Gone Wild: Backpacking with Mirasol

Mirasol's adventure therapy program is expanding to include backpacking! To prepare for the upcoming trips, six Mirasol therapists put their packs on their backs and spent two days trekking in a remote valley high in Tucson's Catalina Mountains. The group was led by an experienced backpacker, and included primary therapists, exercise therapists, an aftercare therapist as well as Mirasol's Executive Director, Diane Ryan.

"I think it's important to see what we're capable of — what challenges us as clinicians and as adults — and also assess what we get out of it — what we enjoy and what we struggle with," says Mirasol Primary Therapist, Jenna Jarrold.

There were plenty of challenges to go around, from preparing (and eating!) dehydrated food to keeping your balance while dancing across roaring mountain streams on slippery boulders with a pack on your back. Although nearly all of them were beginning backpackers, each one met their challenges with grace and gusto, and they were clearly inspired both by their surroundings and by their ability to overcome every obstacle.

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TRE (Tension + Trauma Releasing Exercises)

TRE® is an innovative series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension, and trauma.

TRE was developed over 20 years ago from Dr. David Bercelli's work with large traumatized communities while living in the Middle East and Africa. His observations led him to understand that this shaking or vibrating is the body's built-in healing mechanism to quiet the mind and release chronic tension held in the body.

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Ground-Breaking New Research on the Genetic Origins of Anorexia Nervosa

In 2000, researchers identified genetic susceptibility for anorexia and bulimia, binge eating disorder and obesity as well as for substance abuse, anxiety, and major depression.

An upcoming issue of the International Journal of Eating Disorders will publish ground-breaking new research by Dr. Howard Steiger that is likely to change our view of anorexia nervosa and its origins.

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YES! Mirasol Offers a Partial Hospitalization (PHP) or "Day" Program!

Mirasol's partial hospitalization program offers innovative, holistic treatment that blends loving, broad-based support with cutting-edge programming and real life challenges.

Daily programming includes a wide range of individual and group therapy including polarity therapy, art therapy, psychodrama, belief work, DBT and life skills. Experiential activities include camping, caving, climbing, yoga and canoeing in addition to yoga and prescribed exercise.

The program is accepted by most insurance companies, and length of stay is flexible depending on client needs.

For clients on the road to recovery who are ready to take the next step, Mirasol transitional PHP program provides both a solid, supported foundation and the freedom to fly.

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