Erik Flaten

Position: Family Specialist, Nest Family Services

Erik has been working with Deschutes Wilderness Therapy (DWT) since February 2021 and has experience as a Field Guide, Logistics Transporter, and now as a Family Specialist with Nest Family Services. Erik is an Oregon native who has traveled extensively and lived in many places worldwide. Erik has his BA in Psychology.

Before working with DWT in the Nest team, Erik was an ESL teacher, working with students aged 4 to 18. Erik chose to work at DWT because of his passion for service, adventure, and the natural introspection and challenge that the work entails.

Erik offers a deep capacity for compassion and calmness, even when conversations and situations can become challenging and difficult to navigate.

During Erik’s free time, you will likely find him rock climbing at Smith Rock, creating music with friends, or catching the last sun rays of the day.