All Kinds of News for March 06, 2019
Open Sky Wilderness Therapy is thrilled to introduce Sebastiaan Zuidweg as Clinical Director and Clinical Therapist. Sebastiaan is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has a Master’s in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Wilderness Therapy from Naropa University. He brings years of clinical and managerial experience in wilderness therapy, community mental health and higher education.
During his graduate studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, Sebastiaan worked as a school counselor for an expeditionary learning school and provided treatment at a therapeutic foster home in Denver. He also volunteered at the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center and Adaptive Adventures, supporting individuals with disabilities.
Following graduate school, Sebastiaan served as a lead therapist for Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Programs. He worked with adolescents providing clinical assessment, individual and group therapy, and aftercare planning. His belief in the wilderness therapy model solidified and his enthusiasm grew as he witnessed adolescents and their parents reunite and transform from dysfunction into emotionally expressive, articulate and integrated families.
Sebastiaan’s career path then transitioned to the community mental health arena. He worked at The Center for Mental Health in Gunnison, Colorado as an Emergency Crisis Clinician and later, the Regional Manager. In these roles, he carried a clinical caseload, provided community support and education, and assumed responsibility for administrative and clinical oversight of the community mental health clinic and local university counseling center. Sebastiaan also worked as a clinician and Program Manager for Step Up on Second, a housing and mental health service for the chronically homeless and severely mentally ill population of San Bernardino, California.
At Open Sky, Sebastiaan returns to his passion for counseling youth and families. As a Clinical Therapist, he works from a solution-oriented and strengths-based philosophy, utilizing techniques stemming from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Sebastiaan’s approach is to create authentic therapeutic relationships with youth and families to help motivate change.
As Clinical Director, Sebastiaan will utilize his skills and experience in leadership and management, leading the Clinical Team in Open Sky’s holistic family systems approach. “I share Open Sky’s foundational belief that every individual has the capacity to thrive and I’m grateful to be part of this work,” Sebastiaan said. “It’s exciting to lead such a competent and passionate team of clinicians, working with students and families toward healthier lives and relationships.”
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.