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Aaron Belson, LCSW


Aaron began his career in wilderness therapy as a field guide with Open Sky in 2013. He has served a variety of roles since that time, including Family Quest guide and clinical therapist. Aaron is a licensed clinical social worker and teaches a college-level course on wilderness therapy at Fort Lewis College, where he is also a therapist in the Counseling Center. Aaron received his Master’s in Social Work from Simmons School of Social Work in Boston, MA.

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.

Aaron is a new father, and becoming a parent has greatly deepened his sense of what it means to be a member in family therapy and the  commitment and compassion required in bringing up a child. When he is not working in the field, Aaron enjoys snowboarding, cooking, whitewater rafting, hiking, and mountain biking. He cherishes time spent with his family, including trips, conversations, play, and evenings on the town.

About Open Sky

Since 2006, Open Sky Wilderness Therapy has been providing the premier family-centered wilderness therapy experience. The Open Sky approach transcends traditional wilderness therapy by emphasizing treatment for the whole family not just the adolescent or young adult, and the application of evidence-based clinical modalities with innovative, well-researched holistic healing practices such as yoga, meditation and mindfulness.