individual therapy and wilderness therapy

How We Help: Individual Therapy in Wilderness Programs

It can be difficult to engage teenagers in meaningful conversations about change when traditional talk therapy often serves as a barrier in communication. Teens are often resistant to individual therapy as they struggle with expressing their emotions and opening up to authority figures. Therapists in wilderness therapy programs try to use creative strategies in individual …

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How to Approach Early Intervention for Behavior Issues

While adolescence may just be “a phase” of your child’s lifespan, their behaviors during this period influence their coping mechanisms, interests, and relationships throughout their lifetime. In comparison to adulthood, behavior issues during adolescence result in fewer direct consequences. However, when emotional issues underlying behavioral issues are left untreated, consequences tend to compound in adulthood. …

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Social Media and Mental Health: The Strive for Likes on Social Media

What if people could not like our posts on social media? Would we still post as much as we do now? Instagram recently proposed that hiding the ability to see other people’s likes on social might be better for users’ mental health. Technology isn’t addictive because we crave the information it offers, but rather because …

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Alternatives to Summer Boot Camps for Teens

Many parents who believe their child needs a reality check may believe their child needs a strict routine that teaches them discipline, accountability, and structure. Tough-love approaches are assumed to keep kids in line.  Summer boot camps for troubled teens became popular in the 1980’s that used evidence-based military-style interventions to instill these principles. However, …

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Preventing Self Harm in Teens: Turning Self-Destruction into Self-Compassion

There is a difference between self-harm and suicidal ideation, however teens who are suicidal are more likely to self-harm.  About one in six teenagers have self-harmed at least once. By adulthood, only about one in twenty have continued to self-harm, usually on a less frequent basis. Preventing self-harm in teens identifies the problem earlier and …

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Struggling To Fit In: Helping Socially Withdrawn Teenagers

During adolescence, individuals begin to deepen their connections with their peers and build intimacy, but high school can be an intense time for social pressure, where socially withdrawn teenagers struggle to feel like they fit in. While identity exploration is about figuring out who you are and who you want to be, it usually happens …

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The Consequences of Normalizing Teenage Moodiness: How to Recognize When Your Teenager May Need Inpatient Treatment for Depression

When psychologist Stanley Hall first started thinking about adolescence as a phase of development in 1904, he concluded that adolescence was a universal time of storm and stress and that teenage angst was a rite of passage, however recent research suggests that this is a myth and reflective of the social climate. Clinical depression is …

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Outside the Classroom: Hands-On Learning in Wilderness Programs

Failing grades, getting into trouble with teachers, fighting with peers–for many of our families, school has become the pinnacle of their struggle. Whether parents like it or not, a teenager’s job is to be a student and if they feel as if they’re failing at that job, it can impact them not only academically, but …

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