Brian grew up in Michigan, where he learned at an early age to love and respect the outdoors. He took part in numerous adventures with the Boy Scouts of America, eventually earning the rank of Eagle Scout. His college years were spent at Michigan State University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation.
After graduating, Brian took on various outdoor seasonal jobs as a trip leader and outdoor educator for youth. He eventually moved to South Dakota and worked on the Native American reservations of the Great Plains. In 2010, he accepted a position at a residential treatment facility for male youth in Western Pennsylvania. He facilitated team building initiatives and climbing activities for the residents at the high ropes course, which was the beginning of his journey into experiential therapies. This cultivated a desire to attend graduate school for counseling. He completed his Master’s degree in Community Counseling with a specialization in addiction in May 2014.
Brian’s post-master’s work was with an inpatient drug and alcohol rehab. There he learned numerous clinical skills and worked with adults and families struggling with addiction and recovery. He also returned to facilitating team building and climbing with the youth at the residential treatment facility, where he refined his group counseling skills and helped the youth empower themselves through their experiences in the ropes course.
Brian arrived at Open Sky in April 2016. As a Family Services Therapist, he facilitates Family Quests and phone-based support for parents and families. He is inspired by the transformational work accomplished over just two-and-a-half days in the field with families on quest. He appreciates the importance of parents working on themselves in parallel with their children. As both parents and students become more in tune with their emotions and patterns, the entire family system is changed and becomes healthier.
When not in the field, Brian enjoys all aspects of the outdoor: hiking, climbing, camping, and generally exploring the world around him. His enjoyment of reading is second only to his enjoyment of nature. He likes to get immersed in a good work of fiction as well as current literature and learning in his field of work. Brian is thrilled to be working with an organization that combines his passions for therapy and adventure, and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for both.