The Changing Heart

Wilderness Program for
Troubled Teens
Struggling Young Adults

Where our students experience the changing heart
which will lead to a healthy, balanced life!

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WinGate Wilderness Therapy is a premier wilderness therapy program for troubled teens and young adults; that offers hope and healing. Designed for both troubled teens and young adults, WinGate offers two distinctly separate wilderness programs addressing the needs of two very different age groups.

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Young Adults

With over 80 years of collective experience with wilderness therapy programs, we know how to help troubled teens and struggling young adults find a new direction and purpose in life. WinGate Wilderness is considered a therapeutic transitional living program with Intermediate Behavioral Health Care.

What We Do

Seeing Who We Really Are

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I believe that the wilderness, and principally our model of working with the wilderness, gives people that view into themselves that they probably wouldn't ever get in any other situation, given all the distractions in our lives — and with just mother nature to interact with, it gives us a chance to see in a way, kind of through a mirror, about who we really are...

I think we spend a lot of time in our lives having a lot of noise, and we've made that mirror somewhat dark and not clear, and sometimes it's comforting not to really see ourselves clearly — but when we take all those distractions away, principally the social media that we have that creates a lot of problems for our kids nowadays...that quiet environment, that could be scary, enables us to start seeing who we really are...

From there, as we grow and develop who we really are, and feel comfortable with that person, we actually get the chance to not only embrace that person, but we get the chance to find out who we can be...and who we really want to be. Scott Hess, MA, LMFT • WinGate Wilderness Therapy

Building Healthy Bonds

Finding Peace by Letting Go

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