Evoke Therapy Programs Welcomes Nateasa McGuire as New Therapist
Evoke Therapy Programs is pleased to announce the hiring of Nateasa McGuire, LCSW, as the newest wilderness therapist for adolescent girls in Santa Clara, Utah.
Since completing her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Iowa in 2016, Nateasa has worked with adolescent girls at a residential treatment center, with children and families at an outpatient therapy clinic, and as a lead therapist with families, couples, and individuals at Evoke Therapy Intensives. During that time, she has trained in DBT, EMDR, and therapeutic experiential approaches, as well as in Child-Centered Play Therapy and Trauma-Focused CBT. Additionally, she has specialized training in treating sexually abused children using play therapy and expressive arts, and attachment and identity-focused EMDR.
“We are excited to have Nateasa join our clinical team,” says Dr. Matt Hoag, owner, clinical director, and therapist at Evoke. “She is a dynamic and gifted therapist with excellent skills. Her experience working with Evoke Intensives and in therapeutic boarding school settings contributes to her understanding of the importance of the comprehensive treatment experience for the family.”
Even before she came to work at Evoke, McGuire was familiar with the Evoke philosophy. “I’ve always loved Evoke. When I worked in residential treatment, I loved getting kids from Evoke because they always hit the ground running. They struck the perfect balance of remembering their wilderness time fondly while not romanticizing it. They arrived to residential with the insight and tools to really dive into their therapeutic work.” And now, McGuire is excited to leave the indoors for the therapeutic value found in the wilderness, “There’s power in the woods. Even in my first few shifts in the field I’ve felt a tiny version of how the students experience this transformative process.”
Katelyn BeVard, program director at Evoke, feels McGuire was built to thrive as a wilderness therapist. “Even before I had the chance to meet Nateasa in person, I sensed a unique composure from her that felt very ‘wilderness’ to me. Her presence is inviting and warm and she fits right in with our team. I’m excited to watch Nateasa combine her passions and previous experiences with the wilderness.”
About Evoke Therapy Programs
Evoke Therapy Programs provides both outdoor-based therapeutic programs for adolescents, young adults, and families and Intensive therapy programs for individuals, families, and couples. Evoke is accredited by the AEE/OBH and is a NATSAP Research Designated Program. Evoke’s outdoor program is based in Saint George, Utah. Evoke’s Intensive Therapy programs are in northern Utah.