Dr. Sandy Newes

Faculty Leader Dr Sandy Newes Psychologist

Dr. Sandy Newes is a Licensed Psychologist based in Asheville, North Carolina.    The founder of Clear View Psychological Services, Asheville, Sandy has been offering clinical services for wilderness and adventure programs, therapeutic schools. Residential treatment centers and in the community for over 20 years. She specializes in anxiety, trauma, chronic stress, substance abuse and emotion regulation issues.  In her private practice, she combines psychotherapy, comprehensive psychological assessment, neuro-feedback, program development consultation, research and evaluation, and clinical supervision.  

Sandy offers a number of training programs for clinical professionals and staff at outdoor-based and other types of clinical programs.  A long-standing advocate of strengthening the clinical-staff team, Sandy has a unique ability to teach about complex clinical issues using clear and understandable language, along with relevant examples. She is an excited and passionate facilitator, and genuinely enjoys helping to create interesting experiences that help empower staff to most effectively meet the needs of the clients/students they work with. 

As part of Peak Experience Training, Sandy co-facilitates the Clinical First Responder (CFR) training.  She is also a certified skills trainer in the Community Resilience Model (CRM), is certified in the Trauma Resilience Model (TRM), and also with Resources for Resilience.  Additional training programs she offers regularly include the neurobiology of trauma, motivational Interviewing and stages of change, mindfulness, human development and others.

Sandy received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Penn State University in 2001, where she specialized in the application of clinical theory, assessment, and researched adventure/wilderness therapy. She is a Past Chair of the Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group (TAPG) of the Association for Experiential Education (AEE), and remains active in AEE.  Dr. Newes continues to present regularly at conferences and co-edited with Dr. Scott Bandoroff a book entitled “Coming of Age: The Evolving Field of Adventure Therapy”.

In her free time, Sandy spends as much time on the water and paddling whitewater as she can, hikes, mountain bikes, goes to see live music frequently, and loves to travel. She also takes her two boys, ages 5 and 7, with her on as many of these adventures as she can.  

Listen to Dr. Sandy’s Podcast: DEMYSTIFYING WILDERNESS THERAPY: STORIES FROM THE FIELD