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How is Wilderness Therapy Evidence-Based?

Many parents have questions about how outdoor therapeutic programs compare to traditional forms of teen treatment. Wilderness programs, like blueFire Wilderness, ensure the highest quality of care by combining evidence-based wilderness therapy in individual and family therapy sessions with recreation therapies, like adventure activities and equine therapy. Our therapists are all licensed professionals that have …

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Wilderness Therapy For Young Girls: Highlighting Embers Group for Pre-Teen Girls

As adolescents go through significant developmental changes between the ages of 11 and 17, blueFire Wilderness believes it is important to separate groups by age to reflect their differences in emotional maturity and the type of coping mechanisms they engage in. Surrounded by other young girls who have gone through similar issues, girls in our …

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Is Wilderness Therapy Appropriate for Teens with Limited Outdoor Experience?

blueFire Wilderness understands that the idea of wilderness therapy seems way out of one’s comfort zone for city teens. Compared to teenagers who grow up around nature, many city teens have limited outdoor experience and have grown up participating in indoor sports and creative pursuits as hobbies. This can bring up a lot of concerns …

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When To Seek Help For Your Teen’s Mental Health

The teenage years are a struggle for both teens and parents. Many standard features of adolescence, like peer pressure, schoolwork, and changing hormones, can get overwhelming. Some degree of rebellion and moodiness is normal for adolescents. This can make it difficult to know when to step in and seek help for your teen’s mental health …

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What Makes blueFire Wilderness Therapy Unique?

blueFire Wilderness Therapy offers a unique style of residential treatment for struggling teens. There are a number of treatment options for teens struggling with mental health issues and risky behaviors, but many programs are designed to treat one or the other, rather than the intersection of these issues. According to a recent study, teens who …

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Wilderness Therapy for Boys on the Autism Spectrum

Boys on the autism spectrum are often hyperaware of their surroundings and sensory input, which can make it feel like they are living in an intense world that they cannot escape. This can lead to emotional meltdowns and retreating from others and their responsibilities.  As social support and healthy recreation activities are often barriers to …

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How does blueFire help keep clients warm in the winter months?

During the winter months, parents may be concerned about the safety and warmth of their child during their time with us. However, we put their concerns to rest through the numerous safety measures put in place to keep clients away from any danger during the winter season. Keeping clients safe in the winter Throughout the …

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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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