Types of Therapy at Riverwalk Ranch

The cornerstone of effective rehabilitation is a detailed and personalized treatment plan, designed with the client in mind. At Riverwalk Ranch, we provide a variety of empirically supported therapies that can be used individually or in conjunction with each other to best suit the clients’ needs and goals. We utilize proven therapies that have been shown to improve outcomes for patients.The primary therapist will work to create a roadmap to recovery using the latest and most effective interventions leading to positive outcomes.

Addiction Treatment Therapies

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) seeks to address the maladaptive patterns of thought and behavior that lead to addiction. Using scientifically supported methods, the client is taught to unlearn problematic behaviors and replace unhelpful patterns of thought with more adaptive ones. The aim is to develop healthier ways to react to circumstances or impulses that lead to relapse.

Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Clients who have a hard time acknowledging the damage substance abuse causes them can benefit from motivational interviewing (MI). This intervention is designed to help clients think about the harmful effects of their behavior on their quality of life and those around them, leading to increased motivation for change. This can be the first step in recognizing sobriety as a positive lifestyle.
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Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)

Seeking the motivation to get sober is one of the most challenging aspects of rehabilitation. Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) is precisely adapted to create stronger internally motivated desire for change. Using a combination of personalized assessment and goal-setting, the client is guided through targeted sessions to encourage their motivation.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) works to reconcile two opposing aspects of substance abuse recovery: acceptance and change. The client is taught skills including mindfulness, emotional regulation, and distress coping, targeting the most destructive behaviors first and moving onto quality of life. DBT encourages clients to accept themselves while also recognizing their need to change.

Traumatic Incident Reduction Therapy (TIR)

When the underlying causes for substance abuse lie in trauma, Traumatic Incident Reduction Therapy (TIR) might be the most effective treatment. The therapy desensitizes clients to traumatic memories related to violence, neglect, war or natural disasters to help them overcome the disruptive emotional response to the memory of the trauma.

Reality Therapy

Reality therapy can help clients learn basic life skills and begin the process of reintegrating seamlessly into their day-to-day life. With an emphasis on survival and freedom of choice, treatment aims to prepare clients for common daily situations to help them make a smoother transition out of rehabilitation and back into their lives.

Solution-Focused Therapy

While many therapeutic interventions focus on the how and why of psychological distress, Solution-Focused Therapy addresses present-day solutions. This therapy can help clarify goals and create a forward-focused pathway to recovery.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) combines cognitive behavioral techniques with stimulation like coordinated eye movements or rhythmic tapping. During sessions, clients are asked to recall troublesome or traumatic memories while engaging in back-and-forth eye movements. The procedure helps clients to process difficult memories to help reduce the emotional effect the memories have.

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Biofeedback therapy helps clients tune into their bodily functions such as heart rate and coaches them to make physical adjustments in order to control such functions. The physical and mental exercises help clients exert some control over automatic and detrimental processes like the stress response.


A specific type of biofeedback therapy, neurofeedback uses an electroencephalogram (EEG) to monitor brain waves and emotional responses. Analysis of these EEG patterns can help identify dysfunctional patterns and help the client eliminate and replace those with more beneficial patterns.

Optional 12-Step Program

Clients who seek to reconnect with their religion and spirituality are given the option to participate in a 12-Step Program. While other therapies address clinical components of recovery, the 12-Step Recovery Group can help clients achieve a sense of purpose and meaning on their way to sobriety.