- Bachelors of Social Work, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah
- Masters of Social Work, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho
Austin holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work and, having completed his Master’s practicum at Bridge House, is now a therapist here. Before completing his graduate degree, Austin gained experience working in a residential treatment setting at a local therapeutic boarding school as a dorm counselor for five years. There, he supported adolescent boys predominantly struggling with anxiety disorders, depression, and OCD. Austin has found that this experience has provided him with insight and skills that he has been able to readily apply to his current work with the diverse population that Bridge House serves. Having worked in a different treatment setting, Austin appreciates the unique and thoughtful approach that Bridge House takes in its methods to stabilize, assess, and diagnose people struggling with mental illness. He finds that the individualized, yet inclusive programming found at Bridge House allows for a diverse group of residents to live, heal, and grow together.
Austin feels lucky to have been born and raised in Utah, where he has spent much of his free time exploring the varied terrain found here and taking backcountry backpacking trips when he can. During the winters when he finds it to be too cold for backpacking, Austin takes advantage of Utah’s world-renowned snow and spends his time skiing in the mountains of northern Utah. Aside from his adventurous hobbies, Austin is also very passionate about astronomy and science and enjoys spending time with his family and his pet cat Tiptoe.
Hope, Health & Healing
Austin believes that an important aspect of effective care and treatment is recognizing that every person has their own unique journey on the road to hope, health, and healing. His experience working at Bridge House has only solidified this belief, as he has seen how individualized care and attention have allowed so many residents to develop a foundation of healing and wellbeing. Austin believes that people can only begin their healing process when their basic needs are met, when they are provided a non-judgmental space to be heard, and when they are a part of a supportive community that provides compassion and understanding. Austin is grateful and excited to be part of a treatment team that seeks to provide all of those things to the residents it serves.
Working in Mental Health since: 2013
Working at Bridge House since: 2019