outdoor therapy for teens with low self esteem

    The 4 for You: Outdoor Therapy for Teens with Low Self-Esteem

    Being surrounded by nature is a place that is conducive to healing. Outdoor therapy for teens with low self-esteem can be extremely beneficial. Low self-esteem can present itself in many different ways depending on the individual. With low self-esteem, teens may find it difficult to navigate themselves socially. The teenage years can be tough. Adolescents are in their prime developmental years experiencing many hormonal changes. Along with these changes, they are trying to discover who they are and where they fit in. Lack of self-esteem can make this period much more challenging. Your teen may not want to talk to you about how they are feeling—this is normal.

    Benefits of Outdoor Therapy For Teens With Low Self Esteem

    Outdoor therapy may be the best option for your teen as it can offer many benefits to helping your child improve their self-esteem. Here are some ways in which outdoor therapy for teens with low self-esteem is helpful. 

    1. Emphasis on outdoors. The outdoor component alone of this type of therapy is great. A lot of times, the chaotic and overwhelming setting of school contributes to a teens’ emotions. Being outdoors allows them to unplug from their everyday environment and the pressures of social media and focus on themselves. The natural environment has proven to be extremely conducive to experiential learning and growth. 
    2. Putting self-esteem in action. Adolescents are given the opportunity to work on their self-esteem through the outdoor activities that they will take part in. The outdoor activities may be challenging or require students to step out of their comfort zone. This is all part of the experiential learning process. Once the student achieves success, they will reflect and gain a new sense of self-confidence. 
    3. Individualized care. While outdoor therapy does take place in a group setting, there is one-on-one time too. Students are able to learn to better work with others and communicate. But they also get individualized therapeutic sessions with professionals to confront their unique needs. This is where students are able to reflect on their growth and the things they need to work on. 
    4. The transferable tips. The beauty of outdoor therapy is that it is more than just “outdoor stuff”. Students will learn things that they can use in all corners of their lives when they return home. The activities are designed to provide students with useful skills and learning experiences that will create long lasting changes. 

    Trails Carolina can help

    Trails Carolina is a wilderness therapy program that helps teens ages 10-17 who are struggling with behavioral and emotional issues. This program uses adventure-based therapy to help students gain a new sense of self-awareness, confidence, and independence. The skills they learn throughout the wilderness program offer long-term benefits towards their ability to successfully self-navigate in the real world. By removing teens from their fast-paced environment into a safe, nurturing, and peaceful environment, they are able to focus on improving and reflecting upon their behavior. Trails Carolina gives students the tools they need to lead happy and healthy lives. We can help your family today!


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    Graham Shannonhouse

    A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Graham Shannonhouse has been actively involved in the wilderness therapy field for nearly three decades. After receiving her degree in 1991, Shannonhouse spent 10 years working with a premiere wilderness-based therapeutic program in south-central Idaho. During her tenure, she served three years as a hands-on Field Instructor, three years as Field Supervisor, and the remaining time as Wilderness Program Director. During this period she developed, managed, and served as counselor for the country’s first wilderness program specifically focused on pre- teens ages 10 to 13 Graham returned to the east in 2002 to serve as Executive Director for a therapeutic wilderness program based in North Carolina, successfully growing it to one of the most respected companies in the industry. In 2008, she resigned her position to open Trails Carolina. Having an intimate working knowledge of the roots of wilderness therapy, Graham has brought her experience and wisdom to her position as Partner and Executive Director with the goal of integrating the true family work that must be done to insure lasting success.

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