Adventure therapy is a form of experiential psychotherapy in which participants complete challenging activities within a safe and closely supervised environment. Ropes courses, problem-solving activities, wilderness experiences, and trust-based activities are all examples of common forms of adventure therapy.
At Sierra Tucson, patients have the opportunity to participate in adventure therapy via 16 elements on our challenge course, as well as numerous indoor adventure therapy activities.
Adventure therapy is part of all regular treatment programs at Sierra Tucson, with patients typically participating in a therapeutic adventure activity once a week. These are all group activities, though some have an individual component to them that requires the rest of the group to be verbally encouraging and supportive to one member.
Many of the activities are low-impact team-building exercises, like catching and tossing or passing objects through a maze. Other activities are centered on solving problems, which is especially useful for chronic pain patients who have limited mobility.
Though effective adventure therapy is accomplished in a safe, nurturing, and closely supervised environment, some patients may still be hesitant to participate. Those who prefer not to participate always have the option of sitting out a particular activity and just observing if they do not feel comfortable participating.