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Low Self-Esteem

Wilderness Therapy is extremely effective at addressing the core issues of low self-worth, confidence, and self-esteem. Each challenge provides the participant an opportunity to build on a sense of efficacy or move from “I cant” to “I can.” This improvement comes in the context of supportive staff and peers and helps clients to be less susceptible to poor life choices.

Research has demonstrated that participants in wilderness therapy do improve their sense of efficacy—the belief that they can accomplish challenging tasks. A key element of improving self-worth occurs as participants move from external locus of control (what happens to me creates my happiness) to internal locus of control (my decisions determine my happiness).

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