All Kinds of News for September 14, 2022
Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness is thrilled to welcome Justin Messinger, MA, LCMHC to the team as Primary Therapist for adolescent boys ages 13-18. Justin arrives to Blue Ridge with a passion for connection and a thorough understanding of the wilderness therapy process. He joined the Blue Ridge Clinical Team this summer, bringing to the team over 6 years of clinical experience in wilderness therapy in a variety of roles such as Clinical Intern, Family Therapist, Aftercare Transitional Support Coach, and Primary Wilderness Therapist.
Justin specializes in working with adolescent boys with neurodevelopmental and learning differences. The students in his group may feel isolated, insignificant, stuck or frustrated with a lack of connection or belonging. Students in his group may struggle with challenges related to neurodevelopmental and executive functioning differences, including high functioning or Level 1 ASD, academic and learning challenges, anxiety, depression, patterns of avoidance, difficulty developing deep and meaningful relationships, and/or presenting as aloof, withdrawn or disengaged.
Justin’s clinical approach is rooted in providing individualized care, helping students feel understood and showing them warmth, empathy and a genuine desire to connect. He implements motivational interviewing, social skills training and forms of experiential therapy to create concrete opportunities for learning and success. Justin explains, "I believe a fundamental part of my work is not only to seek to understand the students, but also to recognize their strengths and provide them the tools so that they can begin to see them too."
To learn more about Justin and the students he works with, please reach out to the Blue Ridge Admissions Team by calling (888) 914-1050 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness and Emerald Arrow are honored to participate in the healing and recovery process for individuals and families like Dawn’s. To read the full story, purchase a copy of Chasing Carson online by visiting Amazon or Barnes and Noble. To learn more about Emerald Arrow: A Bold Path for Young Adults, visit the program’s website at www.blueridgewilderness.com.