About Us

MHREN is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 by a group of local therapists to provide high quality professional training and educational opportunities in Southern Oregon, to provide information about other trainings and activities available here and in the surrounding area, and to encourage sharing of ideas and networking among mental health professionals. It is operated by a volunteer board and sustained by annual membership fees and workshops.

MHREN has been presenting successful trainings since its inception, increasing our ranks of members and continuing to solidify the learning community of mental health professionals in the valley. It is a pleasure to see so many of you return again and again to our workshops, creating a sense of camaraderie and familiarity and building a supportive network.

If you benefit from our newsletter and/or have appreciated our workshop offerings, please consider joining us and supporting your profession in the area.

The MHREN Board values any feedback you give. If you have suggestions for how we could improve our services or presenters we could bring to the region, please let us know.

Current members of the MHREN Board are:

Sharon Bolles

Sharon Bolles is a licensed professional counselor and state-approved supervisor and has been in private practice for over 25 years. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Southern Oregon University in the graduate psychology program for over 20 years. Her post-graduate training has focused on modalities that hold a high degree of respect and compassion for the inner wisdom of each human being, viewing “symptoms” simply as strategies to meet the individual’s needs within the context of their family of origin matrix and subsequent experiences. She joined the MHREN Board in 2011 and currently is president and treasurer for MHREN.

Tracy Gonzalez

Tracy Gonzalez began doing medical billing and credentialing for mental health professionals in 2008 and joined the MHREN Board in 2010.  She is the secretary for MHREN.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Southern Oregon University in 2010, and settled down in Medford, Oregon to enjoy her family.  They enjoy hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, and jet skiing in the Rogue Valley, and look forward to many more years to come.

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Kate Caldwell

Kate Caldwell, LCSW, has been in the mental health field for over 30 years, working in hospitals, public schools, treatment centers, domestic violence/rape crisis agency, Head Start, Hospice and private practice. She utilizes her extensive training and experience in play therapy and sand tray therapy with young children; and employs cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic, psychoeducational, and mindfulness practices with adolescents, adults, couples and families. Kate has been with the MHREN Board since 2012.

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Michael Mesmer, MA, MFT, is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with a private practice in Ashland, OR and Corte Madera, CA. Michael has been licensed since 2000 and is a certified Grief Counselor and Crisis Intervention Counselor; in addition, he has particular training and experience in Anger Management and Domestic Violence treatment. Michael joined the MHREN Board in 2020 and is still waiting to meet most of his fellow Board members face-to-face :^)

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Martha Hutchinson

Martha Hutchison, LCSW, has been in the mental health field for over 30 years, working in Community Mental Health Agencies in Alaska and Oregon and in private practice. She has served as Adjunct Faculty for Portland States University’s distance MSW program; Martha is also a trained Spiritual Companion. She is affiliated with Wellspring Counseling Center in Medford, OR. Martha joined the MHREN Board at the end of 2020.

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Maire Murphy

Maire Murphy, MS, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor working as a Clinical Supervisor for a non-profit organization and has a part-time private practice. Working in community mental health since 2015, her therapeutic experience includes working with clients coping with PTSD (including C-PTSD and military veterans), OCD, mood disorders and psychosis. Maire utilizes EMDR, DBT, ACT, and attachment-based theory, and has been a DBT group facilitator since 2016. Maire joined the MHREN Board in January 2021.