All Kinds of News for December 06, 2017
Open Sky is excited to welcome Mary Zaunbrecher, MS, LPC, to its Clinical Team. Throughout her studies in counseling, Mary was driven by her desire to help others through the use of alternative and creative therapies, including art and play. She received a Master of Science in Counselor Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. During and after her graduate experience, Mary worked with diverse populations utilizing a variety of therapeutic interventions and creative methods to meet the needs of her clients. Eventually, she found that she connected deeply with the power of wilderness therapy.
Mary creates space for reflection and growth by providing compassion and support. She strives to model authenticity and transparency and encourages the same attributes in her clients. She has worked with young adults experiencing depression, anxiety, troubled relationships, grief and loss, substance use and codependency. Through the years, Mary has developed a straightforward therapeutic approach focused on honesty, accountability, and action. She values working with the family system and provides support and guidance so that families can experience more effective and meaningful connections.
"Mary is an excellent addition to the Open Sky Clinical Team,” shared Dr. Tony Issenmann, Clinical and Family Services Director. “She is a passionate, skillful, and experienced wilderness therapist. I’m excited about the impact she will have on Open Sky and the students and families we serve."
Mary believes that by building an environment based on trust and support, her students can begin to explore positive alternatives to past patterns, thoughts, and behaviors. The wilderness setting strengthens this exploration by freeing individuals from day-to-day distractions. Working within this framework, individuals experience self-empowerment, belonging, and insight, which helps to cultivate healthy values and life skills for the future.
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 the Canyonlands of Southeast Utah.
The Open Sky approach transcends traditional wilderness therapy by emphasizing treatment for the whole family in addition to the individual, and the application of evidence-based modalities with innovative, proven, 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 acquire a range of tools that promote lasting success.