Mandy Demetriou, CSWA

Position: Field Therapist

Mandy Demetriou is the field therapist for the young adult program at Deschutes Wilderness Therapy and is a clinical social work associate in the State of Oregon. In 2017, Mandy completed her BS in Outdoor Education with an emphasis on group work/interpersonal relationships and psychology at Georgia College and State University.

Mandy worked as an outdoor instructor for several years at various guiding organizations instructing adolescents and families in backpacking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, and mountaineering. This is where she developed a passion for creating experiences and safe places for others to grow and is what propelled her to pursue a Master of Social Work.

During a two-year clinical internship, she worked in the school system conducting therapy for families and students in addition to conducting research for the county to provide equal access to mental health services. Post graduate school, she specialized in eating disorders at an outpatient clinic. This experience ignited her desire to dive into somatic interventions for her clients to reconnect with their bodies as a source of healing.

Over the years, Mandy has received training in therapeutic modalities such as DBT, CBT, and TF-CBT; however, believes that skills-based interventions only begin to scratch the surface of our deepest wounds and narratives. Her passion and respect for the transformative powers of the outdoors led her to pursue wilderness therapy at DWT as an avenue to provide trauma-informed, strengths-based, relational therapy for her clients. She is excited to engage with the group as a field therapist as she believes that relationships can cause the most damage and will also provide the most healing.

After work, you can find Mandy fly fishing, reading, dancing around her kitchen to her new favorite playlist, or training for her next outdoor adventure. Mandy loves creating experiences for friends through game nights and potlucks, and the casual couch hang outs. On the weekends, you can find her driving to her next mountaineering or climbing objective in the Cascades.