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WinGate Wilderness Therapy

6746 East U.S. 89, Kanab, Utah, 84741
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At WinGate, our philosophy in the effective treatment of troubled teens is to create an enviornment of responsiveness while reducing the resistance the troubled teen has toward change, authority, and himself or herself. At WayPoints our philosophy is that every young adult is capable of dramatic internal change. When clinical issues are effectively addressed, real change occurs. Part of real change is also a returning to, or a re-discovering of oneself, revealing a unique, talented and gifted person.

Facility Highlights

  • Separate wilderness programs for teens and adults
  • Academic Program
  • Wilderness Program


  • Look to understand the whole person

    Its not about "performance", about "responsiveness" and the internal desire to make life changes. We fundamentally believe in treating young people as "able and capable people of value.
  • NATSAP Accreditation

    NATSAP is the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, this accreditation is given to established schools and treatment programs.

Facility Settings

  • Wilderness

Meet the Staff

  • Brad Matheson, MBA
    Brad Matheson, MBADirector of Admissions
    Having worked for Wilderness, Residential, and Transition programs, Brad understands the full continuum of care available to families. Helping families understand this full process has been one of Brad's greatest strengths. In fact, parents often compliment Brad for his caring manner in a very difficult decision process.
  • John Cohen MS, LPC
    John Cohen MS, LPCClinical Director
    John worked 18 years in the juvenile justice system providing assessment and counseling services to adolescents and their families. He has also worked in a psychiatric hospital setting and began working as a primary therapist in wilderness in 2007. John obtained a BA in Psychology from Ohio State University and an MS in Clinical Counseling from the University of Dayton. He has been a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) since 1997 and has been doing therapy with a variety of populations for over 2 decades.

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Located in Kanab, Utah, WinGate Wilderness Therapy is considered a transitional living program or sober living home for teens and young adults seeking treatment for addiction and/or co-occurring disorders. It is one of the 68 (28.5 percent) of facilities in Utah that offer treatment programs specifically for adolescents. WinGate Wilderness Therapy's purpose is to help teens and young adults transition into healthy adulthood. Detox is not available.


WinGate Wilderness Therapy uses adventure therapy methods to treat clients. The facility is focused on treating substance abuse as well as other forms of addiction. The facility also treats personality disorders, depression, eating disorders, and trauma. This makes it one of 135 (56.5 percent) of facilities in Utah to offer services to treat other addiction disorders.

The treatment process includes a formal assessment do diagnose and mental or physical conditions that clients have. The list of possible diagnoses is extensive and include sexual, family, anxiety, mental health, and substance abuse-related conditions.

The treatment process revolves around therapy and adventure therapy. Clients participate in individual and group therapy options regularly. Family therapy is also available. Once clients complete the primary treatment programs, they work with case managers to transition into an aftercare program. This program generally includes wilderness therapy and a transitional assistance program when leaving the program entirely.

WinGate's adolescent program is for teens 13 to 17 years old. During treatment, the clinical team utilizes an alliance-based treatment approach: rather than forcing teens to engage with treatment, they show patience.

The center also has a program for young adults ages 18 to 28 and offers Wilderness Therapy as a form of aftercare. It is one of 78 (32.6 percent) of Utah treatment facilities that have specific treatments for young adults. It helps young adults manage recovery while learning life skills.


The treatment team includes a staff physician, nurses, counselors, therapists, and medical coordinators. The staff is specially trained and experienced in caring for teens and young adults.


There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings. However, pictures on the center's website indicate clients spend most of their time outside in the wilderness. There are academic resources and counseling areas on site, as well as a medical area for anyone that needs medical treatment.


At the time of this writing, Rehabs.com has not received any reviews from alumni of WinGate Wilderness Therapy. However, on Google, WinGate Wilderness Therapy has an average rating of 4.6 out of five stars from 33 reviews to date.[1] Many of the reviews provided positive feedback about the staff, specific therapists, and its ability to help residents deal with trauma. On Yelp, WinGate Wilderness Therapy has four reviews, all with four out of five stars or higher.[2]


The single parent polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided a negative review of their experience with WinGate Wilderness Therapy. "Do not send your child to this program," they wrote. "The lack of supervision is unbelievable. He was not making good choices that is why he was there!!"


On Glassdoor, WinGate Wilderness Therapy has an average rating of 3.6 out of five stars from six reviews to date.[3] Current and former employees generally noted how they enjoyed working with “troubled teens” and how it was a good experience overall, several noted a lack of compensation and professionalism. As one former employee wrote: “Lack of communication/organization skills. Unprofessional atmosphere."

On Indeed, Wingate Wilderness Therapy has a rating of 4.3 out of five stars from nine reviews at the time of this writing.[4] Staff members generally provided positive feedback about the “Laid back environment”, management, and job advancement.


The facility is equipped to help clients find funding for treatment. It partners with Clark Behavioral Health Financing to provide healthcare loans for clients.

For clients that participate in WinGate’s academic program, there is a one-time $250 fee to transfer earned credits to their high school programs.

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] https://www.yelp.com/biz/wingate-wilderness-therapy-kanab-3
[3] https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/WinGate-Wilderness-Therapy-Reviews-E1812212.htm
[4] https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Wingate-Wilderness-Therapy/reviews?fcountry=ALL

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