Barrett's clinical experience through graduate school included groups, inpatient, outpatient, individuals, couples, and families. He worked with struggling adolescents and their families at the Adventure Program; using therapeutic interventions for better understanding of their relationships, roles, and strengths through trauma and truancy. Barrett also worked with intensive outpatient substance abuse groups, educating and guiding clients through their way out of addiction. While engaging these populations, Barrett also worked with comorbid disorders groups. His trainings in substance abuse therapy, Internal Family Systems, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy have remained pivotal in his work since. After receiving a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2010, Barrett immediately returned to wilderness therapy as a therapist assistant with True North Wilderness Program.
Barrett's desire to help young adults began from an awakening of his own at age 17. His passion since has been to help others find their true Self, beyond the roles, pressures, and confusion life can bring. Barrett then pursued psychology and helped create a wilderness-based mentoring program for fostered adolescents while working on his bachelor's degree. He discovered wilderness therapy in 2005 while backpacking the Appalachian Trail, and began his work as a field guide with Second Nature immediately after. Barrett then became a senior mentor for other field staff, until beginning his graduate work in 2008.
After 13 years of experience with adolescents and their families, Barrett's passion for his work carries into Crossroads. "I appreciate the significant difference between an office and a mountain, recognizing the opportunity to utilize the natural world as a place for growth, healing, reflection, and joy. I welcome and value the opportunities for sincere dialog, unguarded reflection, and contemplation that can be had through the activities with students at Crossroads."
Barrett's greatest love is for his wife, who shares in most of his adventure-based passions. Together they spend most weekends in the woods, in the desert, on a river, in a canyon, or atop a mountain. Barrett invests his free time rock climbing, backpacking, mountain biking, canyoneering, snowboarding, and meditating. He embraces the mental, emotional, and physical challenges his passions entail as well as the beauty surrounding them.