Adventure therapy is a form of treatment that is used to help people deal with issues such as low self-esteem, social phobia, and similar conditions. This kind of therapy is relatively new, having been practiced only in the last 40 years or so. Adventure therapy is based on the idea of experiential learning within controlled conditions. As such, the patients going through adventure therapy can have their own experiences of the issues they are facing while at the same time feeling safe in the knowledge that the whole experience is controlled to a certain degree.
Adventure therapy can be carried out in a host of different ways, depending on the specific issue that the patient is dealing with. For example, if a person is dealing with social phobia, the adventure therapist can lead the patient through a series of games and other activities that will help find the root cause of the phobia. These activities will involve the patient having to face situations that he normally cannot handle in real life and on his own. The goal is to eventually have the patient be able to handle the situations and lessen or get rid of the phobia.
Adventure therapy can be done individually or in a group setting, although it seems that the latter is preferred by many. More so, patients can bring in people they are comfortable with - such as close friends or family members - to help them go through the therapy sessions. This kind of support is essential in achieving lasting results.