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Young Adult Profile

Open Sky Wilderness Therapy treats young men and women, ages 18 to 30. For many, adulthood is characterized as a time of freedom and being on one's own, unburdened by parental constraints. For young adults at Open Sky, this time can be confusing and difficult. Many of our young adults are motivated to make the full-fledged move into the maturity of adulthood, but are hampered by self-doubt, lack of motivation, substance abuse, depression, addiction, and/or anxiety. Using an individualized, strengths-based approach, Open Sky assists young adults in becoming healthy, capable, and confident young men and women.

Open Sky’s team of licensed, highly experienced therapists use the most current, research-proven treatment modalities and pursue continuing education to stay current and increase their effectiveness. Training and specialized subject areas include assessment and diagnosis, adolescent and young adult development, family systems theory, cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment theory, transpersonal psychology, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), substance abuse treatment, and motivational interviewing.

Open Sky provides clinically sophisticated and comprehensive treatment to address a wide range of issues, including but not limited to:

  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Mild Eating Disorders
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Entitlement
  • Drug Abuse
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bi-Polar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Anger Management
  • ADD & ADHD
  • Learning Differences
  • Social Skills Deficits
  • Identity Issues
  • Self-Harm
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Problems
  • Grief & Loss
  • Family Problems
  • Promiscuity
  • Attachment Issues
  • School/College & Work Problems
  • Negative Life Patterns
  • Gaming Addiction
  • Adjustment Issues

Exclusionary Criteria

Wilderness therapy is often recognized as one of the most effective treatment modalities for young adult issues; however, certain diagnoses and characteristics present challenges. Our exclusionary criteria are designed to ensure that each young adult receives effective treatment, without compromising safety or efficacy.


We do not treat current untreated sex offenders, severe eating disorders that require hospitalization, students with a history of significant aggressive or assaultive behavior outside the home, certain severe clinical diagnoses (e.g., active psychosis, extreme conduct disorder), certain severe health conditions and very low cognitive function. For more information on the exclusionary criteria, please contact our admissions team: 970-758-8324.

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About Open Sky

At Open Sky, we assist teens, young adults and families struggling with difficult challenges and life circumstances. Nestled in the mountains of southwest Colorado and the Canyonlands of southeast Utah, the Open Sky approach transcends traditional wilderness therapy by emphasizing treatment for the whole family.