Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness is proud to announce the addition of Danielle Hava, LCSW and Anne Wilzbacher, MA, LPC.

Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness employs the best therapists and tenured field staff in the industry, offering the most clinically sophisticated, effective and individualized programming possible for its clients and their families. As part of Blue Ridge’s commitment to creating a culture and team of people who are dedicated to learning, growing and working at Blue Ridge, they have added a Nutritionist, Parent Therapist, Primary Therapists and Director of Business Development.

Danielle Hava, LCSW
Director of Business Development

Danielle-cropped-1.jpgDanielle’s role at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness is to lead the team in developing and cultivating referral relations and business development. With over ten years in the treatment industry, Danielle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and earned her Master of Science Degree in Social Work from Columbia University. She has worked with adolescents, young adults, and families in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings.

Danielle naturally builds supportive relationships and is skilled at connecting with all kinds of people. Having a clinical background has been invaluable in her outreach roles and understanding the issues young people and their families struggle with has provided Danielle with a unique perspective and approach to lead Blue Ridge’s marketing and business development. Over the last ten years, Danielle’s experience has allowed her to gain a wealth of knowledge and has elevated her pursuit for personal connection. She has developed many referral relationships and she loves traveling around the country and partnering with educational consultants who play a critical role in Blue Ridge’s treatment and the families they serve.

Danielle’s official start date is April 1st and her email is and can be contacted at (516) 662-1494. Danielle has been influential in strengthening referral relations within organizations and the team at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness is thrilled to welcome her into the culture and community.


Anne Wilzbacher, MA, LPC
Primary Therapist
anne-w.jpgBlue Ridge is proud to announce the addition of Anne Wilzbacher, MA, LPC to their team of highly experienced and trained clinicians. Anne has astute insight, and with her observations, has the ability to swiftly assess and directly address students in a way that is both disarming and incredibly warm and compassionate. She is highly skilled in identifying family dynamics, working with trauma and eating disorders. She is drawn to helping students find a strong sense of identity, by helping them discover their own innate tools. In addition, she also has expertise in working with mood disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse and addiction. She is versed in psychodynamic theory, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness approaches, group dynamic interventions, somatic-based practices, and Family Systems Therapy. Anne’s strengths will help grow the Adolescent Boys program at Blue Ridge.

Anne is a Licensed Professional Counselor and earned her Master’s degree in Psychology, Contemplative Psychotherapy. She is highly respected having worked in both wilderness and transitional living programs since 2004. Anne joins the Clinical Team at Blue Ridge from Open Sky Wilderness in Colorado. Anne’s official start date is April 24th and her email is and be contacted at (970) 426-9207.


Growing and improving while helping more families in 2017!

Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness is updating their brand messaging, website (look for it this month!), and marketing to connect with their goals and vision, conveying:

  • Wilderness therapy is a responsible and safe option for a family.
  • Our clinically-integrated and individualized approach has a very high success rate.
  • We care about the industry and relationships with professionals.
  • Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness provides the most individualized therapy in the industry.

Our goal is to run Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness in a way that reflects our unwavering commitment to quality and sustainability in all the programs we offer.

Dan McDougal
Executive Director

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Blue Ridge operates with the same guiding principles it was founded on. Safety is, and has always been, the number one priority while offering the highest level of customer service and clinical expertise available in a wilderness therapy setting.