Adventure and Nature Based Counselling for Youth and Adults
Out of the Box.
Out of the Office.
Counselling for People who Don't Like the Idea of Counselling.
"Picture regular counselling... but instead of sitting in an office, we're challenging ourselves side-by-side, talking about life out on a trail, or 30 feet up on an indoor rock wall, or sitting by a creek sharing a thermos of tea, or heading down the river. It's always up to you what your adventure looks like."
And for right now,
the adventure is Virtual!
Due to COVID-19 Restrictions
(and moving our own life adventure to the mountains),
Get Out is currently offering virtual sessions only.
Don't worry, we are NOT changing our name to
"Get On A Screen Adventure Therapy"...
We still DEEPLY believe in the power of getting outside
and we continue to provide INNOVATIVE, OUT-OF-THE-BOX therapy using CREATIVE VIRTUAL means.
While we can't hike together on a trail right now
or climb a mountain side by side,
we can still apply those skills to facing life head-on.
We meet you where you're at, connect with what your interests and needs are, and follow at your pace -
while still gently challenging and encouraging you
to keep going on this wild journey that is life.
We're here by your side!
So what are you waiting for?
Let's get online and then GET OUTSIDE!
About the Founder and Lead Counsellor
BSW, RSW, MSW. Psychotherapist. Social Worker.
Wilderness First Responder.
AddHeart Certified Facilitator: BioFeedback
Certified Ontario Hike Leader
"If you're looking for someone perfect, I'm not your guy. If you're looking for someone who cares deeply about your life, struggles with his own stuff, is willing to let you wrestle with the hard questions, loves his job, and is more interested in walking beside you than telling you what to do, I really look forward to our time together. Write me anytime"
To Read More about Brandon... click here
Out of the Office and... Into The Mountains!
Stay tuned for more info
Nature and Adventure Therapy for...
Youth are awesome. All that energy and anger and passion and frustration need an outlet. We'll focus on understanding our emotions, real life skills to help in school and in relationships, and most importantly, building self confidence, working on self compassion, realizing purpose in life, and in celebrating their individual awesomeness, gifts, and story.
Burnout and Purpose
Three times in my life I've burnt-out, left my job, and wrestled with what purpose I have in life. In some ways that makes me the last person you should talk to, and in some ways it makes me highly qualified. If you're feeling stuck, exhausted, confused, and lost as to what you are doing in life, and where your passion has gone, let's talk.
I love my ADHD... it's like a superpower sometimes. People with ADHD think outside the box (what box?), can be so compassionate, and can focus like crazy on something important to them. ADHD can also make life really hard, and not just for them (ask my teachers, parents, or my partner!). Discover how you can use it as a strength, and how to work on the challenges connected with ADHD.
First Responders and Helping Professionals are a special breed. We owe a lot to you as a community. You see the best and worst of humanity on a daily basis. Some of the stuff you experience can affect life negatively, no matter how strong you are, or how long you've been doing it. Adventure Therapy provides a physical and emotional outlet to talk about the realities of the job, and how to stay healthy and strong.
One part of addiction counselling is understanding what's going on inside, and another part is learning to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Adventure Therapy is amazing for both of these. If you want to start talking about your drinking/use, with someone who might understand a piece of what you are going through, I can't wait to meet you.
"I'd Rather do Anything Else..."
I'm not going to try and sell you on counselling. It's hard at times and not nearly as fun as lots of other things. For me, I came to a place where the risk of losing the people I loved, and of not becoming the man I hoped to be, was greater than my disgust of filling out forms, meeting some therapist, and talking about my feelings. It's your call.
"You can't learn guitar by talking about it.
At some point you have to pick the thing up and start strumming..."
Traditional talk therapy meets the outdoors, as we walk and talk on forest trails and urban nature spaces. Hiking therapy offers fresh air and fresh perspectives, combining the wisdom of therapy with the healing power of nature.
Push yourself to new heights as you talk and climb with an experienced psychotherapist. Learn new skills and challenge old ways of thinking while having fun and gaining strength!
Chat with a therapist from virtually anywhere. Experiential therapy offered over the phone or video chat. Grab your phone and go for a walk outside or have a session from the comfort of your own home.
Learn More - Virtual Services
Due to the challenges presented by COVID-19, all services have been moved online until further notice. Get Out is providing "Out of the Box" therapy using creative virtual means and is constantly adapting to provide holistic, innovative therapeutic care.
If your needs are not able to be met virtually, please contact Brandon for referrals and recommendations.
Get Out Adventure Therapy provides supports to our communities on land across Ontario, land that is the traditional home of the Haudenosaunee (Ho-deh-no-show-nee), Anishinaabe (Ah-nish-nah-bay) and Neutral People in the Waterloo Region, and the traditional land of the Anishnaabeg people in the Simcoe area, to name a few.
We are dedicated to honouring Indigenous history and culture and committed to moving forward in the spirit of reconciliation and respect with all First Nation, Métis and Inuit people. Get Out Adventure Therapy recognizes the contributions Indigenous peoples have made in shaping and strengthening this community. We recognize that Indigenous communities realized the benefits and healing elements of the natural world far before we ever did.
We are grateful for the opportunity to support others here and re-affirm our collective commitment to make the promise and the challenge of Truth and Reconciliation real in our community. We are imperfect and will fail in this commitment as well, so we ask you to help us improve in this area as we grow in our own understanding and take responsibility for our impact on our community and the environment.