Our Team

Meet Mickey | Field Wellness Director

Mickey is the big sister everyone wishes they had. Mickey has dedicated her career to working with children and teens, providing guidance and encouragement to support them in becoming the best versions of themselves. Mickey is fun and playful, and creates a warming and nurturing environment, she has a special quality of putting others at ease automatically – just by being herself.

– Austin Rogers, Founder of Rooted Life Adventures
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Mickey Myers, MA, LPCC

Trained in:
• Eye movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
• Eco-therapy
• Somatic Embodiment
• Trauma-Informed Yoga
• Wilderness First Response
• Liberation and Feminist Therapy Somatic Embodiment
• Mindfulness-Based Therapy
• Motivational Interviewing
• Eating Disorders in LGBTQIA+ Community
• Life transitions

Mickey’s Eco Therapy Journey

Mickey has an impressive background in wilderness therapy guiding, yoga/somatic embodiment, and environmental justice. She has committed her career to bridging the perceived separation between humans and the natural world in her role as an eco-therapist. Mickey has a Master’s degree in clinical mental health, with a specialization in wilderness therapy, and is passionate about providing nature-based, somatic, and mindfulness interventions in fun and accessible ways.

Mickey adores working with adolescents and young adults, and has provided care for youth in the foster care system and in wilderness therapy settings for over seven years. She enjoys facilitating nature-based rites of passage for significant life transitions, and balancing recreation with reverence.

As a wilderness first responder and whitewater river guide, Mickey is enthusiastic about managing risk and maximizing fun in the outdoors – it’s where she finds connection and serenity. 

Mickey’s excited about joining the Rooted Life Adventures team in Costa Rica this summer, and is particularly looking forward to meeting the students that she will be living with, day in and day out, over the next six weeks.

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Meet Sophie | Field Wellness Director

Sophie will bring laughter and experimentation to create an environment that fosters safety and spaciousness for teenagers to find their confidence as they discover more of themselves. With a spirit of enthusiasm and laughter, Sophie provides young people with the chance to fully embrace themselves and harmonize with their innate rhythm in life.

– Austin Rogers, Founder of Rooted Life Adventures
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Sophie Salin, LPCC

Bachelors of Psychology, University of Colorado | Masters in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy, Naropa University

Trained in:
• Gestalt Therapy
• Mindfulness Based Techniques
• Somatic Practices

Specializes in:
• Trauma
• Relationships
• Attachment Styles
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Self Esteem
• Life Transitions

Advocate for Therapeutic Experiences

With over a decade of dedicated experience in the therapy world, Sophie brings a multifaceted approach to holistic wellness, specializing in wilderness therapy, mindfulness-based skills and supporting individuals toward their authentic selves.

Sophie has experience working in treatment centers, wilderness programs, and as a mentor working primarily with adolescents and young adults navigating depression, anxiety, grief and transitions. Sophie has witnessed the remarkable impact of adventure-based interventions in fostering personal growth, resilience and self-discovery. By integrating therapeutic modalities with adventure activities, Sophie has created experiences that promote physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Sophie has a passion for holistic health and a commitment to empowering girls and young women to find their passions, uncover their authentic selves and find joy in the simple moments life has to offer. Sophie’s approach to therapy is based in experimentation and ‘in the moment’ work where she gently challenges old patterns and behaviors that are no longer serving.

Sophie encourages curiosity to facilitate exploration and to guide adolescents to become more aware of both themselves and the world around them. Students are encouraged to navigate challenges with newfound choices and an increased capacity to embrace uncomfortable feelings.. Sophie believes in empowering young women to find their voice through play, exploration and vulnerability. Sophie creates an environment where authenticity and personal growth are nurtured.

Sophie will be onsite 24/7 living with our Rooted Life Adventures students in Costa Rica.

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Meet Sharon | Wellness Gap Year Operations Director

Sharon has 30 years of experience in building and launching therapeutic programs for adolescents and young adults; guaranteeing excellence and the highest standards in the industry. As a nationally recognised expert in residential, therapeutic, mental health, and experiential programs, Sharon is dedicated to helping students get what they need, when they need it, with the absolute best care.

