When an adolescent’s life gets off track due to significant emotional distress or dysfunctional behaviors, it is not uncommon for their life and their family’s life to unravel. My passion is to bring families the healing experiences they need to reconnect as a family and help their child put their life back together. Using nature and outdoors as our setting, we help struggling adolescents reconnect with their families, find happiness, and develop the maturity to handle the challenges ahead of them.
Growing up in Las Vegas, NV, I spent much time in the outdoors of southern Utah. Whether hiking in Zion or rock climbing in Veyo, the outdoors was a place of peace and growth. Hence as a Mental Health Professional, I believe that the best environment for healing individuals and relationships is in the outdoors.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and have worked with adolescents in various capacities. I began working with adolescents as a field guide at RedCliff Ascent in 2000. I subsequently held numerous positions at RedCliff, including Senior Field Instructor, Field Support Manager, Assistant Medical Coordinator, Primary Therapist, Research Director and I am currently the Executive Director for RedCliff Ascent.
As a clinician, I bring a wealth of experience in Experiential Therapies, Narrative Family Therapy, Adlerian Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I have worked with adolescents and families in many different settings over the years, including residential treatment, community mental health, and foster care.
My educational experience includes an MA in Mental Health Counseling and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. My research focus is on wilderness therapy, nature, adolescent development and counseling ethics. I am actively involved in the counseling and psychology profession and hold regional and national leadership positions. I publish and present on wilderness therapy and the use of the outdoor around the world at the national and international conference level.
When not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife (who was also a field staff at RedCliff Ascent) and four children. Living just outside of Zion National Park, I enjoy spending time in nature with the family. I also like history and art, and enjoy visiting fine and contemporary art museums when I travel.