Admissions Team

Morgan Steward

Admissions Coordinator

Morgan Steward is the Admissions Coordinator at New Vision Wilderness....

Steve Sawyer, LCSW CSAC

Clinical Director/Co-Founder

Steve Sawyer is a licensed psychotherapist filled with passion and...

Rebecca Doyle, AM, LCSW

Business Development Director

Rebecca Doyle is the Business Development Director at New Vision Wilderness...

Patrick McAvoy

Admissions Director

Patrick McAvoy is the Admissions Director at New Vision Wilderness...

Morgan Steward

Position: Admissions Coordinator

Morgan Steward is the Admissions Coordinator at New Vision Wilderness.  She received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Missouri State University.  Morgan began her career in residential treatment centers.  After several years of working as a direct care provider she made the transition to admissions where she has served in roles as Coordinator and Director.

Outside of work, Morgan enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and family. You can often find her outdoors hiking and fishing, usually with her two dogs Dottie and Kit in tow. Ultimately, her passion is coaching gymnastics, which she does part-time with a local competitive team. Morgan dreams of one day co-owning a gymnastics studio and growing athletes’ character.

Steve Sawyer, LCSW CSAC

Position: Clinical Director/Co-Founder
Email: ssawyer@nvwild.com

Steve Sawyer is a licensed psychotherapist filled with passion and knowledge surrounding the intervention and change process. His experience comes from over a decade of intervention with tough-to-reach client populations in therapy settings ranging from residential, community-based, outpatient and wilderness therapy. Steve currently serves on the board of The National Association of Therapeutic Wilderness Camping (NATWC).

Steve is trained in several unique therapeutic models including somatic trigger release, multiple levels of brainspotting, traumatic memory reprocessing, and HeartMath. Through his experience he has authored two books, co-founded Wisconsins only wilderness therapy program, New Vision Wilderness, and works as a core therapeutic training development staff with the Institute of HeartMath. He was an author in the innovative and comprehensive HeartMath Interventions Establishing a New Baseline for Sustained Behavioral Change therapist training Module that revolutionizes modern therapy interventions through an emotional physiology approach.

Steves largest project has been the development of NVWs Trauma Informed Care model in the wilderness setting that has challenged the entire wilderness therapy industry on making healthier interventions with their clients. Steve’s trainings are recognized nationwide for cutting-edge therapeutic techniques and inspiration.

Rebecca Doyle, AM, LCSW

Position: Business Development Director

Rebecca Doyle is the Business Development Director at New Vision Wilderness Therapy.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Development & Family Studies from The University of Illinois, a master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Chicago, and has earned a certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies from The Trauma Center in Boston, MA.   

Throughout her career Rebecca has served in various roles as a medical social worker, pediatric therapist, administrator, and leader.  She has a passion for innovation, creative program development, trauma education, and supporting healing and wellness 

While away from her work, Rebecca enjoys taking in music, theatre, and dance performances of all kinds in her beloved city of Chicago.  Her favorite place in nature is anywhere with sunshine, sand, and water.  During warmer months you can find her spending time on the various beaches of Lake Michigaenjoying special moments with her young son. 

Patrick McAvoy

Position: Admissions Director

Patrick McAvoy is the Admissions Director at New Vision Wilderness Therapy.  Throughout his career Patrick has helped adolescents and their families find solutions in times of crisis. 

Patrick has a bachelor’s degree in Management of Music and Communications from Ohio University.  He began his work in wilderness therapy providing care and field coordination to students entering treatment.  Since then he has served in Admissions Director, Program Director, and Executive Director roles.  Patrick has additional experience in admissions at a therapeutic boarding school and was a founding member of two treatment programs for at-risk teens. 

In his free time, Patrick can be found outdoors hiking, kayaking, and skiing with his family.  He is a bass player who dreams of one day starting a family band with his wife and two kids.