How will wilderness therapy benefit me as a young adult? Why can’t I just stay home and do therapy? What if I know nothing about living in the outdoors?
These are just a few common questions young adult clients may ask when considering enrollment at Open Sky. In Episode 6 of the SKYlights Podcast, Young Adults Senior Therapist Mariah Loftin, MA, LPC, addresses these and other frequently asked questions.
Mariah speaks with podcast host Emily Fernandes about the benefits of wilderness therapy for young adults, her passion for working with young adults in this setting, and the change that can occur for clients and their families at Open Sky.
Mariah is passionate about the experiential, real-time nature of wilderness therapy for young adults. She collaborates with her young adult clients on the goals for treatment and in reaching those goals with an individualized approach. Her creativity comes through in the ways she implements treatment plans, whether through writing, through music, listening to podcasts, drawing, and more. By utilizing non-traditional forms of therapy, clients are encouraged to take emotional risks within a supportive community, develop confidence, and see their challenges and achievements in a new light.
There are countless ways that the wilderness is a beneficial setting to do this. It is an environment that fosters real change because of its inherent simplicity, lack of distractions, and peace. Tune in to learn more about Mariah’s approach and subscribe to SKYlights Podcast on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Mariah skillfully blends her background as a psychotherapist, behaviorist and art therapist. She is quickly able to assess and appropriately treat students, masterfully illuminating the issues that are difficult for them to face. She then pushes them to their edges to start working on those core issues. In her work, she melds a variety of modalities such as Art Therapy, Behavior Analysis, Relational Psychotherapy for Trauma, DBT, Family Systems Therapy, MI, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy to best meet the individual therapeutic needs.