Therapeutic Program

The best way out is always through.
– Robert Frost

Most teenagers are therapy avoidant. It often takes threatening, coercion or bribery to get them into the therapist’s office. Once there, they rarely engage and accomplish meaningful work. It is impossible to do effective therapy with someone who is guarded and resistant to the process. At Diamond Ranch Academy we have built our therapeutic model to address these problems.


Therapy at DRA is likely different than anything your son or daughter has experienced. Our therapists are experts in teenage behavior and are trained to work with resistance. Our therapists create trusting relationships with the students through participation in shared recreation and activities. We are experts at creating the trust needed to engage in a productive therapeutic relationship.

We believe the best therapy often happens outside of the office. Our therapists spend hours with the students playing basketball, going on hikes and any number of other activities. Our therapists are with the students day in and day out. We get to know them well, across multiple settings. This allows us to design therapeutic interventions that directly target specific challenges. As students learn to trust, they let their walls down. They are then able to work through their challenges without the power struggles and resistance. At DRA, your son or daughter will form a close relationship with their therapist. Under the care and guidance of one of our trained professionals, your child will flourish.

Some of the models of therapy we use include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral
  • Dialectical Behavior
  • Experiential
  • Narrative
  • Rational Emotive Behavior
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Crisis Management
  • Narcotics/Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Smart Recovery
Addiction/Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Structural Family Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Psycho-Educational Therapy
  • Trauma Based Approaches
  • Art Therapy
  • EAGALA Equine Assisted Psychotherapy