New Vision Wilderness offers a unique and intensive therapeutic process for teens. The Clinical Team includes Field Therapists and Clinical Specialists who are passionate about healing and using the outdoors as an office. NVW also offers Psychological Testing through a collaboration with Dr. Mark Bjerke Ph.D, and several other national industry authorities.

Lead Field Therapists oversee treatment and also facilitating group and individual therapy. Clinical Specialists are masters-level professionals incorporating specialty skills into the wilderness experiences. These collaborative efforts increase therapist contact time and clinical intervention. NVW follows a Trauma Informed Care model, and all clinical staff are trained in Brainspotting. For more clinical resource information click here.

Steve Sawyer LCSW CSAC

Co-Founder

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 is trained in several unique therapeutic models including somatic trigger release, traumatic memory reprocessing, and HeartMath. He is also recognized internationally as a Brainspotting trainer and consultant who trains outpatient therapist and treatment programs. Through his experience he has authored two books, co-founded Wisconsin’s 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. Steve’s largest project has been the development of NVW’s 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.

Edwin Weih PA

Medical Director

Edwin Weih P.A. attended Emory University School of Medicine Physician Associate Program. While at Emory University he learned to guide rafts from Prof. Claude Terry. Prof. Terry was very instrumental in the formation of the Southeastern United States Whitewater community and he was the Whitewater support director for the movie Deliverance. One of Edwin's positions was at the Georgia Tech University student health service. During this time he was the medical director for Outdoor Recreation Georgia Tech, fondly known O.R.G.T. He had a great interest in developing the medical kits that were used on O.R.G.T. trips He was also a professional raft guide for High Country based in Atlanta Georgia. He guided on the Ocoee, section 3 of the Chattooga and the Gauley when it was running. Most recently he guided a paddle raft down the Colorado River for 18 days. He worked emergency room medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta Georgia and was the medical director for Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Expeditions. He has also been an avid rock climber. Teaching and climbing in the southeastern United States and climbing for pleasure in El Dorado Canyon, Yosemite and Joshua tree among other locations.He is a member of the Wilderness Medical Society and continues to be very active in paddling, cross-country skiing and trail running. He has presented at the Wilderness Risk Medicine Conference and continues to be active in wilderness medicine. He currently runs a family practice in a small rural town, Oakridge Oregon. There is a high level of urgent and emergent care associated with this practice.

Dr. Jennifer S Moravec M.D., F.A.A.C.A.P.

Psychiatrist

Dr. Jennifer S Moravec is board-certified in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. She treats mental health problems, behavioral problems and emotional problems with a family-centered, evidence-based treatment approach. She utilizes a holistic, integrative medicine model to evaluate, diagnose and treat children of all ages, adolescents and adults. She provides individual therapy, family therapy, psycho-education, neurofeedback, and medication management. Her treatment and research interests are Mindfulness-based psychotherapies, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Meditation.

Elizabeth Deardorff, LCSW

Young Adult Director - NVW Bend

Liz joined the NVW team in 2010 and has been an integral part of the clinical team, wearing many therapeutic hats throughout the years. Although Liz has worked with each age population within New Vision, her passion is treating, supporting and guiding young adults. Young Adults are in a very important time of their life where wilderness and support create an optimal opportunity for self discovery, healing, interdependence, and personal growth.  Liz deeply believes that in order to establish a secure sense of self, healing through relational support and internal awareness is essential. She steps into this work with determination and excitement to utilize the power of nature, experiences in the present and relational repair to support that development of self. Liz achieved her Master of Social Work, emphasis on Child and Family and Mental Health, from Loyola University Chicago in Illinois. She is trained in Brainspotting, EMDR-Level One and Two, Emotionally Focused Therapy and Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga which are powerful tools to utilize with trauma, attachment and anxiety. Liz utilizes these tools to create a powerful experience within treatment. Outside of work you can find Liz trying to find every waterfall in Oregon, dancing, reading, and rooting for her favorite team, the Wisconsin Badgers.

Leah Chambers, MA, LPC Registered Intern

Clinical Support Therapist

Leah received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Portland State University in 2009, a certificate in Emergency Medical Services from Trinidad State University in 2014 and is a current Master’s in Counseling student at Colorado Christian University. Leah is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Oregon Counseling Association (ORCA), the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) and Chi Sigma Iota: Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International. Previously Leah worked with male adolescents through Youth Guidance Association (YGA) in Portland, OR and has volunteered supporting female pre-teens. Leah is passionate about the healing potential of relationships, the wilderness, and in walking with clients as they author new narratives about themselves and their experiences. When not working, Leah enjoys reading, writing, painting and hiking. Leah completed a year-long clinical internship with New Vision Wilderness in 2018 and is excited to join the clinical team in a support position.

Keri Sawyer BA, RYT

Somatic Intervention Specialist

Keri comes to New Vision Wilderness with a strong business background. Keri walked in a world with some of the largest stressed filled corporations in the country. Through this experience, she came to realize the importance of somatic focused stress regulation. She has found a passion for working with highly stressed and sensitive clientele like treatment resistant teens and survivors of trauma. Keri teaches many classes across Northwest Wisconsin. Keri is a registered yoga teacher through the yoga alliance. She is certified in Alignment Yoga and her approach is based in trauma sensitive principles. Keri teaches at NVW to bridge the gap between mind, body, and emotions. She works with all groups on affect regulation skills, stress reduction, mindfulness meditation and somatic awareness. Keri integrates the teachings of Heart Math and Brainspotting into her work. She helps integrate all forms of somatic work into the NVW model.

