EMDR Therapy

At Adventure Therapies, therapists are trained providers of EMDR therapy.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a powerful psychotherapy technique which has been very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)and many other emotional problems. EMDR is considered a breakthrough therapy because of its simplicity and the fact that it can bring quick and lasting relief for most types of emotional distress.

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EMDR is the most effective and rapid method for healing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as shown by extensive scientific research studies.
The EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, which repeatedly activates the opposite sides of the brain, releasing emotional experiences that are "trapped" in the nervous system. This assists the neurophysiological system, the basis of the mind/body connection, to free itself of blockages and reconnect itself.
As troubling images and feelings are processed by the brain via the eye-movement patterns of EMDR, resolution of the issues and a more peaceful state are achieved.

Eligibility:

Client will need to have an intake session with an EMDR provider at Adventure Therapies to determine the appropriateness of the therapy.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Adventure Therapies Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program (CBT) is a one of a kind offering that is based on the theory that internal factors such as thoughts and feelings cause certain behaviors as opposed to external people, things or situations.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy works to help modify the way that each client thinks, feels, and acts in a positive way even when the influences around you remain the same.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on learning the most effective skills available to enhance coping both behaviorally and cognitively. Simply put, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy works on changing the thinking process. It also teaches clients how to worry about the now and manage those problems. This requires great efforts on the part of the client and the therapist. With the help of the skilled therapists at Adventure Therapies we can help our clients identify obstructive ways of thinking and change them for the better.

Eligibility:

The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is open to all Adventure Therapies clients who qualify. Clients should have a level of cognitive awareness and critical thinking skills

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Activities*:

• Identify cognitive distortions like “all or nothing” thinking
• Creating “thought record” sheets
• Relaxation and positive self-talk techniques
• Exercises to increase your ability to be in the here-and-now
• Create personal action plans
• Cognitive restructuring exercises
*Different or additional activities may be offered as part of this program and can be combined with other programs.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clients will benefit by improved:

• Coping skills
• Trust-building
• Goal Setting
• Self care
• Expression/resolution of feelings
• Self esteem/confidence building
• Trust-building
• Goal Setting
• Self care
• Expression/resolution of feelings
• Self esteem/confidence building

Therapy Goals:

• To identify cognitive distortions and replace them with sensible alternatives
• To challenge the faulty thinking that leads to self-defeating behavior
• To increase responsibility of thoughts, feelings and reactions
• To learn new ways to respond to yourself and others
Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you respond to the world around you in a way that helps maintain control. It’s a powerful tool that can help you break cycles of negative behavior with a positive response.

Spirituality Program

Adventure Therapies offers a Spirituality Adventure for groups of friends, church groups or individuals who would not consider anything other than handing over their problems to a higher Power.The backbone of the program is comprised of imagery, meditation and exercises in mindfulness, prayer, and Scripture study. For many individuals spirituality is the base of their solid foundation for lifelong discovery and growth. This program is ideal for those devoted to God and for anyone who longs to make a solid connection between mind, body and spirit.

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People find wisdom and empowerment through spiritual fellowship. Faith based clients require faith based programs for those who want healing and want to restore their spiritual foundation. Our spirituality program embedded in our adventure treatment program allows clients to advance and progress through Biblical and spiritual study.

Spirituality Program Activities:

• Guided imagery
• Meditation
• Mindfulness exercises
• Relaxation techniques
• Scripture readings
• Prayer

Clients will benefit by enhancing the following skills:

• Coping skills
• Relaxation
• Expression/resolution of feelings
• Self care

Therapy Goals:

• Connection to your sense of spirituality
• Deliver a spiritual foundation for your personal healing
Spirituality gives each of us a connection with the world around us in a way that promotes self confidence and inner peace, two tools that are necessary for healing.

Mindfulness and Stress Reduction Course

Adventure Therapies mindfulness and stress reduction course consists of eight/ ten weekly classes. This highly participatory, practical course presented by our trained instructors includes instruction on mindfulness meditation, stretching, mindful yoga,and guidance for enhancing awareness in everyday life.

