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There are many options for connection through adventure with your loved ones. I strongly believe your role as a helping professional should enhance your relationships with loved ones, not suffer because of your passion to serve. With so many Health & Human Service Professionals dedicating time to help others, especially during the pandemic, connecting and reconnecting with loved ones can be more difficult at a time when it's most important. This is why I offer Family Enrichment Workshops that can work within your schedule, help you decompress with those most important to you, and just provide opportunities for some fun.
Family Enrichment Workshops are set up differently than traditional family therapy sessions. Whereas therapy normally sets up a longer-term commitment between a family and me, Family Enrichment Workshops can be a single session. Families can take advantage of multiple workshops, however, since each activity-- archery, ropes course initiatives, kayaking, primitive fire building, hiking-- seems to bring about new ways of connecting with loved ones.
As a Certified Clinical Adventure Therapist, I have specialized training to work with clients in the outdoors. For many years, I've grown to appreciate how adventure-based activities help people connect. For example, when families and/or couples I've worked with kayak together, we explore how they can work effectively together as they keep each other safe. When we learn to safely shoot arrows, we explore goal setting as a unit and respectful boundaries. When building campfires using flint and steel techniques, we explore how to problem solve, work through frustrations (and sometimes disappointment), and celebrate successes. Schedule a free phone consultation so we can discuss options together.
If you're working well with a therapist already, we can explore whether adding a Family Enrichment Workshop would help you meet relational goals. I'll gladly consult with your therapist about the possibility of enhancing your treatment goals by incorporating adventure activities into your healing process. Call me to discuss options or encourage your therapist to call me so that person and I can brainstorm some ideas together. I truly enjoy working collaboratively with great therapists in our community.
Before you leave, I invite you to pause and reflect on one way you've demonstrated resilience in the past few days. Remember, sometimes the pausing can feel a little uncomfortable (that's okay) & resilience takes many forms.