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Stories from the Field: Mental Health and the Outdoors

Jun 4, 2019

Patricia Ruggles, LCPC, is a Therapeutic Consultant at Mason and Associates. Trish has been working in the wilderness therapy field for over 15 years in a variety of positions including field staff, team leader, and therapist.  She has worked all over the country, including Oregon, New York, and Maine. Her advice to women interested in the field is to "be curious, be open, and be brave."

Trish shares her story of being raised in Maine and going to college to study quantitative research.  After college she Googles, "Maine, Women and Clinical" and comes upon a wilderness therapy job at New Horizons for Young Women (which closed in 2008) and gets a job. So begins her long career in the field.  In her career, she has worked at Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy, Adirondack Leadership Expeditions, and Summit Achievement.