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Jenny McDermed

Assistant Therapist

Jenny began her love affair with the outdoors at an early age. Her weekends were filled with family camping trips, BMX racing, and daily outdoor adventures in Bend, Oregon. Her love of nature eventually brought her to the beautiful redwoods of Santa Cruz, California. In that setting, driven by her fascination with interpersonal relationships, she received her BA in Psychology at the University of California.

Upon graduating, Jenny lived abroad for two years where she developed deep connections with people from various cultures. It was through this experience that her passion for helping others was ignited as she was exposed to the inequalities of our worldwide society. After returning to the U.S., Jenny relocated to Boulder, CO where she found personal healing by reconnecting with the natural world.

During a hike in the foothills, a twist of fate led her to discover the existence of a Master’s Degree in Wilderness Therapy at nearby Naropa University. In that moment, her leisure-time passion turned into her life’s calling, and she is now finishing a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Wilderness Therapy. This career path has urged her to examine her own values and goals, which she carries forth in her current work as a counselor. Jenny began her work at a therapeutic equine program, utilizing the horse-human connection to promote internal awareness and emotional regulation for youth struggling with depression, drug use, suicidal ideation, and academia.

Jenny joined the Open Sky team in June 2018 as a Family Services intern for her final year of study. She draws upon the mind-body connection to help families increase present-moment awareness and decrease reactivity. She loves to co-facilitate with nature because she believes nothing is too big for the wilderness to hold. She offers an empathetic presence and strives to discover what talents each individual has that sets them apart and makes them invaluable in this world. Jenny works from a strengths-based orientation, utilizing each individual’s inherent wisdom as the building blocks of growth.

In her spare time, Jenny enjoys rock climbing, hiking, snowboarding, and curling up in a hammock with a good book.

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.