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  • Writer's picture Brody & Mayalene Bates

Experiential Experiences- Now Offered at Summit View Counseling

Updated: Jun 17, 2019

"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity." - John Muir

As I gallop my horse through the tall, serene, musical aspen trees I feel a sense of quiet and calm; I feel invigorated, connected, joyful, and inspired. I hear my horses hoof beats. I smell the wildflowers and horse sweat. I feel the sun, and my body is grounded in movement.

I grip the rock and look down at my feet for the next best foothold, I realize the options are, well, lousy, so I pick the best one for my balance and heave upward. I am 30 feet up and feel the coolness of the limestone and the weight on my toes in my snug climbing shoes. I feel the chalk under my fingernails. I hear the stream trickling below. I am completely in the moment.

My husband Brody and I both have powerful connections to the outdoors and physical movement. Experiential therapy can help provide experiences of connection, release, awareness, flow, and growth. Experiential therapy provides activities and settings that are naturally healing and challenging. It isn't just playing, it isn't just being outside, it's still therapy, but so much more!

At Summit View Counseling, Experiential Therapy is a specific therapeutic intervention with an experienced, skilled therapist or recreation therapist, that can help the client address personal trauma, roadblocks, and unhealthy patterns/thought processes. Experiential Therapy can result in the client becoming proactive over reactive, improving problem solving skills, connecting with genuine thoughts and behaviors, improving self confidence, decreasing impulsivity, finding a sense of empowerment,and increasing spiritual connection.

Join us at Summit View counseling in our new Experiential Experiences! Both individual and groups! We are now offering:


Put on some trail shoes, bring your water and lets hike!

"In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir


Have a bike? So do I, lets go chat and ride!

"I don't ride a bike to add days to my life, I ride a bike to add life to my days" Unknown


We've got the boards, come stand up and paddle!

Worry Less....Paddle More!

This may be just for you! If the therapy office setting is intimidating or uncomfortable, lets go out and experience! Connect with your body first; connect with your mind and emotions in turn! Please contact us for specifics!

Here is a great video about mountain biking for women healing from sexual trauma, check it out!

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