Mariah Loftin, MA, LPC
M.A., L.P.C. Transpersonal Counseling & Psychology, emphasis in Art Therapy, Naropa University, Boulder, CO 2008
B.A., Cultural Anthropology, University of California-Santa Cruz, CA 2003
Applied Behavior Analysis, University of North Texas, TX
Grew Up In:
In Wilderness Therapy Since:
Populations Served at Open Sky:
Areas of Expertise:
Grief and Loss, Depression, Adoption/Attachment Issues, Anxiety, Substance Abuse, Developmental Disabilities, Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, Art therapy, Behavior Analysis, Relational Psychotherapy for Trauma, Family Systems Therapy, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
Mariah brings over 15 years of experience working on intense and complex cases with youth, young adults and their families. While working as a behavior therapist at Imagine! Colorado, she developed behavior plans, ran groups and facilitated customized trainings for staff, case managers, supervisors, and parents. Mariah has previously had a private practice comprised of group and individual sessions. Coupled with her passion for treating clients with a myriad of issues and working with foster care, social services and other community programs serving the needs of an at-risk population, Mariah’s training and experience brings even more breadth and depth to Open Sky’s services.
Due to Mariah’s grounded energy and disarming presence, she quickly and easily establishes rapport with students and their families. Building deep and positive connections with parents, while supporting students through change is the foundation for Mariah’s work. She is recognized among clients and peers for her positive nature, open personality, and tenacious dedication.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Mariah skillfully blends her background as a psychotherapist, behaviorist and art therapist. She is quickly able to assess and appropriately treat students, masterfully illuminating the issues that are difficult for them to face. She then pushes them to their edges to start working on those core issues. In her work, she melds a variety of modalities such as Art therapy, Behavior Analysis, Relational Psychotherapy for Trauma, DBT, Family Systems Therapy, MI, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy to best meet the individual therapeutic needs.
As a seasoned three-dimensional stain glass sculpture artist, Mariah likens what she does in her studio to the work she does in the field at Open Sky. As each sculpture is lit from within, the imperfections in the glass form are the very things that add character and individuality to the piece. Mariah helps students examine and appreciate the many dimensions of themselves, including their mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. She creates an environment that contributes to changes in the student’s inner world, developing a more integrated sense-of-self, along with an increase in self-awareness, understanding, and acceptance.
If Mariah is not in the field at Open Sky or in her art studio, she can be found hiking with her dogs, river rafting, gardening or touring on her bicycle around the world.