Located 100 miles southeast of Boise, Idaho in the small city of Gooding, BlueFire Wilderness Therapy helps teenagers and young adults between the ages of 11 and 28 struggling with mental health challenges like depression, anxiety and trauma as well as clients coping with ADHD and autism. BlueFire employs a holistic treatment model that integrates a range of therapies including wilderness therapy, evidence-based practices and cutting edge methods like neurofeedback. Twelve-step is not a component of the programming.
Accommodations and Food
BlueFire is located in the high plains region of southern Idaho. Residents stay at a base camp equipped with a cooking area, shower facilities and a yurt with sleeping cots. It is crucial that residents stay completely immersed in the program. As such, BlueFire does not permit TV, computers or smartphones. Aside from video conferencing with family, the internet is not available. The area offers plenty of recreational activities including hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking and cross-country skiing.
Treatment and Staff
BlueFire offers individualized treatment programming for teenagers and young adults struggling with a range of mental health challenges, learning disorders and personal issues like self-esteem. Individual care plans are customized to meet each client’s needs, goals and circumstances. While the length of stay varies depending on the needs and progress of the client, the typical stay is around nine weeks with many individuals staying anywhere between six and 12.
While wilderness therapy serves as the cornerstone of the programming, BlueFire utilizes an array of therapeutic methods to ensure a personalized experience for each client. The facility employs evidence-based modalities, holistic approaches, academics and adventure therapy. Clients engage in individual therapy twice weekly and group sessions four times a week. Therapists are skilled in Motivational Interviewing (MI), CBT and DBT as well as EMDR to treat past trauma as a cause of current conditions. BlueFire also provides equine therapy each week and neurofeedback to teach clients how to regulate normally involuntary body functions like heart rate. In addition, residents maintain a video journal and video conference regularly with their family.
BlueFire employs a multi-disciplinary team of counselors, social workers, therapists and PhD-level psychologists. Without a physician or psychiatrist on the team, medication management is not available.
BlueFire believes in the importance of family support in the success of recovery. To this end, the facility offers the four-day Family Spark Workshop, an immersive family therapy experience that teaches parents how to best help their child.
BlueFire Wilderness Therapy integrates wilderness experiential activities with evidence-based therapies to provide teenagers and young adults with a unique and empowering therapeutic experience. For parents looking for a strong curriculum that enables their child to flourish, BlueFire is a great option.
BlueFire Wilderness Therapy
1832 E 1750 S
Gooding, ID 83330
BlueFire Wilderness Therapy Cost: Call for details; BlueFire employs a healthcare advocate to assist with insurance. Reach BlueFire Wilderness Therapy by phone at (208) 494-9932 or by email. Find BlueFire Wilderness Therapy on Facebook and Twitter
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