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Jonathan Mitchell, MA, LPC

Clinical Therapist - Adolescent Boys Group

Jonathan is a Licensed Professional Counselor with extensive experience serving adolescents, young adults, and families. He grew up in Wisconsin, earning his BS in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in 2000. Instead of getting a job traditional to his field of study, Jonathan took to the outdoors to work with people. Over the next six years, he worked extensively in the wilderness therapy field, in roles such as field director and field manager.

Inspired by the magic of the wilderness to motivate change, Jonathan returned to graduate school and earned a Master’s in Counseling. During this time, he worked as both a therapist at an intensive outpatient addiction treatment center for teens and a college math teacher. He has continued to expand his clinical training, earning a certificate in Gestalt Therapy from the Gestalt Institute of the Rockies in 2008. In 2009, he joined Open Sky as a Family Quest Therapist and is now a primary clinical therapist for adolescent boys.

Jonathan’s areas of clinical expertise include oppositional defiance, adoption/attachment issues, treatment resistance, navigating non-traditional and complex family systems, substance abuse and addiction, depression, anxiety, and trauma. His clinical approach draws on the teachings of dialectical behavioral therapy, Gestalt therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and years of experience as a field guide. As a therapist, he is appreciated for his pleasant and direct nature, intuitive connection with clients, and knack for working with defiant and strongly guarded adolescents.

Alumni Parent (2018)

“Jonathan was AMAZING! He comforted us, educated us, challenged us, and provided the most amazing service to our family.”

When not working at Open Sky, Jonathan can be found exploring the Southwest: rock climbing, trail running, and telemark skiing. He has traveled extensively in India, and his daily meditation and yoga practices are core parts of his life. A Green Bay native, Jonathan is an avid Packers fan.

Alumni Parent (2018)

“Jonathan really understood our son from the start. He was transparent and built a beautiful relationship with our family. In the months that Jonathan worked with us, I was always struck by his honest guidance of our son and our family dynamic. This has been by far our son's best, most productive experience with a therapist. Jonathan is a part of our family.”

Alumni Student (2017)

“Jonathan was very honest, caring, and individualized in his approach to each person. He is very good at validating and understanding how I feel.”

Alumni Parent (2017)

“Jonathan’s skills and abilities were nothing short of amazing. I feel that because of the therapeutic relationship Jonathan was able to establish with my very troubled son, he brought him back to us. Jonathan took a very complex and traumatic situation and made it whole and positive again. I am eternally grateful for what he did for my family and my son.”

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.