Tony Issenmann, PhD, LMFT

Clinical & Family Services Director


PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Human Development, 2008
MA, Appalachian State University, Marriage and Family Therapy, 2004
BA, Anderson University, German:minor in History, 2002
Grew Up In: 
In Wilderness Therapy Since:
Primary Population Served at Open Sky:
Families, Adolescent Boys 
Areas of Clinical Expertise: 
substance abuse/dependence, ADHD, Depression,
Anxiety, anger management problems, grief and bereavement issues,
oppositional behaviors, enmeshed/disengaged family systems

Dr. Tony Issenmann is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He earned his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State University and his Ph.D. in Human Development with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech.

When writing his dissertation, Dr. Tony combined two passions – studying abroad and adolescent development. His research examined the impact of a study abroad experience on adolescents’ ability to differentiate – successfully launch into young adulthood.

Dr. Tony was born and raised in the Midwest, near Dayton, Ohio. He values learning experientially and benefited from living abroad for a couple of years. Before beginning his undergraduate studies, he moved to Switzerland for a year to learn about himself and others around the world. Studying abroad was so transformative he chose to pursue a degree in German and attend the Universität Konstanz.

Dr. Tony has clinical experience working in a variety of settings including wilderness therapy programs, community agencies, a day treatment center for schizophrenic clients, and family therapy centers. He has worked with a varying population, but has focused his work primarily around the adolescent and parent system. 

Dr. Tony has extensive experience working with adolescents who are struggling to successfully individuate from their parents. While the underlying reason for the struggle may differ, these students often present with issues of oppositional behavior, substance abuse/dependence, ADHD, depression, anxiety, and emotional deregulation. Additionally, Dr. Tony has assisted many students in navigating enmeshed/disengaged family systems and issues of grief and loss. Dr. Tony’s therapeutic approach is informed by both research and experience.

When not working, Dr. Tony enjoys the outdoors. He especially appreciates hiking with his wife and their two Newfoundland dogs. Dr. Tony also loves running mountain trails, spending time on the river, and snowboarding.