All Kinds of News for June 08, 2016
With another Rocky Mountain summer in full swing, Open Sky Wilderness Therapy has added two new groups to its program: an Adolescent Boys Group and a Young Adults Group. With these new groups, Open Sky welcomes experienced wilderness therapists, Dr. Sarah Issenmann and Erin Crowley, LMFT to their Clinical Team.
Open Sky’s Clinical Director, Tony Issenmann, will be leading the new Adolescent Boys Group with his sibling, Dr. Sarah Issenmann. Dr. Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy specialist. After earning her Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, she went on to complete her Doctorate in Ministry and Marriage and Family Therapy at Amridge University.
Regarding working with his sister, Dr. Tony said, “We have always enjoyed professionally collaborating and are thrilled to work together at Open Sky. Every week, adolescent boys and their families now get two Dr. Issenmanns supporting individual and group therapy sessions in the field and on parent calls.”
Professionally, Dr. Sarah has worked with children, youth, and families for over 10 years. She began her career working with children who temporarily resided in an emergency shelter by providing crisis stabilization. For the past 3 years, Dr. Sarah worked in a middle school providing therapy to students and families. During that time, she worked with a diverse population of students presenting problems consisting of ADHD, oppositional defiant disorders, trauma histories, anxiety, depression, and self harm behaviors.
“Wilderness offers a transformative experience,” said Dr. Sarah. “The setting provides the perfect environment to promote growth and change, while providing countless opportunities for students to identify their unique strengths and capabilities. Additionally, I believe in the importance of the family unit working together to make a change and appreciate the ability to go deeper on the whole family system. Open Sky is unique because of the extent of its family focused services.”
Additionally, seasoned wilderness therapist, Erin Crowley, will be leading Open Sky’s new Young Adult Group. Erin started working in wilderness therapy at SUWS in 2003 and subsequently managed a private practice focusing on young adults and family systems. Integrating into Open Sky, Erin will be mentoring with veteran Clinical Therapist, Mariah Loftin.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Erin specializes in treating young adults and their families. She earned her Master's in Counseling from California State University and is a certified school counselor as well as a certified yoga instructor. Erin approaches therapy from a strengths-based, client-centered orientation. With 20 years of experience as a mindfulness practitioner, she integrates mindfulness into all of her therapy. The family systems model informs her work, tailoring her approach to the specific client and their family. Depending on the need of an individual, she employs techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, narrative therapy, ecotherapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and somatic therapy. She prioritizes collaboration with families, schools, and community resources, treating the whole client to foster long-term success.
Regarding her new position, Erin said, “I feel so fortunate to be at Open Sky because I value their dedication to the whole family and their commitment to being a leader in the industry. Also, being in the beautiful San Juan Mountains in the summer months is pretty much unbeatable.”
About Open Sky Wilderness Therapy
Since 2006, Open Sky Wilderness Therapy has been providing the premier family-centered wilderness therapy experience through its programs in the mountains of Southwest Colorado and Canyonlands of Southeast Utah. 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. When a family partners with Open Sky, they embark on a rewarding adventure of self-discovery, and learn a range of strategies that promote lasting success.