Josh White, MA, LCMHC, CGP
Founder / Executive Director
Josh White, Sensei, MA, LCMHC, CGP earned his Master’s Degree in Psychology from Naropa University, the nation’s premier mindfulness-based therapeutic training institution. A recognized leader and innovator within the young adult treatment field, Josh has presented nationally at conferences for the Young Adult Transition Association, American Group Psychotherapy Association, Independent Educational Consultants Association, Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council, and National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs.
After beginning his career with adolescents and young adults as a martial arts instructor in 1994, Josh shifted his focus to behavioral health in 1998, serving as both a behavioral health technician and a Master’s-level clinician before becoming an administrator in 2005. Prior to the founding of Red Mountain, Josh served as a Program Director, Clinical Director, and Executive Director in top treatment programs for adolescents and young adults, gathering a wealth of experience which now guides the philosophy and day-to-day operations of Red Mountain.
A Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Certified Group Psychotherapist, Josh is a Senior Instructor and the second-ranking active practitioner of Ten-Chi Kenpo, an innovative martial art combining Karate, Jujitsu, Judo, Aikido, and T’ai Chi. Josh is one of approximately 250 teachers worldwide authorized to teach in the White Plum Zen tradition, and enjoys incorporating Zen teachings into his clinical work. Josh served on the faculty at Naropa University and Oregon Health and Science University, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the White Plum Zen Teachers Association and Prajna Zendo. Josh was a founding officer of the Colorado Group Psychotherapy Society, and is active in local and national charities.
A proud husband and father whose greatest joys in life are his wife and son, Josh is also an avid guitarist and former professional musician who opened for Run DMC, Vertical Horizon, and the Violent Femmes. When he’s not spending time with his family and Red Mountain students, he enjoys hiking with his dogs in Sedona’s majestic Red Rocks; building and playing guitars; and competing in (and occasionally winning) his long-running fantasy baseball league.
“Mindfulness saved my life. Learning how to watch my thoughts, feelings and impulses arise and fall saved me from a self-destructive path fueled by past trauma and poor choices. Today I am living my dream teaching and mentoring young people who are just like I was, and helping them find a path of productivity and peace.”
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