Mariah Bio

Mariah Loftin, MA, LPC

Clinical Therapist

 

Education: 
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
Certification: 
Applied Behavior Analysis,  University of North Texas, TX 2010
Grew Up In: 
Hawaii
In Wilderness Therapy Since: 
2011 
Populations Served at Open Sky: 
Young Adults  
Areas of Expertise: 
Grief and Loss, Depression, Adoption/Attachment Issues, Axis II Diagnoses, 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 in Boulder, Colorado.  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 bring even more breadth and depth to Open Sky’s services.

Mariah’s grounded energy and disarming presence enable quick rapport to be built with students and their families. Generating deep and positive connections with parents, while supporting students through challenges and transition, 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, illuminating the issues that are difficult for them to face.  She then pushes students to their edges to begin working on relevant core issues.  In order to meet therapeutic needs, she melds a variety of modalities such as Art Therapy, Behavior Analysis, Relational Psychotherapy for Trauma, DBT, Family Systems Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy.

As a bronze and glass sculpture artist, Mariah likens her work in the studio to the work she does at Open Sky. 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 inspires lasting changes in the student’s inner world.

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 her bicycle around the world.