About Writer in the Wilderness

One woman’s journey

Whoever you are and wherever you may be in this world, I welcome you to join my exploration of what it means to lose and find ourselves again through the power of nature. As a licensed mental health counselor, I have dedicated my life to healing and serving others through the power of therapy.

About a year ago, I realized that I had neglected the one person that needed healing the most – myself. I was living an unsustainable and inauthentic life, and I so deeply felt out of touch with the person I wanted to be. I was existing, but I wasn’t living. So I left my job, took a break from my marriage, and entered the beautiful and rugged terrains of Colorado, Utah, and Arizona to reconnect with the one person who needed me most. I laughed, cried, yelled, and screamed as I summited mountains, dipped through canyons, crossed winding rivers, and faced wild animals. In facing fears externally, I began to wrestle with my deepest internal thoughts and emotions. Things suddenly began to feel more manageable, and I felt more in control of my life on the top of a mountain than I had ever felt in an office.

Since returning, I have been empowered to incorporate the wilderness into my day to day work. If there is one thing I have learned, it is that nature has the power to heal even our darkest of secrets and shames.

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