What is Experiential Therapy_

What Is Experiential Therapy?

At Ascend, we take a clinical approach to our treatment plans, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy among our therapeutic modalities. But we also incorporate experiential therapy as a complementary approach that provides more comprehensive treatment options to our clients. Experiential therapy, also sometimes called experiential learning, is a…

Mental illness in teens

What it Means for Teens to Live With Mental Illness

Teen years can be challenging for both adolescents and their parents. Hormones are raging, emotions are running high, and everyone involved seems at a loss for what to do. A teen’s poor attitude may prompt parents to inflict punishments for misbehavior when it’s actually mental illness that’s the root of the problem. Learning how to…

How Can Depression Affect the Family System

How Does Depression Affect the Family System?

Depression can be fairly common among teenagers, but the signs are often overlooked. Moodiness is viewed as a normal teen phase, and many parents just count the years until their child’s hormones level out. However, it’s important to note the differences between the usual teen rebellion and depressive disorders, as more serious mental health conditions…

teen planks to boost self-esteem

How to Boost Teen Self-Esteem

What is self-esteem? Self-esteem has to do with a person’s opinion of themselves. It’s connected to their sense of identity, belonging in the world, and self-confidence. Self-esteem encompasses beliefs, “I am competent” or “I am worthy,” as well as emotional states such as triumph, despair, pride, and shame. For teens, self-esteem is especially important, as…

Teen working with therapist to maximize benefits of outpatient and aftercare programs

How to Maximize the Benefits of Outpatient & Aftercare Programs

Residential treatment for mental health issues and substance use disorders can be incredibly effective because teens work to build the healthy coping skills they need with the help of 24/7 support, intensive therapies, and personalized treatment plans. However, after completing a residential treatment program, the transition back to everyday life can be challenging without ongoing…