Blog Articles

Transport Services – Are They Harmful or Helpful to The Process of Change in Wilderness Therapy?

Posted by Katie Massey Combs, MSW, MSPH, Reserach Director on September 01, 2015 | 2 comment(s)

Katie MasseyDeciding to send your child to a wilderness program can be an incredibly difficult decision. Figuring out how to get your child to that program can further the difficulty, as the process can be complicated and heart wrenching. Many parents chose to hire a transport service to help navigate this process, though it is often a hard and conflicted choice.

Read the full post


Posted by Elise Mitchell, Health & Wellness Coordinator on August 26, 2015 | 0 comment(s)

Elise MitchellWhen temperatures are in the 90s, the body isn’t looking for steak and potatoes for dinner. So how do you satisfy the growling stomach with something that is cool and refreshing while being hearty and nutritionally dense? GAZPACHO! This is one of my favorite dishes adapted from my mom’s classic summer recipe. The reception from students and clients in the field entertains me often. More times than not, the raised eye brows and grimaces from the dedicated junk food aficionados are replaced with surprise and delight after tasting the flavors in this chilled soup. Tangy, salty, fresh, spicy… a taste bud extravaganza!

Read the full post

How Praise Can Be Demotivating And What We Can Do Instead

Posted by Brad Reedy, P.hD., Owner & Clinical Director on August 18, 2015 | 0 comment(s)

reedyParents often believe that praise is the key to creating self-esteem in their child. This thinking is so common it deserves some lengthy evaluation.

Hard Work

In Nurture Shock, authors Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman[1] explore many commonly assumed parenting “truths” by looking to emerging research. One of the many topics they look at is the changing concept of self-esteem. They explore the relationship between our culture’s declining regard towards hard work and their research which shows a steady decline in self-worth—this is because hard work often instills a sense of purpose. For example, they concluded that hard work has been replaced by recreation in many American families.

Read the full post

Treating Transgendered Students: A Philosophy About Acceptance, Love, Patience & Truth

Posted by Mike Mein, M.Ed., ACMHC, NCC, Therapist at Entrada on July 29, 2015 | 2 comment(s)

Mikey 4The three competencies of multicultural counseling are an awareness of one’s own assumptions, values, and biases; knowledge of the worldviews of culturally diverse groups and individuals; and skills to determine and apply culturally appropriate intervention strategies. I can think of no better way to approach the subject of treating transgendered students than to share a story that that highlights the first cultural competency. This story was candidly told to me by the Co-Owner & Clinical Director of Evoke Therapy Programs, Dr. Brad Reedy.

Read the full post

Try It, You Might Like It!

Posted by Ed Coombs, Warehouse Coordinator on July 27, 2015 | 1 comment(s)

Ed Coombs 102Food is an integral part of wilderness life at Entrada. Clients cheer for restock and I’ve seen all manner of festivities take place on “Meat Night”. As variety is the spice of life, we try to incorporate this theme to break up the standards of Beans and Rice. We work closely with our produce supplier to provide seasonal fruits and vegetables to augment some of our standard items. Clients generally receive Bell Peppers, Onions, Zucchini, Garlic, Carrots, Salad, Bananas, Apples, and Oranges on restock days (Tuesday and Friday). Over the past year, we’ve had Kale, Brussel Sprouts, Asparagus, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Broccoflower, String beans, Yams, Beets, Shallots, Corn, Potatoes, Butternut Squash, and Yellow crook-neck Squash. For fruit, we’ve had Pineapples, Watermelon, Peaches, Nectarines, Mangos, and Apricots. I was able to personally go and pick the apricots from an organic orchard a ½ mile from our office.

Read the full post

Why Wilderness Therapy?

Posted by John Tobias, MS, ACMHC, Therapist at Entrada on July 22, 2015 | 2 comment(s)

I’ve encountered this question many times over the last fifteen years—from friends and relatives, to college professors, and parents of clients.

Read the full post

Black Pepper Cauliflower Salad (Serves 10)

Posted by Elise Mitchell, Health & Wllness Coordinator on July 15, 2015 | 0 comment(s)

Elise MitchellDon’t judge a book by its cover. Cauliflower is often over-looked as a boring vegetable – not in this recipe! We made this at the Oasis this week while exploring what it means to cook for others. The act of giving to our peers, friends, family can change our mood and sense of self with just a quick sauté and dash of salt!

Read the full post

How Do I Build Self-Esteem in My Child?

Posted by Brad Reedy, Ph.D., Owner & Clinical Director of Evoke Therapy Programs on July 09, 2015 | 1 comment(s)

reedyThe relationship between communication, connection and self-worth

I had the wonderful experience of being trained in Marriage and Family Therapy [MFT] at Loma Linda University. Part of that training included observation from a one-way mirror or reviewing video recordings of my therapy sessions with professors and supervisors. Often, my professor and I would watch clients on the video recordings addressing a variety of complaints and life problems, and my professor would pause the tape and ask me what I saw. In peeling back the layers, I always seemed to arrive at the conclusion that the origin of their struggles stemmed from poor or low self-esteem. He would follow with this challenge: “How do you raise esteem in a client?” His idea was that a relationship with an unconditional source, such as God, was the key. The question about how to engender self-esteem in others and especially in our children has been at the forefront of my mind ever since.

Read the full post

Appreciation for a Unique Learning Experience

Posted by Rebecca Markley on July 02, 2015 | 3 comment(s)

GraduatedI have been working with Evoke Therapy Programs at Entrada now for about 6 months and I am increasingly grateful for the company, the people who work there, and the opportunities that are provided for staff and clients to learn and grow. I am especially thankful that as we go about this journey that we are allowed, and even encouraged, to live outside the box.

Read the full post

Fathers, Let’s be More Relatable This Year

Posted by David Johnson, Ph.D., Therapist at Entrada on June 26, 2015 | 1 comment(s)

This Father’s Day I was reflecting on my clients in the field, my relationship with my own children as well as my Dad. I have heard countless young adult male clients talk about their fathers being on pedestals. Pedestals of emotional stability, stoic independence, financial success, and in general, power. I even remember one client drawing his father on top of a pedestal, while a young man stands at the bottom staring up at the ladder believing its impossible to reach that height.

Read the full post