Anne Wilzbacher, MA, LPC

Clinical & Family Services Therapist 

 

Education: 
MA, Naropa University, Psychology: Contemplative Psychotherapy, 2010
BA, Marquette University, Communications, 2004 
Grew Up In: 
Winona, MN 
In Wilderness Therapy Since: 
2004 
Populations Served at Open Sky: 
Adolescent Boys & Young Adults
Areas of Expertise: 
Anxiety, depression, trauma, personality disorders, disordered eating, substance abuse and addiction, psychodynamic theory, dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness, family systems therapy


Anne is passionate about working with students who are struggling to find a strong sense of identity, and helps them uncover the tools and insight to be able to realign with their true selves.  Anne aids students in finding ways to regulate their emotional and mental health within themselves, and in relationship with others. Typically, these students are presenting with issues related to varying levels of depression, anxiety, oppositional behaviors, personality disorders, trauma, disordered eating, and/or complex family dynamics.  Anne yields a strong and effective relational approach, and creates change through her direct interventions and nurturing presence. Anne’s therapeutic lens is informed by psychodynamic theory, and incorporates mindfulness/awareness teaching, somatic-based practices, and group dynamic interventions.  Anne helps students discover and establish resilience through the power of the wilderness, and facilitates a re-ignition of students’ own internal sense of direction, empowerment, and purpose.

Anne grew up in Minnesota with her four older brothers amongst a State Park, which planted the seed of her deep love for the wilderness.  Much of what Anne appreciates is practicing meditation, spending time with great friends, playing in water, hiking mountains, writing, reading, and music that makes her move (both physically and emotionally), and witnessing small acts of kindness.