Eric Rydzewski, LCMHC

Primary Therapist

Eric grew up enjoying the "Endless Mountains" of Northeastern Pennsylvania and was raised with a passion for outdoor adventure activities, animals, and compassionate living. He received an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Temple University in Philadelphia before eventually finding his professional calling in the outdoor healing field.

Eric enjoys working with young adults struggling with substance use, anger management issues, anxiety/depression, self-identity, and phase of life problems. He understands what it is like to make mistakes, and works with clients to reshape their identity using the framework that we are all capable of change. He uses a DBT-informed approach to the 7 Challenges model for substance use with the understanding that each client has important individual needs underlying his or her behaviors. Eric believes in the power of replacement behaviors and a positive support network to help individuals coping with addiction in all of its forms.

As a young adult, Eric found his own wilderness therapy experience by hiking the Appalachian Trail and later worked at Outward Bound with at-risk youth. Eric has worked for several wilderness-based therapy programs accumulating over 1000 field days. He has over 9 years of experience in addiction recovery, therapeutic residential, outpatient, and hospital settings. Eric has an MS in Counseling from Prescott College and is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in Utah.

In his free time, Eric enjoys reading fiction, rock climbing, skiing, playing the guitar, watching movies, working on one of his many house projects, and playing outside with his dogs. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR), AMGA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor (SPI), Swiftwater Rescue Technician, and Technical Ropes Rescue Technician. He currently lives in Salt Lake City with his fiancée and their 4 dogs, 6 chickens, and cat.