Meet Our Staff

“Let the beauty we live be what we do.” – Rumi



photo of katieKatie Asmus, MA, LPC, BMP is a licensed psychotherapist, life coach, teacher, mentor and wilderness guide with over 25 years of professional experience working with people in and out of the wilderness. Katie incorporates body-mind connection, the natural world, expressive arts and contemplative awareness into her work with others. She works with individuals as well as groups to bring forth their innate wisdom and to support them in opening their minds and hearts to greater possibilities. Read More


Ila Anemone Zeeb - Somatic Wilderness Therapy Institute TherapistIla Anemone Zeeb, MA, LPCC is committed to ethical psychotherapy practice and continuous reflection on cultural and systemic issues. She understands it takes tremendous courage to reach out for answers to our most intimate questions and challenges. Her therapeutic approach is rooted in an understanding of the nervous system and the mind-body connection. Ila integrates trauma theories, EMDR, body psychotherapies, neuroscience, attachment, and cultural theories to bring a social equity and anti-oppression lens to therapy. Read More


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Lisa Kennemur, MA Candidate, SWTI Intern, is passionate about helping others find what makes them feel grounded and connected to others. A Navy veteran (24+ years of service) and an outdoor enthusiast, Lisa utilizes a client-centered approach to therapy to help others discover their own inner wisdom and innate tendency towards healing. She works individually with adolescents (14 and up) and adults. She is currently pursuing her MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy at Naropa University. Read More


photo of rachelRachel Seely, MA, LPCC, works with individuals and couples on developing safety and resources to experience more embodied presence, awareness, and resolution of distressing issues. She specializes in personal & spiritual growth, chronic illness, death and dying, life transitions & loss, relationship issues, childhood trauma, and gender/sexual trauma. Her past experience as a postpartum doula and hospice chaplain informs her current transpersonal and mindfulness-based therapeutic approaches to supporting healing & transformation. Read More

photo of taraTara McGovern-Ortiz, MA, LPCC, works with individuals, couples, families and groups of all ages and backgrounds, who are navigating a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, grief, PTSD, and acculturation stress. With a background in culturally sensitive therapy and somatic awareness, Tara’s growth-oriented outlook promotes empowerment and resilience. Bridging the past, present and future in intuitive and creative ways, she uses intention and humor to help identify both internal and external resources for navigating life’s challenges. Read More


Tasha Eichenseher, MA Candidate, SWTI Intern, combines mindfulness and meditation, nature-based practices, yoga, ritual, and psychotherapy to facilitate mind-body-soul experiences that nurture nervous system regulation, attunement, and peace of mind. She works to help adult and teenage clients move through anxiety, depression, anger, pain, and grief to unearth their authentic selves and navigate transition with integrity. Read More 


Collaborators & Trainers

photo of angelaAngela Aaron, MA, LPC believes fully that our capacity to evolve and grow is earth shattering, just like the roots of a tree. She is the founder of Expanding Roots Integrative Wellness and co-founder of the Sacred Path Healing Center, a collaborative of integrative practitioners in Boulder, Colorado. Angela is an integrative psychotherapist, wilderness therapist, group facilitator, supervisor, and teaches at the Naropa Graduate School of Psychology and teaches Intro to Therapeutic Nature-based Interventions in partnership with the Somatic Wilderness Therapy Institute. She has been working in the mental health field for over 15 years and feels truly blessed that she found her calling in this work. Learn more about Angela’s work at


photo of HaaweateaHaaweatea Holly Bryson, MA specializes in transformation, trauma and life transition. She works with individuals and families as a Therapist, Māori Healing practitioner, Rite of Passage Trainer, and Vision Quest guide. Nature Knows is a subsidiary of The Suzerain Group in Hawai’i, where she is the Lead Therapist and Trainer. She has worked with communities toward the ressurgence of Rites of Passage across Australia, Aotearoa, China, the US, and Hawai’i. She is Katie’s co-founder and co-teacher of the Ceremony & Rites of Passage Global Training. Learn more about Haaweatea’s work at




photo of lizLiz Westendorf acts as our Administrative Coordinator and Marketing Director. She brings with her a deep love for the natural world and a background in communications, somatic coaching and embodiment guidance. Whether working with businesses, groups, or individuals, her passion is facilitating personal and social transformation through radical embodiment, emotional resilience, and creative liberation and expression – largely through her coaching and consulting practice, Body Prayer. She is delighted to nurture the growth of SWTI, support our clients and program participants, and to keep us all laughing with some wit and wordplay.


Our Services & Programs

We offer the following services and programs. Click below to find out more about each of these:

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