I was drawn to wilderness therapy by the desire to reach out to adolescents in a manner that would allow a deeper connection than traditional therapeutic interventions. I am a believer in the power of growth through struggle, as this struggle allows individuals to gain a belief in their own abilities by conquering obstacles never thought possible. I believe wilderness therapy helps dispel myths perpetuated by a system that measures growth by standardized tests and brand names. In this a label-less environment, we are judged by the manner in which we care for the needs of self and those who surround us rather than a recognized symbol indicating worth. I believe in not only addressing the individual but looking at the entire system’s contribution to mental health. This approach empowers family members to work together towards creating a supportive dynamic capable of navigating difficulties inherent in everyone’s life.
I am a husband and father of three which allows me to play so many different roles in my family’s life. I am a coach, tutor, fishing partner, guide, and explorer. My wife and I share a deep love for the outdoors which has allowed us to ski, bike, climb, and travel with one another all over the world. As a family, we feel a deep sense of fulfillment in helping those unable to help themselves through service opportunities and general display of compassion daily.