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.
Position: Lead Wilderness Therapist
Jacob Thomason, MA, LPC is a Lead Wilderness Therapist at New Vision Wilderness Therapy in Medford, WI. He has held multiple roles during his tenure at NVW including Clinical Director and Family Services Director. Jacob is passionate about clinical work and is currently dedicated to providing direct care to our adolescent students.
Jacob graduated from Wheaton College in 2010 with a master’s in clinical psychology. He has a special interest in work with trauma, adoptions and relinquishment, substance abuse, and complex family systems. He is certified in Brainspotting and trained in HeartMath and Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga.
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 WI and MN.
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.
Position: Primary Wilderness Therapist
Meredith Scudder, MSW, APSW 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.