James Nippert MA, LMFT Registered Intern

Lead Wilderness Field Therapist - NVW Bend

James Nippert started working with adolescents and their families in wilderness therapy in 2004 and has been passionate about wilderness therapy ever since that time. James' personal approach to therapy focuses on the need for both the adolescent and the family to heal together. James received his Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State University and has worked for a number of wilderness therapy and therapeutic boarding schools. James is thrilled to bring his talent and love of teens to the Oregon woods with New Vision Wilderness. It is his personal belief that there is no other milieu that so successfully sets the stage to facilitate change and healing as does an attuned wilderness experience. In his spare time, James is an avid reader, skier and enjoys learning how to perfect gluten-free cooking methods.

Tim Moore, MA, LPC Registered Intern

Clinical Director - NVW Bend

I have been in the counseling and therapy field for over 25 years and have a diverse background including community mental health, inpatient, outpatient and wilderness therapy settings. I have a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Oregon and M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene New Hampshire. I am also very interested in the treatment of developmental trauma and attachment and how it seems to be at the core of many of issues including anxiety, depression, addiction, and overall well being. I have also been a student of consciousness, awareness, and the inner sciences since my time at U. of O. and have a daily yoga and meditation practice that help me to stay focused and centered. I also love spending time in nature, playing music, and going on adventures with my wife Jen and my favorite four legged, Lilly.

Xela Goodman LCSW

Lead Wilderness Field Therapist - NVW Bend

After receiving a B.A. dual degree in Education and History, Xela served in the Peace Corps for nearly three years in South Africa. It was during this pivotal time when she fully understood her passion for being of service to others. Upon returning to the States, Xela started her work in wilderness therapy as a field instructor, where she spent several years supporting and inviting change in adolescents. Soon after, Xela received her Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from Arizona State University. Spanning over a decade, Xela has worked at several wilderness therapy programs and therapeutic boarding schools. Xela has a natural affinity for relationship-based work with adolescents and easily connects and aligns with individuals and families to clarify strengths and issues, build insight, and guide needed changes. She believes that the wilderness setting naturally provides a very meaningful and powerful environment for adolescents to improve their self-worth, sense of belonging, and connection to self and others.

Claire Vos MS, LPC-IT

Lead Wilderness Field Therapist-Wisconsin

Claire graduated with her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI. During this time her focus was complementary health and addiction studies. Prior to joining New Vision’s team, Claire has worked in community mental health with at-risk youth and their families and at a university setting with young adults. Growing up in northern Wisconsin, Claire has always had a great appreciation for the outdoors and the healing power of nature. In her free time, Claire enjoys spending time horseback riding, hiking, canoeing, and adventuring with her four-legged family.

Jillian Broeckert MS, LPC

Lead Wilderness Field Therapist - NVW Wisconsin

Jillian earned her Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix, Saint George, Utah campus. She has worked in wilderness therapy and the mental health field since 2005. Growing up in the north woods of Minnesota, Jillian has always had a passion for the outdoors and its therapeutic value. She loves the experiential work and believes in taking a person-centered approach, looking at each student as an individual. Jillian also believes in not only giving her clients the opportunity to grow, but that treatment is an opportunity for the whole family. In her free time Jillian enjoys playing outside with her family and their dog.

Sarah Cupp, MSW

Field Therapist - NVW Wisconsin

Sarah graduated from University of Iowa with her master’s degree in Social Work. Before coming to New Vision, Sarah worked as a crisis counselor for two years, providing emotional support to individuals, teens, and families during some of their most trying times, working to find common ground and deescalate difficult situations. Sarah also worked at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as a social worker for 2 years, receiving specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Sarah led a variety of DBT groups for adolescents and adults. Sarah’s happy place is the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota and Canada. Sarah has experienced firsthand the healing rhythm of the outdoors and is excited to pair nature and therapy together to help teens make life changes and learn to better understand themselves and the challenges they face. When Sarah isn’t working or spending time with friends and family; she enjoys yoga, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, cooking, volunteering, and a good nap.

Jessica Daas, LMFT

Wilderness Field Therapist

Jessica Daas is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is passionate about empowering adolescents and their families to heal and live to their fullest potentials. Jessica has a B.A. in Psychology and Human Sexuality and a M.S. in Counseling with emphasis on Trauma Therapy from California State University, Northridge. Jessica has been a clinician for 7 years during which time she primarily focused on provided trauma therapy to at-risk youth in the inner cities of Los Angeles, California in outpatient, residential, and school-based settings. She recently completed a Semester for Outdoor Educators with NOLS and is excited to combine the transformational power of the wilderness and merge it with her passion for healing. Jessica enjoys hiking, backpacking, swimming, rock climbing and adventuring with her partner, Paul and her dog, Red.

Kristin Mathes - New Vision Wilderness

Kristin Mathes, MSW, CSWA

Clinical Support Therapist

Kristin received a dual Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Sociology from University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point. After undergrad, Kristin lived abroad for two years working with a variety of foreign non-profit organizations serving foster, adopted, and refugee youth and families. The collection of these experiences ignited her interest in exploring and understanding  the deeper roots of the trauma she was witnessing across the globe. Kristin returned to the United States to receive her Master’s degree in Social Work, graduating Summa Cum Laude, from Portland State University in Oregon. She began working in Wilderness Therapy as a field guide at New Vision Wilderness before moving into her current position. Kristin draws upon her research in Gestalt, Attachment, and Ecological Systems theories to guide the healing process of developmental trauma with a holistic, culturally responsive, and trauma informed approach. Outside of the woods, you’ll likely find Kristin reading, running, getting crafty with paints, or escaping to the nearest part of the coast for some ocean therapy.

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