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The Open Sky Team

December 8th, 2021

Mariah Loftin Promoted to Clinical Director; Sebastiaan Zuidweg Transitions to Assistant Clinical Director

The Open Sky Team

Featured Team Members: Sebastiaan Zuidweg, MA, LPC | Mariah Loftin, MA, LPC


Mariah Loftin, Clinical Director and Senior Clinical Therpaist for Open Sky Wilderness Therapy.

After serving as Open Sky’s Clinical Director since early 2019, Sebastiaan Zuidweg, MA, LPC is transitioning out of the role to pursue an exciting passion project within our local community. Sebastiaan will continue to support Open Sky in a leadership role as Assistant Clinical Director, supporting the ongoing development of our clinical team by collaborating with therapists on cases and, in some instances, serving as a co-therapist. We are thrilled to support Sebastiaan in his new venture and look forward to his continued contributions to the Open Sky community!

We are excited to announce that Mariah Loftin, MA, LPC has been promoted to Clinical Director. Mariah brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to her new role. She has over 15 years of experience working with youth, young adults, and their families and has been an integral member of Open Sky’s treatment team as a Clinical Therapist for 10 years. As Clinical Director, Mariah will lead Open Sky’s treatment team in delivering a powerful and transformative therapeutic experience for our students and families, embodying Open Sky’s core values of courage, community, and excellence.

“From supporting field guides on her team to using her position as Senior Clinical Therapist to invest in the growth of other therapists, Mariah has always maintained a passion and skill for leadership and development,” said Emily Fernandes, LCSW, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Open Sky. “Stepping into an overall leadership role was the next logical step. Mariah is attuned to the evolving needs of our community. She has the confidence and courage to step into challenges and consistently strives for excellence.”

In addition to her work as Clinical Director, Mariah will continue to carry a limited caseload of students with the support of an Assistant Therapist. In her work as a clinician, Mariah skillfully blends her background as a psychotherapist, behaviorist, and art therapist to build deep and positive connections with students and parents while supporting the family system through change. She is recognized by clients and peers for her positive nature, open personality, and tenacious dedication.

“I am humbled and excited to step into the Clinical Director role and engage in the things I am most passionate about: collaboration, developing clinical expertise, and helping people to thrive,” said Mariah. “I look forward to supporting our team continuing to be at the forefront of our industry, offering the highest level of clinical, medical, and familial expertise.”

The Open Sky Team

December 8th, 2021

The Open Sky Team