The Penrith Farms counseling program works to gain direction and confidence building for young adults struggling with independent living, and developing a constructive and healthy lifestyle.  Hence, we base our counseling services on the needs of the young adult and their family.  Our program assists  troubled young adults  in need of help whether they need counseling or not.  Sometimes counseling can be a key part of solving a student’s harmful life choices.  

The counseling program at Penrith Farms is flexible and unique.  Therefore, as part of our program, counselors are available to give individual, group, and family therapy if needed. We know the benefits of traditional counseling but we do not require students to take part.  Many students come to our farm oppositional towards counseling because of years of unwilling participation.  So, we find that by giving students the choice to engage we get more involvement. 


The counselors at our counseling program actively engage the students on the farm.  Therefore, they know the students very well outside of counseling.  While our counselors work with all the  staff  to stay abreast of how they are doing.  We share details, with consent, about what they are working on with staff so they can help them with their therapeutic goals.  It is also very important that parents work with our counselors too.  Parents will stay up to date with their young adult’s progress along with help in learning how to deal with reactivity. 

As we have said before, our  failure to launch program  is a working farm  and not a lock down facility.  Nor are we a Wilderness Therapy Program out in the middle of nowhere.  The theory behind Wilderness Therapy is that if troubled young adults are removed from all their prior self-sabotaging distractions they will be less resistant to treatment.  The problem with this theory is that locked down facilities and Wilderness Therapy Programs work within a vacuum.  That is to say, “if you have no means of getting into trouble you won’t get into trouble.” 

Penrith Farms has what we like to think of as a solution oriented form of counseling.  This model allows us to deal with real issues as they come up in a spontaneous manner rather than allowing them to develop into problems.  Most of the counseling that takes place on the farm is done in a non-formal interaction that takes place as issues are developing or as they happen.  When people lie or triangulate, we challenge them as an individual and bring their actions into question.  While it might sound simplistic, we see honesty and respect as an integral part of development. 


Penrith Farms helps  troubled young adults  struggling with difficult problems like social challenges, anxiety and substance abuse.  The approach we use is quite successful at helping struggling young adults deal with some of the complex issues that they commonly face, including substance abuse, behavioral issues, or addiction.  Consequently, our informal and spontaneous approach offers troubled adults the environment and relationships that are necessary for lasting success.  As a result, our program for troubled young adults has developed over time and we have created a program that provides struggling young adults what they need to transition into adulthood and independent living. 

Our approach to counseling will help young adults develop the  life skills  necessary to engage in current and future challenges. 


  • Adoption/Attachment Issues 
  • ADHD/learning differences 
  • Anger Management 
  • Anxiety 
  • Bi-Polar Disorder 
  • Borderline Personality Disorder 
  • Depression 
  • Entitlement 
  • Failure to Launch 
  • Family conflict 
  • Grief and loss 
  • Gender Identity Issues 
  • Electronic Addiction 
  • Lack of self-esteem/confidence 
  • Lack of motivation or follow through 
  • Mood Regulation Issues 
  • Negative peer group 
  • NLD/high-functioning Aspergers / Autism
  • OCD 
  • Oppositional Defiance 
  • Promiscuity 
  • Relationship Issues 
  • School or college struggles 
  • Self-Esteem Issues 
  • Social and/or Adjustment Issues 
  • Substance use or abuse 
  • Trauma 
  • Video Game Addiction 


We are not a treatment facility nor do we provide inpatient care but in some circumstances that is what people need.  If that is the case than we would strongly recommend the  Menninger Clinic  out of Texas.  Over the past 15 years occasionally a client will come to us for aftercare after being at Menninger.  They are also one of the oldest psychiatric institutions in the United States and below is a little bit of information on them if you are leaning more towards an inpatient facility.  Thank you for your interest in Penrith Farms. 


The Menninger Foundation was founded in 1919 by the Menninger family in  Topeka, Kansas, and consists of a  clinic, a  sanatorium, and a school of  psychiatry, all of which bear the Menninger name.  In 2003, the Menninger Clinic moved to  Houston … It represented the first group  psychiatry  practice. “We had a vision,” Dr. C. F. Menninger said, “of a better kind of medicine and a better kind of world.”  The Menninger Clinic was founded in 1919 in Topeka, Kansas. The Menninger Sanitarium was founded in 1925.  The Menninger Clinic established the Southard School for  children  in 1926. The school fostered treatment programs for children and  adolescents  that were recognized worldwide. In the 1930s the Menningers expanded  training  programs for psychiatrists,  psychologists, and other mental health professionals. 

The Menninger Foundation was established in 1941.  The Menninger School of Psychiatry was established in 1946. It quickly became the largest training center in the country, driven by the country’s demand for psychiatrists to treat military veterans.  Menninger announced its affiliation with  Baylor College of Medicine  and  The Methodist Hospital  in December 2002.  The concept was that Menninger would perform treatment while Baylor would oversee research and education.