There are so many things a person can do to address mental health issues. Whether you’re living with a mental health diagnosis like bipolar depression, PTSD, or even substance abuse disorder, or something else, there are certainly many avenues of help you can take. However, medication and counseling can only do so much. And, many people feel they need more to overcome all that managing mental health issues and recovery brings.
Here at Willow Place for Women, we understand the need for an approach to treatment that touches on spiritual, emotional, physical and mental health. And, how all these aspects of a person’s being are all connected. So, we provide a number of holistic therapeutic techniques, including adventure therapy. This way, individuals in our care can explore a number of healing opportunities besides just counseling and medication. And, determine what best helps them manage a healthy lifestyle and mental health recovery success.
What is Adventure Therapy?
Adventure therapy is a holistic approach to therapy that combines nature, peer involvement, and various outdoor activities. Unfortunately, many people don’t get to take part in this type of therapy at traditional mental health treatment facilities. And, since it’s a holistic technique, many people may not be willing to try it out out of skepticism. However, if you’re a person who doesn’t quite look forward to one-on-one or even group therapy sessions, adventure therapy might be a great alternative for you.
Basically, the idea of adventure therapy is to get out in nature and explore personal limits. The goal of doing this is to get people to identify parts of themselves they didn’t know beforehand. And, determine new ways of dealing with challenging emotions that are likely to surface during recovery at some point. This way, people healing from mental health issues can utilize these new skills throughout their journey toward healing.
What are the Benefits of This Type of Therapy?
Adventure therapy offers a number of great benefits that nearly everyone can take advantage of at some point in their lifetimes. Mainly, there are three benefits that can help people in recovery including increasing confidence, discovering new passions, and practicing mindfulness.
Getting out of your comfort zone and adventuring with new activities can bring about higher levels of confidence. When you try new things, you may find out that you’re good at something new. And, when this happens, a burst of confidence is bound to happen. Furthermore, getting out into nature is known to help with anxiety. So, if you may be insecure about your anxieties, adventure therapy can help!
Discovering New Passions
Going outdoors and trying something new, whether it be a rope course, white water rafting, or something else can bring about whole new passions for many individuals. These newly found passions can be great outlets to utilize once you’re out of treatment. Plus, it can even open your mind to trying other outdoor activities you might enjoy.
Basically, mindfulness is the practice of living in the present moment. Being able to practice mindfulness is important for mental health recovery. It’s necessary to live in the moment to be able to let go of the past. And, learn from the here and now. Nature is one of the easiest and best ways to practice mindfulness as it forces you to be present. So, during adventure therapy when people are out in nature and participating in adventurous activities, mindfulness is a great asset.
Utilizing Adventure Therapy in Your Recovery
Do you think that adventure therapy may be an exciting way to take advantage of treatment for any mental health issues you may be experiencing?
Here at Willow Place for Women, we aim to give the women in our care expressive and community-involved ways to go about identifying and addressing specific issues in their lives. This way, they can take what they’ve learned with us into the real world. And, learn to manage their issues in a healthy and successful way. If you want to learn more about how we utilize adventure therapy and other types of holistic therapies in our programs, contact us today!