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Nick Basalyga, LSW, CAADC

Clinical Therapist

Nick is originally from the Endless Mountains Region outside of Scranton, Pennsylvania. He is a licensed social worker and certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor. Nick holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work from West Chester University (BSW) and New York University (MSW).

Nick’s prior work experience includes afterschool nonprofit program management in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, the founding of community-based recovery programming in Philadelphia, inpatient substance use treatment, and, most recently, leadership in transitional residences for veterans experiencing homelessness. Having experienced the healing and centering effects of wilderness since childhood, Nick is excited to join Open Sky and be a part of the transformative process when nature, therapy, and people come together.

As a therapist, Nick blends cognitive behavioral and psychoanalytic therapeutic approaches and is informed by Bowen’s family systems theory. His approach is also inspired by the South African concept of ubuntu. Rooted in kindness, compassion, and inter-connectedness, ubuntu translates to, “I am who I am because of who we are.” Nick believes the combination of these techniques and styles supports the journey to discover a deeper understanding of self and how we show up in our families, groups, and communities. Through that process, our needs become clearer, our values shine brighter, and a path forward emerges, offering hope, possibility, and direction.

Outside of work, Nick enjoys and finds connection and community through cycling, running, camping, team sports, shared meals, photography, and live music.

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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.