Family First Adolescent Services clients have scheduled weekly Individual Therapy Sessions, Family Therapy Sessions, and Group Therapy Sessions – all guided by their primary counselor. Participating in a variety of therapeutic approaches is an essential part of understanding and coping with mental health issues. We believe it is essential to have a clinician involved in the daily lives of our clients. For this reason, clients have onsite access to a full-time Master’s level therapist at all times in order to address issues as they arise.

Our clinical staff comes from a diverse range of backgrounds – each having a wealth of training and experience in their particular field. We promise to give every one of our clients the understanding, support, and care they deserve. By incorporating a blend of motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and family systems therapy, we ensure that our clients receive the most comprehensive and relevant treatment available.

The Family First Adolescent Services theoretical approach to treating mental health disorders such as PTSD, early childhood trauma, anxiety, and depression rely heavily on a comprehensive treatment philosophy. Our treatment incorporates dialectical behavior therapy, reality therapy, NueroAffective Relational Model (NARM), and psychodynamic psychotherapy to provide clients and their families with the support they need.

As part of our therapeutic approach to treating adolescents who struggle with addiction to drugs or alcohol, we host in-house Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings. Clients are recommended to obtain a sponsor. Sponsors will meet with the Family First staff and clients onsite in order to complete step work.

It is our goal to transform lives. We want every person who passes through the doors at Family First Adolescent Services to have the required tools to be the best version of themselves. We want them to live a life of meaning and fulfillment. A life free of substance abuse and the difficulties of an untreated mental health disorder. 

Experiential Therapy

Experiential Therapy is a general term for a variety of therapeutic practices that go beyond traditional psychiatric therapies. They include a variety of physical activities such as:

  • Yoga & Meditation
  • Ropes Course
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Equine Therapy
  • Indoor Skydiving
  • Kayaking
  • Surfing & Paddle Boarding
  • Planet Air (Trampoline Park)
  • Animal Sanctuary
  • Paintball

The physically active nature of experiential therapy helps clients to let their guard down in a participatory way. Experiential therapies often reveal behavioral patterns and motivations, therefore illuminating the underlying issues which need healing.

Ropes course is included in experiential therapy at Family Adolescent Services - Teen Rehab.
Family First Adolescent Services offers equine therapy in our inpatient  program.

Equine Therapy

Equine Therapy (also called Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy) is a type of experiential therapy that involves clients interacting with horses.

These activities are supervised by our trained and experienced staff, and include:

  • Grooming
  • Feeding
  • Haltering
  • Leading

Equine therapy offers therapists and clients to identify and address a range of emotional and behavioral challenges. It is an effective form f therapy that has been proven to boost self-confidence, self esteem, and trust. Additionally, client develop trust, communication, and problem-solving skills.

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained therapist. This takes place in a safe, caring, and confidential environment. The purpose of individual therapy is for the client to explore feelings, beliefs, or behaviors.

Working through difficult or influential memories can help the client identify traumas and pain points throughout their lives so that they can better understand themselves and how they relate to others. Additionally, the client is encouraged to set personal goals, and work towards a desired change.

Individual therapy is a powerful tool for coping with childhood traumas that lead to substance use disorders. Additionally, it help help those dealing with depression or anxiety.

Individual therapy is a part of our treatment at Family First Adolescent Services in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
Group therapy is part of a supportive environment at Family First Adolescent Services.

Group Therapy

Unlike individual therapy sessions, group therapy allows participants to interact with others who have mutually struggled with afflictions such as:

  • Drug Abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders

Interacting with those who have faced similar struggles in a safe and supportive environment encourages participants to open up. In the structured environment of group therapy, participants can try out new behaviors, role play, and interact others in a proactive way.

Group therapy is particularly helpful once participating members begin to develop trust with one another, allowing members to speak freely and express difficult feelings. By participating in group therapy sessions the client learn to interact with others in a healthy and productive manner.