About Experiential Programs
The primary goals of Experiential Therapy are to connect physical and mental health, establish and improving teamwork skills, and fostering accountability and discipline. Our groups are designed to challenge and empower our clients. It is our role as facilitators to guide and support our clients as they develop skills that will aid them in their recovery as well as their lives. As we challenge them and expose them to trying situations it is imperative that we maintain our composure and our professionalism as we will be looked at as leaders and examples for our clients. Over time, we establish should a system of leaders who can overcome obstacles occurring in their day to day life.
Many of our clinicians and case managers are involved in creating and continuously growing the experiential therapy program. We are always searching for new techniques, activities, and methods that fit our client’s needs at any given time.
Coastline’s Unique Approach To Therapy
The Experiential Program is Divided Into Two Components
In addition to the supsquatch, clients are taken on hikes in serene locations, engage in outdoor team sports and boot camps in sunny California. These activities we believe provide a sense of routine creates a sense of discipline and develops a sense of empathy as each team member is made to identify the contribution made by their teammates. Our experiential therapy experts work with clients to learn interpersonal skills by negotiating between identifying their own needs as well as the needs of the group as a whole. Overall, immersing our participants outdoors, in natural surroundings additionally cultivates a connection with themselves and mother nature. It opens them to spiritual experiences of uniting with a force greater than themselves.
Therapy Focused on Connecting Mind and Body
At Coastline, we have developed specific indoor team building activities to illuminate dysfunctional interpersonal relationships and provide healing. Some activities sensory deprivation. By shutting down the sense of sight, for example, team members typically feel uncomfortable with their physical well-being feeling compromised. They are then encouraged to rely on their teammates to accomplish their shared goal through a series of carefully strategized questions. These activities foster trust and provide a safe environment to share openly and honestly without feeling negatively evaluated or even pressured into sharing information personal to them. At the end of these activities, clients end up having a more wholesome experience where we have made a positive lasting impression. They learn life skills and coping skills to live independent fulfilling lives and become employable. As productive members of society, they now can give back to the community by helping fellow suffering addicts.
12 Step Programs and Experiential Therapy
Due to our emphasis on teamwork and community support, we work closely with engaging our clients’ families from start to finish. We provide families weekly or biweekly updates of goals clients are working on, some brief struggles and solutions to the struggles as well as discharge planning. Our belief is, family involvement creates added accountability for our client which in turn further enriches the treatment process. Family involvement also alleviates feelings of isolation and fears our clients may carry especially coming to us from another state.
Words from one of our lead case managers…
David Demlie, MEd, CATC IV