Aaron Wallis, Ph.D.
Dr. Wallis has had the privilege of living in many fascinating places due to being part of a military family. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Texas Tech University before he moved to his beloved state, Colorado. He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. While in graduate school, Dr. Wallis was able to explore a few areas of clinical interest through research: substance use (marijuana), social skill development and social media. Not only did he study these concepts through research, he was also able to hone his clinical skills working directly with young adults in several college counseling centers including Grand Valley State and University of Colorado.
Dr. Wallis has a strong interest in the myriad issues that face young adults as they transition into a demanding and complex adulthood. He has a particular passion in working with young adults to address social anxiety, substance use, anger and emotional management challenges and the development of a healthy relationship with social media. Dr. Wallis is drawn to Open Sky because he is a scientist at heart and values Open’s Sky focus on research, efficacy, and techniques that actually work. He is invigorated by the opportunity to move beyond talk therapy; Dr. Wallis believes the power of wilderness therapy creates healing experiences that young adults can incorporate into their character as they heal. Dr. Wallis also understands that no member of a system can completely change without the support of the whole system. For this reason, he values Open Sky’s emphasis on supporting families healing together.
When he’s not working, Dr. Wallis likes to take his dogs and wife and get lost in the wilderness. He enjoys biking, swimming, exploring new food and places and generally being outside. He is also actively trying to bring Texas BBQ to Colorado, which appears to be a lifelong challenge!