Post Wilderness Therapy Treatment
You’ve Enrolled Your Child in a Wilderness Therapy Program. Now What?
Whether your child is about to come home or is still enrolled in a therapeutic program, it is natural to worry about how the time apart will affect your relationship. Are you concerned that your adolescent or young adult won’t be able to maintain the progress made during a residential treatment or therapeutic wilderness program? Do you worry that the time, money and emotional work you and your teen have poured into treatment won’t last? Do you feel confused, embarrassed or guilty about the challenges your child is facing? You may be parenting in separate households and navigating different parenting styles with your former partner. Or, you might not feel like you have the skills you need to help your child navigate the pressures of being back home and growing up today.
Alternatively, your child may have returned from a treatment program on top of the world. But, a return to old patterns may have you feeling helpless and nervous about your child’s welfare. Do you wish you knew how to help your child thrive after returning from wilderness therapy, residential treatment or a therapeutic boarding school?
You Want to Support Your Child
Parenting is a journey to becoming our best selves, but the path isn’t always clear. Parenting is not meant to be done in isolation, but many parents feel too overwhelmed or ashamed to ask for help. Others feel like their child’s struggles are a sign that they have failed as parents, and they don’t know where to turn to identify and address problematic family dynamics.
Fortunately, there is support available for your family during and after your child’s treatment. Individualized therapy for wilderness reintegration guides your family to grow alongside your child in treatment, so you can provide the secure foundation your child needs to continue thriving at home.
Therapy for Wilderness Integration Can Provide You with Guidance, Skills and Support
Research shows that adolescents and young adults are much less likely to return to unhealthy behaviors after treatment when their families join them in the therapeutic process. Although most therapeutic programs offer a level of family support, many families find that they need more. By participating in family and couples’ therapy specifically designed to align with your child’s treatment, you can keep up with your child’s growth and give your family the resources it needs to thrive.
By including the entire family in the growth process, I help you prepare for life after your adolescent or young adult comes home. I provide a compassionate space where you can feel comfortable exploring and healing deeper family issues while your child is away. You can realize personal and family goals and learn to make practical changes. Essentially, you can feel better equipped to deal with the inevitable ups and downs of family life as your child reintegrates into life at home after participation in a wilderness therapy program.
During sessions, we will work together to identify and address the personal and family issues that may be impacting your relationships with your child, partner and other family members. I help you identify, explore and address thoughts, emotions and behaviors at their roots. I help you understand the impact of unresolved trauma on yourself, your parenting and your family. I use research-backed approaches to healing trauma, including EMDR and mindfulness, so you can reduce stress and find relief from distressing or overwhelming emotions. I utilize PACT (Psycho-biological Approach to Couples Therapy) to help you understand what makes each family member “tick” while you practice the skills to re-set relationships built on secure foundations of trust, compassion and mutual respect.
I have been working with families and couples with children in residential programs for more than 20 years, and I recognize how challenging having a child in treatment can be. However, I also know that with support and guidance, you can work through your current challenges as a family, emerging from the process more resilient, living in congruence with your most important ideals.
But, you may still have questions or concerns about therapy for wilderness reintegration…
We already spent so much time and money on a treatment program. Haven’t we done enough?
Therapy for wilderness reintegration is a small cost compared to the time, money and effort you have already spent on residential treatment and/or wilderness therapy programs. And oftentimes, it takes ongoing support for a teenager and family to realize sustainable change. Consider our work together a form of insurance to make sure your child benefits from your financial and emotional investment. That said, I recognize that you may have limited resources. The approaches I use can help you achieve lasting healing in a shorter period of time, reducing the amount of time and money you need to spend in sessions.
Why do I need to work with a therapist? Isn’t this my child’s problem?
I help you recognize the many complex biological and environmental factors that are impacting your child so you can learn how to provide the support needed for continued healing and growing. The patterns of behavior that led to your child entering a treatment program were developed over time, and knowing how to approach challenges can help you foster a more trusting, healthy parent-child relationship.
Shouldn’t we wait until our child gets back from treatment so we can all meet together?
The truth is that young people have a much greater chance of success–and a much lower recidivism rate– if the family system changes to accommodate the work done during wilderness therapy. I customize my approach to your family’s unique needs and goals, offering guidance and support as we address systemic issues that may be impacting your child’s behavior.
You Can Help Your Child Thrive
If you want to learn how you can support your child after a wilderness therapy program, or if you still have questions about family therapy or therapy for wilderness reintegration near Boulder and Denver CO, I invite you to contact me at (303) 859-7410 to schedule a free 30-minute consultation.