Wilderness Therapy Ends the Cycle of Distress, Fear, and Anger
Teens often fall into self-destructive behavior because of changes that make them feel life is out of their control. Major disruptions and personal loss can give rise to powerful emotions: Without knowing how to manage these, they may seek dangerous distractions. With wilderness therapy, they have the chance to return to emotional calm and find constructive coping strategies.
Wilderness Therapy Puts Responsibility in the Hands of Teens
Traditional therapy all too often becomes something that is “done to” a patient. Each teen is an active participant from the very start of WinGate Wilderness Therapy programs. As a group and individually, they are gradually presented with safe, yet challenging situations that allow them to exercise their creativity, good judgment, and determination in pursuit of common goals.
Wilderness Therapy is the First Step Toward a New Self Concept
Young people easily fall prey to identifying themselves with their challenges. Depression, anxiety, ADD, poor academic performance, or substance dependency become the lens through which they view themselves, tempting them to live down to low expectations. The wilderness therapy experience gives them new insight into their own strength, helpful whenever times get tough in the future.
Each teen is unique, and so are the circumstances that led to where they are today. Wilderness therapy celebrates uniqueness. At WinGate, our therapists and facilitators are dedicated to a holistic approach: Each group is treated as a special experience and each teen is given the chance to shine. That helps our program attendees to make a difference that lasts a lifetime.
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