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Inner Child Wounds

By Deschutes Wilderness Therapy | May 11, 2022

Healing Your Inner Child Wounds Can Support Your Growth as a Family Most people wouldn’t claim their childhood was perfect. Almost everyone has at least some emotional inner child wounds. Some wounds occur from one humiliating experience, or a notable instance of broken trust, for example. How deep your inner child wounds are, depends on…

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Parenting: How to Let Go – Even When It’s Hard

By Deschutes Wilderness Therapy | April 7, 2022

As parents, you want your child to be healthy, joyful, safe, and successful. What that means to you and how you strive to support your child in these ways can have the opposite effect. It can be challenging! Sometimes when a parent attempts to direct these outcomes for their son or daughter, it’s because of…

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Self-Care  Isn’t Selfish

By Deschutes Wilderness Therapy | March 1, 2022

Self-care after 2020 has taken on new meaning and importance. Many practices before the pandemic still apply, a few others, not as much. Strict time-keeping to a workout or meditation at 5 am may not make as much sense for those of us who continue to work/school from home or do some hybrid of both.…

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Processing Parental Grief: When the Concept of a ‘Normal’ Family is Shattered

By Deschutes Wilderness Therapy | February 4, 2022

As parents, you may have held a standard of what you want or hoped for your family. You had a pretty clear idea of how you’d like your family to grow together. Having a child or children with mental health challenges can turn your expectations on its head. There is nothing shameful about the grief…

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How Parents Can Help Destigmatize Their Teen’s Mental Illness

By Daryn Reiner | December 8, 2021

Most parents of teens grew up during a time where mental illness was something to keep quiet or was considered shameful. You didn’t feel cool telling your friends about your anxiety attack or being depressed. Your parent’s generation was more likely to ask you to keep such details quiet, or they minimally acknowledged it. The…

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ACE Test Aids in Depression, Suicide Awareness in Troubled Youth

By Daryn Reiner | September 8, 2021

Depression and suicide in the United States among troubled youth have been on the rise prior to 2020. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) are proving to be key factors that influence these events in teens and adolescence. ACE Test Factors – A Breakdown ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) are those that occurred before a child’s eighteen birthday.…

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