Trails Momentum, a wilderness therapy program for young adults, ages 18-25, is excited to announce two new additions to their clinical team – Blake Smith, MA-ED, NCC, LPC  and Tai Kulenic, MPS, LPC, ATR-BC. Both Smith and Kulenic join the team in roles as Primary Therapists.

“We are excited to add two such experienced, passionate individuals to our Trails Momentum team”, comments Graham Shannonhouse, Executive Director of Trails Momentum and Trails Carolina. “Their guidance and support of students throughout a student’s therapeutic journey will be invaluable to the progress and success of our students.”

Blake Smith joins the Trails Momentum team as he merges his clinical background and passion for working with young adults and their families with his love of wilderness therapy.

Throughout his 25 year career, Smith has worked with children, adolescents, and young adults in a variety of academic and therapeutic settings.

Most recently he has been a primary therapist at a residential treatment center for young men and a wilderness therapist for adolescents. Stepping into a role working with young adults in an adventure therapy oriented program is a natural progression for him.

“I look forward to the resources offered within the Momentum program as therapy is seldom as effective if removed from a supportive community”, Smith explains.  “In my many years as both as outpatient therapist and as a wilderness therapist – I contend that having the right team of collaborating professionals within the continuum of care is the most important aspect to sustain successful outcomes.”

Tai Kulenic,  MPS, LPC, ATR-BC joins the clinical team after working for several years at Trails Carolina, Trails Momentum’s sister program for adolescents. As a Trails Momentum primary therapist, Kulenic will be doing individual therapy, family therapy, and student group therapy sessions.  She has a rich and diverse background that includes private practice, community mental health, and inpatient psychiatry. Kulenic’s previous work with young adults has her excited to begin working with this population again.

“I look forward to meeting each student where they are in their individual process and working with them to build the social and emotional skills needed for their future independence.” says Kulenic.

In addition to her certification as an LPC, Kulenic is also a certified Art therapist and will be conducting experiential art therapy with students as part of the therapeutic process.  The open studio will provide materials and guided projects with structured therapeutic intentions, and will be part of both the Trails Momentum and the Trails Carolina curriculum.

About Trails Momentum

Trails Momentum is a co-ed adventure-based wilderness therapy program for young adults ages 18-25.  

Located in the mountains of western North Carolina, Trails Momentum offers a transformative, whole student centered growth experience for young adults struggling to launch themselves into adulthood. Adventure programming, clinical services, education, service-learning, and community living are seamlessly interwoven to maximize the transference of important life skills in order to empower students to make the transition into independence.

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