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Programs Provide Healing Through Connections in Nature

Boulder Community Health’s Pathways programs offer mindfulness-based nature therapy to individuals with a broad range of mental health issues. Depending on the level of care needed, our partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP) provide patients with a unique approach to address mental health issues through hands-on activities and group sessions providing positive experiences in nature.

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

What is Pathways PHP and IOP?

BCH's Pathways PHP is a 10-day program which runs for 4-5 hr./day, Monday through Friday.

Pathways IOP is an eight-week program with a commitment of 4-5 hr./day for three days a week.

Each program 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 that build resilience and help overcome mental health challenges.

When you participate in Pathways, you'll enjoy:

  • Appointments and group therapy sessions that support positive relationships, social connections and help facilitate a sense of belonging
  • Weekly (PHP) and monthly (IOP) check-ins with the program’s psychiatrist, along with medication management (if needed)

Benefits of Nature-Based Care

Many studies have shown the transformative power of being in nature and its effects on a person'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 Pathways' approach helps patients:

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

See the Additional Resources section below to learn more about nature-based care.

    Is Pathways Right for Me?

    Pathways PHP and IOP are designed to treat individuals 18 and older who suffer from a range of mental 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 can 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

    When you contact Pathways, our highly-trained program coordinator will help you determine the right level of care through a thorough evaluation, ensuring that you're placed in the program that fits your needs best.

    Pathways PHP and IOP accept most major insurance plans, including Medicare. A self-pay option is also available.

    What to Expect With Pathways PHP and IOP

    By using a combination of hands-on nature-based activities and group therapy sessions, Pathways works to enhance your 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.

    At Pathways, many of our program’s guided activities will take place outdoors in Boulder County Open Space as well as various other natural spaces throughout the Boulder area. These activities may include:

    • Breath-work practices
    • Movement therapy
    • Guided meditations
    • Art therapy
    • Imaginative exercises
    • Immersive experiences in nature and open space
    • Hands-on interactions at a working farm

    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 or IOP 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.

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