An adventure therapist is more like a psychotherapist with a big helping of adventure guide on the side. You'll find yourself not only as a physical guide, but also an emotional one. Adventure therapy typically focuses on troubled youth, people suffering from depression or post-traumatic stress disorders, people with developmental disabilities and those dealing with addiction. This type of therapy takes people out of their comfort zone and teaches confidence and problem-solving skills.
Adventure therapy usually involves lower-risk activities like ropes courses, rock climbing, camping or white-water rafting. One of the reasons counselors believe adventure therapy works is because it takes participants "out of their heads" and into the moment — you can't do a ropes course if your mind is elsewhere. Then, as the therapist, you sit down with the group and process the experience. Participants can take the confidence and mindfulness learned during their adventure and apply it to their real life.