Carli Standen, ACMHC


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Carli started her mental health career in 2015 by working at a residential substance abuse treatment center for adolescents while earning dual Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Exercise Science at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. Upon graduating in 2016 Carli transitioned into the clinical side of substance abuse treatment, working first as a Community Support Specialist and later a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor and a member of the Kirksville Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Consultation Team.

While helping teenagers with addictions had become a passion for Carli her love for the outdoors and respect for the healing power of nature couldn’t really be satisfied in the residential setting so when she learned about outdoor therapy programs it didn’t take long for her to convince her husband to pack up and move 1,500 miles so that she could try her hand at wilderness therapy while working on her master’s degree. Carli joined Star Guides in 2018 as a field guide and worked in the field as a lead instructor until January 2020 when she transitioned into her clinical internship, providing therapy to adolescent girls both in the field and in the outpatient setting under the instruction of Kena Frey.

Having graduated in August 2020 with her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Neurocounseling from Bradley University, Carli is excited to continue working in the field she has come to love so much in a new capacity.

When Carli isn’t working, she loves hiking down the canyon behind her home with her dog, biking until she can’t feel her legs, and playing the nerdiest board games imaginable with her husband and friends.