Highly individualized wilderness therapy programs
Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness is the leading full-immersion wilderness therapy program to integrate a family systems approach, whole body health and wellness, and holistic, assessment driven, clinical treatment for teens and young adults.
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WATCH: BLUE RIDGE FIELD INSTRUCTORSOur Field Instructors are professionals who develop a wide variety of skills: outdoor living, motivational interviewing, risk management, group facilitation, and mindfulness– to name a few. We emphasize a relational approach that provides students with the support, awareness, and skills needed to achieve their goals. Simply put, Field Instructors are role models for a healthier way of life.
Why Blue ridge?
Return to your roots.
"If things aren’t working, it may be time to learn about each and every aspect of yourself, go back to your roots and rebuild... I now live each and every day with more self-awareness and compassion for myself and others."
Since 2002, Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness has combined comprehensive assessment and wilderness-based therapeutic interventions to teach students and their families skills necessary to understand themselves, their families and how to connect in meaningful ways.
We are dedicated to providing a high level of safety and connectivity to our students and families through values exploration, milieu therapy, and individualized clinical attunement.
Take a break from distractions.
"Being in the wilderness gave me space and time to think about how I was showing up for relationships in my family"
Our full wilderness immersion model creates the opportunity for a distraction free environment. This provides valuable time and space for young adults and teens to unplug - both physically and metaphorically - from their day-to-day lives.
At Blue Ridge, students and their families have time to reset and return to each other with newly discovered perspectives.
Rediscover your strengths.
"The moment you make fire for the first time is unlike anything I’ve ever felt. I felt powerful and capable... It may sound silly, but making fire also lit a fire inside of me."
The wilderness helps facilitate challenges in a way that could not be cultivated elsewhere. It creates unique experiences and opportunities which instill true resilience and confidence.
Adolescents and young adults learn how to work through challenges in a group environment, or a milieu. Here, students are empowered to act within their values on a daily basis.
This group-oriented setting, combined with individualized therapy sessions and assignments, helps to build a foundation of healthy communication, improved self care, and consistent emotional regulation.
Explore new possibilities.
"I’m better able to look into myself in a way that I wasn’t before I got to Blue Ridge."
Field Instructors and therapists seek opportunities to use the natural elements and environment as learning tools in unique and customized ways, but each student’s growth in the wilderness is the direct result of their own dedication to the process.
"Quite simply, the program saved our kid's life."
The Blue Ridge community is strong today because of the families and students who have put their trust in our hands over the years. Explore our testimonials from alumni parents and students to learn more.