Joey Werner is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with an extensive background in outdoor recreation. Joey provides individual and family therapy and also collaborates with local schools to provide mental health support to students in a classroom setting. Joey believes in an experiential approach to personal growth and has found being outside in nature tends to be a wonderful way to developing personal clarity. Joey is excited about helping individuals and families succeed using existing strengths and resources on their journey toward reaching goals or finding greater meaning.
Joey grew up in Columbus, Ohio and earned the rank of Eagle with the Boy Scouts of America before attending Unity College in Maine to learn about adventure education. Upon graduation, Joey guided teenagers and youth-at-risk through outdoor/therapeutic programs in Maine, New Mexico, Utah and Ohio before pursuing additional education in family therapy. This decision was made based on the idea that individuals create lasting healing through both self-improvement and through mending and growing relationships with significant others.
Joey attended graduate school at Antioch University New England and earned a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Joey and his family moved to Western North Carolina in 2009 and Joey continued guiding teenagers through adventure programs based in the mountains surrounding Asheville. Joey most recently served as an Intensive In-Home therapist with Family Preservation Services in Asheville before transitioning to his current role with the Blue Ridge Treks team.
Joey enjoys playing ultimate (Frisbee), disc golf, hiking, gardening and home projects, reading, hanging out with friends and sharing experiences with his wife, two dogs and daughter.