Meet the Staff

Pete Weiss, MA, LMHC

Peter is the co-director of Camp DCO and has developed Camp DCO in partnership with Dr. Osborne and Dr. Welch. Peter has extensive experience in developing, managing, and facilitating wilderness therapy programs, and has clinical experience treating OCD in children and adolescents using Exposure and Response Prevention. Peter is a graduate of the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI), an intensive training for clinicians who treat OCD, and is a member of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. Peter works full-time as a child, adolescent and adult therapist in private practice  in Seattle. Approximately 80% of Peter’s patient caseload is comprised of children, teens, and adults with OCD.

Travis Osborne, Ph.D.

Dr. Osborne is a licensed psychologist in the state of Washington who specializes in the evidence-based treatment of anxiety and related problems. He has considerable experience treating OCD in children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Osborne is a member of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation (OCF) and is also a graduate of the OCF’s Behavioral Training Institute (BTI), an intensive OCD training seminar for mental health professionals. Additionally, Dr. Osborne has volunteered his time and expertise for several years as a consultant to the OCD Support Group of Seattle, serving as professional resource to people with OCD and their friends and family. He has given several lectures on OCD to various professional and lay groups in Seattle and has trained other mental health professionals in how to provide evidence-based treatment for OCD and other anxiety disorders. Dr. Osborne is also a Clinical Instructor for the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington.

Stacy Shaw Welch, Ph.D.

In 2005, Dr. Welch started what now comprises the Anxiety Center and Child Anxiety Center at EBTCS. She has extensive training and experience treating anxiety disorders, particularly obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). She also specializes in body-focused repetitive behaviors, including hair pulling and skin picking, and works with clients suffering from panic disorder, agoraphobia, social anxiety, generalized anxiety and worry, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), separation anxiety, stress-related conditions, and health anxiety. The majority of Dr. Welch’s current clinical practice is within the Child Anxiety Center.

Neil Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.

Dr. Kirkpatrick has considerable training and experience in providing individual and family cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat a wide range of problems. His primary clinical interest is the treatment of anxiety, particularly in children and adolescents. Dr. Kirkpatrick has experience and training in working with children with OCD and other anxiety disorders, as well as assisting parents of anxious children learn how to effectively respond to their children’s symptoms. Additionally, he has had extensive training in Behavioral Parent Training, a mode of treatment that has found to be effective in the treatment of a range of problems in childhood and adolescence (e.g., ADHD, oppositionality), as well as helping parents support their children suffering from depression, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, and developmental delays. He has worked extensively both with younger children and adolescents and their families with both behavioral and anxiety-based problems. He also has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with comorbid anxiety and ADHD.

Bernie Waterhouse

For over 20 years Bernie was a junior high math teacher in Michigan, Guam, Long Island, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Montana & Washington state. One summer toward the end of his teaching career, Bernie was working with a group of kids with emotional and behavior disorders at a specialty camp and took them to a high ropes course. He witnessed significant changes in the kid’s behavior and self-efficacy, and he was sold on the positive impact an experience like a high ropes course could have on kids. From 1986 to the present he has been the owner, program director, and lead facilitator of Waterhouse Center, an outdoor, experiential learning center (a.k.a. ropes challenge course) in Snohomish, Washington. Bernie will be Camp Deecio’s primary ropes facilitator.

2 thoughts on “Meet the Staff

  1. I am a therapist interested in finding out more about work opportunities with your annual OCD/DCO (I love the name and it does sound Italian!) camp. I attended a BTTI training through IOCD in January 2018. Thanks for your time!


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