Aaron began his career in wilderness therapy as a field guide with Open Sky in 2013. He spent two years in the field, working primarily with adolescent boys, as well as young adults. His passion for helping to create change in himself and others, within the context of the outdoors, lead him to pursue a Master’s in Social Work from Simmons School of Social Work.
During graduate school, Aaron expanded his understanding of human relationships and behavior through coursework and field work in a clinical mental health outpatient program as well as a college counseling center. He focused during this time on attachment relationships, psychological trauma, and developing one’s ability to connect with others.
Aaron returns to Open Sky to utilize his interest and experience working with young people and families in the outdoors. He takes a relational approach and draws from his experience with dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) which incorporates mindfulness techniques to help people cultivate meaningful relationships, as well as manage their own personal strengths and limitations.
Aaron is easy to talk to, a good listener, compassionate, and understanding. His work prior to Open Sky was in self-exploration through yoga and meditation, which he continues to bring into his work today.
When he is not working in the field, Aaron enjoys whitewater rafting, snowboarding, hiking, and mountain biking. He cherishes time spent with his family, including trips, conversations, and evenings on the town.