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Episode 13 – Understanding EMDR Therapy with Clinical Therapist for Adolescent Girls, Kirsten Bolt, MEd, LMFT

December 05, 2019 | 00:34:00

In this episode of SKYlights, we talk about the effectiveness of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. EMDR is a treatment that has been used to address a wide variety of clinical issues and the underlying negative core beliefs about oneself.

LATEST EPISODES

Episode 12 – Understanding Nature-based Expressive Arts Therapy

November 14, 2019 | 00:37:00

In our conversation with Melia, we discuss how her background led her to therapy and education, her experience with nature-based expressive arts therapy, how this type of therapy promotes overall health, and how she helps her students craft a positive, productive, healthy and thriving life.

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Episode 11 – Catching Up With Open Sky Clinical Director And Therapist, Sebastiaan Zuidweg, MA, LPC

October 17, 2019 | 00:37:00

Sebastiaan Zuidweg knew early on that his calling was a life of being in service to others. Sebastiaan believes in Open Sky’s holistic family systems approach as a catalyst for change, and the power of the wilderness as an effective medium for therapeutic work. His clinical approach is rooted in the belief that every individual has the ability to activate his or her potential and pursue health and wellness.

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Episode 10 – Understanding And Treating Self-Harm In Wilderness

October 03, 2019 | 00:24:00

In this episode of SKYlights, clinical therapist Kirsten Bolt explores the reasons people self-harm and the steps involved in treating self-harm. With assessment and reassessment, we start to understand the history, severity, circumstances, and intentions surrounding the behavior, allowing us to help students to develop the skills to regulate emotions and communicate their needs to others.

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Episode 9 – Supporting Young Adults With Gender And Sexuality Issues

September 20, 2019 | 00:26:20

In this episode of the Open Sky Wilderness Therapy podcast, Clinical Therapist Mariah Loftin explores the often-misunderstood differences between gender and sexuality, including sexual orientation and gender identity; how unaddressed gender and sexual issues can result in health risks to young adults; and how families can best support young adults navigating these issues.

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Episode 8 – A 20-Minute Guided Meditation with Family Wellness Counselor, Norman Elizondo

September 05, 2019 | 00:23:00

In this episode of the Open Sky Wilderness Therapy podcast, Family Wellness Counselor Norman Elizondo guides us through a 20-minute meditation. As a person develops mental strength via meditation, he or she may be better able to resist negative behavior. Ultimately, this non-reactivity and awareness are what lead people to live fulfilled lives.

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Episode 7 – Preparing Your Child For The Road (Not The Road For Your Child): How Challenge Cultivates Resilience in Young People

August 22, 2019 | 00:29:00

“Lawnmower parenting” or “Helicopter parenting.” The common theme among these terms is a relationship in which parents aren’t allowing their kids to think for themselves or develop a sense of self-confidence. In this episode, clinical therapist Jonathan Mitchell explains how parents can shift out of these common parenting struggles and help their children build confidence and resilience.

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Episode 6 – How Will Wilderness Benefit Me?

August 08, 2019 | 00:22:00

What’s the point of wilderness therapy? In this episode, clinical therapist Mariah Loftin explains the benefits of therapy conducted outdoors. Among them, with wilderness therapy, instead of returning after a therapy session to the same ruts and patterns in your life, you are immersed in a supportive and healthy environment—the wilderness—which leads to lasting change.

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Episode 5 – Deconstructing Motivation

July 25, 2019 | 00:30:00

One of the most common frustrations expressed by Open Sky clients and their families is the struggle to understand and “fix” a lack of motivation. In this episode of SKYlights, Dr. Aaron Wallis brings some clarity to the concept of motivation and an understanding of the neurological influences that affect our ability to turn desire into action.

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Episode 4 – A 10-Minute Guided Meditation with Family Wellness Counselor, Norman Elizondo

July 08, 2019 | 00:14:00

In this episode of the Open Sky Wilderness Therapy podcast, Family Wellness Counselor Norman Elizondo guides us through a 10-minute meditation. As a person develops mental strength via meditation, he or she may be better able to resist negative behavior. Ultimately, this non-reactivity and awareness are what lead people to live fulfilled lives.

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Episode 3 – A 5-Minute Guided Meditation with Family Wellness Counselor, Norman Elizondo

July 08, 2019 | 00:09:00

In this episode of the Open Sky Wilderness Therapy podcast, Family Wellness Counselor Norman Elizondo guides us through a 5-minute meditation. As a person develops mental strength via meditation, he or she may be better able to resist negative behavior. Ultimately, this non-reactivity and awareness are what lead people to live fulfilled lives.

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Episode 2 – Mindfulness, Meditation, and Other Superpowers!

June 25, 2019 | 00:20:00

The premise of meditation is learning how to have a healthy mind. Studies have shown that this can occur even on a biological level, recording the physical healing of the brain. In this episode, meditation teacher Norman Elizondo explains how, as we develop mental strength (and other superpowers!) we may be better able to resist negative patterns, allowing for a more fulfilling life.

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Episode 1 – Game Changer: Utilizing Wilderness Therapy to Treat Adolescent Gaming Disorder

June 12, 2019 | 00:29:00

As electronic screens become ever more pervasive, researchers and parents wonder: How much is too much? Studies show that adolescents who use screens excessively experience an increase in impulsivity, distractibility, and relationship struggles, and a decrease in self-worth and well-being. In this episode, Clinical Therapist Morgan Seymour explains how wilderness therapy helps students address the underlying issues associated with excessive gaming and screen time use.

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COMING SOON EPISODES

Episode

Amy Hartline

Family Wellness Counselor

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Planning for Success: Preparing Students to Transition from Wilderness Therapy

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Brian Leidal

Clinical & Family Services Therapist

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Exploring the Connection Between Trauma and Addiction

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Chris Moeller

Clinical Therapist & Program Mentor

Coming Soon

Heroes and Legends of the Field: Chris Moeller

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Hannah Wilson

Field Director

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Profiles in Leadership: A Conversation with Open Sky Field Director, Hannah Wilson

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Margaret Kelso

Health Director

Coming Soon

Health, Wellness and Safety in a Wilderness Therapy Setting

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Matthew Krugh

Family Services Director

Coming Soon

Family Matters: A Parent’s Guide to Supporting a Child in Wilderness Therapy

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Robin Wolthausen

Family Quest Guide & Transition Mentor

Coming Soon

Heroes and Legends of the Field: Robin Wolthausen

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Sebastiaan Zuidweg

Clinical Director & Therapist

Coming Soon

Motivating Change that Lasts

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Tere Snodgrass

Professional Relations & Admissions Director

Coming Soon

Considering Wilderness Therapy? Admissions Director Tere Snodgrass Answers Frequently Asked Questions

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Chris Blankenship

Clinical Therapist - Transition Age Young Adults Group (18-20)

Coming Soon

Emerging Adults: Supporting the Unique Needs of 18-20 Year-Olds

Turning 18 is one of the biggest milestones young people experience. Overnight, one goes from being labeled a child to an adult. However, the growth that occurs in that one day is not commensurate with the change in expectations, nor cognitive development.In this episode, clinical therapist Chris Blankenship discusses how Open Sky helps young adults and families navigate this transition.

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Morgan Seymour

Clinical Therapist - Adolescent Boys Group

Coming Soon

How Healthy Expression Fosters Healthy Masculinity

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Danny Frazer

Program Director

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Winter Safety: Best Practices Promote Opportunities for Empowerment and Resilience in Wilderness Therapy

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Jonathan Mitchell

Clinical Therapist - Adolescent Boys Group

Coming Soon

Parenting The Healthy And Independent Child

A teenagers’ task is to equip themselves for the challenges and stresses (and rewards) of an independent life. Parents of teenagers need to facilitate this process without their teenagers defining themselves solely as “anti-you/that,” and without taking exorbitant risks. In this episode, professional counselor Jonathan Mitchell explore techniques that effective parents use to let their kids “find themselves” in safe and healthy ways.

MEET THE HOST

Emily Fernandes

Emily Fernandes

Executive Director & Co-Founder

On a wilderness trip in Alaska with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in 1995, Emily discovered she could combine two of her passions: working with youth and being outdoors. Since then, she has worked for Aspen Achievement Academy, Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, and Connecticut Wilderness School. She was part of the founding team at Open Sky.

Emily worked as the lead therapist for adolescent girls for her first 5 years at Open Sky. Her areas of clinical expertise include depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, self-harm, disordered eating, and adoption and attachment issues. Her clinical approach is informed by cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, family systems, and attachment theories. Relationship building through letter writing is a major focus of her work with students and families.

As a founder and owner of Open Sky, as well as the Clinical and Executive Director, Emily brings a breadth of knowledge with her background as a therapist, field guide, trainer, logistics coordinator, emergency responder, and field director, Emily is known for her direct, caring leadership style, her ability to inspire excellence in others, and her team oriented approach. The student treatment plan is her compass for her decision-making regarding Open Sky’s students, families, and employees.

Emily loves reading, writing, yoga, mountain biking, telemark skiing, rock climbing, spending time with friends and family, and cooking with foods from the local farmers’ market.