Adventure therapy is a therapeutic intervention grounded in the disciplines of psychotherapy, counselling or social work. Adventure therapy uses outdoor adventure activities and the backdrop of refreshing natural environments to create opportunities to develop new skills and competencies, for self-reflection and therapeutic discussion.
Adventure therapy can help to;
- Improve self-confidence, self-esteem and self-worth through competency-based tasks and a person-centred approach.
- Provide a new or renewed sense of self, by building and recognising capabilities and transferable skills for the future.
- Bring a new and fresh perspective to a challenging situation in the client’s life.
- Learn and practice new practical and social approaches in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
- Build strategies for resilience and coping skills through a strengths-based intervention.
- Introduce new and exciting adventure activities that may become personal hobbies.
- Overcome fears and physical, social and emotional limitations.
- Begin habits of reflection and action in response to issues identified.