Bio – Krissy Pozatek, MSW

Krissy has had over 15 years of experience in the wilderness therapy and adolescent treatment field. She graduated from Middlebury College with a joint undergraduate degree in environmental studies and geography. She started in the therapeutic field as an instructor in wilderness therapy programs, working with both adjudicated and at-risk youth. She later worked at the therapeutic ranch school, Montana Academy, when it first launched.

Krissy went on to complete her graduate training in clinical social work, at both Smith College School for Social Work and at N.M. Highlands University.

Krissy then returned to wilderness therapy as a field therapist. She worked at Aspen Achievement Academy, she then worked at Second Nature Wilderness Program in Duchesne. Krissy’s clinical experience includes the treatment of depression, anxiety, dual diagnosis, adoption issues, trauma, self-harming behavior, substance abuse, and family system problems.

Krissy currently works as a parent coach with parents of struggling adolescents and young adults, in her coaching practice, Parallel Process, established in 2006. Krissy also conducts parent workshops, seminars, lectures all over the country. She was a visiting professor at Middlebury College. Krissy also works with Second Nature 360, which is a home transition program.

Krissy is the author of: Brave Parenting: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Raising Emotionally Resilient Children, published by Wisdom Publications, 2014.

The Parallel Process: Growing alongside your adolescent or young adult child in treatment, published by Lantern Books, 2010.

Krissy grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and in New Hampshire and Vermont. She lived in the West for 10 years working in adolescent programs, and now lives in Vermont with her family.

Krissy's lighthearted, humorous, gentle, and especially non-judgmental nature never failed to lift our spirits. I always appreciated her many stories and her use of metaphors to simply illustrate concepts which she felt we needed to deeply understand and begin to implement. I have worked in the medical field for almost 30 years now and have met many people along the way, but Krissy Pozatek stands out as one of the most gifted and talented people I have ever met. I wholeheartedly recommend her to "everyone" because I think that anyone would be lucky to have her as their therapist! We are forever grateful to her for her brilliant insights, her amazing skill at teaching us more appropriate responses, and most importantly, for helping us to heal our family. Susan P. (Parent of adolescent boy)
Having to send a child to Wilderness and then on to Therapeutic Boarding School was one of the lowest points of our lives and yet we realize now that we were truly blessed to have met Krissy. With her vast experience, eclectic knowledge, and abiding wisdom, Krissy has guided us through darkness and deep despair into the light and an ultimately successful outcome for our family. It has been an 18- month journey so far. During this time, she helped us “stay the course” when every fiber of our being wanted to “rescue our child.


Susan - California USA
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