• Residential Treatment Center for Teens 14-17

Clinical Team

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Executive Clinical Director

Jenny Selent, LMFT

Jenny is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Since 2008 Jenny has been helping families and individuals suffering from the severe symptoms of trauma. She has also dedicated much time to developing and implementing relationship-based, trauma-informed programming for the young women at Solstice RTC and Solstice East. Jenny has specialized training in EMDR and Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Areas of expertise include trauma, attachment, family systems, and a variety of women’s issues such as self-harm, body image, identity, and relationship issues. At the foundation of Jenny’s approach as a therapist are two beliefs: 1. Healthy relationships can facilitate healing and 2. Healing can facilitate healthy relationships. When not working, she can typically be found hiking, enjoying the mountains, or playing on her hobby farm with her beautiful children and wonderful husband.

Assistant Clinical & Equine Director, Primary Therapist

Georgia DeFrancia, M.S.W., LCSW

Georgia DeFrancia, a Colorado native, has been living in Western North Carolina for 10 years. She received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver and has over 15 years of experience in the mental health field with a specific focus on children, adolescents and families in both out patient and residential settings. She has extensive experience working with anxiety, depression, trauma and emotion regulation disorders. Georgia is rostered as a Trauma Focused CBT clinician and is in the midst of becoming certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). In addition, Georgia incorporates equine assisted psychotherapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy into her work. She truly believes that her clients have the wisdom and skills within them to overcome their struggles. Outside the office Georgia enjoys skiing, hiking and creating memories with her family.

Primary Therapist

Becky Miller, LPC

Becky has several years experience working with adolescents, teens, and young adults in a variety of settings. She started her work with youth in Chicago, where she also received her BA in acting and directing from Columbia College. During this time, Becky witnessed the powerful connection between art, self-expression and healing. She received her MA in Clinical mental Health Counseling, with a concentration in Marriage/Family Therapy. Becky became a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Certified Expressive Art Therapist. She recently received training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as extensive training in Adolescent/teen Sexualized Behavioral issues. Through her work in treating the individual with depression, anxiety, trauma, defiance, autism spectrum, and substance use, a common thread was found: the healing presence of connection and relationships are the true source of the healing process during those tender and resilient years of development toward adulthood. This evidence lead Becky to Solstice East, where she practices individual, family, and group therapy. Becky enjoys traveling, photography, writing, and spending time with friends and family. She loves the mountains and hiking with her sweet pup, Jetta

Primary Therapist

Sarah Bolick, MSW, LCSW

Sarah is a graduate of The University of Chicago, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work. While an intern, Sarah worked in public schools with elementary and middle school aged children to improve social and emotional well-being through trauma-informed psychotherapy. After graduating, Sarah re-located to North Carolina where she provided Intensive In-Home and Outpatient services to families in rural Appalachia. Sarah believes that healthy relationships are key in the healing process, and is grateful to be part of the Solstice team where the creation of healthy relationships is an integral part of treatment.  When not working, Sarah enjoys backpacking, rafting and hiking in the beautiful mountains of NC.

Primary Therapist

Anna White, MSW, LCAS, LCSW

Anna is an undergraduate and graduate from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. As an undergraduate she was a  Child Welfare Scholar. She worked in inpatient as well as outpatient with a focus on mental health and substance abuse. She has LCAS substance abuse specialty, is EMDR trained, utilizes DBT, CBT and enjoys facilitating group therapy. In her free time Anna enjoys reading, being outside, spending time with family

Primary Therapist

Bethany Shingleton, MSW, LCSWA

Bethany graduated from UNC-Wilmington with a degree in Social Work and spent time interning in public schools with middle school girls working to prevent relational aggression. She also worked with youth in residential YMCA summer camps, wilderness therapy programs and developmental daycare facilities as well as being a nanny across the US. Bethany is passionate about learning creative ways to help young people communicate and understand their feelings more effectively so they can live bright and full, loving lives. She is excited to be in Asheville with Solstice East, and feels very strongly about good attitudes, good food, all colors, spontaneous travel and outdoor ventures.

Primary Therapist

Caitlin Crolley, MSW, LCSW

Caitlin received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work at Kennesaw State University, in Georgia. While completing school, she worked at both non-profit and government agencies serving children and youth affected by violence and trauma. During her graduate program, she provided services at a domestic violence center, co-developing a children’s program and providing therapeutic, academic and experiential services to adolescents living in transitional housing. Post-graduation, she relocated to Western North Carolina where she worked in community mental health, serving youth and families in outpatient and intensive in-home settings. It was then that she realized her passion for working with teens and sexual violence survivors. She later transitioned to work as the lead counselor for a rape crisis center, where she strengthened her knowledge and expertise on the long-term effects of trauma on the brain, body, and mind and how to heal from traumatic sexual experiences. Caitlin’s work is trauma focused and strengths based. She is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Yoga for Resiliency and Trauma, as well as pulls from many other treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and psychotherapy. During Caitlin’s free-time, she enjoys yoga, writing, hiking, singing, being with friends and family, and snuggling with her dog, Lula Mae.

