Adventure Therapy: The Bold, But Effective Solution For Struggling Teens

Adventure therapy has become a crucial component of successful and lasting change in kids and families alike.

Adventure Therapy uses:

Active experiential components like camp cooking or multi-day hiking to engage participants

Establishes processes between the client’s life experience and the client’s therapeutic challenges

Enhances the transfer of learning from the therapeutic context to the person’s life

What Therapy Needs To Address

Counseling for struggling children aims to increase self-awareness, reduce familial conflict and re-open lines of communication amongst family members.

Recent research shows that therapy addressing the above components plays an essential role in “re-establishing a sense of self and self-esteem.” (1995, Berman et al…) There is an increase in interpersonal relatedness, which has been described as the most important factor for improving mental health issues.

Adventure Therapy Helps Struggling Teens Gain A Balanced Sense Of Self:

Using adventure therapy based counseling in conjunction with family counseling, and individual therapy will increase a sense of self through the facilitation of group activities and promote and enhance growth among family members.

Participants are able to truly experience the positive and negative consequences of their decisions during both the planning process and experiential process in the field.

Adventure Therapy experiences can range from a variety of activities including things like;

  • Backpacking
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Kayaking
  • Equine Therapy
  • Therapeutic Horseback Riding
  • Spelunking
  • Rock climbing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Orienteering


The journey towards overcoming these challenges becomes a metaphor for not only how they deal with others but also how they view themselves and the effect that perspective has on their belief in their own ability to succeed.

What does Adventure Therapy do?

Use of current best Adventure Therapy activities helps programs and their participants achieve three primary meaningful and lasting changes:

  1. Participants are inspired and continuing learners who are able challenge self-doubt in the face of difficulty.
  2. Clients are now able to serve as change agents able to promote equitable, inclusive, and socially just working relationships.
  3. Engage in continuous personal and professional development

If you are interested in adventure therapy for your struggling teen, please call (844) 413-1999 to speak to someone today.

You can also download our Wilderness Therapy whitepaper for more information about why adventure therapy is so effective, as opposed to traditional treatment methods.

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