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Understanding Horsenality: A Unique Approach in Equine Therapy

Understanding Horsenality: A Unique Approach in Equine Therapy

By Lanae Kimber | August 28, 2023

In equine therapy, one fascinating concept vital in achieving successful outcomes is “horsenality.” This innovative approach focuses on understanding and harnessing the unique personalities of horses to create transformative experiences for children and young adults undergoing equine-facilitated therapeutic sessions. By recognizing each horse’s diverse traits and behaviors, therapists at Uinta can skillfully pair them with…

5 Ways to Communicate Respectfully Through Hard Times

5 Ways to Communicate Respectfully Through Hard Times

By Lanae Kimber | July 20, 2023

During hardship, effective communication becomes even more crucial in maintaining healthy relationships and fostering mutual understanding. Respectful communication is the key to navigating challenging situations, whether within a family or friendship circle or in a therapeutic setting like Uinta Academy. We can build stronger connections and support one another through the most challenging times by…

Attachment Disorders: What They Are and How They Affect Relationships

By Lanae Kimber | June 26, 2023

Attachment disorders significantly impact emotional and relational patterns, particularly during the teenage years. By understanding these complex conditions, we can better support our teens in developing healthy relationships. Understanding Attachment Disorders: Attachment disorders emerge in early childhood due to disrupted or inconsistent caregiving experiences. These experiences hinder the development of secure attachments, leading to difficulties…

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Celebrating 20 Years with Uinta Academy

By Lanae Kimber | June 13, 2023

Uinta proudly marks a significant milestone as it celebrates 20 years of providing transformative support to teens and their families. Uinta Academy has evolved into a leading residential treatment center from humble beginnings with a single home, dedicated staff members, a handful of horses, and a shared mission of helping adolescent girls. With five homes,…

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How Social Media is Destroying Your Daughter’s Self-Esteem

By Lanae Kimber | May 31, 2023

Social media has been an incredible asset to society, improving the way we communicate, connect, and share our lives with others. While it has its benefits, it also negatively impacts our lives, especially those of young teens. Teenagers’ brains are still developing, making these years crucial to establish healthy boundaries with technology and social media.…

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Regulating Emotions through Equine Therapy: A Journey to Emotional Well-being

By Lanae Kimber | May 23, 2023

Equine therapy, a therapeutic approach that harnesses the centuries-long companionship between horses and humans, has proven effective in promoting mental health and overall well-being. With their keen sensitivity and strong prey drive, horses can read and respond to human emotions, making them exceptional therapeutic partners. Equine Therapy at Uinta Licensed therapists at Uinta work closely…


Uinta’s Clinical Director Celebrates 18 Years

By Lanae Kimber | December 19, 2022

Bridget Rhoten, LCSW celebrated 18 years with Uinta Academy this year! Bridget started as a family teacher, moved on to be the program director, a primary therapist and now the clinical director. “I love working with our Uinta families! This is very complex work we do, and I believe the most powerful agent of change…

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Hannah Paxton, CSW Now Fully Certified In Equine Assisted Therapy

By Lanae Kimber | November 14, 2022

Uinta Academy therapist Hannah Paxton, CSW recently added to her certifications. After attending the O.K. Corral Training in Pueblo Colorado she is now certified in equine-assisted psychotherapy and processing techniques. While at O.K. she strengthened new techniques with both individual and group equine therapy. Hannah shared, “My experience with horses has opened my eyes to…

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Overnight Trips Give Students Opportunities to Practice New Skills

By Lanae Kimber | October 13, 2022

Uinta Academy finds great value in doing overnight trips and it’s not just the students participating in the excursions. Staff integration, part of the Teaching-Family Model, is a big part of these trips. Therapists, teachers, and direct care staff all participate in hopes of integrating with students and modeling pro-social behavior. Historically, Uinta Academy students…

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Uinta Academy Continues To Evolve, Eliminates Point System

By Lanae Kimber | September 15, 2022

Uinta Academy grows beyond and has recently eliminated the point system from the Teaching-Family Model in its programming! Earlier this year, Uinta decided that to be in line with their meaningful and impactful relationship approach with students they needed to shift to a more positive and self-monitoring approach, which has replaced the old system. The…

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