Clinical Team

Dr. Brian Daniels Portrait

Dr. Brian Daniels, Psy.D, MS Clinical Director

Brian Daniels, PsyD, MS is the Clinical Director at New...

Jacob Thomason, MA, LPC Family Services Director

Jacob Thomason, MA, LPC is the Family Services Director at...

Nicole Prescott, LPC, LCPC Lead Wilderness Therapist

Nicole Prescott, LPC, LCPC, is a Lead Wilderness Therapist at...

Sarah Cupp, MSW, APSW Primary Wilderness Therapist

Sarah Cupp, MSW, APSW is a Primary Wilderness Therapist at New Vision Wilderness...

Jacob Smyth, MS Primary Wilderness Therapist

Jacob Smyth, MS is a Primary Wilderness Therapist at New Vision Wilderness...

Meredith Scudder, MSW, LSW Primary Wilderness Therapist

Meredith Scudder, MSW, LSW is a Primary Wilderness Therapist at...

Dr. Brian Daniels Portrait

Dr. Brian Daniels, Psy.D, MS

Position: Clinical Director

Brian Daniels, PsyD, MS is the Clinical Director at New Vision Wilderness Therapy.  He has worked with students and families in crisis, in both residential and wilderness therapy settings, since 2005.

Dr. Daniels earned a master’s degree in Child Development from Erikson Institute in Chicago, IL and a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  He holds certifications in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT, and EMDR.  Dr. Daniels is a frequent presenter at clinical conferences and has published research articles.

Dr. Daniels practices from an integrative perspective with foundations in psychodynamic, developmental, and humanistic theories.  His professional interests include wilderness and experiential therapy, subjective experiences and phenomological research, LGBTQIA+ affirming practice, strengths-based practice, and trauma informed modalities.

In his free time Dr. Daniels enjoys attending concerts and cultural events, mountain biking, and hiking with his dog Ruby.  As a native Midwesterner and sports enthusiast, he also enjoys rooting for the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, and Indiana Hoosiers.

Jacob Thomason, MA, LPC

Position: Family Services Director

Jacob Thomason, MA, LPC is the Family Services Director at New Vision Wilderness Therapy.  His primary focus is supporting caregivers and siblings of students enrolled at Northwoods.   

Jacob graduated from Wheaton College with a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology.  He has served in various wilderness therapy roles including Clinical Director at New Vision Wilderness Therapy.  Jacob has a special interest in work with family systems and is dedicated to expanding family support programming at Northwoods. 

In his spare time, Jacob loves being outdoors with his wife and two daughters.  His favorite activity is fishing and he is happy to partake in this pastime with companions or on his own.  Jacob values connected relationships and is an active member of his community.  Jacob and his family spend significant time visiting extended family and friends throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota.  

Nicole Prescott, LPC, LCPC

Position: Lead Wilderness Therapist

Nicole Prescott, LPC, LCPC, is a Lead Wilderness Therapist at New Vision Wilderness Therapy.  She has worked with children and adolescents in a variety of settings including wilderness therapy programs, residential treatment centers, community mental health agencies, and private practice.

Nicole earned a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology specializing in Child and Adolescent Therapy from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL.  She holds certifications in Equine Assisted Therapy, Brainspotting, and Grief Recovery from the Grief Recovery Institute.  She is also training in EMDR.

Nicole has always been passionate about incorporating nature into her work.  She especially appreciates both the elements of challenge and solace that the outdoors provide.  When away from her work, Nicole can be found reading books, taking hikes, or enjoying the company of good friends.

Sarah Cupp, MSW, APSW

Position: Primary Wilderness Therapist

Sarah Cupp, MSW, APSW is a Primary Wilderness Therapist at New Vision Wilderness Therapy.  She is an Iowa native who now calls Wisconsin home.   

Sarah graduated with a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa.  Afterward, she worked as a crisis counselor for individuals, adolescents, and families.  Sarah became adept at partnering with clients to find common ground and deescalate difficult situations.  She worked at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics where she received specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).  Sarah led a variety of DBT groups for adolescents and adults.  She also has completed training in Brainspotting Phase 1 and Phase 2, Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY), and is certified as an RYT-500 yoga teacher.  

Sarah’s happy place is the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota and Canada.  She has experienced firsthand the healing rhythm of the outdoors while there.  Pairing nature and therapy together excites Sarah as she helps teens to better understand themselves and the challenges they face.  The outdoors provides a rich environment for her to support students in making healthy changes in their lives.  Away from work, Sarah enjoys spending time with friends and familyyoga, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, cooking, volunteering, and a good nap. 

Jacob Smyth, MS

Position: Primary Wilderness Therapist

Jacob Smyth, MS is a Primary Wilderness Therapist at New Vision Wilderness Therapy.  Jacob has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northwest Christian University and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University.  He has prior experience working in residential treatment with adolescents presenting with complex challenges such as suicidal ideation, self-harm, and substance use.   

Jacob approaches engagement with students from a strong relational framework.  He strives to help students understand their emerging autonomy as adolescents and partners with them to foster empowerment around healthy decision making.  He has training in TCTSY and Brainspotting   

Jacob has a lifelong love of the outdoors and enjoys using nature as the backdrop for his healing work at New Vision.  His favorite activities include geocaching, hiking, camping, and rafting.   When not in the wilderness with students, Jacob can be found spending time near lakes and beaches with his wife.  He is deeply committed to building relationships with his community and spends time volunteering at local youth development organizations.

Meredith Scudder, MSW, LSW

Position: Primary Wilderness Therapist

Meredith Scudder, MSW, LSW is a Primary Wilderness Therapist at New Vision Wilderness.

Meredith hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social work from Indiana University.  She is a Certified Brainspotting Therapist having completed Phase 1, Phase 2, and Brainspotting with Adoption Specialty Trainings.  Prior to joining New Vision Wilderness Meredith worked in elementary special education, school social work, and private practice.  Her work as a therapist in private practice focused on children and adolescents who experienced adoption and developmental trauma.  Meredith is passionate about helping individuals heal the root of their distress and ultimately discover their identity, passion, and purpose.  She uses attunement in relationships to create safe and calming spaces for her clients to process, heal, and grow.

Meredith has a love for the outdoors and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and nature photography in her personal time.  She is an avid reader who is constantly expanding her knowledge of neuroscience, trauma, and growth.  Meredith is originally from Indiana and can be found rooting for her beloved Cincinnati Bengals while spending time with family and friends.