Adam Heldibridle

Clinical Intern

In the Fall of 2003, Adam started his journey towards becoming a Wilderness Therapist when he began working with adjudicated youth in a program in Florida. Little did he know at the time, but Wilderness Therapy would become one of the driving passions of his life, and come to define so much of his career and his journey. 

Since then, Adam has worked for Wilderness Therapy programs in Utah, Vermont, Montana, and New Mexico. He has served as a senior guide, a field medic, medical coordinator, an assistant field director, field director, and now as a therapist. He has guided every sort of trip from backpacking to mountain biking, climbing, rafting, kayaking, rappelling, and canyoneering. Adam has worked with adults and adolescents– men and women– and clinically specializes in issues such as: substance abuse, anger management, anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, and trauma. Throughout the years, Adam feels that he has been privileged to work alongside some of the most amazing people in some of the most beautiful and remote places in the country. 

In the fall of 2015, Adam finished his last shift as a guide here at Legacy and returned to school to earn his Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of New Mexico. He graduated from UNM in 2018 and, in January of 2020, began working on my Master’s in Social Work from Arizona State University (which he hopes to be completing in August of 2022). He is an alumnus of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), and the Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI). 

Despite all of his time in academic classrooms while gaining his clinical degree, Adam still feels a deep pull and passionate love for the wilderness. He remains a dreamer and seeker of the quiet wild places beyond the roads and trails and seeks them out whenever possible.