Catherine Freer Announces Opportunity for Troubled Teen Girls

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Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Programs is offering a special summer program for troubled teen girls struggling with behavioral, substance abuse, and/or mental health issues.

“I am still sober and doing great. You and the rest of the staff saved my life."

Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Programs ( announced they are running an all-female wilderness therapy expedition this summer. The expedition date is June 20.

The all-female expedition is designed for at-risk young women ages 13 to 18. The therapeutic backpacking expedition focuses on issues specifically relevant to adolescent girls today such as body image, creating healthy boundaries, trust building, and how to develop healthy relationships. The expedition is led by three female staff, including a master’s level therapist with drug and alcohol counseling experience, who resides in the field with participants for the entire expedition, not just two days a week which is the industry standard.

One young woman participant described her life since she completed a Catherine Freer wilderness therapy expedition, “I am still sober and doing great. You and the rest of the staff saved my life. I hope you can tell kids that this really does work --if they work it--and I am an example of that.”

The expedition involves extensive individual and group therapy and substance abuse counseling. The girls will engage in activities such as backpacking, yoga, and meditation in order to build a strong sense of physical and mental health. They will participate in a three-day solo experience designed to allow them to practice the self-care skills they have learned and to give them time to reflect and process their emotional growth.

About Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Programs
Catherine Freer is an adolescent treatment program specializing in wilderness therapy. Troubled teens take part in a backpacking and adventure expedition that combines outdoor living, physical activity and extensive psychotherapy. A master’s level therapist with substance abuse counseling experience is a member of the staff team that resides in the field with the adolescents. Opportunities for “in the moment” therapy and individual and group therapy are abundant. Outcome research indicates that 83 percent of teens report they are doing better after their wilderness therapy experience.

Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Programs serves approximately 300 adolescents annually. The employee owned and operated company was founded in 1988 and is licensed by the State of Oregon as both a substance abuse and mental health treatment program. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHCO) accredits the program.

The company also operates Santiam Crossing, an outdoor therapeutic school and Oregon Transition Homes. For more information, please visit the web site at or call (800) 390-3983.

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