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Joe Kotynek

Clinical Assistant at Evoke Therapy Intensives

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Joe Kotynek

Clinical Assistant at Evoke Therapy Intensives

Joe’s compassion, authenticity, and proven track record of leadership and collaboration allows him to help foster a culture of connection and safety throughout the Intensive experience. Drawing from his background as a wilderness field instructor and assistant education director in wilderness therapy, Joe brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to help Intensive participants maximize the therapeutic benefits of their Evoke experience.

Education & Prior Work Experience

Moving from the Windy City of Chicago in the mid 1990’s to rural Utah, Joe was in pursuit of meaningful work with youth and their families. This journey led Joe to discover his natural ability to help young people and families harness the therapeutic power of wilderness treatment. Combining his experience with at-risk youth from the inner city, young adults struggling with academic challenges with adults facing life’s struggles, Joe is currently in the process of fulfilling his dream of becoming a therapist and clinical social worker.
Joe is currently pursuing a Masters of Social Work degree from Utah State University. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Utah State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from North Park University in Chicago. Having worked in different capacities in wilderness therapy for seven years, Joe has been involved with many dimensions of the transformative process of wilderness therapy. Whether as an instructor, a medical team member, or the assistant education director, Joe found ways to help others see the lessons of the wilderness experience. With the safety training and background of a climbing instructor, Joe worked to develop a ropes course program to facilitate personal insight and growth by linking the immediate lessons of “high ropes” to the hard-gained lessons of wilderness.

Strengths

Leaving the urban life, Joe has spent the last 25 years living and enjoying the mountains and deserts of Utah. Having experienced a wide range of life challenges and personal achievements, Joe has joined the Evoke Intensives team to follow his calling to help others on their path to a meaningful life. Working with individuals and groups along with his own personal transformative inquiry, some of the strengths Joe brings to the Intensives program are empathy, compassion, and perspective of life’s struggles. Having a basis in humanistic/client centered therapy and Buddhist mindfulness Joe brings forth a compassionate and non-directive guidance to the individual in finding their own truth. Having made deliberate steps on his own personal journey. Joe understands the challenges we all face in finding authentic connection to self and others.

Interests

Joe’s mantra is “bike to ski, then ski to bike.” When not out on adventure or doing school work, Joe is at home with his wife and son enjoying their company. Joe and his family are active gardeners who look forward to waking up early to be in the garden with the chickens and large cups of coffee.