All Kinds of News for June 05, 2019
Open Sky is pleased to launch a new adolescent boys group with Clinical Therapist Brian Leidal, MA, LPC. Brian is a seasoned veteran at Open Sky, having served in the role of Family Services Therapist since he joined the team in 2016.
In his work as a Family Services Therapist, Brian facilitated over 133 Family Quests for parents and families and is inspired by the transformational work that occurs in the field during these multi-day intensives. He appreciates the importance of parents working in parallel with their children. As both parents and students become more attuned to their emotions and patterns, the entire family system becomes healthier.
Brian grew up in Michigan, where he learned at an early age to love and respect the outdoors. After earning his Bachelor’s in Parks and Recreation from Michigan State University, Brian took on various outdoor seasonal jobs as a trip leader and outdoor educator for youth. He eventually moved to South Dakota and worked on the Native American reservations of the Great Plains. In 2010, he accepted a position at a residential treatment facility for male youth in Western Pennsylvania. He facilitated team building initiatives and climbing activities for the residents at the high ropes course, which was the beginning of his journey into experiential therapies. This cultivated a desire to attend graduate school for counseling. He completed a Master’s in Community Counseling with a specialization in addiction in May 2014.
Brian’s post-master’s work in inpatient drug and alcohol rehab helped him to hone his clinical skills with young adults and families struggling with addiction. Brian returned to facilitating team building and climbing with youth at a residential treatment facility, where he refined his group counseling skills and helped the young people empower themselves through their experiences in the ropes course.
In his work as a Clinical Therapist with adolescent boys, Brian utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with an emphasis on the student's current somatic experience. He helps his students to understand how thoughts and thought patterns influence emotions, which then influence behaviors.
About Open Sky Wilderness Therapy
Nestled in the mountains of southwest Colorado and the Canyonlands of southeast Utah, Open Sky transcends traditional wilderness therapy with an approach that emphasizes treatment for the whole family. 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. The Open Sky clinical approach utilizes the latest in evidence-based clinical modalities integrated with innovative, well-researched mindfulness and holistic healing practices. Therapists develop treatment plans, provide individual and group psychotherapy, and update families each week via teleconference. Students participate in daily process groups and a wide range of experiential activities designed to increase awareness and facilitate growth.