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Our Team

We love the work we do!

Stephanie Beidman, LCSW


Hi Everyone! My name is Stephanie Beidman. I am from the Vancouver/Portland area. I moved to the LCV for a fresh start in 1995. I have two adult children whom I am immensely proud of, 4 grandbabies, and am the owner of and clinician (LCSW) at New Beginnings Counseling and Support Services. I became a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in May of 2022. Here, we provide psychotherapy, teen and adult substance use disorder outpatient treatment, provide ADIS classes and soon hope to once again be contracted to provide therapeutic/supervised visitations. Another service on the horizon will be to provide recovery coaching and peer supports. I am the secretary on the board for First Step 4 Life, served a year as Secretary for Washington State DOC's Local Family Council and then a year as the Statewide Rep for Coyote Ridge Correction Center. I was further privileged enough to serve on the board for the LCV Resilience Coalition where the mission is to educate the community on how to understand and provide positive interventions for those whose Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) scores are high. I love what I get to do every day-whether that means getting involved in community activities and outreach, spending time with my family and husband, being at the office serving my clients, enjoying the sun, exercising, going to church, or binging on Netflix!

We also have a nonprofit called Stone Bridge Reentry Services where our mission is to bridge the gap between incarceration and community. Please visit our fb page at Stone Bridge and our website! 

Elaine Dufford, LCSW

Elaine Dufford has been an LMSW since June of 2017. She became a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in February 2022.  She and Stephanie would be remiss not to mention David Keene, LCSW, who provided supervision for them both and made it possible for them to receive their clinical licenses. Elaine was co-owner of New Beginnings until she branched out on her own. Since then however, she has remained on staff part time where she provides psychotherapy. She sits on the board for the YWCA and is a local DV provider. She loves helping others grow into their potential!

Lexi Brown, MSW Intern, Boise State University

Lexi is an intern at Boise State University seeking her Master of Social Work degree. She is learning under Stephanie and is enjoying learning from her. Lexi has primarily worked with children as a CBRS specialist and licensed social worker in the community. Lexi is studying to become a licensed master of social work and is due to graduate August 2023. Lexi is learning about cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and other therapy techniques.  When she is not interning, working, or doing school work, Lexi enjoys playing with her pets (2 dogs and 2 cats) and playing video games!

Kiesha Ade, MSW Intern, Idaho State University

I'm Kiesha, I am an MSW intern at New Beginnings, studying at Idaho State University, graduating in December, 2023. I have three teenage children and a plethora of pets. I am originally from Halloween Town ( Saint Helens, Oregon). I moved to the LC Valley for a fresh start and have spent most of my years here studying Social Work. I have experience working as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, along with experience in addiction. When I am not working or studying, I like to spend time with family and three dogs. I believe in the power of story telling and for the most part, am an open book full of life experiences within the realm of addiction, domestic violence and foster care.


Shiloh is our pup here at New Beginnings! She is very sweet and loves to meet new people!

Mary Jane

MJ was our office therapy dog and anyone who ever met her knows she was very vocal about things lol!!! If she had something to say, you would hear about it, if she noticed you were sad, you would hear about it, if she knew you needed her, she was right there to snuggle you. She was 16 when we had to put her to sleep. She was surrounded by her whole family when she went on. Everyone loved her, especially our clients. 

Gone but not forgotten. Mary Jane departed April 2nd, 2022. 

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