Abup ut


A day programme that takes place in nearby nature in the Arendal region. The group intervention runs as weekly sessions over a ten-week period. Two therapists normally facilitate each gathering for a group of around four adolescents.


Together with each participant, we determine individual goals for participating in climbing therapy.



  • Subjective experiences and mastery
  • New emotional experiences
  • Resource-focus
  • Learn more about the relation between thoughts, feelings and action
  • Social interaction and support
  • Exposure training
  • Problem solving
  • Find new ways to manage difficult situations
  • Group talks
  • Group dynamics 
  • Motor development
  • Physical activity


Therapeutic paddling combines physical activity with effective factors from cognitive behavioural therapy. 


Therapeutic paddling is a group treatment for youth between 13 and 18 years of age who have been referred to ABUP. Nor prior knowledge of paddling is required, only a motivation to join. This approach can be suitable as treatment for depression, anxiety, trauma and adjustment difficulties. Therapeutic climbing can also be suitable for youth with ADHD or Tourette’s syndrome who are in need of activities that can provide mastery.


In therapeutic paddling, we wish to provide positive experiences through exciting and motivating forms of physical activity. Participants will learn basic paddling techniques, where paddling promises fast learning and a sense of mastery. Throughout the sessions, we will go through various themes such as individual expectations and experience, self-efficacy, trust and fear, and furthermore how this can transfer to daily life.

Contact & locations:


Paddling therapy takes place in nearby nature in the Arendal area. We paddle in both freshwater and at sea. 

At the moment, we do not offer paddling therapy, however feel free to reach out to the contact person below for further enquiries and to find out when the next intervention is scheduled.

Martin Hirte. Phone: 37075000. E-post: martin.hirte@sshf.no