AJ Frithiof (pronounced Fritch-off) is a licensed clinical social worker and is the clinical director of Triple Divide Lodge. She began working with adolescents and young adults in 2006 and has held a variety of clinical and programming positions in residential and wilderness treatment settings. During her career, she has focused on working with clients with dual diagnoses.
AJ has extensive training and experience with clients with high-acuity mental health disorders, trauma, attachment injuries, and dual diagnosis. She believes in looking at addiction through an attachment-based lens. She supports clients in uncovering the root of their difficulties, detaching from their addictive substance, and finding healing through healthy relationships.
AJ is well-versed in the 12 steps and uses brainspotting, Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga, HeartMath, experiential, and emotionally focused family therapy in her work. She completed a Bachelor of Science at Texas A&M and spent her 20s working in the wilderness with adolescents and young adults. Due to her experience of over 1300 days as a wilderness instructor, AJ understands the power and depth of learning what clients can gain from wilderness experiences and adventure activities. This work was the impetus for her return to school at the University of Alabama where she completed a Master of Social Work to deepen her work in a clinically focused manner.
In her free time, AJ enjoys spending time with loved ones, playing with her rambunctious Labrador, whitewater kayaking, skiing, drinking coffee, and afternoon napping. She’s also very particular about eating good BBQ as any true southerner should be.