When most Americans encounter the term ‘wilderness therapy,’ the images that come to mind can be quite colorful. Rugged peaks, brutal hikes, campfire therapy sessions, or shivering confessions in the pouring rain. Sometimes the associations can be even more unsavory; think Bear Grylls survival techniques. How about performing surgery with a Swiss army knife? Or drinking your own pee?
Today’s approach to wilderness therapy looks very different.
Actually, it involves a lot less wilderness. Gone is the Outward Bound, hairy-chested, off-the-grid, month-long backpacking trip of self-discovery. In its place are practices that are much less exclusive and far more achievable.
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