It is with great enthusiasm that we announce the addition of Primary Therapist, Mathew O’Connor, MA, LCAS, ICAADC to our Clinical Team. Matt will be taking adolescent male students, ages 14-18, struggling with co-occurring mental health disorders and substance use. Matt joined Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness in March after years working in primary substance abuse treatment, which is where his passion and expertise lie. Matt has over six years experience working on all levels of care for substance abuse; including education, prevention, treatment and recovery. He has spent the last five months training with our Therapists and Clinical Director and learning every aspect of the Primary Therapist role in the wilderness therapy setting. He has devoted week after week in the field with each of our five groups shadowing individual and group sessions, spending time with the milieu, joining weekly parent and ed consultant calls, and co-facilitating parent support calls.