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Pathways PHP

Partial Hospitalization Program Provides Healing Through Connections in Nature

Boulder Community Health’s new virtual partial hospitalization program offers mindfulness-based nature therapy to individuals with a broad range of emotional and mental health issues.

With our short-term, remote outpatient program, you'll be able to embark on a journey to address mental health issues through positive experiences in nature, hands-on activities and online group sessions to aid in your treatment.

If you would like to learn more about Pathways PHP, please contact us at or 303-415-8666.

What is Pathways PHP?

BCH's Pathways PHP is a 10 day (Mon-Fri, 4-5 hr./day) program that provides individuals with a patient-centered, holistic approach to enhance their social health and well-being. Our mindfulness-based techniques, coupled with nature-based care, engage patients in outdoor activities to build resilience and help overcome mental health challenges.

When you participate in Pathways, you'll enjoy:

  • Nature- and mindfulness-based activities outdoors to build resiliency and help you overcome mental health challenges
  • Virtual appointments and group therapy sessions that support positive relationships, social connections and help facilitate a sense of belonging
  • Weekly virtual check-ins with the program’s psychiatrist, along with medication management (if needed)

Benefits of PHPs

Many studies have shown the transformative power of being in nature and its effects on one's overall well-being. Pathways' approach and curriculum were created with the intent of harnessing the amazing natural resources that our community has to offer. Through the program's nature-based activities, patients can experience positive effects such as:

  • Stress reduction
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • A more focused mind
  • Greater control over attention
  • Enhanced creativity

Along with the above benefits, the goal of the program is to help patients:

  • Recognize and understand their mental health issue
  • Find positive solutions to address these issues
  • Connect with others with similar issues
  • Create new experiences in nature that aid in well-being

A recent study at the Mayo Clinic showed similar group-based virtual behavioral health programs demonstrated significant improvements in treatment outcomes, particularly in those with depression and anxiety.

Is Pathways PHP Right for Me?

Pathways PHP is designed to treat individuals 18 and older who suffer from a range of mental and behavioral health conditions. Whether you're stepping down from an inpatient behavioral health facility, require more assistance than outpatient counseling provides or simply feel that you could benefit from the guidance this program offers, Pathways may be right for you.

Our program may help with individuals with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Dual diagnosis: substance abuse with mood disorder
  • Trauma-related disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Treatment-resistant conditions

Our program accepts most major insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. A self-pay option is also available.

What to Expect With Pathways PHP

By using a combination of hands-on nature-based activities, group therapy and individual sessions, Pathways works to enhance one's social health, which is integral to physical and mental well-being. Connecting patients to each other, activities and organizations in the community can help overcome feelings of isolation and loneliness while also fostering a sense of meaning and purpose in life.

Our mindfulness-based activities allow you to be present in nature and build off of these positive experiences to facilitate awareness and growth in the mental health journey.

At Pathways, many of our program’s guided activities take place outdoors at parks, green spaces and nearby nature. These activities may include:

  • Breath-work practices
  • Movement and exercises
  • Guided meditations
  • Art therapy
  • Imaginative exercises
  • Immersive experiences in nature

Meet our Staff

Wesley Tate, M.D. - Director

Dr. Tate is a board-certified psychiatrist who developed BCH Pathways, which uses a pioneering approach to treatment focusing on people’s connection to nature as a source of healing. Dr. Tate has been treating kids and adults of all ages for over 15 years in a holistic manner that emphasizes improved quality of life for those living with mental illness.

Ema Beilke, LCSW - Program Coordinator

Ema is a licensed clinical social worker who is devoted to supporting people in their growth and healing through connections with nature. Her career began as a participant in a nature-based therapeutic leadership program in her hometown as a teenager.

Additional Resources

Please view the studies and journal articles below to learn more about how nature helps mental and physical wellness.

Contact Us

If you believe that Pathways PHP may be right for you or if you would like to learn more, please contact us at or 303-415-8666.

Important Information

Boulder Community Health is following current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that call for patients and visitors to continue wearing masks at Foothills Hospital and all BCH patient-care facilities.

People 12 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. For updated Vaccine Clinic hours and general vaccine info, please visit our vaccine page.