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Episode 35 – Co-Parenting with a Child in Treatment

March 08, 2023 | 00:24:00

Join Senior Clinical Therapist Kirsten Bolt, MED, LMFT as she provides tangible tips for families navigating co-parenting and outlines what Open Sky can do to help families communicate more effectively and build stronger relationships.


Episode 33 – Understanding and Treating Disordered Eating

February 08, 2023 | 00:28:00

Disordered eating—different from eating disorders—is a condition we’re seeing more and more often at Open Sky. In this episode, Senior Clinical Therapist Kirsten Bolt helps us better understand the topic, including patterns, causes, impacts, and treatment.

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Episode 27 – The Rise of Online Exploitation of Adolescent Girls

March 24, 2021 | 00:27:00

Learn about the risks, signs, and prevention of online sexual exploitation of teens.

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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.

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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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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.