Meet Our Team
Cascade Behavioral Health & EAP Team
Formerly DIRECTION EAP, this team has provided comprehensive EAP services since 1985. Led by Jodi DePaoli, L.P.C., Cascade Health’s staff includes licensed mental health professionals. Most members of our team have more than 20 years experience providing mental health services in our community.
Jodi began working for Cascade Behavioral Health in 2015 and became Manager of the department in April of 2019. She has a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She enjoys working with adolescents, adults, couples and families. Jodi specializes in the treatment of anxiety, communication, anger management, blended family issues and relationship conflicts using Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness Based Therapy in her work. She believes strongly that people are doing the best they can, and that by gaining more skills and knowledge through counseling and personal work, their best can look even better over time.
Outside of counseling, Jodi enjoys presenting trainings, conflict resolution, and helping employers address workplace problems in order to create a more positive working environment. Jodi enjoys spending time with her husband and four teenagers, walking her dog, practicing yoga, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Prior to joining Cascade Health, Tibor Besskó, MEd, LPC Intern, worked for seventeen years with adolescents and families from diverse backgrounds as a School Counselor. Applying client-centered, trauma informed, and solution-focused approaches, Tibor connects with individual’s inherent goodness, intelligence, and power. From this place, he helps individuals summon their inner resources to address personal and interpersonal issues, move on from stagnant or unfulfilling life situations, heal from past traumas, and unleash personal passions and new areas of self-growth.
Belinda Bliss graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy and has been mental health counselor for more than a decade. As a psychotherapist, Belinda practices from the perspective that the brain, body, and spirit are intimately interwoven. She believes that every person deserves to live a life that is deeply connected to what matters most to them, and she is committed to the art of engaging the beauty and brokenness within our human stories in service of a more free and full participation in life.
She approaches therapy from a strengths-based, collaborative, and holistic perspective and tailors treatment to the unique needs of each individual in order to awaken one’s internal resources, and inspire growth and self-empowerment. She primarily uses systemic theoretical approaches including cognitive-behavioral, relational neuroscience, and mindfulness-based therapy, and specializes in treating mood issues including anxiety and depression, stress reduction, gender and sexual identity, PTSD and trauma recovery, self-worth and life purpose, multicultural and relationship issues, and life stage transitions.
Outside of work, Belinda spends a majority of her time out in nature. She loves to forage in forests, meander beaches, practice yoga and meditation, garden, cook, and spend time with her family.
Erica is finishing a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She enjoys working with couples at all stages of relationships, as well as individuals and adolescents. Erica blends techniques from Gottman and Bowen family therapy theories to help couples achieve better communication and resolve conflicts productively. Her other clinical focuses include helping clients cope with anxiety and depression.
Erica is a Qualified Mental Health Associate, and a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Outside of counseling, Erica enjoys getting outside to snowboard or kayak, testing out new recipes, and watching television with her dog, Brick.
Stephanie holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She enjoys working with people experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma, while understanding that people are doing their best with the tools they currently possess. Stephanie is adept at working with couples, understanding both individuals want to be seen and heard, and works relentlessly to help couples resolve issues and move forward in their relationship. She has experience facilitating training workshops and has previously worked with the United States Army to provide training to military dependents through their Army Family Team Building program. In her free time, she relishes being with her family, reading, and laughing with good friends.
Heather began working at Cascade Behavioral Health as an intern in September of 2017 and became a staff member in August of 2018. She works with families, children, couples, adolescents, LGBT, and seniors. She has extensive background working with people living with HIV/AIDS and substance use issues. She specializes in anxiety, depression, end of life, grief and loss, life transitions, and life skills. Heather uses evidenced based practices and expressive arts in her practice. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Portland State University and a Liberal Arts degree with emphasis in Fine Arts and Life Sciences from The Evergreen State College.
Tori holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and believes that healing takes place within a relationship. Dedicated to a trauma-informed, strengths-based approach, she values connecting clients with their full potential and the wealth of strengths lying within. Before joining the Cascade Behavioral Health team, Tori worked with adolescents in mental health crisis, and has a passion for working with youth, young adults in transition, and those with family of origin trauma. She is also experienced in working with anxiety, depression, OCD, self-harm, parenting, life changes and self-compassion.
