practice in Auburn, Alabama. I earned my Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Auburn University. In addition to providing therapy for teens and adults, I have experience as a fitness specialist and personal trainer. This unique combination of experience has allowed for a deeper connection within the therapeutic relationship, allowing for a more holistic and mindful experience. In my free time, I enjoy staying active, traveling, and spending quality time with my family.
Claire Ramos is a dedicated and compassionate Licensed Mental Health Counselor with 20 years of experience providing crisis intervention, and therapeutic services to at-risk youth, military, young adults, couples, and families in traditional and non-traditional settings.
Bruce Lee's saying, "Be Like Water.. Flow" describes Claire’s vision for healing. She has spent many years showing up for the individual client, couple, family in various settings to include Wilderness Therapy, active duty military, and residential treatment. Currently she runs her own teletherapy private practice Summit Sessions Counseling, PLLC reaching folks that would otherwise not access services.
Not only is Claire a dedicated therapist, but she is also an Army Veteran. Her personality is present with the services she provides, as she's intentionally learned from many populations in order to be effective in holding space for others to feel safe and understood. Claire works to incorporate experiential therapy into each session whether it be in person or teletherapy.
Anne L. Wennerstrand, MS, MSW, LCSW-R is a psychotherapist in private practice in Mount Kisco, NY. She has over 25 years experience and expertise working with adolescents and adults struggling with a variety of issues including trauma, eating problems, anxiety and depression. Ms. Wennerstrand was the co-founder and co-director of the two-year, post-graduate, relational psychotherapy training program entitled The Embodied Psyche, offered by the Women’s Therapy Centre Institute in New York City. Her writing has been published in Dance Magazine, the Dance Insider, the Journal of the American Dance Therapy Association, Eating Disorders: Journal of Treatment & Prevention and the Encyclopedia of Mind-Body Disciplines among others. Her clinical work is informed by the principals of harm reduction, intersectionality, social justice, mindfulness, non-judgmental inquiry and compassion for self and other. She is a passionate advocate for individuals struggling with severe mental illness and founded “Talbot Advocacy” with her sister Colleen Lord, in memory of her nephew Carl Robert Talbot.
Matt Wheeler has been practicing as a Counselor since 2012. He studied Trauma, Abuse, and Deprivation as his concentration in his graduate program. His post graduate work has focused on attachment work and helping others connect with their partners, family, friends and even coworkers and strangers to make life less lonely and more fulfilling. He happens to be a Certified Sex Addiction therapist and understands peoples desire to cope through pain. Matt has learned to focus on healthy ways of coping through his own struggles by getting connection with loved ones and friends and has used cycling throughout his life as a way to experience freedom within. Matt has worked with many 1st responders over his career which has come mostly from word of mouth. Matt enjoys helping 1st responders with the unique and often difficult to explain circumstances that they encounter and the traumatic ways they are affected.