Coming from a background in wilderness therapy, Peter is a nature lover at heart. Originally raised in the Midwest, Peter has come to enjoy calling Oregon home and embraces the opportunities for adventure it provides, personally and with students. Peter engaged multiple terms of Americorps service devoted to environmental stewardship simultaneously with developing his passion for working with young adults. He recognizes that all people have to weather storms in order to grow deeper roots and strengthen their sense of who they can become.
Receiving a BA in Religious Studies with an emphasis on Sociology from Iowa State University, Peter commands a strong ability to work with people of diverse beliefs and backgrounds. His passion for outdoor learning and leadership grew into helping teens develop job skills in land stewardship. After receiving his Master’s in Counseling from Oregon State University Cascades, Peter became a wilderness therapist. He devoted himself to clinically intensive work with youth struggling with ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, OCD, anxiety, depression, addictions of technology and substance use, and trauma. Peter has specialized training in Brainspotting and the Comprehensive Resourcing Model. These modalities can help students address trauma and emotional distress at a deeper level that allows a release from neurological pathways stuck in fear and doubt. Peter utilizes mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and Choice Theory into his work with students.
In his free time, Peter enjoys camping, martial arts, disc golf, strategy games, hiking, and biking. He is especially fond of exploring forests and reflecting next to water.