Wilderness and Your Mental Health (Continued)
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Ecotherapy is a Safe, Productive, and Fun Intervention for Youths in Need
Many parents and caregivers are concerned that wilderness therapy may be dangerous. In fact, there is only about one injury per 1,000 participants in wilderness therapy programs run based on industry best practices. While no environment is 100% safe, safety is always the #1 priority.
Wilderness therapy also shouldn’t be confused with “scared straight” boot camps.
The purpose of outdoor therapy isn’t “roughing it” in a dangerous situation. On the contrary, although the experience can be personally demanding, it is also relaxing and restorative. Each participant has time to become familiar with the deep inner world of his or her own feelings.
This is reflected in solitary activities like journaling as well as opportunities for focused sharing. Being far from the usual comforts also means being far from social norms that usually inhibit young people from openly sharing their fears, uncertainties, and life insights with one another.
In this way, wilderness therapy isn’t just about exploring an environment outside, but a new one within. The therapeutic environment is an emotionally and socially safe place where many young people feel empowered to access parts of themselves they would usually keep hidden.
WinGate Wilderness Therapy Can Help Young People Change Their Lives
Wilderness therapy is more than just going outside: It’s creating a transformative space for young people to embrace their own inner strength, learn about themselves, and face the world with new confidence. To find out more, contact us today.