All Kinds of News for December 05, 2018
Emerald Arrow: A Bold Path for Young Adults at Blue Ridge is up and running with several mixed gender students and the program is excited to continue its growth. Anne Wilzbacher, LPC has created the vision from the ground up and is the Primary Therapist for Blue Ridge's Young Adult program. Students at Emerald Arrow experience the revealing effects of nature, in-depth clinical insight and intervention, integrated with creativity and purpose-driven experiences.
Emerald Arrow is committed to its mission to prepare young people in the best way possible for their life beyond wilderness. Emerald Arrow is a Bold Path to become more conscious (Reveal), more connected, more knowledgeable and responsible (Restore), to then become more loving of self and others that will lend to increased gratitude and empowerment (Reclaim). This creates the foundation for emerging adults to step into Sustainable Health, Vital Living, and walking a Bold Path, which are the three bedrocks of the program.
In regards to profile and diagnoses, Emerald Arrow students are experiencing some level of complex trauma, depression, anxiety, and substance use. Although students may be highly intelligent or present acceptably functional in their lives, their struggles can manifest through identity issues, disordered eating, isolation, avoidance, self-harm, family system issues, and personality traits/disorders.
The program's approach is clinically informed, using varying avenues for enhanced and comprehensive assessment, is relationship-based, and integrates body, mind, heart, and purpose in order to respect and take into account the full spectrum of the human experience. Emerald Arrow integrates a whole-body, whole-self, whole-family system approach. The foundation is to view people as already whole and complete at their basic core and for students to experience deep consciousness with intention, deep connection with understanding interconnection, radical responsibility with embodiment, and devoted gratitude with knowing empowerment.
Anne Wilzbacher, LPC, the Primary Therapist for Emerald Arrow, has worked with adolescents and young adults since 2004. She rooted herself into this work by working as a field guide for many years, which opened up parts of herself she didn’t know existed and experienced others way of being that inspired her to want to know more and know better about human experience and relationships. With this foundation and continued education, Anne developed a strong devotion to do continued self-growth and supporting others to know their edge. With her insight and observation, Anne has the ability to swiftly assess and directly address students in a way that is both disarming and incredibly warm and compassionate. Anne uses a psychodynamic lens in working with individuals and groups and has extensive experience in mindfulness practices, somatic-based practices and awareness, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Family Systems Awareness, Group dynamic interventions, and Group Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic Theory and Modern Psychoanalysis. "The natural essence of the wilderness and the creativity it provides is my co-therapist. I collaborate closely with the field instructor team to provide a powerful united container and structure in order to create effective, change-inspiring growth challenges for our students. I truly assess what each student may require in order to settle into this environment and into themselves".
Anne graduated with her Masters of Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University in Boulder, CO and she is a Licensed Professional Counselor. To learn more about Anne and the Emerald Arrow Senior Field Instructors, all of whom were trained to launch this unique program, please visit: http://blueridgewilderness.com/young-adult-team.