MEET THE WIDENING CIRCLES TEAM
ILONA CSAPO, MD | MEDICAL DIRECTOR AND PSYCHIATRIST
Ilona Csapo, MD, is a nationally renowned, Dartmouth-trained psychiatrist, addictionologist and treatment consultant with many years of experience working with buprenorphine, addiction, and dually-diagnosed conditions.
She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Dartmouth Medical School in 2002 and completed a general psychiatry residency at University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM in 2006. She decided to become a certified Suboxone provider in 2004 after witnessing the positive impact it had on patients' lives. Dr. Csapo is board certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (#59210) and with the American Board of Addiction Medicine (#2010112). She is also a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the North Carolina Medical Society.
Dr. Csapo offers individual psychiatry for adults and specializes in providing compassionate, experienced and customized psychiatric care for a range of mental health and addiction-related conditions. She is comfortable and competent in treating dually-diagnosed patients - from an acute onset of symptoms to the management of chronic mental illness. At times, clients come wanting to minimize or taper their psychiatric medications. Dr. Csapo is committed to working with each patient to meet individualized goals in a safe and responsible manner.
In her free time, Dr. Csapo loves mountain biking, hiking, swimming, reading and spending time with her handsome Irish Wolfhound Sam and sweet hound mix, Isaa.
APRIL EASTER, LCMHC-S, LCAS | CLINICAL DIRECTOR AND PSYCHOTHERAPIST
April provides relationship based individual, group, couples and family counseling. Her areas of expertise include integrated care for mental health and addictions, trauma recovery, EMDR, enhancing motivation for change as well as challenges of intimacy and relationships. April is also experienced in counseling and support for those with thought disorders such as schizophrenia.
She is trained in intervention and treatment for chemical addiction as well as sex and video game/technology addiction.
April was Clinical Director for the Cooperriis 85Z and Asheville Community Program for several years. Her role was to ascertain that quality clinical support was provided to community members. She also served as an Addictions Specialist for the Asheville branch which included integrated care for people who have challenges with both addiction and mental health challenges.
It is not surprising that April has played a key role in the creation and direction of Widening Circles. Her expertise and passions have come together to offer quality care in collaboration with the other Widening Circles providers.
KIM SKELTON, LCMHC-S, LCAS | PROGRAM DIRECTOR AND PSYCHOTHERAPIST
As a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor (LCMHC-S) and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS), Kim's driving force is helping others create a life worth living. Kim has advanced training in trauma and addiction, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) and in Chinese Stone and Crystal Medicine (Level 3) through Clarity Stone Medicine with teacher Sarah Thomas, L.Ac.
Kim's educational background includes earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (2003) and a Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling (2005) from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL, where she grew up. Before moving to Asheville in 2011, she lived in Atlanta where she worked in a university setting, community mental health center and later school-based mental health. Prior to building her practice in Asheville, she worked in a community health setting providing outpatient mental health and substance dependence therapy in a clinic, school-setting and a domestic violence shelter.
Kim is actively involved with the NC Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddling, gardening, photography, writing and playing with her furry, four-legged-children, Merlin, Simon, and Linus. More information about Kim's individual therapy practice can be found at kimskelton.com.
LISA HARKEMA, LCMHC | PSYCHOTHERAPIST
Lisa offers a welcoming and safe space for all people, from all walks of life. She works with a variety of issues, from depression and anxiety, to self harm, trauma and relationship challenges. She works together with her clients and uses a variety of tools and techniques to support one's journey, including EMDR, DBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Lisa received a BA in Psychology from Calvin College in Michigan; then attended the University at Albany, SUNY, where she received her MS in Counseling. Her graduate research was in the area of Experiential Therapy, which reflects her love of adventure and belief that significant personal growth can emerge from challenging situations. Her background working in an integrative, residential community helps her to take a holistic approach to counseling, recognizing how the mind and body are connected.
When not at work, Lisa enjoy spending time with my family. Gardening and mountain biking are tools that help keep me grounded. I also love technology and science fiction, and am proud to be a geek.
More information about Lisa's individual therapy practice can be found at lisaharkema.com.
TEVA HITE, LCMHC | PSYCHOTHERAPIST
Teva Hite, MS, LCMHC, is an outpatient therapist in Asheville, NC. Teva is trained to provide professional, relevant, and effective counseling services for children, adolescents, adults, and families. Teva’s areas of interest include: mood disorders, attention disorders, trauma, grief, self-identity and spirituality. Teva has completed extensive training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidenced-based treatment for trauma.
Teva specializes in the use of neurofeedback technology and EMDR to support a broad range of neurologically and/or psychologically traumatized clients within her clinical practice.
Teva’s theoretical orientation is rooted in providing a safe, supportive place for all individuals, clinically drawing from a wide range of theories and practices, including: neurobiology, expressive arts, existential counseling, feminist therapy, person-centered therapy, and family systems.
Prior to her training as neurofeedback therapist, Teva worked in the community mental health setting since 2001, including intensive in home therapy, family reunification and visitation coaching, and community support. Teva has experience also working with adults with developmental disabilities using expressive art therapy.
