ADVENTURE TAKES MANY FORMS.
High quality mental health care,
without the armchair.
At Journey Bound Counseling I believe in empowering those of us trekking through emotional landscapes by creating accessible opportunities to experience therapeutic healing through adventure, play and creative expression. I use adventure therapy in both the home and community spaces as an alternative to office-based talk therapy. Each experience is tailored to your unique strengths and interests with the intention to use the present moment to effect change and offer healing.
HOW IT WORKS
The Adventure Therapy Approach to Healing
Adventure therapy is "the prescriptive use of adventure experiences provided by mental health professionals, often conducted in natural settings that kinesthetically engage clients on cognitive, affective, and behavioral levels" (Gass, et.al. 2012). I like to say it's using experiences to make change. Here are some of the active ingredients that make the process so effective:
It's experiential. Experience itself can facilitate growth and healing. With this logic, emphasis in session is focused on the act of "doing" as opposed to "talking about doing." In this way, people are learning about core competencies such as regulation, collaboration, planning and perspective through real time application.
It encourages growth through challenge by choice. Adventure, by nature, involves challenge and risk. Our optimal growth zone sits between too much and too little psychological arousal. Everyone is guided to choose their own challenge based on where that growth zone is for them. I sequence the experiences to help keep you in the growth zone as you gain confidence and mastery of skills.
It extends learning to areas beyond itself. Adventure lends itself to metaphor and story-making, which are known tools to learning retention. Through intentional use of metaphor and narratives, people generalize learning in one setting to others. Everyone loves a good mountain analogy, after all.
What does this look like in practice?
Sometimes we may just sit still and be present or take a walk while we talk, sometimes we may play games (or make them up!), and other days we could go climbing or get coffee. I scaffold the experiences based on your capacities and trust level. This mean that activities will typically start small and nearby home, like going for a walk at the park or playing a card game at a picnic table. As we get to know each other better, these experience will expand to other areas like going climbing and other bigger adventures.
THOSE I WORK WITH
For those of us who have walked past a storefront and wished we could’ve gone in but the thought of talking to a cashier made our stomach turn...
Who wanted to join a sport but couldn’t find the energy to get out of bed, not to mention out of the house to make it to practice...
We’re all scaling our own mountains and need support every now and again.
You’ve come to the right place. I’m here to help.
I work with adolescents, adults and families to address mental health concerns including anxiety, depression and trauma through community-based adventure therapy.