Our Therapeutic Model

Our students benefit from a highly collaborative clinical environment where therapists, psychologists, and medical professionals develop and implement individualized multidisciplinary treatment plans. 

How NMT Works at Pacific Quest

We work with students to focus on the three R's: regulate, relate, and reason.

When students first arrive, we focus on the basics: sleep, hydration, and nutrition. Through a structured schedule, sensory-based interventions, and individual therapy, we help students establish a routine and a sense of physical and emotional security.


Once students settle in, we help them build meaningful connections within the PQ community. We achieve this through group therapy, projects and games, family video therapy, farm activities, and outings.


With the foundation of routine, safety, and connection in place, we now shift our focus to building an individualized set of skills and insights. Students take on increasing responsibility for their routine, daily expectations, and time management. We emphasize the development of practical and portable strategies to ensure a smooth transition.

Why NMT?

NMT is not one specific therapeutic technique or intervention. Instead, it’s an evidence based developmentally sensitive, neurobiologically informed approach to clinical work. It gives us a way to organize each student’s history and current functioning to optimize the therapeutic process.

Additionally, NMT provides a framework that allows us to weave various activities into students’ relationships and environments. In this way, most “therapeutic” experiences occur outside of the actual context of conventional therapy.

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The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics™

Our program is certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics™ (NMT). The neurosequential approach lets us consider each student’s unique challenges and traumas and pick a treatment modality that’s most appropriate in the moment, as it relates to their stage of brain development. By focusing on the brain, we help students forge new neural pathways for lasting change.

Server Render

The transformation our son experienced at Pacific Quest was profound and lasting. Their unique integration of Horticulture therapy into a comprehensive therapeutic program focusing on reflection, personal responsibility, and family dynamics, combined with the unwavering support of compassionate professionals makes Pacific Quest exceptional among wilderness therapy programs for challenged adolescents. Because of Pacific Quest, our son will have a chance for the healthy, meaningful life he deserves.

-Carolyn H