Happiness is NOT the Goal

By Mary Beth Osoro “My goal isn’t to teach your child how to be happy. My goal is to help your child learn how to be unhappy in a productive manner.” That has become my catch phrase while talking to parents when they mention their desire for their child’s happiness. And who wouldn’t want their

Telling a new story

In her book Letters to a Young Therapist, Mary Pipher shares volumes of insight into the process of therapy.  Toward the end of the book Pipher points to the importance of helping clients develop a “new story.”  She says “We therapists are primarily storytellers.  Most clients need stories that allow them to view the world

Inter-office memo:

About three months ago an 18 year old was sitting in a psychiatric hospital staring down a paranoid thought disorder and a bi-polar diagnosis.  The psychiatrist reported that this individual would not be successful without consistent medical and psychiatric management.  I thought PQ would offer more than doctor visits each week.  Through the dedicated relationship 

Attachment and the psychotherapist

I am in a conference session on attachment theory.  According to David Wallin, author of Attachment in Psychotherapy, the therapist’s attachment style has important effect the therapeutic relationship and the treatment of clients. In essence, clients can earn a secure attachment through the experience of therapy.  This has important implications for serving clients who have

The Long and Winding Road

By Mary Beth Osoro The road was windy. I knew where I wanted to be, but I wasn’t sure how to get there. I was afraid I would get lost, or miss my turn, or just get there so late, no one would be left to greet me. The scenery was beautiful, but I was

Interview with Dr. Viktor Frankl

** This video belongs to ** Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) has influenced the lives of many through his famous book Man’s Search for Meaning. The book begins with Frankl’s first hand account of surviving several holocaust concentration camps.  Frankl’s “logotherapy,” stems from his experience, emphasizing that a person’s ultimate freedom does not lie within others

The Peer Arena

I read an article recently entitled “Alone Together,” published in the Pennsylvania Gazette, May/June 2010.   This article was forwarded to me by a student’s father – thank you to him for sharing interesting information:) The article is about Vivian Seltzer‘s developmental theory of adolescence and the role of what she calls the peer arena. 

Implications of simple mindfulness practices

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and without judgement. Mindfulness practices help people develop a deeper and more compassionate connection to experiences.  Mindfulness practices that focus on aspects of the body help root us in our bodies, in the here and now, and cultivate the connection between

Clinical Team Continues Growing

We are pleased to announce new growth in the Pacific Quest wilderness therapy program clinical department!  After almost six years as a primary wilderness therapist, Hilary Moses is now our Therapeutic Program Director. In her new role, Hilary will work collaboratively with Toby Mautz, our Clinical Director. Hilary’s goal is to train and coach our

Wilderness Therapy Program Benefits

To understand the great benefits wilderness therapy programs can offer struggling teens and at-risk young adults, it may be helpful to review the “Stages of Change.” The Stages of Change is a model created to track behavioral refinements in people. Known in its clinical form as the Transtheoretical Model, there are six stages to track.