Wingate Wilderness

P.O. Box 347 
Kanab, UT 84741


Brad Matheson

Boys and Girls

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In order to truly individualize treatment, WinGate works on a flexible length-of-stay basis with an average stay of about 8 weeks. This gives the therapist the time and opportunity to understand the specific needs of each child and work closely with parents and referring professionals in preparing all necessary elements of transition.

Student Profiles

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Wingate has the first therapist that was able to get through to me. She helped me in ways no other therapist could.

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Want to see if Wilderness therapy would be a good fit for your teen? Click here to find out if the Wingate Wilderness program is right for you.

WinGate’s Wilderness Therapy program provides safe and proven intervention for students between the ages of 13 through 17 struggling with a range of behavioral and emotional issues including:

Academic Underachievement Substance Abuse
Family Conflict Obsessive / Compulsive Behaviors
Poor Self-Esteem Traits of Personality Disorders
Resistance to Authority Reaction to Traumatic Experiences
Depression / Anxiety Eating Disorders
Learning Differences Adoption
Negative Peer Groups Oppositional Behaviors
Attention Deficits / Inattention Mood Instability
Anger Management Body Image Distortion
Bereavement / Loss Lack of motivation/direction

Our goal is to provide immediate and lasting solutions to your child’s problems.

At WinGate you can rest assured that your teen will receive appropriate treatment in a caring and professional environment.

If you’re ready to give your child the benefit of this breakthrough program, simply complete this form for a free consultation.

Your child could re-connect with their true self, develop relationships of trust with you and your family, understanding their potential and making life altering changes towards successful living.

Master Level therapy

WinGate therapists are in the field with their students for 2 days each week. During this time individual and group sessions help student work through specific issues as they focus on an individualized treatment plan. In addition to the relationship with the therapist, students interact daily with trained and caring staff, who guide them on their path

The stunning landscape of southern Utah provides a powerful backdrop for a life-changing experience.

Wingate is the only wilderness program authorized to operate in the scenic western section of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument situated between Lake Powell and Zion National Park.

In this awe-inspiring expanse of red rock formations and high desert terrain, students are challenged to build foundations for a new beginning.

Here your teen will embark on an adventure of a lifetime that will provide them with the opportunity for solitude, support and reflection leading to insight and a whole new direction.

YES! WinGate works closely with Clark Behavioral Health to offer loans for those who qualify. If you are interested in looking into these options, please click here, or call our admissions team with specific questions. In addition to finance options, WinGate accepts all major credit cards.

Shayne Gallagher – Executive Director
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For the past 19 years, Shayne has been working with students and families in providing a wilderness experience that influences teens and families to heal from within. With his deep passion and understanding of the innate therapeutic effects of a wilderness experience in the lives of young people, Shayne has become a recognized leader in teen treatment.

Shayne began working with adolescents in 1986, designing a program for students which focused on principle centered leadership, building self-esteem, and sustaining a positive peer culture. This led him to begin working with teens in the outdoors in 1990 as a “Field Instructor”. With over 1400 days in the field, Shayne understands how the wilderness affects change. This “in-field” experience launched his career as a Trainer, Program Developer, Field Director, Program Director, and now Executive Director, and has put him on a short list as one of the most experienced outdoor professionals in the history of the wilderness industry.

Shayne has presented at professional conferences including NATSAP, NATWC, and Naropa, on the subjects of Ethics in Counseling; Intervention without Coercion; Mentorship in Wilderness Settings; Making Primitive Musical Instruments; The Use of Metaphor in Wilderness Therapy; and Inviting Inquiry.

Shayne’s life and career has been devoted to helping students and families find hope for the future. As testimony to this ability one student stated “Shayne found a way to impact my life more than any other person I encountered on the trail. He is the kind of person who is truly gifted at reaching inside a teen’s soul and bringing to light its innate greatness.”

Scott Hess, M.A., LMFT – Clinical Director
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Helping families and children create marked change is a guiding value in Scott’s career. Having worked with teens and their families for 16 years, Scott’s ability to break through the often calloused and hardened shell of severely oppositional children, and reach core issues, has helped hundreds of students make this marked change. With unyielding zeal, Scott builds relationships of trust and respect, inviting students to find themselves, and heal their relationships.
After finishing his professional degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Scott began his career working with juvenile sex offenders in locked facilities. After gaining valuable skills in this arena, Scott moved into the private pay sector working in several residential and wilderness programs as a Counselor, Clinical Director, and Executive Director. His training in family systems has brought a valuable focus on creating solutions for the entire family system, while helping students make imperative choices at a critical time in their life.
Throughout his career, Scott has focused on his own development and is always looking to become better skilled, and prepared to intervene in a way that promotes success. This focus on personal development has helped him professionally gain a solid reputation as an industry leader. More importantly, this focus has helped him personally as he and his wife raise their 4 children.

Clark Hammond, Ph.D. LMFT – Primary Therapist
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As a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Dr. Hammond brings a vast degree of experience and success in working with families. His knowledge of family systems and their inherent challenges brings a significant focus on the underlying needs of students.

Clark has served on the faculty in various capacities at the University of South Dakota, Brigham Young University, and Oregon State University, and has worked with individuals, couples, families, and businesses though his private therapy and consulting practice.

Most recently, Clark has worked in both wilderness and residential program settings and developed a recognized name in working with teens struggling with a wide variety of issues. With a great deal of patience and wisdom, Clark reaches students at their level and helps them create a desire for change for themselves. His clinical depth and understanding creates strong assessments and treatment plans for each family’s future success.

Amy Jeppesen, LCSW – Primary Therapist
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Amy has been working with youth and their families to bring about healing for the past 9 years. She has a gift for helping youth and their families who have experienced trauma in their life. Her style is very strengths oriented and centers in looking past the behaviors to understand the emotional, and core issues that have created the pain.

Amy began working in residential treatment after graduating with a Masters Degree in Social Work. She discovered a love of helping families and working together to produce lasting change. This passion for helping families has driven Amy to create programming and solutions that meet the highest of industry standards. Having worked as a Therapist, Clinical Director, Marketing Director, and Executive Director, Amy’s experience and passion for the treatment process has had a profound influence on teens and families.

In 2005, Amy received the volunteer of the year award from the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP), and the following year was elected as a NATSAP board member. She continues to be an industry leader as she works with families.

Brad Matheson, Director of Admissions
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For over 8 years, Brad has helped hundreds of families navigate the difficult road of choosing a program that suits their child’s therapeutic needs. With great compassion, knowledge, and experience, Brad communicates clearly how taking the right steps now can bring healing to hurting hearts and homes.
Upon graduating with a Bachelors degree in Marketing, Brad looked to apply his knowledge and experience in a service-oriented atmosphere and his love and concern for the youth steered him to the adolescent treatment industry. Having worked for Wilderness, Residential, and Transition programs, Brad understands the full continuum of care available to families. Helping families understand this full process has been one of Brad’s greatest strengths. In fact, parents often compliment Brad for his caring manner in a very difficult decision process.

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