I recently received my Master of Social Work degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Prior to this education, I also received my Bachelor of Social Work degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver. I have worked as a field guide at two different wilderness therapy companies based out of Saint George, Utah, and…

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Ryan is passionate about helping teens and families find and experience greater emotional freedom and connection. Prior to joining the New Vision Wilderness team, Ryan worked as a therapist for teens and families at a private practice in Fishers, Indiana, and as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor for adults at an Intensive Outpatient Program…

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AJ Frithiof comes to New Vision Wilderness with over 15 years of wilderness experience. She is passionate about empowering clients and families to find connection and healing in the wilderness. AJ is a licensed clinical social worker and completed a Master of Social Work at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. She also received a…

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Sarah Montana, MSW is a Clinical Support Therapist at Northwoods Wilderness Therapy.  She plays an integral role supporting both students and staff in the field.    Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Warren Wilson College and a master’s degree of Social Work from Tulane University.  Her love of the outdoors has been fostered through years of hiking in the Adirondacks and Blue Ridge Mountains…

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Erin Faehling, MA, LPC-IT, NCC, is a Primary Wilderness Therapist at Northwoods Wilderness Therapy.  Erin has a variety of clinical interests including substance use, mood dysregulation, suicidal thinking, learning differences, and familial trauma.      Erin has a bachelor’s degree in English and Music from Luther College and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University.  She is a National Board Certified Counselor with training…

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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…

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Jeremiah Johnson, BS, MSW, LCSW is a Lead Wilderness Therapist at Northwoods Wilderness Therapy.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Prior to joining Northwoods, Jeremiah was a psychotherapist working with adolescents and families in residential treatment.    Jeremiah grew up in central Wisconsin where he cultivated a love for the woods and for water.  This led him to work in the underwater construction…

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Sarah Cupp, MSW is a Primary Wilderness Therapist at Northwoods 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…

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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…

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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…

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