David 2023David Wynn, LCMHC, WFR

“When humans know themselves,

                     The rest of nature is right there.”

                                          –Gary Snyder

My name is David Wynn. I am a licensed counselor and wilderness guide. After working for over a decade in outdoor education and recreation, my path brought me into the mental health field where I have been happily wandering since 2015. In 2020, I earned my MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and joined the family of clinicians here at Blue Ridge Treks.

I offer individual and group therapy for adolescents and adults. My therapeutic approach is experiential, relational, and naturalistic, blending mindfulness-, somatic-, narrative-, and nature-based modalities. I believe that each person I meet with in therapy carries their own wisdom and together we are gently shepherding their self-study through curiosity and reflection.

I offer sessions outdoors at nearby trailheads and parks. The presence of the more-than-human world invites us into deeper relationship and meaning, while mirroring the awe and peril of our personal lives. There are innumerable benefits to practicing therapy outdoors. We can walk-and-talk, find a place to sit quietly, or explore the natural world through woodcraft, observation, land art, and (sometimes) berry picking.

Complementary to my work as a professional counselor, I also teach courses on Wilderness/nature-based therapy at Southwestern Community College and Western Carolina University, facilitate rites-of-passage/transpersonal ecology experiences with wildmind, and advise the board of directors for Journeymen.

I live in the town of Hot Springs with my wife and two kids, a clowder of cats, a rascal dog, and a small herd of llamas. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing music, foraging wild mushrooms, canoeing the local waterways, and wandering the endless coves of our Southern Appalachian Mountains.


NC Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor #15902

M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, WCU

B.A. English Language and Literature, ASU
B.S. Agroecology, ASU
Certified Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapist, MEC
Certified Forest Therapy Guide, ANFT
Wilderness First Responder, SOLO
CPR/AED, American Red Cross
Professional Trainings:
Natural Flow EMDR
Climate Informed Clinician
Hakomi Mindful Somatic Therapy
Internal Family Systems
Professional Memberships:
Curtis, R., Roberts, L., Graves, E., Rainey, H. T., Wynn, D., Krantz, D., & Wieloch, V. (2020). The role of psychedelics and counseling in mental health treatment. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 42(4), 323-338. https://doi.org/10.17744/mehc.42.4.03
Schultz, C. S., McKeown, J. K. L., & Wynn, D. (2020). Altmetrics: Measuring engagement with contemporary leisure scholarship. Leisure Sciences, 42(1), 123-131. https://doi.org/10.1080/01490400.2019.1682727