Jacob Smyth, M.S.

Position: Primary Wilderness Therapist

Jacob Smyth, MS is a Primary Wilderness Therapist at Northwoods 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 Northwoods.  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.