When thinking of therapy, most people picture a patient on a couch with a therapist sitting across from them, taking notes about everything they say. Psychotherapy was conducted like this for a long time, and it was adequate to a point. Unfortunately, popular culture has perpetuated the notion that this is how therapy always happens, and it has become a deterrent for many. However, addiction therapies are multidimensional and can take on many forms.

Mile High Recovery Center offers an experiential therapy program in Denver, CO, that complements all the evidence-based therapies we provide to those seeking drug and alcohol recovery. Those who once had healthy self-confidence will find that alcohol or drug dependence erodes it over time. Experiential therapy allows clients to retap their inner strengths, abilities, and resiliency. Reach out to our team to learn more about experiential therapy. Call 303-268-2144 today.

The Benefits Of Experiential Therapy Programs

Traditional therapies that focus on talking through thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and experiences are valuable in addiction and mental health treatment but might not be for everyone.

Experiential therapy for addiction allows people to do tasks or activities instead of solely focusing on thoughts and feelings. Experiential therapy works well for most people, especially those who do not want to or have difficulty talking about their feelings and experiences.

Experiential therapy in Denver aims to enhance talk therapies with hands-on experiences. Activities typically involve a challenge and have an element of risk, whether perceived or actual. The risk factor forces clients out of their comfort zones and pushes them to trust themselves and others. Most activities rely on group participation to encourage cooperation, which helps clients improve their communication and interpersonal skills. Other benefits include:

  • Development of problem-solving skills
  • Improved self-reliance
  • Reduced impulsivity
  • Increased focus
  • Trauma resolution
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Improved self-image


Experiential therapy enables clients to experience feelings of success, disappointment, anxiety, fear, accountability, and more. Such feelings can be closely connected to past experiences that are painful or difficult to face head-on. By engaging in activities that bring out uncomfortable emotions, clients can address them with the guidance and insight of their trained therapist and begin to heal.

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Is Experiential Therapy In Denver Right For You?

Experiential therapy is an evidence-based approach that can be used to treat a wide range of disorders, including, but not limited to:

  • Trauma
  • Substance use disorders
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Eating disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Family conflict

Even when they recognize the need for seeking treatment, many people avoid following through because of misinformation and stigmas attached to therapy. Experiential therapy programs offer an alternative to traditional talk therapy that can be particularly beneficial in early recovery when clients struggle with communication skills.

Experiential therapy is exceptionally advantageous if you:

  • Feel uncomfortable talking about past experiences
  • Have repressed memories about past experiences
  • Enjoy animals, art, music, nature, or adventure
  • Have a history of physical or sexual abuse
  • Have difficulty expressing thoughts or emotions
  • Have anger management issues

Our experiential therapy program at Mile High Recovery Center in Denver offers wilderness adventures, rock climbing, ropes course, music therapy, art therapy, equine therapy, and more.

Learn More About Experiential Therapy At Mile High Recovery Center

In addition to the healing that comes with our experiential therapy program, a range of therapies at Mile High Recovery Center will provide you with the tools to help you in treatment and beyond.

Our staff of experienced and highly trained clinicians and addiction specialists guide you through your recovery from detox to extended aftercare and all the steps in between. Our list of treatments include:

  • Motivational enhancement therapy (MET)
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Psychiatry and medication management


Experiential therapy takes on many forms and has many uses for addiction, mental health, and dual diagnosis treatment. Experiential therapies can help people process difficult emotions and trauma while building communication, interpersonal, and coping skills. Reach out to the Mile High Recovery Center team to discover how experiential treatment can enhance your addiction treatment today. Use our online form or call 303-268-2144.

Begin Outpatient Rehab at Mile High Recovery Center Today

In Denver’s City Center neighborhood, Mile High is here to help you thrive throughout the Denver Metro area. If you or someone you love is ready to take the next steps towards recovery, call us today at 303-268-2144 to learn more about our outpatient programs.