Dr. Aaron Wallis earned his BA in Psychology from Texas Tech University and his PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. While in graduate school, Dr. Wallis was able to explore a few areas of clinical interest through research: substance use (marijuana), social skill development, and social media. Not only did he study these concepts through research; he was also able to hone his clinical skills working directly with young adults in several college counseling centers including Grand Valley State and the University of Colorado.
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Dr. Wallis has a strong interest in the myriad issues that face young adults as they transition to a demanding and complex adulthood. He has a particular passion in working with young adults to address social anxiety, substance use, anger and emotional management challenges, and the development of a healthy relationship with social media. He was drawn to Open Sky because, being a scientist at heart, he values Open’s Sky focus on research, efficacy, and techniques that actually work. He is invigorated by the opportunity to move beyond talk therapy, using the power of wilderness therapy to create experiences that young adults can incorporate into their character as they heal. He also understands that no member of a system can completely change without the support of the whole system; for this reason, he values Open Sky’s emphasis on supporting families healing together.
Alumni Parent (2017)
“I cannot thank Aaron enough for his way of gentle challenge. He is a superb therapist and addressed every question patiently. The final results speak for themselves. Thank you, Aaron!”
Growing up in a military family, Dr. Wallis had the privilege of living in many fascinating places before moving to his beloved state of Colorado. When he’s not working, he likes to “get lost” in the wilderness with his wife and their dogs. He enjoys biking, swimming, exploring new food and places, and generally being active and outside. He is also working on what may be a lifelong challenge of bringing Texas BBQ to Colorado.