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Established 2004

Therapeutic Model

Many students come to Pacific Quest because traditional therapy methods have not been successful. They are often distressed and overwhelmed by the demands of everyday life. In our sensory-rich and dynamic environment, interventions are tailored to meet students where they are and to help them achieve optimal growth.


Grounded in the foundations of Horticultural Therapy, experiential learning, a holistic approach to wellbeing, and the latest evidence in neuroscience and psychotherapy, Pacific Quest utilizes an integrative clinical practice model for Sustainable Growth. Each aspect of the Pacific Quest model is individualized and integrated to achieve lasting and meaningful change. The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT™) guides the therapeutic approach to clinical decision-making. NMT is an evidence-based approach to assessing a student’s needs and matching the right treatment modality to the student based on principles of neurodevelopment.

At Pacific Quest, each student is assigned a Primary Therapist. The Primary Therapist works closely with the student, his/her family, Educational Consultant and other professionals to customize an individualized treatment plan, which is implemented by the entire treatment team. On-site team members include clinicians, medical personnel, direct care staff and Program Guides. With the solid foundation of whole-person wellness and a positive peer culture, the gardens and camp life provide daily opportunities for students to expand awareness, to put words and ideas into action and to cultivate tools for personal development.  With an average caseload of six students, the Primary Therapist also provides intensive individual, group and family therapy.

Based on the individual needs of the student, additional therapy sessions may be provided by other members of PQ’s clinical team. The entire team of experienced masters and doctoral-level clinicians bring expertise in a variety of therapeutic methods including: behavioral therapies, somatic experiencing, addictions, family systems, neuroscience, traumatology, mind-body and expressive art therapies.  All students benefit from a highly collaborative clinical environment where therapists meet weekly to staff cases, share clinical knowledge and develop effective interventions.