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Therapy Treatments for Teens

Experiential Therapy for Teens

Experiential therapy involves movement, actions, or exercises. Practicing these activities help a person identify and address subconscious negativity that lingers due to past experiences.

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How Experiential Therapy Works

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.

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How We Are Different

Sandstone Care aims to drive positive lasting change in real people struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. We understand that everyone’s situation is different, so we offer a more personalized rehab program than you’ll find anywhere else.

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Age-Specific Care
Age-Specific Care

We are age-specific, not gender-specific. We focus on the unique circumstances that you face at your specific stage of life.

Evidence-Based Therapy
Evidence-Based Therapy

We only use treatment interventions that have been scientifically proven to provide consistent, lasting recovery.

Small Group Sizes
Small Group Sizes

You are more than a number, which is why we provide an intimate setting where your voice can be heard.

Individualized Treatment Plans
Individualized Treatment Plans

No one person is the same, and neither is their recovery journey. Your treatment program will be tailored to your unique needs.

Academic and Vocational Support
Academic and Vocational Support

We want you to get the most out of life, which means feeling your best in the classroom or at your job.

The Family Component
The Family Component

Recovery involves the entire family, so we provide support for the whole family system.

What are the Types of Experiential Therapy?

Common types of experiential therapy

  • Adventure Therapy
  • Animal-Assisted Therapy (e.g. equine therapy)
  • Art Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Psychodrama
  • Recreation Therapy

Art Therapy

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.

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Motivational Interviewing

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:

  • Engaging
  • Focusing
  • Evoking
  • Planning

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.

General Benefits of Experiential Therapy:

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Emotional growth
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Connection of emotions to past experiences and their impact on the present
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Improved self-esteem
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Personal empowerment
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Why Experiential Therapy is Important for Teens

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.

Experiential Therapy Treats Many Conditions:

Behavior disorders
Substance abuse
Alcohol abuse
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What Does Experiential Therapy at Sandstone Care Look Like?

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.

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The Continuum of Care

Care for Wherever You Are in Your Journey

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.

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