Susan has worked at Cascade Behavioral Health & EAP since 1997. She provides guidance for conflict resolution and organizational development, as well as critical incident and grief debriefings in the workplace. She is a mediator, trainer and facilitator. For 16 years, she was the bereavement and volunteer coordinator for Cascade Health Hospice. She has extensive experience providing bereavement support and grief counseling to children, adults and groups and going into the work-site where she helps groups – employees and supervisors – respond to the news of a death of a colleague or family member’s diagnosis with a terminal illness.
Ann has practiced clinical social work for 25 years. She began her career in Boulder, Colorado working with chronic pain and mild brain injury clients. She has experience with young adults, adults and seniors. She has been a contributing member of multi disciplinary teams responsible for direct service and program development. Work settings include inpatient psychiatric hospitals, mental health centers, addiction recovery centers and the justice system. She skilled in treating trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety and life transitions. Ann moved to Eugene Oregon in 2015 and began working with Cascade Health in 2016.
Jeff began his clinical practice in the Eugene /Springfield area in 1988, initially specializing in work with adolescents and families at the Sacred Heart Adolescent Recovery Program, S.H.A.R.P. He began employee assistance counseling in 1995, and started work at Cascade Behavioral Health & EAP in 2014. His specialties include work with individuals, couples and families. His clinical focus includes treatment of anxiety, depression, stress and anger management, grief, and life transitions. He has extensive experience assisting clients and families in addressing substance abuse.
Jennifer joined the Cascade Behavioral Health & EAP team in May of 2017. She works with children, adolescents, and seniors. She has experience working with domestic violence, abuse, family conflict, depression, bi-polar disorder, substance abuse, developmental/intellectual disorders, and brain injuries.
Bob received his Master’s in Marital and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University in 1985 and became an AAMFT Approved Supervisor in 2007. He joined Cascade Behavioral Health after several decades working in Addiction Treatment and private practice. Bob works from a family systems, cognitive behavioral framework. He draws upon Attachment Theory and is trained in EMDR interventions. His message to you: “Are you …Anxious? …Depressed? Does it seem that you are in constant conflict with your partner? Is there a growing distance in your relationship? Do you seem to be in perpetual turmoil with your children? Are you hurting and life is just not what you had hoped it would be? What you had envisioned for your life may still be possible. I look forward to working with you toward that future. I work every day with individuals, couples and families who are facing seemingly impossible challenges. I want to be your ‘partner for hope’. ”
In his spare time, Bob enjoys doing home improvement projects, fishing, golf and kayaking. He also has a Yorkie puppy that keeps his life unpredictable.
David has been a clinical social worker for over 25 years having provided in-home counseling services to older adults and persons with physical disabilities. David specializes in coping with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, chronic health issues, pain, and memory loss. David’s extensive professional history is all-inclusive to various communities and includes working with matters related to sexuality, gender, and substance use. Having lived previously in Metro-Detroit Michigan, David has experience providing support and guidance to both rural and urban communities.
Val has 25 years of combined work in the area of Social Services and Clinical Social Work. The early years consisted of work with at-risk first birth parents with the Relief Nursery in Eugene and Lifeworks NW in Portland. She worked in Portland for the 13 years in hospitals, and most recently a large outpatient clinic providing counseling. As a clinician, she has expertise in the areas of trauma, stress, depression, anxiety, life transitions, pregnancy, postpartum, couples, chronic pain, LGBTQ, geriatric mental health, grief and loss, end of life planning, nutrition, movement, caregiver compassion fatigue.
Val uses Attachment Theory, Mindfulness Practices, Family Systems, Cognitive Behavior Theory, Solution Focused, Feminist Theory, and practices a Trauma Informed Approach. She has taught Diabetes Education and Weight Loss Classes, and brings this knowledge into her clinical practice.
Val is a mother, and grandmother of four beautiful children. She is a Certified Nia Technique Moving to Heal Instructor, Yoga Instructor and Professional Photographer. Val loves gardening, swimming in lakes and rivers, hiking, biking, and time with friends and family.