Jonathan Mitchell, MA, LPC

Clinical Therapist


MA, Naropa University, 2007
BS, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 2000
Grew Up In:
In Wilderness Therapy Since:
Primary Population Served at Open Sky:
Adolescent Boys
Areas of Clinical Expertise:
Substance Abuse & Addiction, Depression, Anxiety, Oppositional Defiance, Trauma, Adoption/Attachment Issues, Family Therapy

Jonathan is a Licensed Professional Counselor with extensive experience serving adolescents, young adults, and families as both a field guide and therapist.  He grew up in Wisconsin and earned his BS in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2000.  Instead of procuring a job traditional to his field of study, Jonathan took to the outdoors to work with people.  Over the next many years he worked as a field guide and eventually took on leadership roles in developing program curriculum and family programming.

Inspired by the magic of the wilderness to motivate change, Jonathan returned to graduate school and earned a master’s in counseling.  During this period, he worked in more traditional settings as both a therapist at an intensive outpatient addictions treatment for teens, and as a college math teacher.  Jonathan has continued to expand his clinical training, earning a certificate in Gestalt Therapy from the Gestalt Institute of the Rockies in 2008.  In 2009 he joined Open Sky as a family quest therapist and he now works with adolescent boys.

Jonathan’s areas of clinical expertise include substance abuse and addiction, depression, anxiety, oppositional defiance, trauma, adoption/attachment issues, treatment resistance, and family therapy.  His clinical approach draws on the teachings of cognitive behavioral therapy, Gestalt therapy, and years of experience as a field guide.  As a therapist, he is appreciated for his pleasant and direct nature, intuitive connection with clients, and knack for working with defiant and strongly guarded adolescents.

When not working at Open Sky, Jonathan can be found exploring the southwest rock climbing, telemark skiing, and white water boating. He has travelled extensively in India and his daily meditation practice is a core part of his life. A Green Bay native, Jonathan is an avid Packers fan.