Brandon is working as a primary therapist, and developing and implementing a technology addiction track group as part of Gateway's clinical curriculum. This will include an understanding of the neurological component of technology addiction, and how it can affect mood, increase anxiety, and fuel depression and avoidance. Students will be evaluating what makes technology so compelling, and how exercise in moderation and a balance with technology can lead to an increased sense of control and empowerment in their lives. Students will have an opportunity to identify with other members of their peer group and find a sense of community as they each discover, share and normalize what drives their own over-usage of technology. Together they will also learn how to safely access and establish healthy boundaries on social media.
Brandon is not new to the Gateway family. He has previously worked as a Residential Mentor and later as a therapist with Gateway's youth who struggle with trauma, attachment, executive functioning, and social deficits (including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Non-verbal Learning Disorder, ADHD). He left Gateway to pursue his Master's in Social Work at the University of Utah after which he worked as a Program Director, Therapist and Family Coach in the industry. Gateway is thrilled to welcome him back.
About Gateway Academy
Gateway Academy in Utah, is dedicated to the healthy development and healing of adolescent boys and their families. We provide a safe and nurturing environment through five integrated programs: Therapy, Academics, Community, Outdoor Education and Fitness. With integrity and respect, we help students feel empowered and valued, build healthy relationships, make thoughtful decisions, develop life skills, become life-long learners and achieve their personal best.