Megan West established RiverBend Wellness, LLC after maintaining a variety of roles within community mental health for over fifteen years.
Megan attended Oregon State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Community Counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC III), and Certified Mental Health Investigator in the state of Oregon.
Ms. West has an eclectic theoretical approach with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She also has extensive training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Collaborative Problem Solving, Motivational Interviewing, Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD).
Megan is a volunteer with the Deschutes County Public Health Reserve Corps, the Oregon State Emergency Response Network of Volunteers (SERV-OR), the Central Oregon EMDR Trauma Recovery Network, and the Central Oregon Critical Incident Stress Management (COCISM) Team.
Megan has significant experience working with both teens and adults addressing symptoms related to depression, anxiety, grief and loss, addictions, eating and weight issues, sexual issues, and trauma and PTSD, while working with and alongside primary care doctors, psychiatrists, schools, case managers, and others through a collaborative care model. For close to a decade, Megan lead the Deschutes County women’s anger management and domestic violence diversion program. She is also trained in facilitating Women’s Seeking Safety classes, as well as alcohol and drug recovery groups. Megan has responded and continues to respond to critical local and state incidents including public/mass shootings, murder/suicide cases, car accidents, fires, and other traumatic events, providing crisis treatment and debriefing support to first responders and community members. She has also been honored to provide internship supervision to Oregon State University Master’s in Counseling students for the past five years.
As a parent of two boys (with one being a teen), Megan understands the many intricacies of the various roles we all hold in our lives. She sees herself more as someone who is a peer with clients, rather than as a “teacher” or “expert”, believing that we truly know and understand ourselves better than anyone, and often just need a little guidance or direction to uncover those answers within.