The therapeutic services at Storm Ridge Ranch provide the opportunity for troubled boys and troubled girls to identify harmful behavior and distorted thinking patterns. At Storm Ridge our students begin to learn new techniques for dealing with emotions and feelings. Storm Ridge Ranch employees several therapists with varying backgrounds. This varying range of experience and expertise provides for a strong therapeutic program that meets the diverse needs of our clients.

Our therapeutic intervention is based on a one (1) year residential placement that takes place in a family style ranch setting. Therapy treatment plans and specialty groups are based on the student’s individual need determined through a comprehensive assessment. Our specialty groups cover issues such as substance abuse, adoption – reactive attachment, trauma and grief, defiance and anger, family systems, and independent living & life skills. We use CBT/DBT as our treatment approach.

Therapeutic Services for Troubled Teens and Families

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most commonly practiced forms of psychotherapy used today. It’s focus is on helping people learn how their thoughts effect and control their feelings and behaviors. It is usually time-limited and goal-focused as practiced by most psychotherapists in the U.S. today.

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a specific form of cognitive-behavioral therapy. DBT seeks to build upon the foundation of CBT, to help enhance its effectiveness and address specific concerns.  DBT emphasizes the psychosocial aspects of treatment; how a person interacts with others in different environments and relationships.

The theory behind CBT/DBT approach is that some people are prone to react in a more intense and out-of-the-ordinary manner toward certain emotional situations, primarily those found in romantic, family and friend relationships.

All of our therapists and counselors are licensed as LMFT, LCSW, or LPC with the State of Utah. Experience has taught us that under the supervision and guidance of a skilled treatment team, which includes parents or family members, students are able to impact one another in a manner which produces lasting change.

Our Family Systems Model – Specialized Therapeutic Services

The Storm Ridge Ranch students reside in a secure “Home-Style” ranch setting that has a structured environment that models family interaction. Therapeutic services are available to meet student’s developmental needs. Therapy focuses on decreasing aggression and improving impulse control, alleviating depressive and anxious symptoms, while learning to manage frustration, anger, and tolerance.

Students will learn how to engage in conflict resolution within a family system and will be taught life skills by participating in “life skills development.” Family therapy will be provided via phone conferences. Students, will learn to develop appropriate social and peer relationships, learn to decrease oppositional cognitions and behaviors, and will receive individualized academic attention and support.