Kirsten Bolt, MEd, LMFT
MEd, University of Oregon, Couples and Family Therapy, 2009
BS, Syracuse University, Health and Exercise Science, 1999
Grew Up In:
Maryland, Germany, England
In Wilderness Therapy Since:
Populations Served at Open Sky:
Adolescents, Young Adults
Areas of Expertise:
Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Grief and Loss, Substance Abuse, Identity Issues, Emerging Personality Disorder Traits
Christenson, J., & Bolt, K (2012). Self-Injurious Behavior: Who’s Doing It, What’s Behind it, and How to Treat It . Journal of Theraputic Schools and Programs, 71-87.
Kirsten grew up in Maryland, Germany, and England and graduated from Syracuse University in 1999 with a B.S in health and exercise science. She began working in wilderness therapy in 2004 as a field guide and was so drawn to the interpersonal work that she decided to return to graduate school for a degree in couples and family therapy. She chose the University of Oregon’s family systems-based graduate program because of her passion and commitment to family work, which she sees as particularly important in working with young people. Following graduate school, she worked for two years as a wilderness therapist with adolescent boys and girls and joined Open Sky in 2011.
Kirsten's clinical experience includes working at the Center for Family Therapy in Eugene, Oregon with couples, families, and individuals of all ages experiencing a variety of issues. She has run bereavement support groups for elementary-aged children, worked with high school students in an impoverished Oregon community, led mother-daughter support groups, and provided family and individual therapy services at a center for girls ages 10-18.
Kirsten specializes in working with depression and anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, substance abuse, identity issues, and emerging personality disorder traits. She employs an array of modalities in her work with clients, drawing strongly from Dialectical Behavior Therapy among others. Again and again, Kirsten has found wilderness to be a uniquely powerful setting for young people to connect to themselves, others, and to their means of contributing to the world.
Kirsten found the desert southwest in 2001 when she was traveling cross-country. She stopped driving when she arrived in a small Utah town with stunning red-rock canyons, wide rivers, and sunshine galore. To this day, she is still there, and has a passion for running rivers, climbing sandstone cracks, trail running, painting and drawing, playing music, and spending time with her family.