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Stories from the Field: Mental Health and the Outdoors

Nov 7, 2022

Evan Oppenheimer is a young adult therapist at True North Wilderness Program in Vermont. Evan’s journey into the field began at a young age while living on Long Island, N.Y., and heading north in the summers to attend camp. Evan shares why he was drawn to wilderness therapy, his time as a wilderness guide in different parts of the world, and why he decided to leave his busy practice as a psychotherapist in New York City to become a clinician at a wilderness therapy program in Vermont. 

He shares why he feels wilderness therapy is effective with young adults and explains how he uses the Internal Family Systems model and Narrative Therapy. Evan also shares a story about working with a young adult and the time he used Primal Scream Therapy with two clients in the woods.  

Stories from the Field would like to thank the underwriters of Season 14, Brightstone TransitionsPoint School, and Wisdom Ranch. Season 14 focuses on young adult programs and young adults sharing their stories.