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.