Primary Therapist

Mark Dunn, M.C., LPC, LCMHC, LSUDC

Mark has worked in behavioral health and therapeutic settings for over Thirty years. He entered the behavioral health field in a direct care capacity, learning the important role of creating structure and ensures client safety. Being in the direct care role for over fifteen years helped him understand that relationship building and positive regard are at the heart of any therapeutic relationship. In 1997, he received the Licensed Substance Use Disorder Counselor Credential and began serving as a substance abuse counselor and program coordinator. During this time, Mark took on his first counseling responsibilities and began learning the intricacies of the addictions field. After several years of counseling he was asked to create new addictions programming and structure, which initiated some of the first programming that focused on core issues and executive functioning skills in a recovery atmosphere. Mark continued his education and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling, and thereafter received the Clinical Mental Health Counselor License. Mark has received training in many modalities to help those with trauma including EMDR and Trauma Focused CBT. Loosing his father at an early age inspired Mark to develop and facilitate workshops on working though grief and loss. During his time at Solstice East Mark has been involved in Family Systems, Experiential and Grief and Loss groups. “Patience, a desire to learn, and a sense of humor are at the heart of my success.” In the latter part of his career, Mark has had the privilege to mentor and supervise other therapists. He feels that providing the benefit of his experience to others is a way for him to give back to all those who have mentored him. Mark has had the privilege of working with hundreds of families and many of these families reach out to him years after treatment to provide updates or ask advice. Mark believe this is one of the highest compliments that can be paid to a helping professional, and he continues to be humbled at being a part of the healing process for families.

Equine Specialist

Terry Kozak, B.A., ES

Terry grew up in Lincoln, NE then moved to Fort Collins, CO where she graduated from Colorado State University (CSU) with a Bachelors in Sociology. Terry worked in community mental health with children and families for a few years and then ran a not-for-profit foster care agency for ten years. Terry has always been drawn to horses and began riding at a young age. She took equine equitation classes at CSU and has been taking private lessons ever since. She has always dreamed of blending her love for horses and her devotion to helping children and families, she now feels she has the perfect job as an Equine Specialist at Solstice East. Terry is certified in EAGALA and Trauma Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy; she is passionate about equine therapy and has seen first hand how horses change lives. With a background in natural horsemanship, Terry has been partnering and dancing with horses for over 20 years. Terry enjoys spending time outside hiking, running and at home on her farm with her husband, 2 children, horses, dogs, cats, chickens, goats, llamas, etc….

Specialty Groups Therapist

Susan Elaine, M.Ed., LMFT

Susan Elaine completed her B.A. degree in Psychology/Sociology at Emory and Henry College, Emory, Va. After several happy years as a stay-at-home parent, she completed her Masters of Education degree, with a specialty in Marriage and Family Therapy, at East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, Tn. Her training, in the interaction between individuals and systems, led her to identify a therapeutic gap in the unique developmental needs of adolescent girls and young women. After completing licensure as a marriage and family therapist, she focused her training and her passion on issues particular to adolescent girls, including disordered eating, body dysmorphia, trauma, and self-harm. She worked in a service-based counseling center, a private practice, and most recently in the Dept. of Psychiatry at the Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City. She co-founded an eating disorder coalition in N.E. Tennessee, and created an eating disorder resource and provider network in her region. As a woman, daughter, sister, and mother, Susan believes in the intuitive power of the female spirit. She recognizes the power of healing, within a safe, trusting, and compassionate relationship, and deeply values the role of connectedness and mutual support. She remains committed to the valuable work of empowering girls and women within the sacred context of the healing journey.


Tiffany Sauls, MD

Dr. Tiffany Sauls is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with a focus on integrative approaches to diagnosis and treatment of adolescent mental health issues. Not only does she provide medication management, she also assesses for nutritional deficiencies, environmental toxins, and food sensitivities that can contribute to mental health problems. She approaches psychiatry from a holistic model, using medications sparingly and only after contributing factors have been addressed and corrected. Dr. Sauls is originally from Atlanta, Georgia and completed her undergraduate degree at Davidson College in North Carolina. She attended medical school at the Medical College of Georgia and completed residency in Pediatrics, Adult Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Kentucky. She is board certified in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry, Adult Psychiatry and Integrative Medicine. Dr. Sauls worked in adolescent psychiatric residential treatment in Corvallis, Oregon for three years prior to moving to North Carolina in 2013. She lives in Asheville with her husband, two young children, and four animals. She enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, biking, kayaking and picnicking. She is very excited to be a part of the outstanding team of mental health professionals at Solstice East.


