Treatment Programs For Young Adults
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Young adulthood sometimes feels a lot like hiking to the top of a mountain and then noticing the peak has been obscured by the clouds. Teenagers often spend years in countdown mode, looking forward to who they will be when they “grow up” and making plans for being independent, but, by the time they get there, they are exhausted and scared. While they may want to sit down and let the world spin on around them, this is their opportunity to reach out to others and break their goals down into steps that feel more realistic. 

Young adulthood is an adventure that many young adults feel disconnected from when they become overwhelmed. Adventure therapy is recommended for individuals who are struggling to take the next step to launch into adulthood.

blueFire PulsaR is an adventure-based wilderness therapy program for young adults ages 18-28 designed to help students develop the confidence, motivation, and communication skills necessary to pursue their goals, dreams, and passions. 

PulsaR is a unique treatment program for young adults that plays a more active role in helping young adults launch into adulthood by exploring their interests and their strengths, rather than focusing on the challenges that they’ve faced in transitioning to adulthood. 

For many young adults struggling with mental health issues and low self-esteem, they have struggled to take advantage of academic opportunities available to them and have lost interest in things that they used to enjoy. Others who have put a lot of pressure on themselves to succeed based on other people’s expectations have not had the chance to explore their own personal identity. 

Adventure therapy helps get young adults who are feeling directionless out of their comfort zone. Through adventure activities, young adults gain a sense of confidence and achievement by developing leadership and self-regulation skills. 

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While at blueFire PulsaR, young adults are paired with a licensed therapist to help them work through a wide range of challenges, including:

  • Failure to launch
  • Dropping out of high school or college
  • Attachment issues 
  • Social isolation
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Mild to moderate substance use
  • Video game addiction
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  • Removal from everyday life: By removing young adults from the distractions found in everyday life, adventure therapy allows clients to focus on improving their behavior and overall mental health. Gone are the negative influences that may be affecting behaviors. In nature, young adults have the time to mull over past actions and make goals for a successful future.
  • Wilderness Certification: At PulsaR, young adults get the chance to earn nationally recognized certifications to help build confidence and drive employment options after our program.
  • Comprehensive Career Assessment: Young Adults will receive a comprehensive career assessment allowing them to identify areas of interest and develop strengths possible to be successful.
  • Fun adventures: At our adventure therapy program, young adults have the opportunity to engage in fun, exciting activities within a healing, supportive environment. While not all of the experience is fun and games, we encourage our clients to enjoy themselves! After all, if clients are having a good time during their journey towards healing, they are more likely to be engaged in making changes for themselves.

Adventure therapy programs, like blueFire PulsaR, believe that young adults learn best from experiences, rather than being told what to do. A wilderness environment offers a natural setting for experiential learning, using adventure activities as teaching tools.

At blueFire PulsaR, students rotate through the following adventure activities based on the season and group interest: 

  • Downhill Skiing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Backpacking
  • Mountain biking
  • Canoeing
  • White Water Rafting
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Hiking
  • Horsemanship
  • Caving


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Adventure activities are led by milieu therapists, using therapeutic skills that can be applied to other evidence-based therapies. In addition to adventure activities, adventure therapy programs offer traditional types of therapy, including individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and equine therapy. While young adults who struggle with self-awareness, social skills, and defiance may be reluctant to participate in talk therapy, adventure activities help bridge this learning gap. 

Our comprehensive multi-faceted and clinical approach in the wilderness helps young adults and their parents navigate this journey in a positive direction. We believe that through a balance of self-assessment, insight-oriented therapy, outdoor living, adventure activities, and academic focus these young adults will find their true selves.