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Mindfulness is not something that you have to "get" or acquire. It is already within you- a deep internal resource available and patiently waiting to be released and used in the service of learning, growing , and healing. While the practices have been adapted from classical Buddhist meditation and yoga traditions, Adventure Therapies course is secular, scientifically-informed approach that operates in harmony with any belief system or spiritual background.

Eligibility:

This course is for clients experiencing stress, having medical conditions, psychological distress, and those focusing on prevention and wellness.

Mindfulness Techniques Activities:

• Formal and informal mindfulness practice
• Group processes
• Mindful yoga
• Body scan

Clients benefit from this program by improving:

• Cope more effectively with both short and long term stress
• Greater peace, balance and enthusiasm for life
• Positive Risk Taking
• Expression/resolution of feelings
• Self esteem/confidence building

Therapy Goals:

• Reduces fears and anxiety
• To find new comfort in feeling expression
• To experience vulnerability in a safe environment
• Lasting relief for physical and psychological distress
• To enjoy feelings of relaxation and comfort

Adventure Therapy Program

At Adventure Therapies we offer a unique program where clients can learn new skills that will greatly benefit them when moving forward in their healing process. Our adventure therapy program helps clients build confidence and master self-control. This can be done individually or in groups. This program is also great for team building and family bonding.

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As part of our adventure therapy we incorporate hiking, biking, kayaking, paddel-boarding and/or high and low rope courses to challenge individuals to become the person they know they can be. This helps with identifying internal behavior patterns, beliefs, emotions, and core issues, as well as provides opportunities for learning in the areas of basic leadership, communication/group process, and problem-solving skills.
The Adventure Therapy Staff is there to guide and support each client in their physical, emotional, and spiritual development, while exploring the breathtaking, natural beauty of the Everglades and Port of the Islands Florida.

Adventure Therapy Program Highlights:

• Inner and external awareness
• Ability to adapt to new environments
• Healing and strengthening of spirituality
• Identifying and changing of behaviors
• Responsibility and Accountability for Actions
• Self-discovery, Self-Worth, Self-Confidence
• Reduction of Barriers to healing
• Fun in Healing

Eligibility:

We encourage individuals who are physically able and medically cleared to participate in our Adventure Program. Let your therapy guide know of any restrictions and your program will be personally adapted to fit your needs.

Adventure Outcomes

• Coping Skills
• Cooperation
• Trust-Building
• Decision-Making
• Expression of Feelings
• Self Esteem
• Goal Setting
• Problem Solving
• Positive Risk-Taking
• Leadership Skills
• Physical Exercise
• Self Care

Therapy Goals are:

• To inspire hope, courage and confidence.
• To promote self-awareness and personal growth.
• To foster a sense of community and belonging.

Women in the Wild Expeditions

These trips are designed just for the ladies! Adventure Therapies Women's trips are a great way to get outdoors, whether you're an experienced "wild woman" or brand-new to outdoor adventure. Make time for self-exploration and personal development, unwind, play, empower and celebrate you! This weekend adventure is a unique opportunity for women to connect with themselves and others in a fun, adventurous and nurturing atmosphere. Laugh, play, challenge, and discover ….unravel self-imposed limitations … unleash stress and inhibitions through diverse activity ventures and guided exploration. Includes time for paddle boarding , kayaking, biking, mindfulness meditations, massages and relaxation! Whatever experience your group wants to create, Adventure Therapies will deliver. This expedition can be a day or several day experience. Call to consult with your adventure specialist today!

Real Solution Anger Management

Adventure Therapies anger management program utilizes "The Real Solution Anger Management Workbook". The sessions are divided into 8, 45 min. sessions.

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Anger is a response to what life sometimes brings us, most often an interaction with another human being. Angry feelings start with an experience of pain. This hurt can be physical or emotional: it can be a stomachache or fatigue, feelings of rejection or loss. The pain causes a biological arousal, a strong desire for release. The particular forms of the release or response can be either creative, or destructive. Destructive response to anger however is a problem in the world, in families, in the workplace, and in relationships.
The Real Solution Anger Management Workbook is the result of over twenty years of clinical experience with thousands of individuals. I have been trained in teaching this material and will help educate you on becoming in control over your reaction to your emotional anger.

Spirituality and Adventure activities can be embedded into any of our therapies, per request.