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An Overview of Animal-Assisted Therapy

For decades, scientists have been researching animal-assisted therapy in relation to behavioral problems, autism-spectrum symptoms, emotional well-being, and medical difficulties for people of all ages. These studies conclusively show that this therapeutic modality has massive benefits when used as an additive to established interventions, like CBT, family therapy, and recreational therapy. At Ascend, we use…

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What to Do when Teens Go Missing from Treatment

When a teen goes missing from treatment, it can be a terrifying situation. While undeniably difficult, our team at Ascend believes in ensuring that we help your family handle the problem in the healthiest way possible. We never take missing teens lightly, and going AWOL from treatment always requires parental notification. Unfortunately, teens often use…

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The Role of Passion Projects in Teen Therapy

While Ascend places a focus on clinical therapy, we also believe in alternative solutions that may help us reach your teens. Creative therapy options, like experiential or recreational therapy, engage teens and empower them to rediscover interests, hobbies, and passions that can be vital tools for healing and growth. One experiential therapy we frequently encourage for…

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The Benefits of a Treatment Center for Boys

Residential treatment programs for boys are a unique type of mental health support that can provide teens with more targeted solutions for mental health. All-boy facilities can provide a broad array of services that include behavioral therapy and treatment for substance abuse and mental health issues. At Ascend, we have a boy-only residential facility, Trails…

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The Four Best Experiential Therapies | A Review from Our Clients

Experiential therapy is a powerful therapeutic technique that aims to place subjects into an experience that triggers a new mindset or perspective. Experiential therapy can also serve ​​to re-enact and re-experience emotional situations from the past that helps clients process trauma or other concerns. At Ascend, we use experiential therapy as part of every client’s…