Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness expands Footsteps Program

The team at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness is growing and continues to strengthen their wilderness therapy program and propel movement forward with their vision of weaving together the inherent healing of a nomadic wilderness experience with advanced clinical skill. As part of our continuing commitment to healthy growth and robust family support, they have strengthened their family services component with Ashley Green, LCSW moving from her Primary Therapist role with Footsteps into the full-time role of Family Services Therapist.

This is a steadfast enhancement to Blue Ridge’s clinical programming and the company is proud to offer this supportive service to parents with a child in the wilderness therapy program. We believe that addressing family dynamics and improving communication between parents and children throughout the process is paramount. Both the Primary Therapist and the Family Services Therapist work closely together to individualize treatment for each student and tailor family services to each family in a way that is consistent with their needs. We continue to offer weekly, parent-to-parent mentoring in the form of a group call facilitated by Ashley. In addition to a call with the Primary Therapist, Ashley, as the Family Services Therapist, will offer a supplemental individual call with parents each week.

Ashley runs Parent Workshops on a monthly basis and parents are invited to attend once or more throughout their child’s time at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness. Workshops provide direct experience with clinicians, field instructors, other parents, and experiential activities. The goal is to educate parents on healthy parent-child relationships while connecting parents to helpful tools and encouraging therapists to walk through this process well.

The is thrilled to announce the addition of Jeremy Nunnelley, LPC, as the new Primary Therapist for Footsteps. By bringing Jeremy on board, Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness is expanding the unique programming for co-ed, middle school aged students, who are often called “Footsteppers”. This group will continue the use of the hybrid basecamp model, which is developmentally appropriate for these particular students, ages 10–14, to spend time regrouping and working on experiential activities and art projects.

Jeremy joins us with 16 years of experience helping children and adolescents in various therapeutic settings. Having significant experience in outdoor therapeutic programs, wilderness programs, therapeutic boarding schools, and a public school district, Jeremy has a well-developed understanding of the emotional and behavioral problems with which many children and adolescents struggle. With a calm and compassionate presence, Jeremy is effective at challenging students to examine their behaviors along with the underlying thoughts and emotions. In working with younger students, Jeremy emphasizes emotional regulation and the development of strong therapeutic relationships. Once these important elements are in place, students invest in therapy and discover their capability for growth and change.

Jeremy has extensive experience treating adolescents who struggle with oppositional and disruptive behaviors, anxiety, depression, anger, trauma/abuse, attachment issues, and mood dysregulation. Having privately taught effective parenting for several years, Jeremy is also skilled at coaching parents on how best to address their child’s challenges while promoting the development of strong family relationships. He has received training in and effectively employs many therapeutic approaches including Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR. Through active involvement in continuing education, Jeremy maintains an up-to-date awareness of developments in neuroscience and its application to clinical practice.

Jeremy is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned his Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Georgia School of Professional Psychology/Argosy University Atlanta. He will begin taking Footsteps students, ages 10–14, as of May 9. Jeremy can be contacted at jeremyn@blueridgewilderness.com or 828–301–0304.

For more information on our Family Services Support please visit Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness Family Work or contact Ashley Green at ashleyg@blueridgewilderness.com.

source : Blue ridge wilderness

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