Glyn Deputy - Wilderness Therapist

Glyn Deputy grew up among the Rocky Mountains of southeast Idaho. His first backcountry journey at age 13 was with Parks and Recreation, a 7 day backpacking trip in the high basins of the jagged Sawtooth Mountains. He later became a volunteer ranger and fire lookout for three summers in the vast Bob Marshall Wilderness of Montana. Other adventures include backcountry skiing, whitewater rafting, summiting peaks, wildlife and nature viewing, and solo retreats and extended meditation retreats.

Glyn earned a Bachelors degree at the University of Idaho in 1999, majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Anthropology. Next, he was chomping at the bit to help others move "mountains" of self-illusion out of the way; thus his Masters of Education degree was gained (2003), with a specialty in Community Counseling and Vocational Rehabilitation. In the surrounding rural and frontier communities near the confluence of the Salmon, Clearwater and mighty-Snake Rivers in Idaho, Glyn spent three years serving children, teens, and families as a mental health therapist and psycho-social rehabilitation specialist. He also gained a year of excellent experience as a Disability Specialist at Washington State University, helping transitioning young adults with access to higher education in spite of physically, mentally or emotionally disabling conditions. Glyn recently offered up seven years of clinical treatment coordination and psychotherapy services to the community, all while cultivating a personality centered in the heart more so than in the the mind. He delved even further by volunteering for a local grief support center, facilitating Suicide Loss bereavement groups. Never to fear, Glyn is very grounded in the responsibilities and realities of day to day living and safety, and he approaches students with a strong experiential, academic and clinical background that in turn supports excellent Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy interventions. Moreover, he can draw on the Dialectic Behavioral Therapy focus of building discrete skills in emotion regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness. He tries to stay deeply aware of the significance of over-arching developmental stages throughout one’s lifespan and for psycho-education he will often add this scope. Motivational Interviewing techniques are utilized for verbalizing and changing stuck and resistant patterns of behaviors, in particular regarding substance abuse problems. Finally, Narrative Therapy is an approach Glyn frequently utilizes to help clients "map" new and healthy personal narratives supported with rich description. In this way the client's language becomes a kind of “scaffold" for the potential of accessing greater self-reflection and insight into solving old problems, identifying unique outcomes and generating new self-discoveries.