Therapeutic Program


The best way out is always through.
– Robert Frost

Most teenagers are therapy-avoidant. Getting them into the therapist’s office often takes threatening, coercion, or bribery. 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. We have built our therapeutic model at Diamond Ranch Academy to address these problems.

We believe the best therapy often happens outside of the office. Our therapists spend hours with the students playing basketball, going on hikes, and doing 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 can then work through their challenges without 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

We Are Accredited by The Joint Commission

therapyDRA is accredited for its Behavioral Health programs by The Joint Commission. This means that we have met the requirements and the standards of quality, performance, and patient care set forth by this organization.  The Joint Commission is a non-profit organization that sets standards by which clinical organizations can be measured. Because of their expertise and high standards, The Joint Commission is a leader in the quality field. The JC accreditation of a facility is a nationwide seal of approval that indicates that an organization meets high-performance standards. Accreditation by The Joint Commission is voluntary. A healthcare facility must request that its organization be evaluated. The process for accreditation includes:

  • Staff and patient interviews;
  • Inspection of facility documents and process of care;
  • Assessment of patient safety, culture, and teamwork;
  • Review of the physical facility; and,
  • Observation of the daily operations of the therapists, including patient care.

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