Experiential therapy involves movement, actions, or exercises. Practicing these activities help a person identify and address subconscious negativity that lingers due to past experiences.
As a client focuses on the activity or task at hand, the therapist might talk with them about how the experience makes them feel. Through this process we may identify certain actions which help the client understand the emotions attached to specific behaviors.
Experiential Therapy helps clients better express their emotions and thoughts while interacting with others.
Sandstone Care aims to drive positive lasting change in real people. We understand that you have a life, so we offer a more personal experience than you would find anywhere else.
Our commitment to our clients’ lasting success and recovery helps us continually exceed licensing standards of care throughout the industry.
Art therapy can be used as an experiential technique in family therapy where each family member draw their family and then discuss the drawing with each other.
The use of art therapy in this manner may draw out dynamics or information in families that otherwise would not be talked about in a session.
Motivational Interviewing is a type of experiential therapy that the therapist becomes the helper in the change process and express acceptance of the client. It is frequently used to treat substance abuse.
It helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) was created by clinical psychologists William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick while they were treating alcoholics in the 80’s.
MI has 4 tenets that are applied to treatment:
These four steps help build trust and connection between the patient and the therapist, focusing on areas that may need to be changed and determining the reasons a client may have for changing or holding onto a behavior.
Many studies have shown that movement plays an important role in learning, as well as releasing stress. Another key aspect of experiential therapy for teens is how it promotes community, team-building, and deeper relationships with one’s peers.
At Sandstone Care, we use a variety of experiential therapies to help teens.
For example, a clinician may guide teens in writing and playing music in music therapy, or drawing in art therapy. They may also do yoga and outdoor activities, like rock climbing or a ropes course. Through these activities, teens will have an opportunity to continue learning how to process their emotions and behaviors. They might even pick up a new hobby or activity for their spare time.
The Continuum of Care
Access a full range of treatments for mental health and substance use disorders. Whether you need a safe transitional living community, inpatient care, or outpatient therapy, we have a program to help.
60-90 days of on-site 24/7 treatment.
We offer two residential treatment centers designed specifically for teens struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use, and co-occurring mental health disorders.
We help teens learn a healthy way to handle the daily challenges of their lives. We provide an intimate serene environment with smaller group sizes and a focus on strengthening the family unit. We provide robust academic support by certified teachers to ensure clients stay up to date on their coursework.
2-4 weeks of on-site day treatment.
Our Teen Day Treatment Program, also known as Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), is a highly structured level of care for teens that offers five days of robust programming a week.
Our two distinct mental health and substance use tracks help teens to stabilize, begin to understand their mental health and/or addiction struggles, and heal from them. We strive to help our clients become more like the person they want to be, without using negative coping strategies or substances to get there.
8-12 weeks of on-site or virtual treatment.
Our Teen IOP, or Intensive Outpatient Program, offers two distinct tracks to address teen needs, each track consisting of 3-4 days of weekly programming.
Our mood disorder track we are able to focus on mental health, depression, trauma, and anxiety. Our dual diagnosis track we are able to support teens with substance use and mental health challenges. Each focuses on developing positive social and academic habits while continuing with their school responsibilities.
We understand taking the first step is difficult. There is no shame or guilt in asking for help or more information. We are here to support you in any way we can.