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Psychotherapy, also called talk therapy or usually just “therapy,” is a form of treatment aimed at relieving emotional distress and mental health problems.


Individual therapy refers to one-on-one mental health treatment that is personalized to suit an individual’s unique needs. It involves a strength-based approach to setting therapeutic goals, processing the past, and learning how to identify and manage one’s symptoms or triggers in order to live a healthier life.

By the time most of our clients get to us at Elements, their parents and loved ones have tried everything imaginable. Accordingly, the majority of them have seen a therapist back home. So one might ask, how could this possibly be different? Out here in their one unbroken journey, our therapists go out to the field to meet our clients in their world. Out here, therapy is virtually unrecognizable to our clients who had previously trained themselves to sit tight and nod their heads for 50 minutes before they could go back to doing what they wanted. Now, our clients are engaging in a new and different way, with no walls, no clock, and only the rest of their lives to figure out.

Our therapists are caring and experienced individuals who are skilled at calling it like they see it. Therapy out here is hands-on, engaging, and collaborative, which gives us all the room we need in order to challenge them to live up to their potential.  And at the heart of it all, it’s a conversation with a trusted mentor while sitting in a sunny spot under a tree.


The purpose of group therapy at Elements Outdoor Therapy Program is to provide a supportive environment where individuals can share their experiences, receive feedback, and learn coping strategies from both professionals and peers. The advantages of group therapy include:

  1.  Support Network: Group therapy offers a built-in support network where members can connect with others facing similar challenges, providing validation and understanding.
  2. Sounding Board: Members can use the group as a sounding board to express their thoughts and feelings, gaining insight and perspective from others.
  3. Accountability: Group members hold each other accountable for their goals and progress, fostering motivation and commitment to change.
  4. Diversity: The diversity of personalities and backgrounds within the group provides a variety of perspectives and approaches to problem-solving, expanding one’s repertoire of coping strategies.
  5. Professional Guidance: Led by Licensed Therapists, with specialized training, group therapy sessions offer structured guidance and evidence-based strategies for managing specific problems.

Overall, group therapy combines the benefits of peer support, diverse perspectives, and professional guidance to facilitate personal growth and development in managing life challenges.

At Elements, each therapist has the charge of his/her own group, constantly directing the course and is equally interested in the group culture as they are in each individual’s progress. The two are intertwined. Group therapy sessions are run by the therapist twice weekly, and touched upon in group settings (called focus groups and check-ins) multiple times each day by all the staff. Clients learn to advocate for themselves and can call a group or check in at any point. The group owns their therapy and each group recognizes quickly that the well-being of each individual is inextricable from the well-being of the whole.

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