Indoor Rock Climbing:
Dirtbag Climbing Corp
Adventure Therapy allows you to challenge yourself physically and mentally while building trust and self-confidence. Instead of talking in an office, we will climb together and have the chance to apply therapeutic practices in a real-life setting. Discover your strengths, practice mindfulness, and share what is going on in your life. Rock climbing offers a fun and functional context where we can explore healing, growth, and self-awareness.
What do I need to know?
What is this all about?
Rock climbing is a fun way to challenge yourself physically and mentally. In our sessions together, we will use various adventure therapy practices to build confidence, overcome obstacles, practice life skills and discuss what is going on in your life. There are lots of spaces to take a break from climbing and just connect. We will tailor each session to focus on your goals. It is always up to you as to what you want to focus on, what type of climbing you want to do that day, as well as what conversations we have.
By experiencing climbing together, clients share that they feel a sense of accomplishment, success, encouragement, and trust as we both challenge ourselves. this time climbing allows an opportunity to practice managing risk, breaking goals down into small steps, working through fear, practicing mindfulness and learning about ourselves and life through climbing.
We will spend some time talking together but a lot of that time you will also be climbing! Our therapists are belay-certified and also registered therapists, meaning we can attend to your physical and emotional safety simultaneously. During our time together we will decide what type of climbing to do, choosing between bouldering, top-rope belay, and auto-belay climbs.
How do I sign up?
You can book online or email if you can't find a time slot that works with your schedule. If you prefer a more private experience, sessions before 10am or after 7pm on Sundays allow us to have the gym to ourselves. Other session times have been chosen for when the climbing gym is generally quiet and/or empty. A secluded meeting space is always provided to talk for all sessions.
Once you've signed up, keep on reading below to find answers to (hopefully) all of your questions.
What do I need to do before going?
At least 24 hours before your session, you need to fill out an online waiver for the climbing gym. Anyone who is coming with you will also need to fill out a waiver (even if they aren't climbing):
The two forms you will need to complete for Get Out Adventure Therapy are:
1) Informed Consent Form (know what you’re signing up for)
2) Intake Form (help me get to know you)
These will be emailed to you after you book online. Please fill these forms out at least 24 hours before your session. By filling these forms ahead of time, you ensure that we use our time together for climbing not paperwork and we can plan ahead to make sure that you get what you want out of counselling. Please check spam/junk folders as well.
Where do I go?
How do I get I there?
There is plenty of parking at the climbing gym if you come by car.
What do I do when I arrive?
Please arrive no more than 5 minutes before your session begins. Brandon will help you with everything you need (harness, climbing shoes, chalk, etc). Feel free to use the washroom, leave shoes and belongings at the entrance, etc before we begin.
Brandon's work cell phone is 519 721 4465 if you need anything the day of your session (but please note I won't be able to answer phone calls or texts when I am in session).
What should I wear and bring?
It's recommended to wear comfortable shorts or loose pants, a t-shirt, and maybe a light long sleeve shirt for the winter. The climbing gym is normally kept at a comfortable temperature, but can be very warm in the summer and cool in the winter.
There are climbing shoes available free of charge for your session, along with all other climbing gear needed. Feel free to bring your own gear if you have it.
Please make sure you have a snack and water bottle with you.
Is it safe?
Indoor Rock Climbing is dangerous and it is important for you to be familiar with both Dirtbag Climbing Corp's waiver form, and the form from Get Out Adventure Therapy. Please familiarize yourself with these, and bring up any concerns or accommodations you require to ensure your own safety.
The informed consent for Get Out Adventure Therapy outlines the unique risks of Adventure Therapy including physical risks, interactions with the public, and no guarantee of confidentiality in this form of therapy (given the public spaces we use). It is important for you to speak with your healthcare provider to determine if indoor rock climbing is safe for you to participate in. Please let Brandon know of any concerns you have, or accommodations we can take to make our time safer.
What will the session be like?
Each climbing session is designed specifically for your needs, goals, and how your body is feeling that day. With that said, generally we will meet near the front desk and then we will use our secluded office space to do a check-in before we climb. This might include talking about how the week has been, what kind of stuff has been challenging, safety, and what type of climbing you would like to do that day.
During the climbing portion of the session, we will be talking, and engaging in simple exercises to work on life skills (like mindfulness, discomfort tolerance, frustration, communication, etc). There are times we will climb side-by-side, and other times where I will be belaying or encouraging you from below.
We will work together on your goals and address any specific issues that you're facing. We can incorporate Heartmath biofeedback, mindfulness practices, CBT practices, etc into our sessions. We will tailor our time together to meet your unique needs. Ask about our specialized programs for ADHD, First Responders, and Quitting Smoking.
The session ends with us cooling down together, talking about how the session went and what we should focus on during the next session. This can be by sitting in the secluded room, or just out where we climb.
What does it cost and how do I pay?
Please refer to our site for current costs. The cost of your adventure therapy session may be covered insurance plans that cover counselling, social work and/or psychotherapy with an MSW social worker and psychotherapist. Please talk to Brandon for more information.
Payment is required at the end of your session by credit or etransfer. You will only need to present your card once. All future sessions will be automatically and securely billed. Payment is done in person, and can include credit, debit (with a CVV) or E-transfer to email@example.com.
What if I can't make it?
Our cancellation policy is to give a full refund if the cancellation is done 48 hours or more in advance. Cancellations less than 48 hours prior to your session will be charged 50% of your fee. Cancellations less than 24 hours prior to your session will be charged 100% of your fee. Life happens, we know, so let us know if you need to reschedule and we will always try and work with you.
What do I need to do after my session?
Your session cost includes everything you need for the session time. If you would like to keep climbing, you are welcome to purchase a day pass or membership and climb during open hours to the public.
Depending on if our climbing activity is different than your normal physical exercise, you may feel sore the following day. Make sure to consult with your health care provider if you have any concerns, or have
experienced an injury during your session. Please inform me if you have hurt yourself in any way during your session.
You are welcome to continue booking Adventure Therapy sessions online at your convenience, and pending our availability. As always, if you are having trouble finding session times that match your schedule please write me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org