Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness Welcomes New Primary Therapist Alice Cennamo, MSW, LCSW, LCAS
Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness, a North Georgia-based wilderness therapy program for adolescents 13-18 and young adults 18-29, is honored to welcome Primary Therapist Alice Cennamo, MSW, LCSW, LCAS to the clinical team. Having spent 10 years in the wilderness therapy industry, Alice brings to the Blue Ridge community a deep understanding of the wilderness process and a discerning mind for clinically complex students. As a Primary Therapist, Alice will work with adolescent female students ages 13-18 who face challenges related to co-occurring disorders, trauma, anxiety, depression, family conflict, substance abuse, and patterns of defiance.
Alice specializes in dual-diagnosis treatment, addressing substance use issues and comorbid psychological challenges through her training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Taking a strengths-based approach, she works to treat co-occurrences of substance abuse issues such as underlying anxiety, depression, avoidance, shame, emotional dysregulation, identity crises, PTSD, self-esteem issues, family conflict, and defiance. The students Alice works with often present as treatment-resistant, requiring advanced clinical expertise and astuteness.
In her relationships with clients, Alice aims to help students discover and align with their values, strengths, and authentic selves. She collaborates with students to help translate their wilderness experience into a practical resource for thriving at home. Alice works with parents to guide them through their parallel process, encouraging them to learn and practice the communication skills, boundaries, and values exploration that are being modeled to their children in the program.
Previously, Alice worked for SUWS of the Carolinas in Old Fort, North Carolina where she developed extended experience working as a field guide for 3 years and then as a Primary Therapist for adolescent girls. Alice has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology: Human Services and Addiction Studies from Appalachian State University as well as a Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Ohio University. Before she worked in wilderness therapy, Alice gained valuable experience working in after-school programs, transition coaching, curriculum development, and academic and interpersonal counseling.
Please join Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness in welcoming Alice Cennamo, MSW, LCSW, LCAS aboard the clinical team.
About Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness
Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness offers clinically-driven programs encompassing advanced therapeutic skill, a highly flexible nomadic wilderness therapy model, licensed wilderness therapy assessment, and multiple treatment options for troubled teens ages 13-18 years old. Our individualized approach, family support, and commitment to service translate to an unparalleled experience and better outcomes for adolescents and families.