Hilo, HI (PRWEB) May 25, 2012
Pacific Quest Wilderness Therapy is pleased to announce the addition of two new clinicians to our Ohana! Haley Robinson and Bridger Jensen will both be joining Pacific Quest in May as Primary Clinicians.
Haley Robinson joins Pacific Quest from Seattle, where she has worked for the past several years providing mental health and substance abuse counseling to young women in a residential treatment program. Her experience also includes management of a transitional housing program promoting academic and occupational achievement for pregnant and parenting women. Haley earned her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University and her BA in Psychology from the University of Washington.
In 2008, Haley spent six months living in Hawaii and has known since then that she would find a way to return for good. She was thrilled to discover the perfect opportunity with Pacific Quest. Haley looks forward to working with students and families in the context of wilderness therapy. Her background in family counseling, case management and substance abuse will provide a unique perspective for this work. Haley is excited to revisit her love of the Hawaii and its art, food, music, people, and land. During her free time, Haley enjoys writing, cooking, running, and spending time with family and friends.
Bridger Jensen is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with a Masters in Psychological Counseling. Bridger comes to Pacific Quest with years of experience working in both wilderness therapy, residential and aftercare programs. Most recently, Bridger worked with a residential treatment program in Spanish Fork Utah where he provided both family and individual therapy with an emphasis in therapeutic recreation. Bridger’s past experience also includes teaching over two hundred workshops and seminars to parents and youth in outdoor therapeutic programs, assisting in the foundation of a prominent adventure therapy program for adolescents and young adults, and performing research to discover the need and demands for aftercare programming. Bridger has published academic research in the field of wilderness therapy, addressing the question of why wilderness therapy is effective. Bridger enjoys a multitude of outdoor adventures and spending time with his family.
About Pacific Quest
Pacific Quest is an outdoor therapeutic program for struggling teens and young adults, located on the Big Island of Hawaii. Over the past seven years, Pacific Quest Wilderness Therapy has worked with over 600 struggling children and young adults in environments that allow them to make discoveries in safe, structured, experimental and natural ways. Their wilderness programs offer a clinical, yet holistic approach to treatment, going beyond traditional wilderness therapy and teaching sustainable life skills. Pacific Quest’s proprietary therapeutic model is a groundbreaking approach that uses organic gardening to create concrete metaphors for its students as they cultivate their own health and happiness. Pacific Quest provides an environment that allows for a true discovery process for its students, a place that is safe, structured, experiential and natural. Owned and operated by a veteran team of professionals with hundreds of years of combined wilderness program experience, Pacific Quest offers a unique approach to treatment that is individualized for each student.