Leaders in wilderness therapy from caring, experienced staff

    At Trails we use our decades of experience to serve families who want to address the problematic behaviors of their teens and, as a result, create lasting change in the way their family interacts.

    Trails was founded on the belief that traditional wilderness therapy could better serve the long-term needs of students and their families. We combine the power of the wilderness experience with a residential base camp in order to teach, reinforce, and practice real-life skills. Trails also involves the family every step of the way.

    Graham Shannonhouse established Trails in 2008 to deliver upon the promise of wilderness therapy—to create lasting change in the behaviors of teens. The Trails team devised an innovative model focused on three beliefs that have driven our programming decisions:

    1. We believe that a wilderness setting enhances the benefits of therapy.
    2. We believe that practicing and applying the lessons learned in wilderness to everyday situations promotes lasting change.
    3. We believe that families benefit from being involved in their child’s process

    Guided by these beliefs, Trails has developed a new model of wilderness therapy. We capitalize upon the profound effects of a student’s wilderness experience by interspersing time at our base campus where students practice their skills and experiences.

    As students face the challenges of the wilderness program their perspective begins to change and behaviors quickly follow. This helps build self-confidence and increase self-awareness as our Therapeutic, Wilderness, Residential, and Academic Teams help daily experiences become teachable moments.

    Between expeditions, students reside at our base camp where they apply their wilderness lessons to different people and places. This ability to transfer their skills and experiences to new situations helps students develop practical, real-life skills.

    In addition, we’ve created a family program that outshines the rest, and we ask our students’ parents to commit to the process. The work that families do with our designated family therapist parallels what their child is doing and experiencing in our program. In this way, we work to address the behaviors of a troubled teen and empower parents to make the best choices for their child.

    Trails Carolina’s Dedication to the Safety of your Child

    Our accreditation serves to acknowledges that we have met a recognized standard and submit to regular oversight. This standard includes education, experience, and an exam of knowledge, skills, and our ability to provide the best care available to our clients.

    Trails Carolina underwent a rigorous accreditation process with CARF, an independent accrediting agency. CARF requires high standards for safety, business practices, and services. This accreditation helps families feel confident that Trails has the commitment to excellence and quality in our programming.

    In addition Trails is an affiliate of NATSAP. Trails Carolina has evolved since it’s inception to serve the growing needs and numbers of struggling young people. NATSAP and its members have been working with their state legislatures to ensure the appropriate licensure and regulation of programs and that serve children and adolescents

    How will Trails work my child and my family?

    Families often ask, “Why does Trails work?” This is what we tell them.

    Therapeutic Environment

    a safe, supportive, research based therapeutic approach focused on success at Trails and continued success after our wilderness therapy ends.

    Focus on the Family

    from our Family Therapist, weekly phone calls, sibling involvement, to our Family Camp and Reunification weekends, everything we do at Trails is designed to help students and their families see lasting change.

    Blend of Wilderness and Base Campus

    students practice transitions to new situations, settings, and staff to improve student confidence in better handling all that life throws at us whether in the wilderness or in the classroom.

    Decades of Experience

    our talented team is passionate and experienced in building relationships and trust.

    Trails Values

    we have an underlying set of core values to help create the highest quality standards for a safe and supportive experience.

    Team Approach

    we bring together our team experiences seeing your child in a variety of different environments and situations to develop a more individualized and comprehensive plan

    Who Does Trails Carolina Help?

    Trails Carolina wilderness program works with young men and women ranging from 10-13 years (youth) and 13-17 (adolescent). Our clinically proven methods work exceptionally well with:

    • School refusal
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Family conflict
    • Low self-esteem
    • Social isolation
    • Self harm
    • Adoption
    • Defiant behavior
    • Gaming and technology obsession
    • Substance abuse
    • Attachment issues
    • Manipulative behavior
    • Poor academic achievement
    • Learning differences
    • ADHD
    • Trauma

    We are passionate and committed to creating the best, most valuable wilderness therapy program possible for students and family alike.  Our incredible Trails staff has dedicated their time for the opportunity to change some lives.

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    Graham Shannonhouse
    Executive Director, Founder
    Jason McKeown
    Family Therapist, Clinical Director
    Aleshka Cleveland
    Business Development & Marketing
    Shalene Pierce
    Primary Therapist
    Lindsey Young
    Medical Coordinator
    Leigh Uhlenkott
    Primary Therapist
    Ashley Brown
    Primary Therapist
    Todd Green
    Primary Therapist
    Derry O’Kane
    Primary Therapist
    Jeremy Whitworth
    Program Director
    Brian Hannon
    Director of Student Life
    Steve O’Neil
    Ecology Specialist
    Anne Westall
    Equine Specialist
    Josh Garcia
    Family Program Manager

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