Aaron has a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master’s in Science in Natural Resource Economics from the State University of New York- College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry, a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business Management from Syracuse University and obtained his Master’s in clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Wisconsin- Stout.
Aaron has had a long and winding career journey leading him to mental health counseling. He began working as a wildland firefighter in Montana and transitioned into forestry by the end of college. After college, he served for two years with the Christian Life Movement, first as a camp counselor and environmental educator, then serving as a missionary in various parts of Peru. After returning to the States, he completed his graduate degree studying ways to promote economic development in rural, forested regions of the US before returning to Rice Lake to raise his family. For the past 5 years he has served as the Business Manager for the Catholic Churches in the Rice Lake area, as well as St. Joseph School.
Aaron’s clinical focus is in child and adolescent trauma, but his passion extends beyond as he seeks to serve the whole person: mind, body, and soul. Aaron loves being a source of unconditionality for his clients and focusing on their dignity, goodness, and potential.
WHY THE MENTAL HEALTH FIELD?
Aaron was diagnosed with Bipolar I over ten years ago. Counseling was a huge part of his treatment and showed him that he could flourish and live a full and meaningful life regardless of his diagnosis. This along with his passion for ministry and serving the whole person, is what ultimately led him to Mental Health Counseling.
Outside of work you could find Aaron enjoying the ski hills with his family.