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.
Laurel Anderson, LCSW, has been a clinical social worker for over 27 years. She feels she has found her “calling” in social work and is glad to have a career that has sustained her passion and interest for all these years. She believes that “listening and providing the support and encouragement to help people make the changes they want to see in their lives is hugely rewarding.” Laurel has worked in many areas of social work including mental health, child welfare, adoptions, medical social work and hospice. Her diverse roles have allowed her to think about the mental health needs of our community, collaborate, and network with other community providers.
Laurel has two children who are in their early twenties and finding their way in the world. She enjoys gardening, cooking, traveling, walking along the river, being at the coast and spending time with family and friends.
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..
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.
Tom founded Lane County’s first employee assistance program in the early 1980s and has since devoted his career to workplace health and safety. He works with companies to develop drug-free workplaces and violence prevention policies while also treating the variety of problems that can impair job performance. Dr. Fauria has trained behavioral health specialists in critical incident stress interventions, substance abuse assessment, and ethics associated with employee assistance program (EAP) practice. Tom joined the Cascade Behavioral Health & EAP team in 2009 and now works as a resource counselor and consults on special projects.
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.
Denise received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Before joining Cascade Behavioral Health, she had a successful career in technology and banking.
Denise works with individuals and couples by taking an integrative approach to therapy. She utilizes evidence-based practices to assist clients in accomplishing their desired goals and to create lives worth living. Her clinical practice focuses on self-esteem, resilience, personal growth, premarital, marital and post-marital therapy, and life transitions such as separation or divorce, trauma, grief and loss. She believes every client can go from “striving to thriving.”
Denise is a National Certified Counselor, member of/belongs to ORCA, ACA, NBCC, Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International.
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.
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.