What is adventure therapy?
Adventure therapy uses exciting and effective techniques wherein clients complete physically demanding challenges with our therapists to improve their mental health. Sessions take place in the wilderness or at outdoor facilities such as ropes courses.
Participants learn new skills and push themselves to try things they have never done before. Performing novel and challenging tasks helps people build grit and perseverance. When they accomplish an adventure course, clients feel more confidence, and their self-esteem grows.
This is an important step in treating long-term fears and anxieties. When clients can see that they are able to surmount an intimidating ropes course, they become more assured of their abilities.
Climbing a tall course can be scary, and people have to face their fear of heights. But once they conquer that fear, they are able to see themselves as the type of people who can examine things that upset them and work toward a better mental state. Adventure therapy prepares clients to address more deeply-seated mental and emotional issues that cause stress and trauma.
Who can benefit from adventure therapy?
Adventure therapy can help people who have undergone trauma, including those with a post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis. It is also often effective at treating anxiety disorders.
However, participants do not need an official mental health diagnosis. Adventure therapy is useful for treating all types of problems concerning stress, fear, and lack of motivation. People facing these issues may appear angry or depressed, and they too can benefit from adventure therapy.
It is especially popular with adolescents. Young people often have a lot of unfocused energy and may not always have the mental health skills to examine and process their emotions. Adventure therapy provides a way for them to work through their issues and begin to address underlying thoughts and feelings that lead to destructive behavior.
Contact the MindSol Wellness Center for adventure therapy in Sarasota, FL
If you are interested in learning how to incorporate adventure therapy into your mental health routine, Call the MindSol Wellness Center of Sarasota, FL at (941) 256-3725.