Dr. J Huffine is a Licensed Psychologist who has worked as a mental health professional for 22 years. He has been employed as a wilderness therapist and clinical director for the past seven years. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Texas in 1977, teaching high school for four years following that. He attended the University of North Texas in the early eighties and obtained a Master’s Degree and Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology. His graduate school research centered upon learning disabilities and academic underachievement. J worked as a School Psychologist for several years following graduate school. His primary area of expertise was with Special Education populations, especially students with Learning Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Dr. Huffine worked in private practice for 12 years, mostly with children and adolescents. He started working in a therapeutic wilderness program in Texas in 1998. His current professional interests are primarily related to utilizing wilderness in the therapeutic treatment of the more clinically complicated adolescents, including those who may be socially challenged, those with depression, anxiety disorders, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and also talented and gifted adolescents.
J enjoys many activities, most of which are outdoors, including backpacking, rock climbing, white water sports, mountain biking, snowboarding, and photographing wildlife.
Michael Griffin (or Griff as he is known) was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. Griff has been with Second Nature Wilderness Program since August of 2002. He started with the Uintas program as a field instructor in the Utah desert after working as a “Detox Counselor” at an inpatient chemical dependency treatment center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he worked to help clients cultivate adaptive and healthy behaviors in efforts to help achieve long-term sobriety.
Between spells as a field instructor at the Uintas program, he finished his Bachelors Degree in Education from Eastern Michigan University with a concentration in social studies and history at the Secondary Level. After teaching in an inner city setting Griff found that his best memories of teaching were in the wilderness setting away from all of the distractions that allow kids to avoid facing issues head on. Griff returned to Second Nature in the fall of 2006 when he joined the field department at the Cascades program. In his time working as a Senior Field Instructor, Griff enrolled into the Masters in Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Program at Oregon State University. After completing his Masters Degree Griff earned an additional certification as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC III). Griff has worked as a history teacher, wrestling coach, Detox Counselor, field staff and clinical assistant. He now works as the Primary Therapist in Group 3 at Second Nature Cascades.
Sabrina Marie Hadeed, MA, LPC, NCC is a Licensed Professional Counselor (#C2777) and Nationally Certified Counselor. She received her M.A. in Psychology from Seattle University in 2006 and B.A. in Psychology also from Seattle University in 2001. She is currently a PhD candidate at Oregon State University, focusing on counselor education and supervision. Sabrina has been working in the counseling field for over ten years. Throughout her training there has been an emphasis on mindfulness based and person-centered therapy, group counseling approaches, the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents, trauma work with children and adolescents, and family therapy. Before joining Second Nature, her experience included working in a child and adolescent residential treatment center, crisis call center, in-school day treatment program, and an outpatient community mental health agency both as an adolescent therapist specializing in strengthening family systems and as a Clinical Supervisor, focusing on strength-based supervision.
Sabrina's approach to counseling is diverse, down to earth, straight forward, and compassionate. She prides herself on strength-based approaches and empowering her clients to realize their full potential. In addition to practical applications, she is committed to using evidence-based treatment approaches. Her foundation for counseling comes from an existential-phenomenological approach which, loosely translated, means that to find meaning in one's life one must examine the phenomenon (experience) of living. Sabrina also maintains a mind-body wellness approach, with the belief that the body is a powerful container in how it holds and manifests past experiences, and can be a critical tool for exploration and healing. Supporting this perspective, she includes yoga therapy modalities in some of her work with clients and has participated in multiple "Yoga Calm Therapist" trainings.
Sabrina has a passion for working with families and teens with underlying issues of trauma, low self-esteem, body image issues, communication issues, anxiety, anger management, and depression. Additional training and experience counseling teens and families includes: Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), Cognitive-behavioral (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment (ACT), dialectic behavioral (DBT), Brief Solution-focused, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Exposure (NET), play, art, wilderness, and existential therapies.
Additionally, Sabrina's values for community, family, and mind-body wellness continue to influence her work as a therapist. When she is not working she enjoys oil painting, hiking, yoga, kayaking, fishing, mountain biking, reading, extreme hammocking, spending time with her family and her beloved Golden Retriever, Dexter. One of her favorite quotes by influential American psychologist, Rollo May, is: "the most effective way to ensure the value of the future is to confront the present courageously and constructively".
Peter was born in Richmond, Virginia, near the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. After graduating from high school, he moved across the country to go to school at the University of Oregon, where he earned a BA in Environmental Studies. After college, his love for the outdoors led him to do trail maintenance with adolescents through the Forest Service. Shortly thereafter, a friend enticed him to join Second Nature Cascades as a field Instructor in 2006. In 5 years, Peter promoted up through all the Instructor positions, assuming the Field Director role, managed operations, training and supervising new Instructors, and helped develop the nascent Cascades program.
In 2011, Peter left Second Nature Cascades to pursue a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Oregon State University. While earning his degree, he worked with adolescents at Bridges Academy, a therapeutic boarding school in Sisters, Oregon. During this period, Peter worked with clients with severe and persistent mental illnesses in a secure psychiatric facility in Bend.
Peter met his wife Leah the second day he was in Oregon back in 1999. They have two dogs- Jo Jo, a Doberman, and Watson, a miniature pinscher. When Peter has any free time at all, he enjoys woodworking, camping, hiking, mountain biking, playing the guitar, and trying to form new garage bands in Bend, Oregon.
Peter assures his adolescent clients "your past only explains your present; it does not determine your future."