All Kinds of News for May 10, 2017
Aspiro is very excited to announce two additions to the team, Nicole Andra and Sarah Rothstein, LCSW.
Nicole Andra has joined as the Admissions Counselor, bringing her passion for working with adolescents. In 1997 Nicole began working hands on as a mentor with students in the Residential Treatment Center, where she enjoyed making a difference in their lives and being a part of the change process. As Nicole began her own family, she shifted her role to helping families through the admission process and supporting parents through that emotional time. As a parent of four children, Nicole understands how the whole family is impacted by treatment, as well as the importance of including the family through the healing process. “I love working in Admissions, as it allows me to form strong relationships with families, built on a high level of trust. I understand the difficulties and stressors families face when enrolling a child in treatment, and am dedicated to helping them through this. I love to see the impactful changes their child makes and to have been a part of that process.” Nicole is a native of Southern Utah, where she attended Southern Utah University studying Psychology.
Nicole is the middle child of 9 and was nicknamed "Cinderella" by her mother, due to her reliability and her tendency to always take care of everyone and their needs. This quality has carried over into her career through her responsible and caring way of working with families and professionals.
Sarah Rothstein, LCSW, clinical wilderness therapist has also joined the team. Sarah grew up in Pennsylvania and New Jersey watching both of her parents work in helping professions, which influenced her greatly and motivated her to do something meaningful in her career. Making a difference was important to Sarah, so she decided to become a therapist to help people create quality lives and discover their own path in doing so.
Sarah attended Drew University in New Jersey for her undergraduate degree and Columbia University for her MSW, where she began fulfilling her ambition to become a therapist. It was very important for her to help others dealing with mental health challenges. She says, "talent, career, success and finances don't fall into place or matter if mental and emotional stability are lacking."
Sarah began her career in an acute mental health hospital, a rehabilitation center for substance abuse disorders, and has also been a therapist in an outpatient setting. Sarah spent the past 2 years as a clinician at a therapeutic boarding school, where she helped students and families build the skills needed to transition home or to a college setting.
It was in that boarding school setting that Sarah determined that she especially enjoyed working with adolescents. She said, "I love discovering the big hearts they have inside but are often masking. And I especially find joy when kids finally understand the person they are underneath the behaviors and noise they are creating in life. I love seeing them break through that oppositional behavior, using small moments in therapy to redefine who they are. It is wonderful to watch them create change through developing a healthier and more complex view of their identity."
Sarah is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement & Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), the Seven Challenges, and Gottman Couples Therapy, which she finds beneficial in working through all types of relationships and relationship dynamics.
Due to her love for the outdoors, she moved to Utah after graduate school to spend some time skiing and ended up staying. She enjoys camping, backpacking, skiing, hiking and participating in her community co-op garden. Sarah is very excited to join the Aspiro team. She believes the outdoors is an ideal setting to heal, create space for reflection, shut off the noise of the world, and reconnect with what is true and real in life, and in oneself. Sarah explained, "I have built my life around time outside and being in the wilderness, so combining my love for that with my career, by working at Aspiro, is the perfect setting for me. I am excited to share that passion with my students and families."
About AspiroWith treatment-specific programs located in Utah and Costa Rica, Aspiro’s mission is to be the most clinically-advanced outdoor behavioral health program in the world, providing safe, dynamic, highly effective treatment modalities that are backed by empirical research. Aspiro is a short-term Wilderness Adventure Therapy program serving adolescents ages 13-17 and young adults ages 18-28 with varying degrees of social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.