Individual and Group Therapy

Group and individual therapy work in conjunction to foster a feeling of safety, allow space for processing, and to encourage deeper connections to the self and those around you. For our residents, the connection with their primary therapist becomes one of the most powerful healing relationships they might have experienced in a long time. Many of our residents come to us wounded and hurt by past relationships. It is often the pain of these relationships that has fueled their anxiety, depression and perhaps even their addiction.

The relationship with a therapist can be especially valuable to residents who may have struggled to form relationships in the past, and to those whose trauma has made it difficult to form trusting relationships. At Sabino Recovery we hold the connection between therapist and resident sacred.

You can expect from your therapist:

  • Experience and insight
  • Empathy and unconditional acceptance
  • Compassion and safety
  • Honesty and constructive feedback

The foundation of the therapeutic relationship at Sabino Recovery is the nonjudgmental acceptance of YOU and the unwavering belief that you want something different for yourself.


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that result from disturbing life experiences. It is one of the most widely researched and validated methods used today in the treatment of trauma. EMDR is based on the premise that a disturbing experience becomes locked in the brain and stored with the same perceptions that existed at the time of the event. Its greatest strength lies in its ability to access a natural physiological process so that the individual can tap into his or her own inherent healing ability. As humans, we are all hardwired to heal. Resolution occurs when we are able to access the disturbing experience via bilateral stimulation. EMDR is also effective in treating anxiety, addictions, stress, depression, and more.

Somatic Experiencing

The Somatic Experiencing approach teaches us that trauma is not caused by the event itself, but rather develops through the failure of the body, psyche, and nervous system to process these adverse events. This modality offers a way to assess where a person is stuck in the fight, flight or freeze response, and provides the clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states.

Developed by Peter Levine, Somatic Experiencing is a powerful and gentle psychological approach to resolve nervous system dysregulation and trauma. This modality allows a person to feel safe enough to experience life in a more fully embodied way. It increases resilience to life stressors by helping to regulate the nervous system. This regulation allows one to be present in the “here and now” and to be more interactive with others without being trapped in the unhealthy patterns of fight, flight or freeze.

Equine Assisted Therapy

The relationship between horses and people stretches back thousands of years. Like us, horses are social animals, their herd behaving much like a family. Equine assisted therapy uses the partnership that is forged between human and horse as a mirror to better understand how we navigate our own interpersonal relationships. At Sabino Recovery we use equine assisted therapy as an effective and innovative tool to work with our residents on issues such as:

  1. Trust
  2. Communication
  3. Boundary setting
  4. Identifying feelings and emotions

We are all accustomed to using language as a way to communicate. Working with a horse challenges us to communicate, pay attention to and interact with another being non-verbally. Although we may use our voice, it is our tone, cadence, and emotional content that becomes important, not the meaning of our words. To create a partnership with a horse, one must pay attention to the feedback given by the horse as much as the communication given to the horse.

Equine assisted therapy is particularly powerful and effective in the treatment of addictions and trauma, as both are marked by detachment from others and a lack of trust in one’s self and one’s environment. Working to build connection with a horse can not only assist residents in re-grounding themselves, but can also offer the hope of forging new and trusting relationships in the world beyond treatment.


Psycho-educational drama employs guided dramatic action to examine problems or issues. Using experiential methods, sociometry, role theory, and group dynamics, psycho-educational drama facilitates insight, personal growth, and integration on cognitive, affective, and behavioral levels. It clarifies issues, improves physical and emotional well-being, and is very effective in helping people develop new interpersonal skills. Problems and their possible solutions are enacted rather than just talked about. This therapy provides the opportunity to practice new roles safely, and see oneself from an entirely different perspective.


Existential psychotherapy operates on the premise that the givens of existence – death, freedom, responsibility, ultimate aloneness and meaninglessness – are thought to give rise to the anxiety inherent in human existence and the longing to be connected to others.

Existential therapy seeks to increase awareness in the present in grappling with the existential givens and explores the role of choice and freedom in constructing meaning, reconciling oneself to morality and self-responsibility in order that one may live more fully.

Internal family systems IFS

This is a powerful, transformative, and evidenced based modality that utilizes parts work to bring harmony to the mind and therefore the larger human systems. This modality can help people heal and bring compassion to the self and others. 

Adlerian Therapy

Adlerian Therapy is based on the premise that growth and change come from challenging mistaken goals and beliefs. During Adlerian therapy human behavior is viewed as having a purpose and a goal and with the belief that individuals strive to be socially connected with others.

The goal of the Adlerian therapist is to ‘see with the eyes, hear with the ears and feel with the heart’ of each client, clearly emphasizing the importance of each individual’s subjective view of the world.

Anger Management

The management of anger proves to be difficult for some people, and when anger is unmanaged it can have serious negative effects on our life and the lives of people around us.

The management of anger primarily involves us learning when our anger is healthy.

