Wilderness Counseling

Individual Wilderness Coaching

Many of us tend to live our lives in front of screens inside a building. As a culture we are becoming more and more disconnected from ourselves, from others and from wild places. Counseling is important, but sometimes being inside is not enough. That is why I offer wilderness coaching as an option for counseling.

For the first session, we meet in the office to establish our treatment goals. We will discuss how to incorporate various activities in order accomplish these goals. An example may be that you want to work on decreasing anxiety.  We would arrange to meet at the climbing gym and I would have the client be aware of when fear comes up for them on a specific climbing route. I would then have the client journal about this after every route, and then we would process in a quiet place away from others or back in the office. Or we would meet at the ski hill and I would have the client notice when fear came up for them during a specific run. The client would then journal about this and we would then talk about this on the chair lift going back up. This will look different for every client as each individual goals, needs and activities will vary.

This is not billable to insurance and is considered to be more “coaching” than therapy.

Wilderness Therapy Groups 

Some of the deepest healing and connection that I have witnessed has come from group work in wilderness settings. I have been with groups in the mountains, on rivers, on islands – with all kinds of inclement weather and unpredictability.  Working with the National Outdoor Leadership School we talk about how individuals and group learn “tolerance for adversity” because you have no control over weather or landscape challenges. It is a beautiful process to watch a group of students meet each other for the first time. It starts off as awkward, but as time goes on the group forms though experiencing hardship and success. They grow together, learn together and connect in unforgettable ways. Leading groups in wilderness is by far my most enjoyable way to work.

I have various groups that run in the summer:

Co-Ed – Salmon River Therapy Retreat

Graduate Student Wilderness Retreat

Teenage Girls – Working through Anxiety, Depression and Perfectionism in Wilderness


Upcoming Trips:

Graduate Student Wilderness Retreat – July 12-14, 2019

Hollow Top Lake, Tobacco Roots

Hollow Top Therapeutic Retreat. A weekend of self-connection for graduate students in a wilderness setting. Graduate school for therapy stirs up a lot within our systems. We get so focused on deepening our knowledge to feed the intellect, but we tend neglect our emotional needs and move farther away from who we are. This weekend is about finding the blocks that prevent your connection to yourself so that you walk away with a deeper, clearer understanding of self.

Cost is $200 and that includes dinners, individual and group therapy. Please contact me for more information. Please apply by Monday July 1.

Salmon River Therapy Retreat July 25-31, 2019

There is no better way to experience a deeper connection to self than on the river. Join us for 5 days of rafting down the Salmon River. Experience 80 miles on the Salmon River through the Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness. The price includes transportation to and from the river from the rendez-vous point, meals, individual and group therapy, guide tips, and needed gear. Experience time slowed down without phones or technology. Each day we will save space for quiet reflection, yoga and/or meditation, as well as working through the blocks that prevent you from connection to yourself. Most of all, we’ll have fun and experience all that the river has to offer! Please contact me if you have any questions, or to sign up. The cost of the trip is $3000. Deadline to apply is June 30.

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900 Main Street, Suite 13
Durango, CO 81301


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