WinGate Wilderness Therapy provides proven and a supervised therapeutic intervention for both boys and girls which is in the outdoors. We work with adolescents, ages 13 through 18, and young adults 18 to 26, who are struggling with a range of behavioral and emotional issues. We work effectively with even the most treatment-resistant teens and young adults.

The particular concerns of our clients fall into several categories, including: Academic underachievement, "failure to launch," lack of motivation or direction; Family conflicts, adoption/identity issues, resistance to authority, negative peer groups, and poor self-esteem; Oppositional behaviors and defiance disorders, anger issues, depression, anxiety, mood instability, reaction to traumatic experiences, bereavement/loss, and traits of personality disorders; As well as substance abuse, addiction, addictive behaviors, learning differences, attention deficits, eating disorders, body image distortion, and obsessive-compulsive behaviors.

Families turn to WinGate when their children, no matter the age, are headed in a destructive direction.

7 Common Reasons Parents Consider WinGate

1. Out of Control Emotionally: Your child yells, screams, slams the door, and is verbally abusive. At other times, he or she isolates from the world and cuts off communication with healthy friends and family members. Your child is hanging out with the wrong crowd and it has become problematic and even dangerous. He/she is getting into trouble and making plenty of poor personal choices. The detrimental consequences are mounting up.

2. Personality Changes: Your child’s personality has changed (possibly due to trauma) in a negative way and you are very concerned. You no longer recognize your child. He/she has lost interest in healthy activities. He/she has lost interest in family-related activities and traditions as well, and he/she is no longer close with family members.

3. Phone & Internet Use: Your child is constantly on his/her phone (Internet in general). What’s worse, if he/she is asked to turn off the phone, it can be a highly explosive situation. You brace yourself before addressing your child’s rude and annoying phone habits because you know it's going to be WWIII. Your child often becomes agitated, irrational, and upset when he/she does not get his/her way and sometimes it's better to look the other way to keep the peace.

4. Sudden Poor Academic Performance: Your child’s once-stellar grades have dropped, and he/she is not concerned and does not seem to care. Your child once was an “A” and “B” student, and now he/she has “D’s” and “F’s”. If the downward trend continues, your child will eventually fail an entire semester or drop out altogether, or already has. Your child’s normal recreational activities associated with the school have been replaced with unhealthy friends and who knows what.

5. No Joy For Life: Your child no longer has a joy for life and has stopped all of his/her healthy activities such as sports, music, dance, and other hobbies. His/her athletic or musical interests have wanted or he/she no longer participates at all.

6. Depression & Anxiety: Your child complains of being overwhelmed, anxious, and depressed. You’ve observed he/she struggles to navigate life’s normal events, such as a math test or a social gathering. It’s easy for you to see they are in fact overwhelmed, anxious, and depressed. Your child may even have talked about wanting to hurt themselves or wanting to die. Your child does not seem to have the inner strength or willpower to improve their situation, and they are close to giving up.

7. Substance Abuse: You suspect your child is experimenting or abusing substances and may even have an addiction problem. With all things considered, the fact that he/she is hanging out with the wrong crowd, skipping school, failing grades, radical personality changes, and emotional upheaval can no longer be ignored or written off. You feel as though your child is in danger and needs immediate therapeutic intervention.