Gwen Hayes, MSW
Course Leader / Therapist
Gwen was born and raised in Southern Maine and is a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. She developed a love for experiential learning and outdoor adventure early on. Gwen received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Clark University and soon after moved to Southern Utah to begin her career in wilderness therapy as a guide. She was drawn to the field where mental health, experiential learning, and outdoor adventure intersected. Gwen discovered a passion for working with adolescents in the wilderness environment and continued on to work with adolescents in private residential treatment and therapeutic boarding school settings in Utah. Gwen returned to wilderness therapy as a field guide at True North. She continued to guide for True North throughout graduate school.
Gwen earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern Maine. At USM Gwen also gained experience in case management and as a school social worker at an adventure-based Alternative Education school. After earning her degree, Gwen gained valuable experience in family therapy working as an in-home child and family therapist in Southern Maine.
Returning to True North as a course leader fulfilled a dream for Gwen. Gwen loves helping students truly come into themselves in this setting. She has experience with a wide variety of students. Gwen excels at working with clinically complex students who may be presenting with oppositional defiance, mood disorders, risky, acting out and other unproductive behaviors. Her practice is strengths-based, client-centered, and relational. She draws from Narrative Therapy, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, Neuroscience, and Experiential Therapy approaches.
Outside of work Gwen enjoys cooking, campfires, kayaking, running 10ks, and hiking. Her current goal is to summit all 67 4,000+’ mountains in New England.