Sherpa Group founder Ryan Coley is a unique therapist whose focus is working with students. His expertise is in assisting youth who are struggling with chemical dependencies and addictions. He also helps students work through depression, anxiety, self-injuring behaviors, and spiritual issues. The primary objective of Ryan’s work is to establish successful long-term family interventions and stabilization, all while meeting each student where he or she is in the therapeutic process. He loves to help students launch successfully into life! Ryan utilizes a wide variety of approaches to assist his students in conquering their addictions and changing their lives for the better. His vision is to see each Sherpa student develop an individualized, step-by-step program tailored specifically to his or her unique needs and dreams. Ryan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the state of Utah Board of Social Work Examiners and is certified in Utah. When not working, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family, hanging out in the mountains, skiing, playing golf or pick-up basketball, and vacationing anywhere with a beach!
In the high mountain valleys of Eastern Nepal live the Sherpas, a joyful and gentle people known across the world for their rich mountaineering heritage. After generations of living at altitude, the Sherpa people have acquired an ability to thrive in an atmosphere where others struggle. They’ve also honed excellent trekking and climbing skills, making them essential to adventurers wishing to take on one of history’s most audacious tasks: summiting Mount Everest. Few mountaineers would dare to attempt climbing Mount Everest without at least one Sherpa guide to assist in the challenge. Sherpas do more than just offer occasional moral support or suggestions. They carefully map out the trekking route, fix climbing ropes into place along the way, and help carry the heavy load of gear that mountaineers bring along. In numerous cases, Sherpas have been credited with saving the very lives of those whom they guide. A student isn’t all that different from an anxious mountaineer standing at the base of Mount Everest: both will need substantial assistance as they set out to climb their respective mountains. We know that Sherpas are available to guide literal climbers, but who will be there to support at-risk students as they face the metaphorical mountains stretched out before them? Without support, these young people are likely to descend back into the ingrained behaviors that have previously held them hostage.
SHERPA GROUP EXISTS TO PROVIDE THERAPEUTIC MENTORING TO ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS IN ORDER THAT THEY MAY MASTER THE ART OF LIVING.
As they set out on new paths, vulnerable young people need Sherpas to help chart the course and carry the load. Our licensed Sherpa Group therapists each have the appropriate experience and training to effectively mentor these students as they transition into healthy new routines. Sherpa Group’s goal is not just to see these youth survive in the real world, but to see them thrive as they master the [Art of Living]. New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary became the first person to set foot on the summit of Mount Everest in 1953. Beside him was Tenzing Norgay, his cherished Sherpa guide. Together, Hillary and Norgay accomplished a feat most can scarcely imagine. With positive direction and influence, what other mountains could students climb?