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Adolescents

At Strides to Solutions, we understand that adolescence is a critical period filled with unique challenges and opportunities for growth. Our specialized treatment programs for adolescents aged 8-17 are designed to address the distinct needs of this age group. We combine traditional psychotherapy techniques with the transformative power of animal-assisted therapy to create a holistic healing experience. For younger adolescents, our approach emphasizes building foundational skills in emotional regulation, social interaction, and self-esteem through engaging activities with our animals. As they progress into their later teen years, our focus shifts towards more complex issues such as identity exploration, managing academic and social pressures, and preparing for life transitions. Throughout, we maintain a supportive and understanding environment where young individuals feel heard, valued, and empowered to overcome challenges related to depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, and trauma. Our goal is to guide each adolescent on their unique path to resilience, self-discovery, and lasting well-being.

Discover a world of compassionate therapy blended with the magic of nature at Strides to Solutions. Nestled in the serene landscapes of Sitiryya, our farm isn’t just a therapy center; it's a haven where healing and growth intertwine under the watchful eyes and nurturing presence of our animals. Imagine your child, whether they're facing the tender challenges of early adolescence or navigating the complex emotions of their teen years, finding a unique, supportive ally in a gentle horse, a playful dog, or a curious rabbit. Our expert, Esther Adams-Aharony, Psy.D brings a wealth of experience in traditional psychotherapy, combined with the innovative approach of animal-assisted therapy, to address issues like depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, and trauma. Each session is more than just treatment; it's an adventure in self-discovery, a journey towards resilience, and a step towards a happier, more confident self. Join us at Strides to Solutions, and embark on a transformative journey that will empower your child to face life’s challenges with renewed strength and joy. Your child's path to healing, happiness, and growth awaits.

Our Approach

Traditional and Animal-Assisted Therapies Traditional Psychotherapy: Guided by Esther Adams-Aharony, Psy.D, our traditional psychotherapy offers a safe space for adolescents to explore their thoughts and emotions. Our evidence-based practices are tailored to treat depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, and trauma, fostering resilience and self-discovery.

Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy: Leveraging the intuitive bond between animals and humans, our therapy sessions include interactions with horses, dogs, rabbits, and chickens. This innovative approach enhances traditional therapy, aiding in building confidence, communication skills, and emotional regulation.

Tailored Therapeutic Programs

  • Depression and Anxiety: Through empathy and understanding, we address the unique needs of adolescents battling depression and anxiety, using a blend of talk therapy and animal-assisted activities to foster a sense of peace and self-worth.

  • ADHD Management: Our programs for ADHD focus on improving focus, impulse control, and social skills, utilizing the natural environment and animal interactions to engage and soothe.

  • Autism Support: We create a nurturing environment for adolescents with autism, emphasizing non-verbal communication and sensory experiences with animals to enhance social skills and emotional connectivity. Trauma Recovery: For adolescents who have experienced trauma, our approach combines the safety of traditional therapy with the gentle, healing presence of animals, promoting trust, healing, and resilience. 

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