Kendra Van Abbema, CSW, MS

April 08, 2016 | 0 comments

Personal Approach

My experience working directly with clients in the backcountry in a variety of therapeutic approaches has helped shape and grow my own philosophies. I believe that building a therapeutic alliance with my clients is one of the most important tools to assess and guide each client. While maintaining firm boundaries, I approach each client with patience and strive to always provide compassion regardless of the external behaviors that are presented.

I utilize a variety of modalities that blend easily with wilderness therapy such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, Motivational Interviewing. Overall, I will refer to the lessons we have in the wilderness and provide intentional interventions that connect to their life at home. It is in the quiet of the wild and challenge of the environment that clients can find their true power and place in the world. Working with young women in the outdoors has become a great honor of mine and I feel incredibly grateful to witness the empowerment experienced by my clients. I have worked with many young women struggling with past trauma, anxiety, depression, and attachment issues. I believe the healing power of the wilderness can touch the places of our heart and soul that may seem unreachable. I am invested in furthering research in the field of adventure/wilderness therapy and will continually develop a research-informed practice.

Personal Interests

I love exploring our world and traveling to places that teach me, stretch my faith, and grow my gratitude. This includes canoeing, backpacking, and getting my hands dirty with projects that keep me close to the natural world. All of these things I enjoy doing with my wonderful family and friends who I am very blessed to have in my life that makes everyday worthwhile.

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