As its title suggests, adventure therapy is a type of therapy that uses adventure as a means to find balance and healing. Through interactive experiences, individuals can work through personal issues and learn to implement various coping strategies. These activities are thoroughly developed and carefully guided by mental health professionals with expertise in the healing and treatment properties of adventure therapy. There are many different options for the activities utilized throughout these therapy sessions including:
- Rope Courses
- Team Games
The Benefits of Adventure Therapy
Adventure, or wilderness, therapy is not your average one-on-one counseling session with a therapist. It’s a step out into nature that allows individuals to seek alternative ways to handle inward issues, promote healing, and discover balance. The specific benefits of participating in adventure therapy sessions may include:
Relationship Building: A big factor in the success of participating in adventure therapy is teamwork. Often, adventure therapy sets predetermined goals and challenges that individuals must rely on one another to achieve. This promotes the practicing of teamwork required in any healthy relationship that individuals have outside of Rebound Institute walls.
Achievement-Driven: Each activity proposed during adventure therapy sessions will be goal oriented; meaning that there will be an objective for the adventure activity that determines a successful outcome. This allows individuals to challenge inner beliefs, exercise newly learned coping skills, increase levels of self-esteem, and work with others to achieve goals.
Building Trust: Maintaining trust of individuals is vital for healing relationships and maintaining the health of current relationships. Without learning to trust others and the ability to be trustworthy to others, people find it challenging to live a life of fulfillment. Wilderness therapy often poses situations in which individuals participating will need to rely on one another, which is a great way to practice utilizing trust within relationships.
Practicing Healthy and Effective Communication: To achieve goals set during adventure therapy sessions, individuals will need to use effective communication skills. Effective and healthy communication is essential for healthy relationships, and practicing communication effectively through therapy allows individuals to be more prepared for healing relationships within their own lives.
Who can Benefit from Adventure Therapy?
Believe it or not, adventure therapy has been utilized to gain therapeutic benefits for roughly a century. Through the decades, it has been attributed for helping individuals affected by a number of different ailments including:
- Behavioral Issues
- Substance Abuse
- Relationship/Family Issues
- Eating Disorders
- Other Addictions