TRICIA OSTERBERGER, LCSW, LCAS, CCS | PSYCHOTHERAPIST
Tricia received their Master of Social Work from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as well as a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist. They have worked in the area of mental health and substance for the past seventeen years and have a private practice focused on serving LGBTQ+ individuals and those with addiction. They have extensive experience working with the complex issues of early recovery from mental health/addiction, facilitating family healing, and the specific needs of those on the LGBTQ+ spectrum. When they're not working with others, they spend time on their farm with their partner and dog, Roux.
More information about Tricia's individual therapy practice can be found at https://sagecounselingavl.com.
LIZ GUNN | INTUITIVE ASTROLOGER
Like so many involved in healing work, Liz's background is varied, experiential and distinctly unique. She has learned that there is no better teacher than life itself. She's traveled a long road to arrive home to a place of integrated lived experience and can share with you the uncommon wisdom found along the way. She believes in the value found through the power of discernment and the importance of paying attention to the cycles of change and transformation. The practical application of the living wisdom contained in ordinary reality is the cornerstone of her offerings.
In 1986, at the age of 24, she helped organize the Adult Children of Alcoholics movement in Savannah, Georgia. This was the doorway that led her into the realm of spiritual exploration, personal growth and healing as a way of life. Her entry into the world of Astrology followed shortly thereafter. This combination, beginning with ACOA, astrology, extensive therapy and psychospiritual development, set the course for her growing passion to understand the “why” of existence.
Liz's work as a whole brings together a quality of understanding that facilitates a shift towards more authentic self- knowledge. It’s a deeply affirming, loving and compassionate experience to explore your astrological blueprint with her. She is a big believer in the practical application of spiritual wisdom so you can face your life with courage, faith and grace. The knowing that every single experience is absolutely bringing you into contact with your highest Self is what connects you to the essence of All That Is. Please see Liz's website for more information about her intuitive astrology practice.
KURT JAMES, BSW | COACH / WILDERNESS THERAPY GUIDE & PSYCHOTHERAPIST INTERN
Kurt practices from a strengths-based perspective, allowing clients to harness their own power in creating change in their lives. Integrating transpersonal theory and therapeutic work in the outdoors opens space for clients to find connection to nature, to others, and ultimately to themselves. Kurt has worked in wilderness therapy since 2014. He has provided neurofeedback in a transitional living facility for young adults with attachment concerns.
Kurt grew up in western North Carolina and received a bachelor’s in social work (BSW) from Appalachian State University in 2013. He is currently pursuing a master’s in social work with a concentration in substance abuse treatment. Kurt is drawn to the helping profession to share his experience, strength, and hope with others. He enjoys working with others to develop a relationship with the natural world.
In his spare time, Kurt enjoys hiking and backpacking with his wife and their dog, playing drums and guitar, and cooking.
DANA RIDER, CSAC | RECOVERY COACH & MENTOR
Dana grew up in a small town in upstate New York. He struggled with addiction and the legal system for years until getting sober in 2007. Since then, he has made it his life's purpose to help those dealing with addictions to find their way. Dana worked as a Wilderness Therapy Guide for years and eventually opened up his own substance abuse/mental health aftercare program for young men in 2009. He ran that business until 2016.
Dana is now a Life Coach, Mentor, Sober Companion and Crossfit Coach. He is well-versed with in working with people from all walks of life. His work ethic reflects integrity and genuine empathy. He easily relates to those in the throws of addiction/trauma and is armed with the knowledge to provide a sense of ease to people during their difficult transition to a life in recovery.
In his spare time, you can find him working at Crossfit Pisgah or enjoying the wilderness with his wife, two young children, and their two dogs.
BECKY SINGER, BA | COACH & PSYCHOTHERAPIST INTERN
Becky comes to Widening Circles with nearly a decade of experience working in the mental health field working in several direct-care and, supervisory, and clinical capacities ranging from community mental health, sober-living programming, and residential care. She is currently a graduate student at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Asheville, NC, studying clinical mental health counseling. She brings a passion for person-centered therapy, honoring each client as an individual capable of harnessing their own strength and resilience to enact change. Becky aims to empower clients to recognize their own areas for growth and create a partnership to work towards their aspirations and goals. She is excited about bringing this experience to the role of Coach with Widening Circles as well as embarking on a more formal therapy role with the team.
Becky has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College Chicago. Growing up just outside of Chicago, Becky moved to Asheville 11 years ago after being drawn to the mountains and a career in mental health. When she’s not working or studying, Becky enjoys hiking and finding ways to be creative through writing, reading, fiber arts, or cooking.
OFFICE MANAGER & ADMISSIONS COORDINATOR
HANNAH ALEXANDER, BA | OFFICE MANGER & ADMISSIONS COORDINATOR
With an extensive background in serving the public, Hannah’s greatest joy in life is helping others. She believes the human connection is the most important aspect of our time on Earth, and that it is our responsibility to lift each other up throughout our journey. She brings this idea to her work by making herself available to assist clients and clinicians, alike, both administratively as well as emotionally. Hannah grew up in Indiana and attended Indiana University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in the philosophy of religion. The eclectic mix of people and the expansive spiritual community have led Hannah to plant her roots here in Asheville where she has lived happily for the last four years.
Hannah supports the inner workings of Widening Circles on a daily basis and assists staff and clients with their ever changing needs. She is the friendly voice who answers the phone and helps direct inquiries, troubleshoot concerns, and provide initial information to clients or others seeking care, amongst a host of other myraid tasks and responsibilities.
When she is not at work, you will find Hannah hiking with her dog, Sadie, or spending time with her family.