"Our experience with Evoke at Entrada was wonderful in every aspect. We credit the program with saving our son’s life and saving our relationship with him. When he entered Evoke at 15, he was depressed, suicidal, abusing substances, had run away and dropped out of school, and was engaging in self- destructive, even life-threatening, activities daily. He left Evoke a better person, well on the way to becoming his best self. He is more grounded, insightful, self-aware, empowered, and focused than he has ever been. He also feels that he has regained meaning in his life and, only two weeks after leaving his 4-months in the wilderness, he said it was the most powerful experience and meaningful milestone of his life. He attributes it with helping him to find “true self confidence”. In addition, our family became stronger and healthier through the process."
- Alumni Parent
"Every single staff person we interacted with was supportive, genuinely empathetic, and notably competent in their assigned role. Family participation was critical to the success we experienced. The parent portal and webinar assignments were very well-organized and easy to follow, and the letter-writing therapy was profound and meaningful."
"We cannot say enough good things about his therapist, Mikey! His positive impact on our son was profound and amazing, and formed a wonderful foundation for him to move forward. Mikey’s insights into human nature, his awareness of how to effectively communicate with adolescents and parents alike, his ability to look beyond the surface and read into people and circumstances, his genuine concern and love for his students, and his astute guidance and encouragement in helping students to find and be their best selves are truly remarkable characteristics. All the boys in his group admire and respect him immensely. He was a huge inspiration to our son, who is now talking about how much Mikey changed his life and that he wants to be a field therapist like Mikey one day to help make a difference in the lives of struggling boys like himself. This from a boy who couldn’t form a single hope for his future for a year before wilderness! We honestly could not have a dreamed of a better, more effective therapist for our son! He and his assistant Anthony make such a fantastic and effective team—fully present, attentive, well-organized, compassionate, supportive, dedicated and capable. A+++!!"
"Our field visit was also an amazing and memorable experience. All the staff involved made it incredibly easy and comfortable for us. The field staff were kind, insightful, clear and supportive and it was heartwarming to observe how the students engaged with each other and warmly invited us into the group process. Our family therapy session in the wilderness setting was brilliantly facilitated and absolutely transformative for our family. We left feeling like we had stepped out of a sweet dream. Certainly, the positive change we observed in our son was a huge factor as well. Sending our son to Evoke was the best decision we could’ve made for him and for our family. I would highly recommend Evoke to any family in our position. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts."