Erin Johnson - Wilderness Therapist

Erin wandered over to the Pacific Northwest from the land of 10,000 lakes, Minnesota. She has been working with young people since 2003. Her experience began with case management for youth at risk of homelessness, family conflict/violence, truancy, CPS (Child Protective Services), and more. While pursuing her Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy Erin spent time providing in-home family therapy for youth suffering from depression, ADHD, OCD, ODD, and Conduct disorders. When she is not in the field with Rites of Passage Erin is working for The Emily Program a mental health clinic that provides individual, family and group therapy for adults and young people struggling with eating disorders, substance use disorders, depression/anxiety, etc. Her approach to individual therapy is narrative and strength-based focused on a person's inner ability to find their own healing and direction. In family therapy she values each member by guiding their ability to communicate and understand one another.

Growing up in Minnesota she was able to take advantage of all the water it had to offer: canoeing, kayaking, sailing, wind surfing, swimming, you name it. Life as a young person is not always easy, she experienced firsthand the healing power of the wilderness, which ultimately led to many adventures. Now you can find Erin hiking the Olympics with her partner and dog, cooking creative meals over a raging campfire, or enjoying her backyard garden.