Hi I'm Doug, I started Gippsland Adventure Therapy because I have a burning passion for helping people access the outdoors and nature for increased mental health and wellbeing. I love sharing experiences with others, I'm at my best when I'm engaged in something outdoors and can see the joy in peoples faces when they feel safe to try something new and challenging.
I've been working in the outdoor industry since 2003 where I've had many roles spanning everything from camp counsellor in the USA to English teaching in China to snow skiing instructor and commercial outdoor adventure guide.
Over the past decade I've committed myself to working with youth in the out of home care sector where I've worked with children dealing with the challenges of developmental trauma.
I have completed a Graduate Certificate in developmental trauma, as well as a diploma in community service work and outdoor recreation. I'm planning on working through a diploma of counselling just to round things off nicely.
No adventure is too small, my priority is making it accessible to your level of comfort. I can also cater for those that wish to take it further and try something more challenging.
When I'm not running my business I'm out with my family connecting with the beauty of the outdoors in and around Gippsland.