Our story began with the spark of an idea in the sunny, scorching hot west desert of Utah. It was 2012 and Jacque was working as a field staff for a wilderness therapy program for at-risk youth. As she was walking along the dusty paths of the desert floor with a group of clients she began to wonder, what if families walked the same paths and engaged in the same activities as their children? How could the wilderness benefit individuals who struggle with traditional office-based therapy? What kind of healing could outdoor therapeutic treatment facilitate for people from all walks of life?
In 2018 Rooted Adventure Therapy began to lead families and groups into the wilderness to go deep, get connected, and explore the wilderness. What happened for participants was a transformation of self-esteem, confidence, and self reflection. The ability to distance oneself from everyday distractions and immerse in the wilderness allowed for a sense of relief and a release of expectations. When you can step out of the everyday hustle and bustle of work and home life, you can allow your mind and body to process through your relationships, experiences, and the underlying roots to unwanted behaviors.
Rooted Adventure Therapy’s mission is simple: To help families and individuals explore their deeper selves and heal their relationships through immersion in nature.
The idea to combine therapy and the wilderness is not a new concept. It is a fundamental practice that everyone should have access to. The pathway to getting rooted and growing into the strong, vibrant,resilient person you are starts with YOU! Rooted Adventure Therapy can help support your journey of exploration and feed the seeds of change.
Jacque Serrano, LCSW, CADC 1
is a licensed psychotherapist, Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, and our Clinical Director. She received her Master of Social Work from Portland State University in 2015. Jacque has lead therapeutic wilderness trips in the backcountry regions of Oregon, Washington, California, and Utah. For the past six years Jacque has worked as a therapist with youth and families in drug and alcohol treatment facilities, outpatient mental health clinics, and community based settings. Prior to her work as a therapist, she worked in wilderness therapy as a field guide, in Special Education as an Instructional Aide and a consultant to parents for children with autism. She is a Certified Wilderness First Responder and has been working as a professional backpacking guide for 8 years.
Specialties & Areas of Focus:
Teens, Foster & Adoption, LGBTQIAA, Children & their Families, Trauma & PTSD, Intergenerational & Systemic Trauma, Attachment and Relational Challenges, Self-harm and Suicidal Ideation, Anxiety, Depression, Wilderness therapy
Kaysey Crump, CSWA
is our Administrative Director. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Belmont University in 2007 and Master of Social Work from Portland State University in 2015. Kaysey has spent three years working as a therapist with children and families in domestic violence agencies, schools, and therapeutic foster homes., Kaysey worked in to increase the economic stability of survivors of domestic violence both in emergency shelter and community based settings. She specialized in serving families, and LGBTQIAA survivors in the Portland, OR area.
Prior to moving to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Kaysey worked as a fundraising and development professional for organizations in Denver, CO and Washington, DC.
I am a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Oregon. My Oregon license number is #L4790, I will abide by all relevant state statues, rules, and ethical codes. You may contact the Oregon State Board of Clinical Social Workers with questions: (503) 378-5735.
You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.