EMPOWERED BY NATURE
Our Clinical Interns are the front-line staff responsible for ensuring a safe and therapeutic milieu on a day-to-day basis with our students. They hold current certifications in first aid and CPR, and provide at least one individual therapeutic session per day as well as co-facilitate two daily groups. They come to us with a variety of clinical backgrounds, from undergraduate studies, to pursuing Master's degrees, to apprentice clinicians seeking professional hours toward licensure.
We also receive a Family Systems Clinical Intern from Montana State's Master's in Marriage & Family Counseling Program, who receives clinical supervision while providing ongoing services to the families enrolled in our program regarding psychoeducation, communication, family dynamics.
Crystal Gail Welcome MA, MS student, WEMT
Crystal Gail is a displaced Floridan with seeds planted in a multitude of places; most recently Atlanta, Georgia. She joins the team as a Clinical Intern pursuing a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Adventure-Based Psychotherapy. She is fervently passionate about self-empowerment and utilizing wilderness therapy to develop a lifelong resource for positive outcomes. Instinctual wilderness training came from her five-month solo backpacking expedition where survival was experienced at its most primitive level. She discovered inner strength and the healing power of nature. After hours, you'd likely find her nestled underneath a tree, writing the next great American novel. Or perhaps, backpacking, reading, long-distance running, geocaching or quietly napping, dreaming about her future log cabin on the lake.
Mica Wolcott MA, LCPC Candidate, RADT-1, WFR
Mica is originally from north Idaho and grew up backpacking, hiking and camping. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Idaho. She then moved to Colorado where she graduated from Naropa University with her Masters in Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Wilderness Therapy. Mica is joining the team as a Clinical Intern pursuing hours towards licensure. She believes in the powerful benefits of combining therapy with nature and continues to explore this as she pursues her goal of becoming a licensed therapist. In her downtime, Mica enjoys rock climbing, hiking, hanging with her dog, and attempting to play ukulele.
Stephen Cooke BA Student, First Aid & CPR
Stephen grew up in the beautiful town of Eureka, Montana, where he first grew an appreciation for the outdoors. Starting work with the US Forest Service out of high-school, he gained 4 seasons of experience as a wildland firefighter, including one season as a heli-rappeler. Now living in Missoula and nearing completion of his BA at the University of Montana, Stephen’s focus has shifted towards a career in the field of Psychology. During his undergraduate studies, he has worked as a research assistant in a developmental psychology lab, studying theory of mind. He currently works in a social neuroscience lab where he will complete his senior thesis on social interaction in degus, a South American rodent. In his off time, Stephen might be found backpacking, snowboarding, running, biking, or playing music with friends.
Sarah Lucero LNT, WEMT
Sarah is from St. Ignatius, MT. She grew up exploring and playing in the cold lakes of the Mission Mountains. She quickly found her niche in land conservation and has been hooked on exploring ever since. Sarah has travelled the country with AmeriCorps, rebuilt houses in Hawaii with Habitat for Humanity, and led youth in the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness for the Montana Conservation Corps. In the winter she teaches skiing and snowboarding in California. Sarah currently works with Missoula’s Outdoor Recreation program leading youth adventure expeditions. Sarah completed a Wilderness Medicine course through Aerie Backcountry Medicine, not only to learn new skills, but to share those tools and experiences with others. In her free time, Sarah enjoys snowboarding, listening to music, cooking, riding her bike, hiking, and finding as many new lakes to jump in as possible.
Madison Brown BS, MFC Student
Madison is from New Hampshire but has lived in Bozeman, MT for the past 8 years. She originally moved to Bozeman to attend Montana State University, but stayed because she fell in love with the beauty of Montana. Madison is currently pursuing a degree in Marriage and Family counseling from Montana State University. Prior to this pursuit, she worked with individuals, couples, and families as a crisis counselor at a Bozeman non-profit that specializes in suicide intervention. Madison is excited to join the Inner Roads team as the Family Systems Clinical Intern. She is passionate about working in wilderness therapy because she has experienced the power of the outdoors in her personal life. She loves to hike or run with her pups whenever she has free time, and feels most empowered when she is rock climbing, a passion that she realized two years ago.