Wilderness Therapy California

WinGate Wilderness Therapy - Teen appreciating therapeutic benefits of outdoors at wilderness programWinGate Wilderness Therapy is one of the nation's leading Wilderness Therapy Programs providing teens from California proper treatment and substance abuse recovery. They believe in taking a different approach than other therapy programs in that they create an open and receptive environment that makes adolescents want to move forward, to address their issues, and work toward a solution for real change.

This self-directed approach to recovery affords troubled teens a more lasting recovery, as they are more invested and more likely to follow through with their treatment plan and indeed turn their life around.

While WinGate may be located outside of California, admission is open to adolescents across the country. There are many benefits to attending a Wilderness Therapy Program outside of California. The physical distance placed between struggling teens and the adverse situations that serve to encourage the perpetuation of their issues and unsupportive peers who also contribute to their problems helps adolescents to be more objective about their issues, to see how they and their families are being hurt by it, and then to choose to change and embrace recovery.

Wilderness Therapy is being adopted more by leading psychologists for the results that they bring. This is something that WinGate is intimately aware of and why they are one of the top three wilderness therapy programs in the nation. They have a unique approach that sets them apart and serves to help teens with their recovery, as well as for adulthood.

Through an innovative approach that values every participant as an individual, family participation, and a staff consisting of clinically trained and licensed psychologists, WinGate is committed to the success of every person who participates in their program.

To further offer assistance, WinGate Wilderness Therapy has consultants available by phone to answer any questions and to guide parents through the admissions process. They can be reached at (800) 560-1599.

California Wilderness Therapy for Teens

When troubled teens from California arrive at WinGate Wilderness Therapy, they might not be sure what to expect. While some wilderness therapy programs are nothing more than backpacking trips into the wilderness to camp, WinGate is founded on sound psychological treatment practices and incorporates leading psychological and behavioral science research into every aspect of its program. This is why they are proud to be a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs.

WinGate Wilderness Therapy - Young adult enjoying therapeutic wilderness at treatment facilityWilderness Therapy creates a unique environment where adolescents are unable to rely on escapist tactics they typically employ, such as hiding in their room playing video games or being on social media all day. Instead, they are placed in a situation that forces them to be receptive to the people about them.

Through a unique non-authoritarian approach, therapists avoid power struggles and telling teens what to do. What happens is amazing in that otherwise defiant or unresponsive teens choose to work toward their recovery and become an active participant in their treatment. This produces results that last a lifetime and prevents adolescents from falling into old patterns when they return home.

There are five distinct elements that set WinGate apart from other wilderness therapy programs and is why they are one of the top three wilderness therapy programs in the nation.

-wilderness-integrated assessment
-family participation
-experience and clinical expertise
-a new and different model
-preparation for the next step

These elements allow them to provide effective treatment for teens from California who struggle with substance abuse and addiction, behavioral problems, depression, low self-esteem, sexual promiscuity, and even academic failure. By putting struggling adolescents in a position where they want to recover and where they help to identify the route to do so, the success of that teen is greatly enhanced. With family involved in the healing process, this ensures the teen's success once they return home.

WinGate Wilderness Therapy for Troubled Teenagers

Part of what makes WinGate Wilderness Therapy so effective is how simple it is. Being in the wilderness provides a distraction-free zone that encourages teens to see their issues in a new light. There are no cell phones, no computers, just the participants in the program and their therapists. The effect that this has upon a person is remarkable.

WinGate Wilderness Therapy - Adolescent happy in recovery at therapeutic program for youthWhile it is empowering, as adolescents learn to push themselves outside of their comfort zones, the vastness of the wilderness and the system of natural consequences that confronts their every action and choice has the effect of being humbling. Teens learn to see themselves as part of the greater world, shifting them from a self-centered focus where they cannot see the more significant consequences to their choices, to a world-centered focus where they see the effect they have on others and how that affects them.

As teens work hand-in-hand with their therapists toward recovery, they also learn important life skills along the way that help to prepare them for adulthood. Often, in struggling with issues such as depression and substance abuse, adolescents miss out on critical lessons that are needed to be successful, functioning adults.

Being in the wilderness provides a safe place to heal while simultaneously teaching these necessary lessons in a quick and effective way. What happens is that teens leave the program having realized their inner strength and are better equipped to handle the difficulties that adulthood brings, while remaining true to themselves and holding to their treatment plan.

WinGate Wilderness Therapy is committed to the success and recovery of every participant in their program and offers free coaching and guidance to parents of struggling adolescents from California. By calling (800) 560-1599, they can assist with any questions about their program and how it differs from other Wilderness Therapy Programs, as well as coach parents through the admission process for their teen.


National Resources for Parents and Teens

Psychology Today - Psychology Today is all about one thing - you. They have several dedicated psychologists, psychiatrists, authors and academics who share what they believe makes a person 'tick'. In addition to that, they also share all that there is to know with articles about Child Development, Depression, Addiction, and Therapy.


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California State Resources for Parents:

California Healthline - California Healthline is committed to the important issues influencing health care policy, delivery, and financing. As a free, daily digest of health care news, policy and opinion, California Healthline was designed to meet the information demands of active health care specialists and decision makers.

National Alliance of Mental Illness California (NAMI California) - As a grassroots coalition of individuals and families whose lives have been touched by mental illness, NAMI California advocates for a life of both quality and respect, without discrimination or stigma. For all their constituents, NAMI California provides leadership in advocacy, policy development, legislation, education and support throughout the state of California.

Violence and Teens in America Today

The growing epidemic of troubled teenage violence goes way past just the big cities of America and infiltrates virtually every single community without regard for wealth status (the rich and the poor). Just 30 years ago the rate of 14 to 19 year old arrests went was 5 per 1000 and today is up to 125 per 1000 teens get arrested in that age range. 

Because of the intense and prolific amount of violence in our communities and city streets throught the country, teens are left without guidance and encouragement. This becomes an outlet for crime and especially violent behavior.  One common thread that is prevalent among violent teens is the lack of a father or father/male role model. The absence of a father figure has consequences that are felt throughout the community and the nation. As parents and guardians of our young men and women we must be aware of this issue and recognize that unless we act now, it will only get worse.

We see these alarming numbers at Wingate Wilderness Therapy and we know that we can help many of these teens that are struggling in todays violent environment. For immediate reasons how we can help, please call (800) 560-1599.

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