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Maura Nolan, MA, LMHC

Therapist

Maura grew up in rural Pennsylvania, where an immediate love of the outdoors was instilled in her heart. In her youth, she found solace while chasing butterflies, building igloos with her dad, and sitting underneath the cherry tree outside her bedroom window. Pennsylvania provided the perfect landscape for her to begin exploring earth’s natural wonders. Maura went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Maryland, where she studied both psychology and criminal forensics. She completed some of her college education while on the coast of Southern Ireland, where she was awed by the rolling hills, tall mountains, and vast valleys. After later receiving a Master’s degree in Mental Health and Wellness from New York University, Maura went on to practice in a variety of clinical settings across New York City.  

Clients of all ages, races, genders, religious backgrounds, and sexual orientations have walked through Maura’s door. She has partnered with several private practices throughout her career, providing individual, couples, and group therapy services to teenagers and young adults. Working in partial hospital programs attuned her to the nuances of mental health issues and personality disorders, while providing extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and mindfulness meditation. Maura has extensive training and clinical experience in crisis intervention, managing severe mental illness, and high-risk case management. She provided trauma-based psychotherapy services to the adult male and female incarcerated individuals at Riker’s Island Correctional Facility throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, she helped clients process heavy traumas, while witnessing empathy, hope, and healing in the darkest of places. Most recently, she founded her own private practice where she feels honored to serve individuals who are seeking true change in their lives. Maura is passionate about social justice and environmental issues, women’s rights, and prison reform, and she strives to use her voice for equality and change. 

In her personal life, Maura has directly experienced the healing power of nature, finding peace from spending dedicated time alone in the wilderness. She understands the intricacy of family systems and the importance of collective healing from past trauma. In her work, she brings a flexible and non-judgmental approach infused with mindfulness and movement, internal family systems, rational emotive behavior therapy, and strengths-based interventions. She was drawn to Open Sky based on shared values of respect and community, emphasis on choice theory and holistic wellness, and the ability to foster growth, healing, and connection within families. Maura understands the importance and need to push oneself outside of their comfort zone. Working at Open Sky has provided her the opportunity to practice new skills and explore the magic and wonder of the mountains and high desert. 

Maura deeply values family, friendship, laughter, and connection. She enjoys spending quality time with life-long friends, playing board games with her parents, and having long chats with her sister. Maura is a creative type and spent years ballet and tap dancing. In her free time, you can find her singing, hiking, practicing yoga, exploring museums, cooking, playing instruments, painting, and writing. Maura has a deep appreciation for live theater performances ever since seeing her first Broadway show at age six. She loves to travel and explore new cultures and foods, and she hopes to do a thru-hike of the Colorado trail in the near future. 

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.