The WinGate Wilderness Therapy facilities are located in Kanab, UT. Students who wish to enroll in our program, who live outside of Utah, will be required to travel and temporarily relocate there.

Boarding Schools for Girls

WinGate Wilderness Therapy - Teenager depressed therapy from treatment programWinGate Wilderness Therapy is one of the nation's top Wilderness Therapy Programs. WinGate focuses on providing highly comprehensive and individualized treatment programs that are effective in treating the complex issues that troubled teen girls face, including substance abuse, behavioral issues and addiction.

While the amount of pragmatic data that exists concerning the treatment available for struggling teen girls, there is a growing interest in single-sex treatment programs, especially when it comes to troubled adolescent girls who are dealing with any of a number of complex issues, including problems such as substance abuse, addiction, promiscuity and more.

While Wingate Wilderness Therapy is not an exclusive All-Girls Boarding School, they do offer highly individualized programs that include the single-sex concept. Finding the right treatment plan for a troubled teen girl is essential to increasing their chance of success.

Benefits of a Single-Sex Therapy

When examining the importance of single-sex education, it is immensely important to understand that boys and girls are wired differently on a variety of levels, and these distinctive differences also impact how these boys and girls respond to certain stimuli that they encounter during therapy.

According to an article published by the Boarding School Review, one of the primary benefits of an all-girl environment is the fact that the staff will be aware of how girls process information differently than boys, and the program, itself, will be configured to optimize its effectiveness by taking an approach that is more effective for the at-risk teen girls who are involved in it.

WinGate Wilderness Therapy - Teen enjoying therapeutic benefits of outdoors at wilderness programFor many troubled teenage girls who may be struggling with a number of issues that may be embarrassing, it can be a distraction to engage treatment in the presence of young males. These types of distractions can lead to withdrawal from participation. All-girl programs also focus on the level of attention that struggling teen girls receive. While young boys may need less direct attention, young girls require more.

At WinGate Wilderness Therapy, we invest an exceptional amount of effort into ensuring that the troubled adolescent girls who participate in our programs can maximize their chance of long-term success. Our consultants are available to assist parents in choosing the treatment program that will be right for their struggling teen girl. Call (844) 413-2722 today!

Boarding Schools for Troubled Teens

When it comes to effective treatments for the numerous problems that troubled teens face, WinGate Wilderness Therapy, an affiliated member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, has established itself as one of the leading treatment programs for at-risk adolescents.

While WinGate is not a Boarding School, it offers some very powerful treatment and recovery resources and programs for certain complex issues that troubled teens struggle with, including substance abuse, behavioral issues, and addiction. Additionally, at WinGate, we have the capacity to facilitate individualized therapeutic programs into our curriculum.

Benefits of a Co-ed Treatment Programs

WinGate Wilderness Therapy - Adolescents happy in recovery at therapeutic facility for youthWhile a wealth of pragmatic and empirical evidence is available to support the fact that single-sex treatment programs have little positive impact on the recovery process for struggling teenagers, many parents still look for single-sex programs. Although there are some studies that reveal that there are some benefits to single-sex therapeutic programs, the truth is there is far more evidence that the balance offered in a co-ed environment presents a better opportunity for participants to develop the social skills that will be essential to the long-term success of their recovery.

According to a report issued by, a study produced by the American Psychological Association revealed that a single-sex educational program does not educate girls or boys any better than what can be accomplished in a co-ed environment. The social benefits associated with a co-ed treatment program cannot be overlooked. A significant part of recovery is the development of skills that have the capacity to facilitate constructive engagement when encountering stressful situations that can serve as triggers.

Wilderness Therapy Programs for Teens

When treating many of the complex issues that troubled teens face, it is sometimes necessary to break away from traditional settings to provide a more productive environment. WinGate offers at-risk adolescents a unique and tranquil setting through which they can engage those issues that they a struggling with, such as behavioral problems, substance abuse, and addiction. Wilderness training can be considered the epitome of experiential engagement, as it takes place on a continuum — with troubled teens being engaged, in one manner or another, 24-hours per day.

Benefits of Wilderness Therapy Programs

While studies reveal that Wilderness Therapy Programs have numerous benefits, one of the most prevalent of these advantages is that the wilderness environment helps struggling teens develop the capacity for greater attention to process. Additionally, wilderness-based programs also allow troubled teenagers to develop a more focused relationship with their peers and the staff, which contributes to their response to the treatment they are receiving.

At WinGate, we also offer therapy programs that are highly individualized in order to ensure that each teen is receiving the unique and focused care that is essential to their recovery and long-term success.

Although Wilderness Therapy Programs may seem non-conventional, there is a wealth of empirical and pragmatic evidence that supports the fact that this type of treatment program is immensely effective. According to the American Psychological Association, the wilderness programs, like those offered at WinGate Wilderness Therapy, are not just outdoor therapy programs, but they are programs that provide the complete battery of treatment modalities, including cognitive therapy, group activities, and journaling.

Our consultants are available to assist parents in determining which program will be most suitable to address the particular needs of their teen. Call (844) 413-2722 today!


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