Open Sky, a wilderness therapy program nestled in the mountains of southwest Colorado and the canyon country of southeast Utah, is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Coady Schueler, Psy.D to the Clinical Team. Dr. Schueler has nearly thirty years of experience in the field and is most widely known for her work with adolescent girls.
Dr. Schueler brings a wide-ranging clinical experience to Open Sky, with her extensive background in wilderness treatment, private practice, therapeutic boarding schools, mental health facilities, and other therapeutic settings over the course of the past thirty years. Dr. Schueler is an expert in working with adolescent girls that are well-defended, retractive, and embody their emotions rather than acting out. Dr. Schueler’s work is set apart by her ability to make genuine and empathetic emotional connections with her students.
“I first experienced the mountains of Colorado when I was 14 years old during an Outward Bound course in Crestone. I’m excited to work with the incredibly skilled Open Sky community here in Durango, where I get to experience all that these mountains have to offer,” said Dr. Schueler. “There is something so powerful about watching students take in the solace and beauty that comes with nature. It was transformational for me as a 14-year-old girl, and I hope it can be for them, too.”
After earning a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School, Dr. Schueler went on to pursue a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. She focused her research on the impact that sexual abuse has on the way adolescent females conceptualize emotional intimacy. After her studies, she began her career working across a range of fields as both a psychotherapist and as a psychologist. Throughout her experience, her compassion for and commitment to her adolescent clients and their families remained the driving force behind her work.
“Coady embraces the challenge of working with people in the fire of self-discovery,” says Emily Fernandes, Open Sky Executive Director. “Her passion for collaboration, family work, and wilderness are just a few of the ways she is a perfect match for Open Sky’s holistic, community-centered model. We couldn’t be more thrilled for Coady to join our team as an adolescent girls therapist.”
Dr. Schueler is originally from the east coast, and prior to moving to Durango, she called Utah home for over 25 years. When she’s not working, she enjoys telemark skiing, mountain biking, and adventuring with her dogs, friends, and son, Ketch.
About Open Sky Wilderness
Nestled in the mountains of southwest Colorado and the canyon country of southeast Utah, Open Sky transcends traditional wilderness therapy with an approach that emphasizes treatment for the whole family. By partnering with Open Sky, each family member embarks on a rewarding adventure of self-discovery, learning valuable skills which promote lasting success. The Open Sky clinical approach utilizes the latest in evidence-based clinical modalities integrated with innovative, research-driven mindfulness and holistic healing practices. Therapists develop treatment plans, provide individual and group psychotherapy, and update families each week via teleconference. Students participate in daily process groups and a wide range of experiential activities designed to increase awareness and facilitate healing.