An Outdoor Experience: Self-Esteem and Adventure Therapy
Healthy self-esteem is critical to the lives of young people. Self-esteem reflects one’s self-concept. Young people especially spend a lot of time concerned with their sense of self—the pressures from peers and societal standards can impact this. As a parent, you cannot enforce a heightened sense of self-esteem into your child. However, there are ways you can help them improve their self-esteem and become more in tune with who they are. Adventure therapy can be a great option for your family to address this head on.
Seeking Adventure for Change
Adventure therapy is an alternative therapeutic intervention that has grown in popularity over recent years. This type of therapy can be very effective for influencing a positive change in the lives of young people. Adventure therapy takes place outdoors—a setting that is conducive to healing and reflecting on oneself without distractions. This setting allows young people to remove themselves from the pressures around them and truly focus on themselves. Self-esteem and adventure therapy can work nicely together in the following ways:
- Students are taught new ways to cope with negative emotions—these ways being healthy and effective.
- Adventure therapy helps improve self esteem by requiring students to step out of their comfort zone giving them a new sense of accomplishment once they complete the tasks.
- Young people may doubt their abilities at first, but once they rise to the challenges in adventure therapy, they are gain an improved confidence.
- One-on-one and group therapy sessions are still included in adventure therapy, which allows individuals to work closely and specifically on the things they are struggling with.
- The skills young people learn during adventure therapy are transferrable to their everyday lives post treatment.
The Educational Component
Adventure therapy isn’t all about fun and games outside. Every task your child learns or performs outdoors has meaning. After activities, there is a therapeutic component that takes place where students use what they did and reflect on how it impacted them. They will have a debriefing session where they work through what went wrong or what could’ve been done better. This is part of the experiential learning process. If you feel like your child would benefit from this adventure experience, start doing your research now. Ask questions. Talk to professionals. This could be the answer to your child’s struggles.
Equinox RTC can help
Equinox is a residential treatment center that helps boys ages 14-18 who struggle with addiction or exhibit addictive behaviors. Equinox offers a unique treatment program designed to fit each individual’s specific needs. This treatment center has a supportive environment that helps students heal from the inside-out. They will be exposed to both positive and negative outcomes as a part of equipping them to cope with the challenges that the real world can bring. Students develop a healthy sense of social and emotional awareness and learn how to incorporate good habits into their daily lives. Equinox enforces a positive change in the lives of young men and offers them a fresh start at a happy and healthy future. We can help your family today!
Contact us at 877-279-8925.