All Kinds of News for February 05, 2020
blueFire Wilderness Therapy, a wilderness program for teens ages 11-17, recently welcomed milieu therapist Micaela Cypher to the team. blueFire stands out from other wilderness-based therapy programs, as they have a milieu therapist in the field as well as an individual primary therapist to help support the process. As a dance and movement therapist, Micaela integrates mindfulness, creativity, play and exploration to help clients use their bodies to express how they are feeling in the moment and integrate their past somatic experiences.
Micaela received a Bachelor’s in Performance Art from Goddard College before getting her Master’s in Dance and Movement Therapy from Pratt Institute in New York. Micaela fell in love with wilderness therapy as a field guide and worked in several wilderness programs as a guide and clinical intern. Based on her experience in the experiential field, Micaela is a great fit as a milieu therapist, as she also spends time with teens during adventure activities, not just individual therapy sessions.
“We have become alienated from our bodies and equally from our natural world,” says Cypher. “The integration of Wilderness Therapy and Dance/Movement Therapy has huge implications for healing these deficits and creating a return to the earth as home, to the healing power of the wilderness, and to the body as home as well.”
Dance and Movement Therapy is just one of many types of expressive therapies and recreation activities that students participate in while at blueFire Wilderness. Participating in a variety of adventure activities gives teens an increased sense of self and resiliency which is translated to their work in individual and family therapy. Providing students the option to try different activities that they wouldn’t normally choose to try on their own often exposes them to activities that they didn’t realize they would connect with.
Many of the students that come to blueFire Wilderness have struggled with depression and losing interest in activities they used to enjoy. Dance/movement therapy brings the clients of blueFire into their bodies for a deep somatic experience. It promotes self-discovery, mastery, and command of space that will often result in greater self-esteem, self-expression and an overall greater sense of wellbeing.
About blueFire Wilderness Therapy
blueFire Wilderness is a wilderness therapy program based just outside of Boise, Idaho that offers teens ages 11-17 a comprehensive adventure experience. BlueFire Wilderness combines clinical expertise, academic assessments, and a family systems approach to help teens struggling with emotional, behavioral and social challenges. For more information about the clinical team and their specialties, please call 1 (844) 413-1999.