Rancho Del Pacifico (RDP) was created in a healing environment to meet the needs of our youth, young adults and families who are experiencing concerns related to life transitions related to age, social determinants, emotional distress, mental health disorders, substance abuse disorders and other stressors. At RDP, we use creative therapies and evidenced-based approaches to help our clients achieve the life goals they want to realize.
A trained, Master’s level Clinical Staff member meets with the client to gather information and develop recommendations for treatment and services. The counseling approach is tailored to meet the individual needs of our clients, which may include cognitive behavioral approaches, solution-focused counseling, as well as Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT). EAT is a form of therapy that makes use of horses to help promote emotional growth. Equine-assisted work often helps clients change and grow more effectively and quickly than traditional clinical and psycho-educational approaches. This is because people typically learn best by doing. Life lessons take deeper root when individuals both understand them in their heads and experience them in their bodies. Working with horses is engaging, real time and hands-on. The experience is immediate and fully felt. All of our work is done on the ground, there is no horse riding in this practice.
Sessions are a blend of psycho-education and therapy in a group with 3-12 members. The group topics vary and are designed to bring together individuals experiencing similar concerns. Group work is designed to encourage support, learning and improved coping skills over time. Group sessions are announced monthly on the RDP calendar and are available for sign up by calling the office or signing up on the website calendar link.
Sessions are focused on helping families reach their collective goals through creative activities. The focus of the sessions may include topics such as communication strategies, as well as promoting improved relationships and understanding within the families. There are many reasons family seek out counseling, including but not limited to: grief and loss, life adjustments, effects of addiction, parent-child relational concerns. Family counseling may occur in the office setting or with equine assisted treatment approaches depending on family preference.