Counseling Young Adults
Pacific Quest is one of the most clinically innovative outdoor therapeutic programs for counseling young adults in the country. Located directly on the Hilo Bay coastline (Reed’s Bay) on the Big Island of Hawaii, the site encompasses five acres of large open spaces with botanical gardens, freshwater ponds and private Pacific Ocean access.
Counseling young adults at Pacific Quest is available for a variety of issues, which may arise in those who are in their late teens and early twenties. They work closely with Masters and Ph.D. level clinicians in a natural and supportive setting. Real-world living skills are practiced and perfected in a community setting, and most importantly are translatable to life after Pacific Quest.
Each aspect of the Pacific Quest counseling model is individualized and integrated to achieve lasting and meaningful change. Young adults are immersed in a community living model where practical life skills are established, practiced and ultimately mastered.
Their days are structured to encompass: personal accountability, time management, emotional health and physical well being.
The young adults who come for counseling at Pacific Quest have in common a number of issues and/or diagnoses such as:
- Lack of self-esteem/confidence
- Lack of motivation or follow through
- Substance use or abuse
- Mood Regulation Issues
- Internet Addiction
- Video Game Addiction
- Adoption/Attachment Issues
- School or college struggles
- ADHD/learning differences
- NLD/high-functioning Aspergers
- Family conflict
- Social and/or Adjustment Issues
- Negative peer group
- Grief and loss
Young Adult Counseling and Development
The transitional period of development from adolescent to adult is frequently a time of turbulence. The young adult period of life is characterized by rapid physiological, sexual, cognitive, and emotional changes. Many of our young adults are trying to move into new adult roles and responsibilities: They may have begun higher education studies, entered the workforce, moved away from home, or even started a family.
At this age, they may be expected to accept responsibility for themselves legally, make decisions for themselves, and—in many cases—are often encouraged to begin supporting themselves financially.
Erikson referred to the young adult developmental period as “intimacy vs. isolation” in his eight stages of development, describing it as the period when individuals often begin intimate relationships–only after having developed a sense of identity.
So how do young adults develop a good self-identity? Many young adults embrace this transition and enjoy the time spent exploring possibilities for the future, obtaining higher education, and pursuing friendships and/or intimate relationships. However, there are some who, for whatever reasons, find their entry into young adulthood responsibilities overwhelming or confusing.
Many serious mental health conditions can emerge in the late teens and early twenties, further complicating an already difficult period of development. These feelings of being overwhelmed and confused, along with rapid changes in biological, psychological, and social development, may help contribute to the development of major issues, such as anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.
Despite experiencing a higher prevalence of mental health and substance use issues, however, young adults statistically have lower treatment rates than older adults. It is only in the last few years that counseling for young adults has taken on a whole new level of success.
Young Adult Counseling Through Clinical and Therapeutic Support
Pacific Quest is the only wilderness therapy program with a truly integrated medical and wellness team, representing both clinical and therapeutic treatments. We work in tandem with the young adult, his or her Primary Therapist, referring professionals when applicable, and parents to address and manage the clinical and medical complexity of each young adult. We accomplish this with the following:
- Our innovative Sustainable Growth™ model incorporates individualized clinical care, whole-person wellness, rites of passage, horticultural therapy and healthy community living in an outdoor, experiential environment.
- Our clinical director is a board-certified pediatric neuropsychologist who is advancing the program’s developmentally informed approach to healing. Therapists use sensory-based methods to activate and develop neural pathways and “whole brain” healing.
- We have a full clinical team of highly experienced master’s-level, licensed, and doctoral-level clinicians. These clinical professionals bring expertise in a variety of therapeutic modalities including behavioral therapies, addictions, family systems, neuroscience, mind-body, and expressive therapy methods.
- Our unique model allows for each young adult to receive not one but two individual therapy sessions each week with his or her primary therapist.
- Our clinical team works together to deliver highly specialized treatment. Each young adult is assigned a primary therapist, matched to his/her specific needs. The primary therapist facilitates treatment, communication and individual therapy sessions. Additionally, all students benefit from a highly collaborative, clinical environment where therapists meet weekly to staff cases, share clinical knowledge and develop effective interventions.
- Every young adult is engaged in multiple therapist-facilitated group therapy sessions each week.
- We offer a full selection of on-site psychological testing services, including neuropsychological evaluations.
- We offer an additional track of service for parents who need more intensive therapeutic support to delve into complex family issues. Families who choose to participate in this additional family therapy track have one-hour phone sessions each week as well.
Counseling For Young Adults At Pacific Quest
Philosophically, the counseling program at Pacific Quest is designed to address “the big picture.” From the very start, we talk to students and their families about sustainability in our lives. We look at ways to grow and learn emotionally, mentally and physically with counseling grounded in the foundations of Horticultural Therapy, experiential learning, a holistic approach to wellbeing, and the latest evidence in neuroscience and psychotherapy, and “Sustainable Growth”. Student’s learn this concept directly from our garden, and begin to understand the importance of this in their future.
Pacific Quest is here to help young adults make better choices and live healthier more productive lives. If you would like more information on how we are cultivating change and providing counseling for young adults please contact us today!