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Empowering Your Teen Through the Healing Power of Wilderness

A Unique Wilderness Therapy Experience for Emotional and Behavioral Growth

Welcome to Empower My Teen – Wilderness Therapy Placement, where we specialize in finding the right wilderness programs to help teenagers facing behavioral issues, mental health challenges, and academic struggles.

Discover the Healing Power of Wilderness Therapy for Teens

We Find Wilderness Therapeutic Programs for Teens with Emotional and Behavioral Growth and Family Healing

At Empower My Teen, our role is to connect you with premier wilderness therapy programs. By combining therapeutic intervention with the healing power of nature, we pave the way for emotional growth, family healing, and personal empowerment.

We assess your teen’s unique needs and history, then consult and advocate on your family’s behalf, ensuring a personalized placement that best supports their journey to recovery and growth.”

We Work with Top  Rated Wilderness Therapy  Programs!

  • We asses your teen and then find the right wilderness therapeutic program to help their unique situation.
  • We help parents through the enrollment and after, we are your advocates.
  • We support adolescents with  behavioral issues, mental health challenges, and academic struggles.

Unlock a Brighter Future for Your Teen

Emotional Growth

Discover the transformative power of nature in fostering self-awareness, resilience, and emotional regulation in teens.

Family Healing

Enhance family relationships through shared experiences, understanding, and communication, fostering a supportive home environment

Adventure & Learning

Embark on adventures that challenge and educate, building life skills, confidence, and a deep appreciation for the natural world

Wilderness Programs for Youths - A Proven Path to Wellness

Discover a compassionate approach to help your teen navigate the challenges of adolescence. With a surge in teenage depression and stress influenced by social media pressures, the wilderness programs for youth we work with, personalize the program according to your teen’s unique needs.

Our therapeutic consultant will guide you through the placement after taking the time to understand your child’s  behavior, mental health history to find the top rated therapeutic wilderness camp setting to allowing them time and space to heal,  and learn vital life skills for a brighter future.

Work with us, and you’ll get the help and clarity you need to make the best decision for your child. 

Mary Warren, Therapeutic Consultant, Parenting Coach, Founder of Empower My Teen
Mary Warren

About Me

I am Mary Warren, an Independent Educational Consultant, Therapeutic Consultant, Parenting Coach and the Founder of Empower My Teen. For over twenty years, I have guided many families through the complexities of finding the right therapeutic solutions for their teens.

My approach is deeply rooted in compassion, expertise, and a commitment to positive outcomes.

We specialize in identifying and placing teens in therapeutic programs, including wilderness therapy, tailored for those experiencing emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges. My commitment is to empower families and teens with informed, supportive, and expert guidance on their journey toward healing and growth.

Frequently Asked Questions About Empower My Teen and Wilderness Therapy Placement

What is wilderness therapy program, and how does it help a struggling, or troubled teen?

Wilderness therapy combines outdoor activities with therapeutic intervention to address emotional, behavioral, and mental health issues, promoting personal growth and healing.

Wilderness therapy has been used successfully for several decades as a therapeutic approach for troubled teens. It emerged as a treatment modality in the 1970s. It gained recognition as an effective intervention for adolescents facing various emotional and behavioral challenges. Unlike boot camps, which focus on discipline and control, wilderness therapy programs emphasize personal growth, self-discovery, and therapeutic intervention in a natural, outdoor setting.

The most effective wilderness therapy programs incorporate evidence-based practices and adapt to the needs of each participant. The program’s success varies based on program design, daily practices, staff qualification, and the teen’s willingness to participate and engage in the therapeutic process.

Therefore, for their child to succeed, parents must thoroughly understand the program’s methodology and reputation.

What should I consider when choosing a therapeutic program for my teen?

Online, you’ll find a wealth of information, both helpful and misleading, concerning therapeutic programs like wilderness therapy and residential treatment for teenagers. This is precisely why it’s crucial to carefully assess various aspects of the program. Factors to consider include program accreditation, the qualifications of its staff, the staff-to-student ratio, and the program’s overarching philosophy and success record.

When you explore a wilderness program’s website, you’ll encounter a plethora of promotional content. This underscores the importance of collaborating with an industry expert who possesses in-depth knowledge of these programs and their inner workings. Going it alone is not advisable. To ensure your child’s safety and well-being, partnering with a seasoned consultant is the best course of action.

What are the signs that my teen might need a therapeutic intervention?
Warning signs include drastic changes in behavior, academic decline, withdrawal from family or friends, and signs of depression or anxiety, defiance, technology dependency: video games or social media.  Recent instances of bullying or being bullied.
Mary has been an absolute rock for us. She brings clarity and years of experience to the complex, confusing, and high-stakes process of helping our kid with multiple challenges. There have been countless times that we have been torn up about how to handle the numerous difficult decisions that have come up and just a few minutes of talking it through with Mary has made all the difference in the world. She is extremely professional, dedicated, and absolutely passionate about her work helping struggling teens and young adults, and she brought all of this to bear on our struggles. I recommend her to the highest degree possible. We feel extremely lucky to have her on our kid’s team!
We discovered Mary 5 years ago when our son was failing 9th grade, heavy into drugs and starting down a path with gangs, and there was nothing more we could do to help him. Here we are now, after two RTC's and two wilderness programs with a son who graduated high school and is working full time. Mary's advice was spot on at each turn in the road. Not sure where we would be without Mary and the focused programs she advised us on. And even though our son is on a good track, we continue to use Mary for coaching to make sure the whole family stays on track.
The best decision we ever made was engaging Mary Warren in the process. Mary took the time to get to know our situation on a personal level. She then utilized her skills, network, and experience to cut through red tape and facilitate placement options that would have been impossible to find on our own. During treatment, she was an active extension of our family, staying connected to the process every week, consulting with us as parents through the highs and lows, giving advice, showing compassion, and always reminding us that hope for a better future was real. It is rare to find a service provider where the term “exceeds expectations” is tangible, Mary and her team did just that. Highly, highly recommended. We are now in a stabilized phase with our son. Mary’s involvement in our lives was instrumental, we are eternally grateful.
Mary has been a fantastic support to us as we navigated wilderness, residential treatment and aftercare for our teenage son. She is knowledgeable and caring. Her advice has been spot-on time and time again. She has been a rock for us in this challenging journey towards healing for the whole family. I recommend her highly!
Sending our son to a therapeutic boarding school was the most significant decision my wife and I have ever made and I am so glad we had Mary’s help at every step of the way. Going this process on our own with our limited knowledge was not going to maximize our chances of success. We were fortunate to have found Mary of EmpowerMyTeen. Mary has deep knowledge of the schools available and was able to help us find one that fit our son well. There is so much information and misinformation out there and Mary helped us focus on the truth. We requested Mary’s services for placement services and coaching for the whole period that our son was in the program. Our son is home now and doing very well. The overall success our family had is as good as we could have hoped for and we give the credit to Mary and the wonderful staff of the school. Mary is professional, knowledgeable, experienced, kind and empathetic.

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