Clients J Works Well With:
J works well with clinically complex, troubled adolescents and teens. Many of his clients have significant issues with depression, anxiety, learning differences, are socially awkward, and many are neurologically atypical. He has an extraordinary ability to assess and understand the underlying reasons why his clients are struggling. He has developed very effective ways of getting his kids to engage in their own therapeutic process, helping create insight, inspiring and motivating them to see the world and themselves in a new light. He really enjoys working with those who may have lost (or never had) belief in themselves. He is able to use the power of wilderness to help them build resilience, find hope, and achieve success in who they are.
Prior Work Experience:
J has worked as a wilderness therapist for 16 years. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas. He taught biology and coached tennis in high school for four years before returning to graduate school. He received a Master’s degree and Ph. D. in School/Clinical psychology from the University of North Texas. He worked as a school psychologist, mostly with Special Education, then had a successful private practice before finding his true love in wilderness therapy. After working several years in Texas as a wilderness therapist, J moved to Oregon where he co-founded Second Nature Cascades and serves as Executive and Clinical Director there. He continues to enjoy his time in the field working with his adolescent boys group.
J’s education, experience, clinical knowledge together with his ability to individualize treatment to meet the needs of clinically and neurologically complex clients allow him to work very effectively with families and students alike. He has a unique ability, along with a playful spirit, that allows him to develop an amazing level of rapport and connect with students.
J really enjoys outdoor activities including rafting, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, and motorcycle adventure touring. He is happily married. He spends a lot time with his family that includes a variety of dogs and cats who constantly help keep him humble and grateful.