Anger can be healthy and constructive when we are speaking out to protect others or ourselves in cases of injustice or physical or emotional harm. Its primary function is protective and every human has the anger response hard-wired into the normal set of emotional responses from birth.

Unhealthy anger, often called rage, is the kind of anger which harms others and ourselves. Rage is irrational and represents a failure to keep things in proportion to their significance.

Anger management enables us to avoid unhealthy rage and to use our anger appropriately. Many companies urge employees to undertake anger management work when their unmanaged anger interferes with their capacity to work well and this often is a critical element in success.

Expressive Art 

Expressive art is an experiential therapy that combines the creative process with the theories of psychology. Creating art can in and of itself be a form of self-expression and healing, and it can also be used as a tool to facilitate verbal communication and to help achieve therapeutic goals. The focus is on the process and on the metaphors and symbols within the finished product. 


An ever evolving experiential psychodynamic therapy with eclectic roots. In its purest form, Gestalt therapy is concerned only with what is being manifested in the moment which includes signs, perhaps subtle, of what is unfinished from the past. The focus on the present removes the person’s dependence on the story, explanations, and intellectualizations that stand in the way of being fully alive in relation to others. Gestalt seeks to restore connection to the client’s own resources for emotional regulation as a basis for great autonomy. 


Our earliest attachments give us the foundation upon which all other attachments are built. We enter the world as helpless and dependent beings, depending solely on our caregivers to keep us safe and nurture us until we are able to look after ourselves. This period of dependence and vulnerability lasts for years. Parents, relatives, neighbors, teachers, friends, peers are among those who cast a great influence on who we are to become. Most important and influential are our earliest attachments from the earliest stages of our lives when we were utterly dependent and most open to shaping and influence.

Difficulties in these early stages lead to difficulties in attachments later on in life, in friendships, work relationships and most importantly intimate relationships.


Body-Centered psychotherapy is a method of clinical work that notices the actions of the body, and is based on the premise that sensation, breath and movement are the body’s form of speech.

When we properly observe and listen to this speech, we can complete and release stored trauma and fragmented parts of ourselves.

Narrative Therapy

Narrative therapy is a respectful and collaborative approach to therapy. It focuses on the stories of people’s lives and is based on the idea that problems are manufactured in social, cultural and political contexts.

Often by the time a person has come to therapy the stories they have for themselves and their lives become completely dominated by problems that work to oppress them.

These narratives are sometimes called ‘problem-saturated’ stories.

Problem-saturated stories can also become identities (for example, seeing someone as a sex offender rather than as a person who has sexually offended).

These kinds of stories can invite a powerful negative influence in the way people see their lives and capabilities (e.g. I’m hopeless). Counselors and therapists interested in narrative ideas and practices collaborate with people in stepping away from problem-saturated and oppressive stories to discovering the ‘untold’ story which includes the preferred accounts of people’s lives (their intentions, hopes, commitments, values, desires and dreams).

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a psychological approach to treating psychological disorders based on scientific principles. Clients and therapists work together to identify and understand problems in terms of the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behavior.

The approach usually focuses on difficulties in the here and now, and relies on the therapist and client developing a shared view of the individual’s problem. This then leads to identification of personalized, usually time-limited therapy goals and strategies which are continually monitored and evaluated.

Cognitive Behavioral therapists identify and treat difficulties arising from an individual’s irrational thinking, misperceptions, dysfunctional thoughts, and faulty learning.

Mindfulness-Based CBT

MCBT includes simple breathing meditations and yoga stretches to help participants become more aware of the present moment, including getting in touch with moment-to-moment changes in the mind and the body.

This approach to treatment aims to reduce relapse and recurrence for those who are vulnerable and to foster a sense of self and reconnection to the body through daily mindfulness practices while observing our maladaptive thought patterns non-judgmentally.


Meditation is a spiritual practice and emotional-intellectual discipline thousands of years old. Among its many benefits are its capacity to reduce physical and emotional stress, awaken a clearer sense of personal issues and priorities, and increase a positive relaxed energy flow in other parts of everyday life. It is also well established that meditation can reduce hypertension and migraines. 

In psychotherapy meditation is used to reduce anxiety, depression, and anger-related problems. 

Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

DBT, was initially developed as an effective and evidenced based treatment for Borderline personality disorder. Over the years DBT has proved its efficacy for anyone struggling with distress and emotional self-regulation. It is a comprehensive cognitive behavioral treatment with a biosocial framework. The emphasis is on interpersonal skills building and empowerment. DBT encompasses four areas of distress management, mindfulness, interpersonal skills, and emotional regulation. 

Group therapy 

Group therapy refers to a wide range of therapy in which individuals participate in the work of others in group settings. The power of the group includes the phenomenon that whenever a group gathers, the unconscious mind of the group emerges more powerfully than in most individual sessions. Thus the work can be conducted on a deeper level. Group therapy is found to be more productive when the group leader is also the primary therapist of its members. Group therapy allows for deep meaningful connections among its participants and creates a sense of validation and shared experiences.