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Synopsis: Rod Mayes (USA)

Three Points Center – Mustang Program Director | Equine Therapist
Hurricane, Utah

Equine Therapy for Troubled Teens
Rod Mayes, MS, LAMFT

Rod Mayes obtained a BS degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University and a MS degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Colorado State University. Rod is an associate Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Utah and has been working with families, adults and adolescents for over 25 years. From 1997 to 2004 Rod was also the Executive Director of a residential psychiatric facility for young children in Iowa. Over the years, Rod has worked with adolescents and their families in a variety of settings including medical centers, residential facilities and outpatient programs. Rod’s work has involved clients struggling with depression, suicide, anxiety, sexual abuse and addiction, attachment and parent/child relationships. Rod believes in the value of the individual and their ability to rise above their struggles. He also believes the family system is the key to a healthy and productive future for the youth who receive care within our facility

Three Points Center’s therapeutic model helps adopted youth develop their emotional regulation capacity, rebuild familial relationships and create alternative memories. These children have experienced trauma in the form of abuse or neglect, (physical, sexual or emotional). In addition, many have experienced poor prenatal-care from their mother’s drug use during pregnancy. This pre-natal neglect has typically affected the child’s emotional development; setting them up for a series of highly charged events at home, in school and in other social settings. These events cause the child to create a negative belief about themselves, their world and their future. The neglect has also created a fear of abandonment, and lack of attachment, which blocks normal relationship development.
These children tend to see themselves as “throw-aways” who are destined to fail. They see their adoption as a personal flaw rather than a gift. This perspective creates a search for purpose and validation; a search that makes them vulnerable to predators.



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