Three Myths About Skyterra Embrace, Debunked!

The programs available to help young adult women are often as unique as their situation, making the programs a target for misperceptions.

There’s a lot to know about Skyterra Embrace. To help provide clarity about what Embrace is, what Embrace does, and who Embrace is for, below are three myths and corresponding truths about the program.

Myth #1: Embrace is a brand new program.

Reality #1: Embrace has been helping young adult women for the past five years.

Embrace opened on its new campus in February 2021, but has existed since 2017 as one of a few specialized programs at Skyterra Wellness Retreat.

Young adult women frequently accompanied their parents to Skyterra Wellness Retreat, both seeking the tools and mindset to live healthy lives. Over the past five years, our team has compiled everything we’ve learned about the needs of the young adult women in creating Skyterra Embrace.

The more the program grew, the more we realized the need for a separate campus dedicated to the Embrace program. The new property was purchased in late 2020 and opened in early 2021.

Embrace students have been well-served by the 12-acre, mountain-top campus, separated from social pressures and distractions. The scenic, remote property features walking trails and several home-like buildings grouped together, including apartments, an outdoor activity hut, a community room, gym space, and main building with a kitchen, dining area, living spaces, bedrooms, sun deck, and balconies with expansive mountain views.

Myth #2: Embrace is not a therapeutic program.

Reality #2: Embrace is an individualized therapeutic program.

Led by two full-time therapists, Embrace uses a clinical model to guide young adult women toward a more positive relationship with themselves.

Embrace students practice prioritizing mental health as they participate in individual and group therapy. Through the therapy sessions, students experience:

  • Goal-setting and accountability
  • Communication and conflict resolution skill development
  • Increased distress tolerance
  • Self-identification of strengths and barriers
  • Opportunities to learn and practice emotional regulation strategies
  • Increased emotional fluency
  • Community resiliency
  • Processing past behaviors, thoughts and experiences.

Students experience personal growth within the structure, routine, and emotional safety of the Embrace wellness community. Constant coaching provides in-the-moment feedback from all Embrace team members. Students have numerous in-the-moment opportunities to change their natural responses, challenging their maladaptive core beliefs. They also have numerous opportunities to practice new patterns of behavior.

Myth #3: I don’t know a young adult woman who needs a program like Skyterra Embrace.

Reality #3: Embrace is the ideal program for many young adult women.

The Embrace program is effective for a diverse group of young women and was created for students who are struggling in a variety of ways. While everyone can benefit from Embrace, we see the most growth from students in the following situations:

  • Young adult women who need help transitioning to adulthood
    • Students who need help recovering from a traumatic past, grief or loss, illness, or life change
    • Students who have difficulty managing their emotions, lack social skills, have relationship issues, or lack direction, purpose, vision, and/or identity
  • Young adult women who need a bridge back home
    • Students who have recently completed a wilderness-type program, a primary treatment program, or a long-term treatment program
  • Young adult women committed to making a change who may not need an intensive intervention
    • Students who lack the tools to fully launch into independence find success at Embrace. The program is set up to teach them the skills needed for meaningful adulthood.

For young adult women who have recently completed a wilderness-type program, a primary treatment program, or a long-term treatment program, a stay at Embrace serves as a bridge to returning home. An Embrace stay is also an opportunity for young adult women to learn important life skills like changing a car tire, cooking nutritious meals, budgeting and finances, time management, goal-setting, boundaries, grocery shopping and meal planning. 

Embrace is a life-changing alternative to mainstream treatment for so many young women who struggle with depression, anxiety, disordered eating, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, and other social, emotional, or behavioral challenges.

Students who need help recovering from a traumatic past, grief or loss, illness, or life change can turn to Embrace for help. If they have difficulty managing their emotions, lack social skills, have relationship issues, or lack direction, purpose, vision, and/or identity, Embrace will help.

Any young adult woman who needs help building awareness, confidence, self-worth and clarity, or cultivating resilience, managing stress, and preparing to take on all of life’s responsibilities needs Embrace.

For more information about Skyterra Embrace, click here.

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Greg (MSW, LCSW, LCAS) is the Executive Director of Skyterra Embrace. Through his work with people living with trauma, attachment, substance abuse and addiction, and other mental health difficulties, Greg enjoys creating opportunities to encourage growth and development. For more information on Embrace, click here.