As a wilderness guide and a therapist, I sometimes combine these two passions to provide wilderness therapy in the outdoors to individuals, couples, and families who are looking for a deeper therapeutic experience than what most hour-long sessions in an office can provide. Trips can include backpacking, rafting or canoeing, climbing, skiing, and/or a rites of passage component. Trip lengths can vary from an afternoon experience in the mountains to a seven-day (or in some cases longer) journey with a combination of activities and environments.
I have a been a life-long adventurer and lover of the outdoors, and my guiding experience includes working with The Women’s Wilderness Institute and Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Expeditions. My graduate training in Naropa University’s Wilderness Therapy program provided an amazing foundation for working with people therapeutically in a variety of wilderness environments.
If you’re looking for an experience that will challenge you, help you drop into a deeper frame of mind and body, support you through a crux in life, and offer a new perspective, consider consulting with me about your own therapeutic adventure.
Colorado’s wilderness areas provide some of the best opportunities to experience a different rhythm, peaceful solitude, beauty, simplicity, and the space and time to go deeper into your human experience on this earth.
I work with experienced climbing guides who can offer incredible experiences for climbers of any ability. In the Front Range of Colorado, we are lucky to be able to easily access hundreds of climbing routes, all of varying levels of difficulty. Climbing is a fantastic way to gain confidence, challenge yourself, work with issues of trust and support, and learn how to remain embodied and strong while experiencing challenging emotions.
Rafting and Canoeing
Whitewater is fun… and scary sometimes! Rivers offer ample metaphors for life, and water can be a soothing element for many. Trips are run on the Arkansas River in Colorado or on the Green River in Utah, for a half-day or multi-day experience.
Touring or downhill skiing at a resort can both offer transformation when framed within the context of deeper life pursuits. Multi-day trips can offer respite for individuals or families, or a backcountry experience with the intent of providing a challenge in a more solitary and peaceful environment.
Rites of Passage
When life presents a transition, whether big or small, marking the passage by way of a sacred ceremony can provide closure, depth, and the healing necessary to be able to move forward in life. For centuries humans have gone into the wilderness to find this sacred space, solitude, and the connection to self and something greater. A typical rite of passage experience includes a multi-day solo and the choice to fast, with time before the solo to prepare, and time after for support in clarifying the experience and integrating it into the bigger picture.
For more information or to talk about designing an adventure just for you, contact me.