What is Adventure Therapy?
Adventure therapy is a unique and experiential form of therapy that uses nature and/or physical activity to supplement the therapeutic process. Utilizing their experience and their passion for adventure, Bryan “Rob” Kern, MA, LMHC & Keltie Palmer, MA, work with clients to provide a fun, hands-on approach to therapy. Clients engage in therapeutic physical activities and process their experiences in a group or with a counselor. Clients often report that engaging in Adventure Therapy helps them feel more comfortable establishing rapport with their therapist and discussing difficult topics relative to treatment.
Adventure therapy typically takes place outdoors in local parks or other local venues and incorporates activities such as: walking, hiking, 1-on-1 sports, or indoor rock climbing. Hiking can be helpful to the therapeutic process as conversations are easily maintained while walking. Competitive sports, such as basketball, baseball, soccer, and football, can be utilized as the client and therapist engage in one-on-one aspects of the respective sports, such as throwing a baseball together. Finally, various forms of rock climbing assist the therapeutic process as clients and their counselor work together to set goals, solve problems, and conquer fears.
Throughout the course of Adventure Therapy, clients will be prompted to process and discuss their experience of the activity, and will learn how it relates to their situation. The spectrum of activities, ranging from easy to difficult, allows clients to work with the counselor to develop activities that are suited to their individual ability and identified treatment goals.
If you have other activities or hobbies that you feel would be helpful to your treatment, please do not hesitate to bring up your considerations with your therapist!
Why is Adventure Therapy Effective?
While Adventure Therapy helps establish rapport between client and therapist, it can also be an effective means of treatment. Studies have demonstrated that Adventure Therapy has a significant impact on the development of self-esteem and identity. Additionally, Adventure Therapy can be a practical means of building skills relative to mindfulness, self-awareness, and emotional regulation. Consider, for example, practicing mindfulness by training your attention to all of the sights, sounds, and smells of a forest creek in autumn. Counselors are able to walk clients through this process personally through the avenue of Adventure Therapy.
Please contact The Cabin to find out more about Adventure Therapy.
COMING SOON: Kayaking Adventure Therapy in Eagle Creek
Starting in July 2017, Bryan “Rob” Kern, MA, LMHC & Keltie Palmer, MA will be adding kayaking to their adventure therapy services. It will be available to anyone 13 years or older, and will take place in Eagle Creek right outside The Cabin. We will keep you posted about this exciting new opportunity!
Adventure Therapy: Hoosier Heights Indy- indoor rock climbing gym in Carmel, IN.