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The Impact of Childhood Trauma on Teen Behavior

Childhood is one of the most impactful stages in one’s life.  Your experiences during childhood can shape the way you see and view the world.  While many people view childhood as a light-hearted and happy time, many children also experience adverse childhood experiences, otherwise known as childhood trauma.  These experiences are often unavoidable, such as …

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Is Wilderness Therapy Appropriate for Teens with Limited Outdoor Experience?

When you hear the term “wilderness therapy”, what comes to mind? Is it a boot camp style program? Are teens expected to be expert campers or rock climbers? The reality is that wilderness therapy is nothing like boot camp and that it is appropriate for teens with all levels of experience. blueFire Wilderness understands that …

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How We Help: Individual Therapy in Wilderness Programs

Navigating through adolescence in today’s socioemotional landscape can be extremely difficult for teens. From mood swings to academic problems to more complicated mental health issues, it’s becoming increasingly common for teens to reach a level of distress where professional help can be beneficial. Research has shown that therapy can help teens in a variety of …

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How Wilderness Therapy Helps Teens Improve Behavior

The teenage years can be challenging for both the teens themselves and their families as a whole. Teenagers are experiencing rapid growth both physically and cognitively. As they begin to explore their independence, many parents experience their teen become distant or defiant. And while this may be seen as “typical” teen behavior, it is important …

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Fun Has Benefits, Too: Recreational Therapy Program for Teens

How Fun Can Be Therapeutic As Well: Teens and Recreational Therapy When you see the word “therapy,” what comes to mind? Probably an image of a person lying on a couch spouting off their issues and struggles in life to a therapist scribbling mysterious notes down–not theater, dance, or playing sports. You may not think …

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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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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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