blueFire Embers Program


blueFire Wilderness Therapy “Embers Program” is wilderness therapy for young boys designed specifically for Boys ages 11-15. These boys may be struggling with one or more of the following issues: grief or loss, low self-esteem, anger, adoption issues, trauma, learning disabilities, school refusal or failure, social struggles, executive functioning issues and may have a long history of behavioral or emotional problems.

Embers candidates may have a diagnosis of Depression, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive disorder, and oppositional defiant disorder. Boys who are great candidates for Embers may have struggled since an early age.  Their behavior may have manifested as


  • Temper tantrums
  • Having a hard time with Change
  • Difficulty with transitions
  • Food texture issues
  • Moodiness
  • Oppositional behavior
  • Manipulative behavior

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Learn more about Mark, our Embers Therapist

  • Mark Ellis, LCSW
    Mark Ellis, LCSW
    Embers Therapist

Our focus is on communication skills, organizational skills, and anger management skills.  Focusing on these skills has helped many blueFire Families find success once the boys leave our program. blueFire uses a blend of individual, group, equine and family therapy along with mindfulness and Mother Nature to help our clients ground themselves to be able to identify their feelings, understand where those feelings are coming from and learn new skills to appropriately deal with those feelings. At blueFire we make use of technology such as secure teleconferences, phone calls and short personal videos we call video journals.

We use these tools both for family therapy and communication with your son. We involve you and your family in the therapeutic process. Our flexible length of stay gives boys the chance to come to our program from 6-12 weeks at a time. Some of the main things we hear from parents are improvements in their son’s communication skills and the new calmness they have. We always receive feedback that our families love the family focused group work and parenting skills sessions from our family systems program called the Family Spark.