All Kinds of News for September 11, 2019
Meet Mark Ellis
Embers’ primary therapist Mark Ellis specializes in working with the unique developmental-challenging boys ages 11-15 who struggle with anxiety, oppositional behavior at home, low social skills, rigid thinking, depression, Autism Spectrum Disorder, trauma and attachment issues.
According to Ellis, “healing is done within the entire family unit, not just the individual.” He explains, “I help families build a toolbox full of options to manage their emotions in stressful situations by learning conflict resolution and becoming more accepting and communicative moving forward.”
Benefits of Age-Specific Therapy
At blueFire, boys are surrounded by a supportive community of other boys around their age who have faced similar challenges. Group conversations focus on topics relevant to this age and steer clear of more mature topics, inappropriate for this younger group. Students who have had a history of being bullied and social isolation have the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with other boys through healthy social activities.
Why Wilderness Therapy?
Wilderness therapy empowers young teen boys to make healthier choices and build a strong support network to help them overcome the challenges they’ve faced. Boys work with their primary therapist to set personal goals, and with a milieu therapist during adventure activities and equine therapy.
blueFire utilizes horse and animal therapy, mindfulness, breathing techniques and conflict resolution techniques in this young group to create awareness and as tools to regulate their emotions. Adventure activities teach young boys new activities that they can take home, help them build teamwork skills, and change their old patterns of behavior.
Call 1 (844) 413-1999 or visit https://www.bluefirewilderness.com/ for more information about the Embers program.
About blueFire Wilderness
blueFire Wilderness embers group is an adventure-based program specifically designed for pre-adolescent boys ages 11-15. We separate our groups by age, gender, clinical needs, and behavioral support in order to meet the specific needs of each group. Wilderness therapy offers middle school boys concrete experiences and teachable moments that help them to practice critical thinking, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills they will need to thrive as they enter their teenage years and young adulthood.