Our therapists have helped thousands of teens and parents learn to manage family issues.
Dr. Dan Sanderson
Dr. Dan Sanderson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist that has been working in the field of mental health for more than 27 years. Dan earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at BYU. His experiences range from creating independent living programs for developmentally disabled adults, to in-patient psychiatric hospital work, to private out-patient psychotherapy, neuropsychological assessment, and forensic psychology. Since 1994, Dr. Sanderson has been instrumental in the development of wilderness treatment programs in the United States. He worked for fifteen years as the clinical director of RedCliff Ascent. Dan is the author and intellectual founder of the “Developmental Vacation” Model which has proven to be a highly effective approach for treating teen behavior problems. Dan has performed hundreds of psychological evaluations and is an expert in the area of psychological assessment. Dan specializes in the treatment of teen/parent issues. Dan and his wife are the parents of five children and grandparents to five.
Matt Bulkley, LCSW,
Matt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the field of youth treatment and psychotherapy since 1995. He did his undergraduate work at BYU and earned his M.S.W. at the University of Utah. He has worked in a variety of treatment setting in his career ranging from wilderness therapy and residential treatment to outpatient treatment and state government. He has provided treatment services to hundreds of young men and their families over the past fifteen years. He has developed a special interest in working with adolescent males and young adult men struggling with substance abuse, sexual offenses, pornography and sexual addiction. Matt has developed programs for youth in the areas of sexual offending and pornography addiction. He is the author of Breaking Free: A TherapeuticWorkbook for Youth Struggling with Pornography Addiction and its Accompanying Behaviors. ABC News Nightline recently produced an investigative report on youth pornography addiction and used Matt as their expert interviewing him about this growing problem among youth. Matt and his wife are the parents of five children.
Kena Frey, LCSW
Kena is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working with youth for more than a decade. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Utah and earned a master’s degree in social work from Boston College. Her experience covers a wide spectrum of therapeutic environments, including prevention/intervention programs, public schools, residential treatment centers, and wilderness. Her clients have included children, youth and adults who struggled with a variety of emotional, behavioral, learning and physical health conditions. Kena’s therapy sessions almost always include Gracie, a certified therapy dog. Kena is particularly effective working with females who struggle with depression, trauma, self-harm, and sexual acting out. Kena has become a national expert in the area of treatment with young women struggling with trauma and abuse. Kena brings a much needed female perspective to the clinical team. A parent herself, she understands the importance of involving parents in every aspect of the treatment process. Kena and her husband are the parents of two children.
Phil Wintch, LCSW
Phil is a Master’s Level therapist who has been serving adults and children with mental health issues since 2006. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brigham Young University, and attended Graduate school at Arizona State University where he earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work. Phil Graduated from ASU Summa Cum Laude with an emphasis in the therapeutic treatment of children and families. He has worked in a wide variety of treatment settings including wilderness and residential therapy programs, community mental health agencies, hospital psychiatric clinics, and the public school system. In these settings Phil has worked with at-risk adolescents struggling with substance abuse, mental and behavioral illnesses, and developmental disabilities; adults with serious mental illnesses; and military veterans with serious mental illnesses. Phil’s experiences have helped him develop skills in the use of psychotherapy to treat various disorders in the areas of substance abuse, anxiety, mood, and personality. Phil especially likes using outdoor therapies such as wilderness experiences and equine therapy to treat illnesses. In his free time Phil likes to work at his family’s ranch in central Utah, swim, hike, rock climb, read, and spend time with his wife and two young children.
Darren Jensen, BS, Staff Services Director
Darren began his career in newspapers. After graduating from Utah State University with a BA in Journalism, Darren gave up writing and photography to pursue the business side of newspapers. After 20 years in the industry, his newspaper career culminated with a position managing post press operations for three Northern California newspapers. Darren’s experience running three 24-hour a day operations with over 50 employees and hundreds of independent contractors gave him the confidence to break away from the corporate world and begin his own business.
Darren and his partners built a company that went from private ownership to a publicly traded corporation. Then when the company merged with another company he chose to leave the corporate world behind once again.
While Darren was successful in business, his passion was helping develop teenage boys by volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America. A close friend urged him to combine his passion for the outdoors and enthusiasm for working with youth by joining a wilderness therapy company. Darren intended to work in this industry for a short time to pay back the help he had received with his own son but found it difficult to leave an industry he loved.
Darren brings his passion for helping youth to Family Bootcamp, along with his business experience building and training successful teams. He respects the work of our field guides and is enthusiastic about building and maintaining a team that works closely with clinicians to create a powerful therapeutic environment for our clients.
Daniel Frey, Assistant Field Director, Logistics Coordinator
Dan's work in the wilderness treatment began back in 2000. He worked his way to Senior Instructor and then transitioned into the position of Logistics Coordinator wherein he developed his wilderness therapy skills. As Logistics Coordinator Dan spent his time problem solving and coaching staff in the field. Dan is an expert in wilderness living and his organizational skills are an invaluable asset to the company. Dan is Currently working for Family Bootcamp as the Assistant Field Director and Logistics Coordinator. This requires him to assist in running the field department but also allows him the opportunity to not only continue developing staff, but also directly engaging with students as they progress through the program. Seeing kids heal through the power of the wilderness keeps him going. Dan is known to the students as "White Owl" and is always a welcome site to groups as he arrives to the field bringing food and supplies. When not working you will find Dan in the outdoors weather he is camping with his family, fishing, rock climbing, or out with the horses, he can not get enough of nature.
Judi Esplin, RN
Judi is a registered nurse who brings more than 40 years of nursing experience to the Family Bootcamp program. Judi provides direct nursing care to Wilderness students and assures their medical and medication needs are met. Judi is a graduate of BYU with a B.S. degree in nursing. Judi has spent her career working in a variety of medical nursing settings including hospitals, nursing homes, home health care, remote emergency care and nursing education. Judi taught nursing classes for many years at Utah Valley University and Mountainland Applied Technology Center. Prior to joining the Family Bootcamp team, Judi spent 18 months on a medical service mission in the Marshall Islands assisting missionaries and natives caring for their medical issues in the remote islands of the pacific where access to medical care is limited. Judi is the mother of six children and grandmother of 22 grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren hiking, biking and exploring the beauty of Southern Utah.