Tim Walsh, Director of Experiential Learning
Tim Walsh is the Director of Experiential Learning for Newport Academy. Experiential Therapy at Newport Academy includes: • Yoga • Equine Therapy • Fitness Activity • Music Therapy • Adventure Therapy • Horticulture • Martial Arts Group • Culinary Arts • Community Service • Photography Arts • Art Therapy.
Each time we’re presented with a problem and we use our mental and physical abilities to overcome it, we learn self-reliance. In addition, we move from a state of helplessness to a sense of empowerment. Experiential Therapy provides multiple opportunities for teens to find and implement solutions, individually and as a group. Therefore, this process builds their self-esteem and connection with others.
Combined with clinical modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and EMDR, Experiential Therapy fosters sustainable growth and healing. It is particularly helpful for teens who find traditional talk therapy difficult. In Experiential Therapy programs, they can fully immerse themselves in the experience without analyzing it. Afterward, trained therapists assist them in looking at what they experienced through the lens of their recovery process. When teens recognize the steps they’ve taken toward healing, they can apply them in every aspect of life. Especially relevant is the fact that teens are learning invaluable coping skills that can be applied to innumerable situations.
Tim Walsh is a mental health professional, outdoor educator, certified recovery coach trainer, and recovery expert. He has more than 20 years of experience leading programs for young adults, adolescents, and families. In particular, Tim has spent decades cultivating his expertise in program development. He is a thought leader in adventure-based counseling and recovery. Additionally, his areas of expertise include youth mentoring, outdoor leadership, prevention, and recovery coaching.