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Counseling Center

Therapy on the Rocks

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.

Who can participate?

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.

Where do you do it?

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.

What’s a typical session “look like”?

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.

How can I schedule a session?

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.