Stephen grew up in Northwestern Montana where his love for the land grew as he moved through it: exploring the mountains and rivers, hiking, hunting, snowboarding and running. After graduating high school, Stephen started working seasonally with the US Forest Service as a wild-land firefighter and pursuing a B.A. in psychology at the University of Montana. Four summers of fighting fire later, Stephen began working within the field of psychology. Interning with the wilderness therapy program Inner Roads, he began to apply theory learned at UM. Upon completing his degree, Stephen continued work at the University of Montana in a social behavior and neuroscience lab and a residential treatment home for teenage boys before accepting a position with Elements as a field instructor.
Stephen has found that a deep appreciation of the outdoors paired with exercise has had a great positive impact on his life by offering perspective, fun, and numerous mental health benefits. Stephen’s hope while working in wilderness therapy is to offer others similar avenues to achieve healthy and satisfying lives.
While he is not at work you might find Stephen running, reading, playing music with friends, or attempting to get lost in the mountains.