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Our Goal Is To Transform Lives

Family First Adolescent Services offers the most comprehensive residential treatment program for teens in the country. We want the teens and families who come through our doors to leave us with the tools and understanding they need to lead healthy, meaningful and fulfilling lives.

Importance of 1 on 1 Therapy

During individual therapy, clients can explore their feelings, beliefs, and behaviors in a safe, supportive and confidential environment. Our therapists carry a maximum caseload of no more than five clients, which allows them to work one-on-one with each client throughout the week.

Family First Adolescent Services pioneered the 5-in-7 methodology: our clients receive 5 one-on-one therapy sessions within the first 7 days of their treatment. This intense immersion into our program allows our therapists to develop a bond with clients early on.

Working Closely With Therapists

Working closely with their therapist, clients explore difficult or influential memories. Together they identify trauma and pain-points in the client’s life, which helps our clients understand themselves and how they relate to others. Clients are encouraged in these individual sessions to set personal goals and work towards a desired change.

Individual therapy is a powerful tool for helping teens cope with depression or anxiety, and to identify and address the traumas that lead to substance use or behavioral disorders.

Group Therapy

Interacting with those who have faced similar struggles in a safe and supportive environment encourages participants to open up. In the structured environment of group therapy, participants can try out new behaviors, role play, and interact with others in a proactive way.

Unlike individual therapy sessions, group therapy allows participants to interact with others who have mutually struggled with afflictions such as:

  • Substance Use
  • Alcohol Use
  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • PTSD
  • Gaming Disorders

Group therapy is particularly helpful once participating members begin to develop trust with one another, allowing members to speak freely and express difficult feelings. By participating in group therapy sessions the client learns to interact with others in a healthy and productive manner.

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Anger Week

What it is, Where it comes from and What We Can Do About it

When healthy aggression is thwarted, then we have anger.

— Peter Levine, MD

Speak Week

Speaking the Unspoken Shame

When there is early trauma, the ensuing biological dysregulation creates the shaky foundation in which the psychological self is built.

— Dr. Laurence Heller

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Men of Honor Week

Exploring Masculinity and Personal Identity

No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.

— Calvin Coolidge

Relationship Week

Exploring Capacity for Relationship

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

— Rumi

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Spirituality Week

Exploring and Challenging Old Beliefs

The wound is the place where the light enters you.

— Rumi

What is Experiential Therapy?

Treatment isn’t limited to therapists offices and group rooms: our clients explore art, sports and nature in activities meant to stimulate the connection between mind and body. Teens who have fun in treatment are teaching themselves to correlate enjoyment with self-care.

Experiential therapies often reveal behavioral patterns and motivations, therefore illuminating the underlying issues which need healing.

  • Active Healing
  • Animal Sanctuary
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Equine Therapy
  • Indoor Skydiving
  • Kayaking
  • Paintball
  • Planet Air (Trampoline Park)
  • Ropes Course
  • Surfing & Paddle Boarding
  • Therapeutic Activities
  • Yoga & Meditation

Equine Therapy

Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy is a type of experiential therapy that involves clients interacting with horses. Equine therapy offers therapists and clients to identify and address a range of emotional and behavioral challenges. It is an effective form of therapy that has been proven to boost self-confidence, self esteem, and trust.

Additionally, clients develop trust, communication, and problem-solving skills. These activities are supervised by our trained and experienced staff, and include: Grooming, feeding, haltering, leading.