Adam L. Heldibridle


Adam started on his journey in Wilderness Therapy in the Fall of 2003 when he began working with adjudicated youth in Florida. Little did he know at the time that Wilderness Therapy would become one of the driving passions of his life and come to define much of his journey for the last several decades. Since then, Adam has worked for Wilderness Therapy programs in Florida, Utah, Vermont, Montana, and New Mexico. He has served as a senior field guide, field medic, medical coordinator, assistant field director, field director, clinical assistant, and now, here at Legacy Treatment Center, as a primary therapist. Adam is an alumnus of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and he still retains his Wilderness First Responder through NOLS. Over the years, Adam has guided every sort of trip: from backpacking to mountain biking, climbing, rafting, kayaking, rappelling, and canyoneering. In the fall of 2015, he worked his last shift as a guide for Legacy Treatment Center and returned to school to earn his Bachelors’s in Psychology from the University of New Mexico (UNM). 

After graduating from UNM in 2018, he went on to graduate from Arizona State University with a Master’s in Social Work. Adam has worked with both adults and adolescents, men and women, on a variety of issues such as substance abuse, anger management, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and trauma-related issues. Despite all the time he has spent in classrooms these past many years, Adam has always felt a strong pull and deep love for the wilderness and the quiet wild places beyond the roads and trails. In his free time, he enjoys camping, exploring the backcountry, and delving into literature and writing both personally and professionally.