All Kinds of News for July 10, 2019
BlueFire Wilderness is an adventure-based program in Idaho that separates groups by age and gender in order to meet the specific needs of each group. Both the boys’ and girls’ programs have been divided into pre-teens and teens to account for the potential difference in behavioral issues. This helps clients gain relationship and communication skills that they may have struggled with in the past. Girls’ behavioral issues may vary depending on their age, but the focus is more on underlying issues of low self-esteem, body image issues and social relationships.
Although girls are placed in the same group, the girls group has two primary therapists that specialize in different age ranges. While the younger group focuses more on family systems, the older group focuses more on navigating healthier relationships in their social worlds. For both age ranges, the emphasis is on building relationships through adventure activities.
Lindsay Myrick, LPC is one of the girls’ primary therapists, and works with girls aged 14-17; Lindsay serves as the assistant clinical director at BlueFire. She utilizes EMDR therapy and mindfulness-based interventions in combination with wilderness and adventure programming, to assist adolescents and their families with healing issues related to trauma and attachment. Lindsay recently completed a LGBTQIA Safe Zone Training and is presenting research on integrating Adventure Therapy Activities into Family Seminars this summer.
“Helping the girls I work with build resilience after the difficult things they’ve experienced in their lives is my primary goal. While they may always carry these memories, I want them to be in a place in their lives where they are able to engage in other meaningful activities. I encourage students to walk the walk, not just talk the talk,” she shares.
Dr. Paul Goddard is the other primary therapist who works with girls 11-15. He has been working in Wilderness Therapy for over 20 years. His ability to balance genuine nurturance with personal accountability has earned him the reputation of being a “Giant Teddy Bear” among his clients.
Building trust with treatment-resistant young women – who sense his genuine care and concern balanced with his belief in their ability to face their “monsters” and heal – is Dr. Goddard’s specialty. He challenges students to “find that which is best within and to express that inner strength to make the world a better place.”
Both therapists work closely with families to encourage them to walk the walk of growing together. Adventure therapy offers a unique opportunity for innovative, experiential approaches to rebuilding and strengthening relationships.
blueFire Wilderness is a wilderness therapy program outside Boise, Idaho for teens, ages 11 to 17, struggling with depression, bullying, anxiety, addiction, and other emotional or behavioral problems. blueFire incorporates adventure therapy and family therapy into the program to help students build confidence, improve communication skills, and gain leadership skills that help them repair relationships and rebuild trust with their parents. Our goal is to help teenagers rediscover their inner spark.