I get this question all the time – What in the world is Wilderness Therapy?
Let me explain! Wilderness therapy is a nature and adventure-based therapeutic modality that combines experiential education, individual, and/or group therapy in a wilderness setting. Wilderness therapy can look as simple as taking a walk outside during therapy, or as complicated as rock climbing in the back country. Many people may think of wilderness therapy as being addiction treatment for adolescents and young adults, which is still actively done today, but its meaning and opportunity goes deeper.
I primarily utilize wilderness therapy in my practice with those who want a more experiential flare to therapy as there are moments of talking, but also many moments of doing activities that require a person’s energy and attention to more physically focused. Many of the issues addressed during wilderness therapy are around attention/impulse control, self-worth, body image issues, perfectionism/failure, trust and boundaries, and interpersonal skills.
If you think Wilderness Therapy might be right for you, have a conversation with me about opportunities. I currently am able to engage with people through walks in the Seattle and greater surrounding area, rock climbing indoors, and day hiking. This style of therapy is often great for couples and young adults!
Note: Please be aware that due to the nature of wilderness therapy, I cannot guarantee complete confidentiality as we may be utilizing outdoor space where people are, but I do everything I can to create a level of safety by finding places that are as private as possible. Furthermore, seek medical advice if you are concerned about your health or physical ability to participate.
Aspen Clinical Counseling, LLC
Alyssa Overton MA, LMHC, SUDPT
Address: 3429 Fremont Ave N, Suite 310, Seattle, WA 98103