Natural Healing: Benefits of Choosing a Therapeutic Wilderness Program for Your Child

There are many types of therapy. Most approaches, however, focus on alleviating the immediate symptoms – and, once the symptoms have been hidden by any means necessary, the person is declared healthy. Unfortunately, the initial cause of the problem is still there, unaltered, waiting for an opportunity to strike. At a therapeutic wilderness program, however, a child’s struggles are targeted from within: by healing the struggles inside and out, a child can achieve a true sense of well-being.
A therapeutic wilderness program utilizes a holistic approach (one that simultaneously focuses on mind, body, and spirit), along with a positive outlook. Troubled children in a therapeutic wilderness program aren’t constantly reminded of past failures and problems; instead, they are shown the true extent of their own powers. Many teens who enter a therapeutic wilderness program come in believing themselves to be powerless. By the time the program ends, they have a newfound sense of strength. At a therapeutic wilderness program, a child can learn confidence, self-reliance, teamwork, communication skills, among many other tools that they can use for the rest of their life.

Things to Look for in a Therapeutic Wilderness Program

Your child’s safety is the number one priority in any situation. Wilderness programs are guided by highly-trained professionals and medical staff that ensures no harm can come to your child during any of the activities. Moreover, it is important to note that the wilderness programs of today are very different from those of even twenty years ago; no longer is wilderness therapy the equivalent of boot camps. Today, it is a very real therapeutic experience. As a parent, staying informed helps alleviate any of the fears or doubts. You can rest assured that your child’s health – mentally and physically – is in the very best of hands at a wilderness program.  therapeutic wilderness program
Wilderness programs can help your child through a variety of approaches. Every child is different and, consequently, the therapy has to be tailored specifically to your child’s needs. A wilderness program offers wilderness therapy, adventure-based therapy, equine programming, and many other types of educational activities – that also happen to be fun. The wilderness approach has the unique angle of making therapy fun.
As part of the process to heal a struggling child’s environment, the wilderness approach focuses on family. Constant updates and family therapy repair relationships and strengthen bonds that might’ve been strained by a child’s struggles. The struggles addressed through wilderness programs include a wide range of issues from mental illness and addiction to simply needing a break. Overall, a wilderness program can guide a child back onto the path toward a happy, healthy future.
If your child is having problems, it may be time to consider professional help. Trails Carolina is a wilderness therapy program for struggling teens, ages 11-17. Our students commonly deal with issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, and substance use.
For more information about Trails Carolina, please call 800-975-7303 today!

Avatar of Graham Shannonhouse

Graham Shannonhouse

Get started today

Contact us today to learn how Trails Carolina can help your family

Contact Us LP

Trails saved my daughter’s life. Amanda is an amazing human and a brilliant therapist. I am so grateful to her, Science Steve, and the other wonderful people who could reach my daughter at a time when I could not.

Margot Lowman August 2022

Great life changing experience for our son. After becoming addicted to gaming during covid he was very depressed. At Trails he experienced the wilderness, Science Steve, learning survival skills and top notch therapy and support etc… I highly recommend! This gave our son and our family a renewed family bond full of love and excitement about his bright future.

Winnifred Wilson July 2022


Outstanding clinical work and superb staff! There’s a great culture at this company and it shows with how they engage with families/clients.

Kristin Brace June 2022


Discover If Trails Is The Right Program For Your Child

Take our short online assessment and help us better understand how we can help your family.

A teen stands at the meeting point of two trails in the forest, one leading higher towards the light and one leading down into darkness

Top 5 Common Myths About Wilderness Therapy For Youth: Understanding The History and Today’s Reality

Today, families have access to supportive, safe, and nurturing therapeutic treatment programs. Modern wilderness therapy programs, like Trails Carolina, are far from the punitive boot camps they are often portrayed as. 
A red-headed young woman sits on a hilltop overlooking forested mountains in front of her.

Treatment For Anxiety In Teens: How Wilderness Therapy Can Help

At Trails Carolina, we will give your child the skills to manage anxiety in real-time as soon as they arrive on our campus. They will very quickly gain a sense of belonging at Trails because of the sense of community that naturally occurs with the other students who are dealing with the common struggles of learning to manage adolescent anxiety.
Treating Oppositional Defiant Disorder - A teen boy in a beanie and a sweatshirt glowers at the viewer in the woods.

Dealing with Defiance: Six Tips for Decreasing Defiant Behavior

Most parents know what is like to live with a defiant teenager. Teens often feel inclined to push buttons and test the limits enforced upon them. This can be extremely frustrating for parents and create a constant power struggle within the home. The teenage years are when one is trying to figure out where they…
family reuniting - trails carolina reviews
Trails Carolina’s wilderness camps for troubled teens are dedicated to helping teens work through behavioral or emotional difficulties, build trusting relationships with their family and peers, and achieve academic success.