Our Team


Derek Schmidt is the Founder, Owner and Clinical Director of Reach, Inc., a therapeutic counseling agency in Avon, Colorado. Derek holds a Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and is licensed as an LPC in Colorado. In addition, Derek is Certified in Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy, Gestalt Therapy, Wilderness Emergency Medicine (WFR), EMDR, and Psychedelic Assisted Therapy (PAT). Derek has over 30 years of experience as a therapist, guide or facilitator combining his passion for wilderness, adventure, and self-exploration while assisting individuals in creating powerful, illuminating experiences. Derek believes in the power of the “here-and-now” and utilizes the body, mind, and environment as avenues for exploration into the client’s process.

Derek lives in Avon, Colorado with his beautiful and amazing wife. Derek is also the father of an incredible son who currently resides in Colorado attending college. Derek can often be found mountaineering, mountain biking, camping, snowboarding, or anything else that gets him outside…!


Lisa Pisciotta has worked in both community mental health settings and school settings for the last twenty-five years. Lisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor, holds an Addiction Specialist Certification and is a Licensed School Counselor. Lisa is also a Certified Trainer of Trainers for Olweus Bullying Prevention program, Life Skills program, Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) program and Restorative Justice program. Lisa has worked with varied issues through her career, including domestic violence, mental health, and substance abuse. Lisa currently works for Eagle County school district coordinating prevention programming for the district. Lisa is currently available to support families navigating school related bullying concerns and is available to provide supervision hours to Licensed Professional Counseling candidates.

Lisa lives and plays in the Vail Valley with her husband and son. She enjoys reading, hiking, yoga, snowboarding, cooking vegetarian, and traveling the world!


Michael Jospé, MA, is staff of Reach and owner of the Earth-Based Institute. As a professional coach, educator and wilderness guide, Michael is passionate about helping people learn about themselves while being in nature. Michael has a BA in Outdoor Recreation Leadership, an MA in Transformational Learning, a certificate in Gestalt Psychology, and a certificate in Evidence-Based Coaching. Michael is also certified as a Professional Coach and as Wilderness First Responder.

Michael believes that each person has a unique purpose in life, a purpose that is important to the health and balance of our society, as well as the environment. Michael has been coaching, guiding, and teaching for over a decade. Michael loves to mountain bike, backpack, and backcountry ski. He lives in Boulder with his wife, two sons, and way too many pets.


Katie Asmus, MA, LPC, BMP, is a Counselor, Life Coach, Educator, Mentor , Workshop Facilitator, and founder of Namasté Healing Arts Center, LLC, a multi-dimensional therapeutic and educationally-based organization incorporating Wilderness and Body-Centered Psychotherapies. Katie has trained a myriad of students, therapists, educators and life coaches to collaborate with the natural world. Katie has led hundreds of experiential wilderness and nature-based programs from a few hours up to 30 days in length. Katie is an avid learner, creator, and lover of life! One of her main passions is supporting others in tapping into their own innate wisdom and connection to the natural world in support of greater health and healing on the planet.

To a group of psychology students - “It isn’t what you do in therapy that counts, it is what you are”. – Carl Jung