Primary Therapist for Bravo
Josh began working with adolescents when he started at SUWS as a field instructor in the spring of 2014. In his two-plus years working with SUWS students, Josh rose through the ranks to become a master field instructor, all the while developing a passion for the therapeutic benefits of wilderness therapy. Josh learned that through the power of nature, empowerment, and healthy communication skills, wilderness clients grew immensely and were able to make lasting changes to many of their maladaptive behaviors.
Josh became so passionate about working with this population that he decided to leave SUWS to pursue a master’s degree in clinical mental health and counseling from Western North Carolina University. During this time, Josh fostered another passion of his by working as a fly-fishing guide on the rivers of western North Carolina. Through this sport, Josh is able to find peace, tranquility, and mindfulness while fishing in some of the most beautiful aquatic ecosystems around. Josh believes that there are intrinsic therapeutic benefits to fly-fishing and wants to pass these on to the clients he works with. While in school, Josh also worked at a sober living and intensive outpatient facility for young men, as well as a substance abuse treatment program at a veteran’s hospital. In addition, Josh developed and ran a fatherhood group for disadvantaged young men in a residential job training program.
Currently, Josh is a therapist for the Bravo group at SUWS of the Carolinas, bringing his expertise in working with at-risk adolescent boys and their families with issues relating to anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, and defiant behaviors. His clinical interests also include family systems, grief, masculinity issues, fatherhood issues, and developing healthy coping skills. Josh’s therapeutic approach involves empowerment, cognitive behavioral therapies, choice therapy, and existential therapy. He believes that through empowerment, hope, and relational communication skills, adolescent boys can foster growth and change to become healthy and well-adapted young men.
Josh lives in Asheville with his partner, Emily, and their Australian cattle dog, Jasper. He enjoys fly-fishing, hiking, and watching superhero movies.