The connection between therapist and client is probably the most important aspect of treatment, and our son’s therapist was great. He was able to see things from Aaron’s perspective and to share some of his own experiences from his young adulthood. Most important, our son really came to trust his therapist, which is important out in the wilderness. Equine therapy with Johnny U. was also excellent. Finally, the week we spent with our son in wilderness therapy was great, as we were able to explore our family’s issues in a safe places with good feedback.
Sending our child to the Wilderness Program was one of the hardest decisions we had to make. The main reason for the success was Lindsay the therapist, she would call out the kids BS. If you can’t you’re child, you won’t regret sending your child!
Thanks to BlueFire my daughter was able to find her way into adulthood and create a new meaning for her life. She is now maintaining a job, living independently and having control of her own life.
The Family Spark experience was AMAZING and almost worth the cost of the entire program. The program is wonderful and the staff are fantastic. Parent trainings are good, but I wish they had the parents do more. We were given a Parent Handbook in the beginning, but then it was never incorporated into our work with our son. Other than that, the program is very well-organized and intentional, and they get through to these kids in new ways. My son felt the experience was hard, but also very valuable. Aspects of it, he even really enjoyed. We all feel that the program accomplished what it was designed to do. However, know going in (which we didn’t) that a wilderness program is usually a precursor to a therapeutic boarding school — and you will be encouraged to go that route afterwards. Ultimately, we thought of it like this: If your kid has cancer, and the doctor says “radiation is good, and chemo therapy is good, but if you do them both, your child will have the best likelihood of success,” you’d do both, right? So, now we are doing both wilderness and TBS.
The bluefire wilderness program was a fantastic program for our son and is proving to be the catalyst that has helped him turn his life in a completely different direction. He has become responsible, accountable, reliable, and ambitious, and even he attributes these changes to the tools and self awareness he got at bluefire.
There are not many decisions that my wife and I made sending our kid to blue fire. took me 9 months to come to terms that wilderness was the right decision for us. Our kids experience at blue fire was amazing. He is now back in school and is going to finish as a senior in the spring of next year. This accomplishment would not be possible without blue fire wilderness that got our kid back into a space with more coping skills than most adults I know. 50 more than me for sure.
It helped me and my family grow mentally and helped fix problems and saved a family member’s life.
This was an excellent experience for our 13-year-old and one of our best–if hardest–parenting decisions. The caring staff gave him–and-us–a lot of tools which have greatly improved his mental health and the functioning of our family.
Blue Fire was a leap of faith and turned out to be a wonderful choice for our 17 year old son. They guided him to become more open, talk things through and really come in touch with his feelings, actions and take accountability for himself. They also helped guide parents through a book and Family Spark experience to connect as a family to better understand each person’s part in the drama triangle.
Our son went to Blue Fire depressed and had no self confidence. He left with leadership skills he never knew he had. It was a difficult journey but it changed him in a good way. We are thankful for his wonderful therapist and staff.