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Welcome to Elements Traverse: Outdoor Treatment Program for Young Adults

Primary Care Team

Elements Traverse offers a specialized outdoor treatment program tailored to young adults facing mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, neurodiversity, technology overuse, and substance use. Intentionally small and mixed-gender, our nature-based therapy program provides a safe environment where young adults can develop essential skills to overcome obstacles hindering their personal, academic, and professional goals.

At Traverse, we combine the healing elements of nature, physical activity, fresh air, and sunshine with individual and group therapy to maximize treatment outcomes for our young adult clients. Our holistic approach leverages the therapeutic benefits of outdoor experiences to promote stress reduction, physical health, and emotional resilience, complementing the insights and support gained through individual and group therapy. This unique combination provides a dynamic and effective framework for clients to experience lasting positive change and well-being through outdoor experiential therapy.

About Elements Traverse

Traverse has been successfully serving young adult clients since 2017. We are owner-operated and focused on offering the most effective and engaging treatment program for young adults in the outdoors.

Traverse is led by one of the owners, Eric Fawson, LCSW, which exemplifies Elements’ owner-operated approach. Fawson has 20 years of experience working as a therapist and over 10 years of treating young people through outdoor experiential therapy.

Our Approach

At Traverse, we believe in the transformative power of adventure therapy for young adults. Our experiential adventure program provides weekly activities that are intentionally designed to align with both group and individual therapeutic goals. By utilizing a “Choose Your Challenge” adventure model, we empower clients to step outside their comfort zones and experience personal growth in a supportive and nurturing setting.

Our holistic wellness approach addresses the mind, body, and spirit, with a focus on restoring the circadian rhythm through physical activity, fresh air, sunshine, and the majestic beauty of the Utah landscape.

By integrating trauma-informed therapeutic techniques and evidence-based practices into our program, we ensure that our young adult clients and their families receive personalized care that meets their unique needs. Whether it’s through outdoor activities, group therapy sessions, individual counseling, or family programs, we strive to empower our young adult clients to cultivate emotional strength and well-being.

Why Choose Traverse?

  • Small, Intimate Setting: Our intentionally small program size creates a safe and supportive environment for young adults to heal and grow. Our group size ranges from 4 – 10 young adult clients. We utilize a minimum 4:1 staff to client ratio providing our young adult clients with a great deal of individualized support.
  • Adventure Activities: Weekly outdoor activities such as rock climbing, rappelling, mountain biking, stand up paddleboarding, and other team-building activities are integrated with therapeutic goals to promote personal development and skill-building. No prior experience is necessary with any activity. All adventure activities are tailored to all skill levels.
  • Holistic Wellness: We prioritize the well-being of the whole person, addressing mental, physical, and spiritual needs. We move our bodies every day whether that is hiking, participating in an adventure activity, practicing yoga, or playing games. We teach mindfulness practices such as meditation and journaling as part of our curriculum. Our menu includes a wide array of fruits and vegetables with a diversity of meal options. Clients consistently say they eat better here than they do at home!
  • Restorative Environment: The natural beauty of south-central Utah provides a serene backdrop for healing and renewal. We are in the midst of red-rock country during the winter months, and then we transition up to the cool alpine mountains in the summer months.
  • Experienced Professionals: Our team consists of experienced clinicians and outdoor specialists dedicated to supporting each young adult’s journey towards wellness.

Treatment Modalities

Outdoor Living

Three to five days a week, our young adult clients backpack from campsite to campsite. Every week, there is a day or two of adventure activity. Regardless of the week’s hiking or adventure schedule, there is personal time built in for clients to work on therapeutic assignments, letter writing, reading, as well as time for games, conversations, and group processing of different therapeutic topics. 

Two days a week, the therapist visits the young adult group wherever they are in the field area. Individual and group therapy sessions happen on these days. The therapist also brings out mail for clients from family and friends.


Elements Traverse incorporates adventure therapy in order to complement our strong therapeutic foundation. We believe adventure activities provide a unique experience for our young adult clients during their outdoor therapy experience.

The challenge of adventure (including rock climbing, rappelling, canyoneering, stand-up paddleboarding, rafting, fly-fishing and low ropes course initiatives) can provide a host of powerful teaching opportunities. Positive outcomes include increases in self confidence, self-efficacy, problem-solving skills, effective communication, self-awareness, trust, and developing healthy coping strategies.

In keeping with our commitment to provide the highest quality programming, Elements is aligned with American Mountain Guide Association’s (AMGA) standards and training to facilitate our adventure-based experiences. AMGA is established as an international industry leader in training and certification for climbing and mountaineering.

Adventure activities offer our clients an alternative view to challenges in life, and how to negotiate them with a sense of empowerment. We believe outdoor experiential therapy through adventure accelerates the therapeutic process while building confidence to make healthier overall decisions.

The Family Element

Our outdoor therapy program uses every opportunity available to incorporate the entire family system wherever possible. As such, each family will have a host of opportunities to engage with their family members in the program, be it via therapeutically driven letters and phone calls, embedded in the group for one or more overnight visits, or immersed in a 3-day Family Focus. Most of our parents engage in all aspects of family communication and visits, including bringing siblings or other close family members out for the Family Focus.

Skill Development & Personal Growth

Change happens when one feels safe, inspired, and confident to make one’s life their own. We believe it’s our responsibility to create this environment while empowering our young adult clients through open and honest dialogue, and concrete evidence-based resources. We provide extraordinary nature-based therapy to our clients that results in life-long memories, clarity on who they are and who they want to be, better relationships with their families, and tools to create the life they really want to live.

Academic Credits

For our young adult clients still needing high school academic credits, we can offer up to 3.5 credits for clients who complete the Traverse outdoor therapy program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why can’t clients bring their own gear and equipment from home?

Do you use deprivation of food to punish clients?

Does your program philosophy or approach ever ascribe to or attempt to “break clients down”?

Do you ever force clients to hike?

Do you have any external oversight into your practices?

Does Elements force or encourage families to have their children transported to treatment?

Experience Traverse

Join us at Elements Traverse and embark on a therapeutic journey towards healing, growth, and self-discovery. To learn more about our outdoor therapy program for young adults or to inquire about enrollment, please contact us today. We look forward to working with you on your path to wellness and transformation.

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