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Operations Powerhouse

Sharon Laney is an operations powerhouse. She’s worked with 26 programs in 11 states during her career, always staying close to her core mission of keeping students at the heart of every program; a perfect fit for our new wellness gap year model.

That drive and determination grew from firsthand experience, not just in her work, but in her personal life. As an aunt, Sharon experienced watching her nephew struggle, and the transformative effects therapeutic gap year adventure programming can have.

At the beginning of my career, I ran a family court system and got tired of seeing kids getting locked up and coming out worse rather than better. I’m continually impressed with seeing the change in students that therapeutic gap year adventure programming helps to facilitate. Programming like Rooted Life Adventures is the future of our industry.

Sharon Laney

Industry Leader

Now, a nationally known industry expert who has been actively involved in all aspects of programming, Sharon’s list of past positions held speaks to her passion and knowledge she brings to the industry.

For over 20 years, Sharon was COO of a large mental health/ therapeutic company serving youth in wilderness, residential, therapeutic boarding and transitional settings. She has also demonstrated effective leadership on a national level as the Vice President and President of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP).

Throughout all of her work experiences, Sharon has always kept her love for helping families – and a firm advocacy for ethical, effective treatment strategies – as priorities in her work. She received NATSAP’s Leadership Award in 2010.

What is a Wellness Gap Year?

Rooted Life Adventures is the perfect hybrid programming option for today’s student. This therapeutic gap year model has adventure, without being too “hardcore”, and therapeutic support – without being too clinical – to enable on-the-spot interventions in a timely manner. It’s an ideal program for individuals who would benefit from an adventure program with mental health support, or have completed treatment and are looking for a stepping stone with more opportunity for independence while in a supported and sober environment.

Sharon is also a trained auditor with a national accreditation organization and has conducted various trainings at national conference related to the child care/mental health industry. Previous program involvement includes Auldern Academy, Three Springs, Lakehouse Academy, and Sedona Sky Academy.  Sharon will ensure excellence and the highest standards in Rooted Life Adventures’ new therapeutic gap year programming.

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Meet Christy | Mental Health + Wellness Director

Christy is an exceptionally passionate advocate for the transformative abilities of adventure therapy in improving individual and collective well-being of adolescents and young adults. She came highly recommended from Dr. Maurie Lung, a legend in the adventure therapy and experiential education world.

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Christy joins Rooted Life Adventures as our Mental Health and Wellness Director. Her background comes stacked with firsthand experience working with children and families as a social worker for almost 20 years. She is trained in Child Development and Mental Health, working with children as young as 8, to emerging adults around age 25. Christy has been running New Adventures, her own adventure therapy counseling center, for 5 years.

I use a client-centered approach to my work with folks, as no one knows you better than you know yourself. My hope is to help you see your strengths, and to thrive in them. 

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As our clinical support leader at HQ, you’ll first meet Christy when going through our application process. Her insight will ensure the integrity of our program is upheld, and every student accepted is a fit for our group dynamics. Christy will also support Elise – our field wellness director – while on program, and you may see her on location from time-to-time.

Certified Clinical Adventure Therapist

As an Association of Experiential Education (AEE) Certified Clinical Adventure Therapist (CCAT), Christy has received specialized training in adventure therapy and been recognized for her knowledge, skills, competencies and experience. She is currently serving as the Vice Chair for the Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group, a subgroup of The Association for Experiential Education.

The practice of Adventure Therapy is the prescriptive use of adventure experiences provided by mental health professionals, often conducted in natural settings, that kinesthetically engage individuals, families and groups on cognitive, affective, and behavioral levels (Gass, et al, 2020).

Independently Licensed Social Worker

Christy is an Independently Licensed Social Worker, with a supervision designation, from the state of Ohio. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work specializing in Children and Families, from The University of Cincinnati, in 2008. Christy also spent two years at Capital University, in Bexley, Ohio, earning her Bachelor of Social Work Degree in 2006.

