What’s the benefit of being in the wilderness? Why not just see a home therapist?

There are so many opportunities that only wilderness can provide. The therapist is part of the experience, but the wilderness itself does so much to guide us. Treatment is individualized to each student so that you receive whatever support you need. There is no cookie-cutter way to go through Emerald Arrow. Some students have asked why the therapist doesn’t visit the field more often. The answer is that we want to encourage students to work with each other and with staff, to gain a greater understanding of how they show up in the world through feedback, goal setting, and team building. Your group in the wilderness will understand where you are in your process and know what your goals are, and together, you will practice building safe, healthy, stable relationships. This provides a more informed and useful setting for when the therapist does arrive.