Evoke Wilderness Programs (Oregon & Utah)
Our wilderness therapy programs provide personalized treatment for those struggling with issues including trauma, substance abuse, anxiety, grief, depression, identity issues, family conflict and much more. Therapy occurs in nature, away from digital distractions and other negative influences.
My heart goes out to you as I imagine the anxiety about the safety and well being of your daughter is overwhelming. Similar to one of the other responses, I recommend an education consultant/consulting group such as Bodin. there was another one we interviewed in Walnut Creek I can't remember the name of. We were impressed with both but didn't use them. We didn't use one at first because it seemed so expensive, choosing to do our own research, placement tests, transportation etc. and it ended up costing us way more, on many levels, in the end. There is a whole industry out there and it is unlikely you would find all the options and best fit without the help of a consultant.
After choosing not to do a wilderness therapy program but rather going straight to a therapeutic boarding school of our choice, our daughter ended up in the hospital for 10 days under psychiatric care after extreme emotional outbursts and episodes of self harm attempts in the 30 days at the therapeutic boarding school where we had enrolled her.
After the hospital, she went to Evoke which is a wilderness therapy program in Bend, OR for 3 months (she really thrived there and the therapists were excellent - Brigitte and Sabrina) and then the Academy at Sisters which is a girls therapeutic boarding school for about a year. I highly recommend both of them.
Our daughter never really appeared to struggle prior to 8th grade except some red flags
I wanted to ask if you have considered a Wilderness program for him. My son was struggling with severe depression for a few years starting at 17. He is now 23 also. We tried different meds, therapy, different interventions and nothing seemed to help. Long story short, we ended up sending him to Evoke Therapy in Utah and while I was very apprehensive about this program, it ended up being the best gift we could have ever given to him. He did therapeutic work that he never could have accomplished here at home. Fast forward 18 months: he is has girlfriend and is back at school full-time. He is happy and able to express himself in ways I never thought possible. I asked him recently what he thought had the most impact in his life in regards to the healing process and he did not hesitate to say his time in Wilderness. Also, his therapist here in Berkeley was dead set against wilderness, saying that there was no way he would handle it. Well he did, learned he could and came out knowing himself . I suggest you give their intake people a call to discuss your situation. Another one we liked was Open Sky. Best of luck. You can ask the moderator for my contact info if you want.