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Discover Your Path to Healing

Rediscover, Reconnect, Rekindle

At First Light Wilderness Therapy, our goal for every student is to achieve meaningful change by creating an environment of adventure where joy is re-discovered and nurtured, where adventure leads to self-discovery, and where relationships heal and grow. Our program is designed to support the building of a foundation for healthy living that is sustainable. Set in the serenity of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Georgia, our field area is nestled in the Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forest and is sprinkled with miles of clear-running streams and rivers, making it an ideal setting for our evidence-based outdoor behavioral healthcare.

Evidence-Based Treatment

We prioritize creating a safe and supportive environment where boys and girls our students will experience both a quiet immersion in nature and a healthy dose of adventure while working toward building effective coping skills, increased self-awareness, and sustainable behaviors. Our therapy combines attachment-focused and brain-based modalities to support students in working through their thoughts and actions while exploring the outdoors to create lasting change. We offer various approaches, including Canine Therapy, Brainspotting, HeartMath, and Mastery Projects. Our nomadic approach means that students learn flexibility and adaptability while exploring a beautiful temperate rainforest with lush greenery, endless streams, and year-round enchantment to provide a calming and scenic backdrop for growth and healing.

father and son hiking

Who We Treat

Our programs are open to males, females, and non-binary individuals students ages 12-18. We offer rolling admissions, allowing us to accept new clients any day throughout the entire year. Our admissions team staff is available to discuss your situation and determine if our program is right for your family. Students who come to us are often struggling with issues such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Substance-use
  • Low self-esteem
  • ADD / ADHD
  • Trauma
  • Internet & gaming
  • Family strain / conflict
  • Lack of academic engagement
  • Adoption / attachment
  • Challenges with peer relationships

Take Your First Steps Toward Healing and Growth

If you are ready to create a new path toward healing, happiness, and joy, we invite you to contact our Admissions team at First Light Wilderness Therapy. Our staff is dedicated to providing information and resources to help you and your family determine if our program is right for you. We are committed to treating every inquiry compassionately, with empathy and understanding, and to create safe places for students to re-discover their capacity to heal and grow.

889 Wimpy Mill Road
Dahlonega, GA 30533