Rock climbing is a powerful non-traditional therapeutic tool. With no skill necessary, climbing can be used as a kinesthetic metaphor to work through concerns about confidence, physical performance or appearance, interpersonal issues, or simply the way you relate to yourself.
Anyone. Seriously! No skill is needed, and in fact not initially feeling comfortable with climbing has been a common experience for people who have enjoyed Therapy on the Rocks. Instruction is provided and you will be completely safe throughout the experience. Therapy on the Rocks is NOT about making it to the top; it’s about improving how you live your life.
We are so lucky to have a world-class rock wall right here on campus. Mostly, sessions take place at the wall. On rare occasions, we may be able to schedule individual or group sessions at an outdoor site.
Our first meeting will be at the counseling center, where we will discuss your goals and how we can use climbing to benefit you. Subsequent sessions will be spent climbing. We’ll start with talking about your goals for the session, climb, and then process a bit more after.
Just call the counseling center at 315-859-4340, and let them know you’d like to see David Walden.
Therapy on the Rocks is offered by David Walden, licensed psychologist and mildly obsessed rock climber. David began offering therapeutic climbing and outdoor experiences to combine his personal and professional interests, and is committed to providing a helpful and safe climbing experience.
Appointments can be made by calling the Counseling Center at 315-859-4340 or by stopping by the Counseling Center office on the second floor of the Rudd Building. The Office Coordinator can schedule an appointment for a student with any of the professional therapists in the office.
If you are in crisis and want to talk with an off-campus resource, please feel free to call 1-800-273-TALK or text "START" to 741741.
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Fall/Spring