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Depression, Anxiety, and Bipolar Disorder

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Blue Ridge addresses underlying symptoms and chronic behaviors associated with mood disorders such as withdrawal from others, avoidance of positive activities and expectations, difficulty going to school, social and general anxiety, sleeping too much or too little, mood swings, suicidal ideation, and other issues that do not resolve within a few weeks or months in the home environment. The program itself is effective treatment for depression and anxiety, with normal sleep hours, daily exercise, and healthy food. The clinical treatment provides individual work on underlying issues, assertive communication, and frequent expression of feelings.

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The Admissions Process

1. Call us anytime! Getting to know you and your child is of the utmost importance to us and to the admissions process. Please speak with one of our admissions professionals so that we may learn more about your child and his or her specific needs.

2. After speaking with an admissions professional, please complete the application for admission.

Once your application is received, our admissions team will conduct a comprehensive application review. Each applicant is thoroughly evaluated by our team to determine appropriateness for the program. Acceptance is communicated to prospective families within 24 hours or less of a completed admissions review

3. Upon submission of your child’s application and program acceptance, you will be prompted to download the Participation Release Packet for Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness. Upon completion, please fax/email all release forms and additional required documents (the list of additional documents is provided in the release packet) to our admi

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Group Psychotherapy and Working with Group Dynamics in the Wilderness

The Brilliance of a Circle and Nature: Working with Group Dynamics in the Wilderness

A group of people sitting in a circle in the wilderness is an image we can all imagine, have seen, and/or been a part of. It's a powerful image. Why is this such a powerful image? It is something that has been going on for centuries. There is inherent wisdom, not only in the act of sitting in a circle and being a part of a group but also in what the magical element of the wilderness provides to this already rich experience.

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Group Psychotherapy and Working with Group Dynamics in the Wilderness

The Brilliance of a Circle and Nature: Working with Group Dynamics in the Wilderness

A group of people sitting in a circle in the wilderness is an image we can all imagine, have seen, and/or been a part of. It's a powerful image. Why is this such a powerful image? It is something that has been going on for centuries. There is inherent wisdom, not only in the act of sitting in a circle and being a part of a group but also in what the magical element of the wilderness provides to this already rich experience.

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Please be breathing, please…

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It’s 5:34 am, my eyes fly open, my heart is racing, and I jump out of bed as quietly as possible, I quickly go down the hall to his room, the entire time praying “please be here, please be ok, please be breathing, please be breathing, please, please.” I open the door and go to his bed. The little snore I hear is a thing of beauty. Pure and absolute joy to a mother’s ears. I stand with tears of relief pouring down my face. Oh how I love him, my son Scotty.

This man-child of mine, my first baby, my 6’2” 300lb 16-year old teenager with a child’s heart, a love for history, sketching, and storytelling and a fear of becoming an adult is fighting a battle that is insidious.

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Blue Ridge Welcomes Two Family Therapists to the Team!

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It was a sunny day, and very cold. A bitter wind whipped across the gap where we were camping, moving in like roaring waves from the next ridge and quickly stripping away any ambient heat from the fire. Despite being early afternoon, it was very cold. Most of the new members of the group were working on personal assignments in the large 10-person tent that protected us from the elements. A few who had been there the longest opted to brave the weather and prepare a hot meal for the group.

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Thriving in Adversity - A Case for Inclement Weather

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It was a sunny day, and very cold. A bitter wind whipped across the gap where we were camping, moving in like roaring waves from the next ridge and quickly stripping away any ambient heat from the fire. Despite being early afternoon, it was very cold. Most of the new members of the group were working on personal assignments in the large 10-person tent that protected us from the elements.

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Nomadic Wilderness as a Relational Model of Healing Substance Use

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I have worked in a multitude of treatment settings from sober living communities, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, a university, and most recently found myself in a new container: the wilderness. I assumed that this treatment modality would be similar to the other environments I have worked in, only, it was doing therapy out in the woods. It had been a long time since I thought about how being outside unquestionably impacted my childhood. However, it didn't take long for me to remember just how profound a connection to the wilderness can be. I see this vital relationship to the outdoors forming in my students, and I know that they are learning so much from it, just as I have.

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Blue Ridge Welcomes Two Family Therapists to the Team!

At Blue Ridge, we are dedicated to Whole Family Support and believe in Family Systems oriented treatment. Led by our seasoned and compassionate clinical and family support teams, Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness provides the most effective and clinically integrated family experience, which contributes to foundational transformation in teens and their families. Transforming core dynamics for families occurs through the utilization of individualized clinical treatment, together with intensive family-focused support, and whole body health and wellness. As we continue to evolve, we adhere to our commitment to provide the most comprehensive, integrated family support by welcoming two Family Therapists to our treatment team.

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Cultivating a “Growth Mindset” in Wilderness Therapy

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When my best friend first tossed the idea my way, I had two competing thoughts, of equal size and strength, immediately pop into my brain. Thought #1: “She believes in you, and wants what’s best for you. She wants to have a fun experience together.” Thought #2: “She is a lunatic, and even after being friends for 35 years, she is clearly trying to kill me.” Read more

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