In her spare time Christy loves indulging in the therapeutic effects the simple pleasures in life hold. You’ll find her sitting around a campfire, swinging in a hammock, hiking, playing board games, reading a book, or stargazing with her family and friends.

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Meet Elise | Field Wellness Director

Elise is fun! She’s kind and soft and down to earth with unanimous praise for her work.
She has an incredible presence our students will love and feel comfortable opening up to.

– Austin Rogers, Founder of Rooted Life Adventures
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Elise Scribner, LCSW

Master of Social Work, Portland State University
Bachelor of Social Justice, Quest University Canada

Trained in:
• Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing
• Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (Coping Skills)
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
• Attachment Family Therapy
• Self Management and Recovery Training (SMART)
• Art Therapy
• Motivational Interviewing
• LGBTQ+ Safe Zone Certification

Advocate for Therapeutic Adventure

Elise believes in the profound positive impact that therapeutic adventure can have on student’s mental health and overall wellbeing. She’s seen, firsthand, the transformative outcomes; the culmination of combining adventure, time in nature, positive peer group culture, mentoring, and therapeutic support.

A lot of the time, at the end of a student’s stay, they will start, without prompting, reflecting on how they felt when they first came in to the program. The fact that they are so willing to give feedback really shows me that they’re ready to take the next step. You really see an excitement – a glow – in the students. That’s one of my top favourite things to see.

Elise Scribner, LCSW

First-Hand Experience

Elise was already aware of this impact on herself. Her passion for adventures and being outdoors started early, living on a sailboat with her family at the age of two. She has since fallen in love with rock climbing, snowboarding, summiting mountains, foraging, and jumping into cold rivers and lakes with friends. She has spent three summers in the Alaska commercial fishing industry, exploring stunning coasts, and is always interested in seeking out new places to travel to and explore.

elise - our therapeutic adventure field wellness director - conquering a climb

Elise’s work in the industry began in 2015 at Aspiro Adventure Therapy, the pioneer of wilderness adventure therapy. As a field guide, she was in awe of the profound impact this model had on the students she worked with. Wanting to do more, Elise was inspired to further her education and earn a degree in social work. She moved back to her hometown of Portland, Oregon, to attend graduate school at Portland State University.

In 2020, after earning her Masters of Social Work, as well as becoming a Licensed School Social Worker, Elise returned to Aspiro – now as a Wildness Therapist. She also created and facilitated a Wellness Curriculum for her students including psychoeducation on the dimensions of wellness, group discussions, coping skills, mindfulness practices, and art therapy. Additionally, Elise’s Bachelor’s degree in Social Justice that she received from Quest University Canada in Squamish, British Columbia, helped provide a strong foundation for her focus on equity, enabling her to lead anti-oppression workshops at a variety of different programs.

Everyone deserves to live a life worth living. Therapy is one step that can help young people move toward achieving their goals.

Elise Scribner, LCSW

Survivor & Thriver

As a brain cancer survivor and thriver, Elise loves to discuss concepts such as radical acceptance, self-empowerment, helpful humor, and the importance of connectedness.

Elise’s therapeutic approach is strengths-based, student-centered, and trauma-informed. She integrates Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy while maintaining an equity lens with her students. Elise has used this approach while working with children in the foster care system and with teens in academic settings who struggled with challenges such as early trauma, depression, anxiety, and identity development. 

Elise came highly recommended with unanimous high praise for her ability to integrate wellness and adventure and therapy. She’s known for her masterful approach to tricky cases, especially those she took on in her time as a Wilderness Therapist at Aspiro. She has seen – and done – all of the hard stuff with both adolescents and young adults.

Elise will be onsite 24/7 living with our Rooted Life Adventures students in Costa Rica.

Rooted Life Adventures is NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for our Costa Rica 6-Week Summer Program for Girls Ages 15-17 from June 28 to August 5, 2023.

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