Clinical Services

At Discovery Ranch for Girls, therapy can take a variety of different forms. These forms, or modalities, include equine-assisted, experiential, family, group,and individual therapy. Having a variety of treatment options allows the school the best opportunity possible to meet the diverse needs of our students.


Equine-assisted Psychotherapy is a form of experiential therapy. Natural Lifemanship certified equine therapists guide these sessions. Counselors bring participants to a better understanding of themselves and their relationships.


During individual therapy sessions, a trained clinician will address students’ specific needs. 


Experiential therapy is a form of therapy that uses challenging and unpredictable activities to help participants develop life skills such as accountability, communication, and self-awareness.


Family therapy typically takes place over video conferencing. These sessions provide parents and their children with the opportunity to work through challenging issues together and develop healthy ways of relating to one another.


Group therapy provides participants with the opportunity to learn from each other and support each other during the healing process. These sessions are guided by a master’s educated therapist. Specialty groups, such as Grief and Loss, Body Image, and Attachment, help participants focus on specific challenges they face. Students at Discovery Ranch for Girls take part in one main therapy group in addition to multiple specialized therapy groups.

Treatment Model

Treatment begins by building strong relationships. The Discovery Ranch treatment model is based on building relationships and helping students discover their inner strengths.

Treatment includes traditional therapy and experience-based activities. Each carefully structured activity gives students the opportunity to practice relationship skills in a variety of settings.

Therapeutic activities teach students the principles needed to be a successful adult. These principles include honesty, respect, and responsibility, and hard work. Our approach focuses on developing these and other strengths. The strength-based approach helps students recognize the good in themselves while overcoming obstacles that are keeping them from success.

Psychiatric Services

When students arrive at Discovery Ranch for Girls, they receive an evaluation from a licensed psychiatrist to help determine the student’s needs.

The psychiatrist's main responsibility is to assess and adjust medications as needed. Most students meet with the psychiatrist once a month. In some cases, students may meet with the psychiatrist more often, such as, during medication adjustments. If students need more frequent visits, then their families are not charged any additional cost.


The nurse, psychiatrist, and therapists work together to address each student’s needs and provide the best treatment possible. The licensed full-time nurse is on-site every weekday, and on-call nights and weekends. The nurse dispenses medications, monitors nutritional concerns and serves as a liaison between parents, physicians, psychiatrists, and the treatment team. The nurse also assesses and helps to maintain every student's heath.

Coed Activities

When a student’s therapist determines that she is ready, she will be able to participate in the Hybrid Co-ed Program. In this program, students can practice building healthy relationships with other genders in a structured and supervised environment. 

Team Collaboration

To help students achieve success, Discovery Ranch for Girls makes sure that all the people who work with the students can work well together. The clinical, academic, residential, and experiential departments all collaborate as part of the students’ treatment teams. 

Each student has an individualized treatment plan. Members of each department work together to create a treatment plan designed to meet each student’s unique needs, and meet regularly to update the plans as needed.


Your program only continues to get better. I do love that you take on the most complex cases and never give up on these challenging kids. Your clinical staff is top notch.

– L. (consultant)

There’s lots of communication between me and the therapist.

I left the ranch with cell numbers for everyone I’d talked with. They have been very accessible.