Mona Rice, MD

Dr. Rice is a board certified child & adolescent psychiatrist who completed her medical residency in psychiatry & medical fellowship in child & adolescent psychiatry at the Brody School of  Medicine in East Carolina University.  She has expertise in child & adolescent development & psychiatric disorders.Dr. Rice has been a licensed practitioner since 2006. She initially conducted her outpatient practice for 5 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 2012, she has been treating children & adolescents in Western North Carolina. Dr. Rice strives to use a reasonable amount of medications that will enhance functioning while minimizing adverse effects. She collaborates with the therapeutic team & counsels her patients to utilize skills learned from therapy.

Transition Coach

Danielle Andrews, MA, LPC, CFTP

Before pursuing her deeper passions in counseling, Danielle worked for 12-years in the business sector, specializing in Labor/Employee Relations, Leadership Development, Mediation, Collective Bargaining, and Employment Law. Since 2008, Danielle has worked enthusiastically with adolescents, young adults, and families in wilderness programs, private practice, schools, and treatment settings. She is thrilled to combine her background in conflict resolution, systemic change management, counseling, and transitions to her role at Solstice East. Specializations include: addiction, anxiety, spectrum disorders, complex PTSD, borderline personality disorder, and attachment. Danielle is EMDR trained and Certified as a Family Trauma Professional (CFTP). “Character cannot be determined in ease and quiet; only through the experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” –Helen Keller

Primary Therapist

Zac Tompkins

Zac is a graduate of Western Carolina University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. He first worked in community mental health with the entire spectrum of client presenting issues. This experience created in him early awareness of the critical impact of traumatic events and painful relational experiences in childhood and adolescence on mental health issues later in life. Since then, he has focused his practice on trauma work and attachment repair, working at a rape crisis center serving survivors of sexual violence and in private practice. Core to his therapeutic work is the formation of a warm, trusting relationship grounded in safety and respect. He uses mindfulness-based interventions, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help clients redefine their relationship with their thoughts, feelings, relationships, and history. He also uses Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing to help clients create distance from painful experiences and foster more adaptive perspectives of their lives. He’s skilled at working with depression, anxiety, trauma, and issues of identity and self-esteem that so many adolescents face. He hopes to help his clients identify and express their closely held values and increase their capacity to form caring, mutually healthy relationships. When he’s not working, you can find him in the woods, spending time with friends and family, playing with his two dogs, or adventuring on his motorcycle.

Primary Therapist, LCSWA, LCASA

Kaity Vandenberg

Kaity has over eight years of experiences working with youth and young adults in a variety of settings including clinical, academic, adventure, and summer camp programming and has absolutely loved it. She received a B.S. in Outdoor Education and most recently a master’s degree in Social Work. Kaity is passionate about pairing experiential learning models with therapeutic modalities. She believes that by fostering authentic relationships with others and the natural world, personal healing and meaningful connections continually grow. Kaity feels she has found an inspiring community in Asheville and at Solstice East and she is so humbled to a part of it all. When Kaity is not working, she loves spending time with her family, doing mindful yoga, and spontaneously traveling and adventuring.

Primary Therapist

Vicki Mattei

Vicki received her Bachelor’s in Neuroscience from Ursinus College and holds a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Certificate in Substance Abuse Studies from Western Carolina University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist in North Carolina. Her experience includes work with a variety of mental health and substance use disorders in academic, residential, and outpatient settings. Her approach to therapy is person-centered and strengths-based, and integrates elements of Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Existential Therapy, and somatic work. Central to her approach with clients is the belief that each person has within them the potential to heal from difficult life experiences and transform into a more resilient and authentic version of themselves. She views herself as a guide on this journey, in which connection and relationship are essential for growth. She is holistic in her work with clients, bringing mind, body, and spirit into the work, and has specialized training in Subtle Yoga, a trauma-informed, body-centered approach to working with mental health and trauma. When Vicki is not working she enjoys yoga, reading, decorating, cooking, the outdoors, and spending time with her family.

Primary Therapist

Olivia Davis, NCC, LPC-A

Olivia has been in the world of relational work with adolescents for over 10 years. Olivia earned her undergraduate degree in Nonprofit Development from the University of Memphis, and spent several years mentoring teenagers and leading teams of volunteers. Olivia moved to North Carolina to work at a camp for adolescents and families. On a whim, she applied to work at Solstice East as a mentor, and fell in love with the mental health field. Olivia went back to school and earned her graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne University. While in school, Olivia worked in a transitional living home, wilderness therapy, and a drug and alcohol detox clinic. Most recently, Olivia worked in community mental health as a school-based therapist. Olivia is incredibly excited and honored to be back at Solstice to serve kids and families through such a crucial time. When Olivia’s not in the office, you can find her drinking copious amounts of coffee, tending to her many plants, making music, reading crime fiction novels, or trying to make her baby laugh.

Primary Therapist

Dan Hadley

Bio coming soon!