HORTICULTURAL THERAPY DIRECTOR
Travis Slagle, MA, LMHC, NCC
Travis began his journey at Pacific Quest in 2006 where he remained a lead program guide for over two years. He later worked as a supervisor and crisis manager within the adolescent program and helped to advance the innovation of the young adult and adolescent curriculum. Travis is a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with a certification in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics from the Child Trauma Academy, and a postgraduate certificate in Horticultural Therapy from the Horticultural Therapy Institute. In addition to his interest in the clinical application of nature in treatment, Travis has completed advanced training and case consultation in expressive art and sandplay therapy. He has completed level 2 training and supervision in EMDR, and is working toward certification from the EMDR Institute. Travis completed a clinical internship with Adams State University where he earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He holds a B.S in Environmental Studies and a B.A. in English from Texas State University.
Travis has over ten years of experience working in direct care and case management for young adults and adolescents in a variety of treatment settings including wilderness, residential, and experiential-based learning programs. He has published research and presented at national conferences on the topic of nature assisted therapy and neurodevelopment. Whether working directly with clients and families or offering training and leadership for program guides and clinicians, Travis’ work has been singularly focused on advancing the quality of care and innovation throughout the Pacific Quest program. His therapeutic approach and programmatic leadership places a high regard on the power of choice, increasing motivation for change, and the existential pursuit for meaning and authentic living. This is evident not just in the way that Travis works with individuals and families, but also in the way he relates the simple task of caring for a garden to caring for one’s self, the family system, and broader community.
In his free time, Travis enjoys snorkeling, playing music, and working in the backyard garden with his wife and two children.