blueFire PulsaR is a Wilderness Therapy Program that is proven effective in treating a variety of complex mental health issues. Studies have shown wilderness therapy is a thriving clinical modality for those who have exhausted traditional forms of treatment.

Young adults attending PulsaR are able to participate in various healthy, safe activities. The new environment gets them out of their stuck routine, helps them begin thinking positively, and offers opportunities to learn more about themselves.

Mental Health Problems that PulsaR Helps with:

(This list is not all-inclusive)

Depression Outcomes


Anxiety - Outcomes


Addictions - Outcomes


Bipolar - Outcomes


Trauma - Outcomes


Failure to Launch - Outcomes

Failure To Launch

Dysregulated Moods - Outcomes

Dysregulated Moods

OCD - Outcomes


At blueFire PulsaR we utilize various therapeutic models to support
our clients through their mental health treatment.

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We ask all clients and their parents or guardians to complete an evidence-based and internationally used questionnaire called the Outcome Questionnaire (OQ 45.2). This questionnaire measures a client’s level of functioning in:

  • Intrapersonal Distress
  • Somatic Distress
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Social Problems
  • Behavioral Dysfunction
  • Related Critical Items

This data is collected from both parents and clients:

    • Upon Admission
    • Upon Graduation

    Decreasing scores indicate improved mental wellness.

    Emotional and behavioral wellness is marked by the dashed line indicating Clinical Cutoff.

    In accordance with the OQ's Reliable Change Index (RCI):

    Scores that decrease by 14 points indicate lasting, positive change

    Upon Graduation...

    Clients report a


    decrease in dysfunction
    than what was measured at admission.

    PulsaR's OQ Outcomes indicate 2.5x the change needed to show lasting clinical progress.

    blueFire Pulsar Outcomes Moving Forward

    Studies show that nature itself has therapeutic benefits.

    Nature helps blueFire clients:

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    Reduce Stress Levels

    Getting outside naturally helps lower anxiety, depression, blood pressure, and the production of stress hormones.

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    Get Creative

    Outdoor activities spark creative thoughts through visual, physical, or mental inspiration.

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    Improve Physical Health

    Rock climbing, rafting, hiking —all our adventure activities improve our physical and mental health by releasing positive hormones.

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    Boost Mood

    Getting sunshine and fresh air promotes the production of serotonin which boosts your mood naturally.

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    Be Present

    Less electronic stimulation promotes mindfulness, relaxation, and connection, reducing anxiety and stress.

    Research on nature's benefit

    We benefit from “high quality” nature spaces (Nature Research Report, 2021)

    How spending time in nature benefits mental health

    Hear what our clients say about our program:

    Anonymous, Client

    Rated 5.0 out of 5
    November 30, 2021

    BlueFire was one of the most helpful steps in my journey. I have since been sober and have been very happy to be living life and being successful with my family and friends. I met so many great people from BlueFire and I would like to tell them about my journey and see what they have been up to since we last saw each other. I was wondering if there is anyway I can contact some of the staff because I want to say thank you for their help in turning my life around.

    Anonymous, Client

    Haan, Parent

    Rated 5.0 out of 5
    October 11, 2021

    Our son’s experience at Bluefire Pulsar saved his life. We wanted to thank everyone at the program for their role and contributions to our son’s success. We thank you all so very much for what you’ve done for our family.

    Haan, Parent

    Susan, Parent

    Rated 5.0 out of 5
    October 11, 2019

    BlueFire PulsaR was an amazing experience. We are so glad that we found it for our child, who was anxious and overly dependent on electronics. BlueFire worked with us from the beginning, helping in the critical step of getting our child on board with the need for wilderness therapy, and continued to help with logistical support throughout. The young adult lead therapist, John Cohen, is an immensely talented and caring person who really worked wonders. All the other personnel were great, but John is uniquely gifted in dealing with a variety of emotional issues. The program is extremely well organized and has many layers of thoughtful support and challenge for the clients. Safety is paramount and adventure is a cornerstone of the experience. Intentionally small groups of clients work together as a team and learn to interact with respect, insight, and maturity. This made a huge difference to our child and our family. BlueFire was also extremely helpful in navigating the steps to a transitional program (where our child is currently expanding on the knowledge and skills gained at BlueFire). We are immensely grateful to have had our child undergo this skillful and flexible treatment, in a beautiful wilderness setting.

    Susan, Parent

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