Tony Issenmann, PhD, LMFT

Clinical & Family Services Director


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.

Before entering the field of wilderness therapy, Dr. Tony was awarded a grant to develop a parenting program. Through participation in the program, parents increased their parenting skills and developed a greater awareness of their personal patterns and family’s dynamics. Dr. Tony believes the wilderness setting provides adolescents an ideal environment for the experiential learning necessary for meaningful change. He also sees this as a natural time for parents to learn and grow along with their child. Dr. Tony embraces experiential learning and utilizes interventions from family systems, cognitive-behavioral, emotion focused, and choice theory.

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.