WinGate Family Therapy
One of the distinctive features of WinGate wilderness therapy program is the level of family involvement related to the overall treatment. We treat troubled teens and young adults AS WELL AS their families.
While the troubled teen or young adult is the one in the wilderness, our therapists make a point to involve the entire family in the therapy process.
From assessment to transition, the family participates in the treatment process. Whether you have a troubled teen or young adult and you are seeking help or your entire family, you will benefit from the high level of family involvement at WinGate. The greatest therapeutic success is found when the entire family is involved in the treatment process.
Family involvement in the therapy includes:
- Therapist-guided weekly letters between family and client
- Weekly phone sessions with the therapist
- A family workshop
- A mid-stay visit
- A transition ceremony to mark the end of the client’s stay
From the beginning of the WinGate experience parents are involved in the assessment and in weekly therapy sessions over the phone. Parents and clients are encouraged to send letters back and forth. Letters are delivered on a weekly basis.
Parents are asked to attend our family workshop and experience a mid-stay family therapy session in the field with the young person. This allows families to better understand our philosophy, develop a stronger relationship with the treating clinician and continue in developing new, healthier parenting strategies.
This mid-stay family visit is unique in the industry. We believe that having families physically present in the middle of the young adult’s stay at Waypoints improves the course of treatment and helps in the process of recovery.