The Ranch Treatment Center Hosts Open House in Honor of 15th Anniversary

In celebration of 15 years of service, The Ranch will host an open house on April 4 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at its 2,000 acre horse and cattle ranch in Nunnelly, Tenn. Nunnelly, TN (PRWEB) March 26, 2014 – On April 4, 2014, The Ranch treatment center in Tennessee will celebrate its 15th anniversary with an open house featuring exhibits, food, live music, job information and a close-up look at its state-of-the-art facilities on a working horse and cattle ranch in the rolling hills of Nunnelly, Tenn. Founded in 1999 with just 10 beds in one building, today the campus has more than a dozen buildings, with another on the way, and more than 100 beds. The Ranch offers gender-specific residential programs with a primary focus on emotional trauma, as well as conditions that frequently accompany trauma, such as chemical dependency, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and sex addiction and intimacy disorders. It also features experiential therapies, such as equine and adventure therapy. “We’ve come a long way from the little mom and pop operation we started with,” said Cheryl Brown, The Ranch’s Director of Marketing/Outreach. Dede Beasley, M.Ed, an equine-assisted psychotherapist at The Ranch, was there at the beginning when the center had just a few horses and equine therapy was a new idea. “Initially, I was just having people groom and lead the horses,” she said, “and I realized that what I saw between people and horses was similar to what happens between people.” Over the years she incorporated a variety of creative therapeutic interventions into the program as she found more and more ways that working with horses offered a common language for working on trust, attachment and boundary issues. Today, The Ranch has 18 horses and a 30-year-old donkey named Albert, one of the original four-footed founders. Dawn Zurlinden, LCSW, was also at The Ranch in the early days. “It’s amazing how much The Ranch has grown,” said Zurlinden, who draws on experiential techniques as well as EMDR and brainspotting (advanced forms of therapy that involve eye movement) for deep trauma therapy. “The Ranch was considered a model program even in the early years, and that was when we didn’t have an eating disorders program or formal sex addiction program or state-of-the-art detox facility. Today there’s so much more.” As for the program’s 15th anniversary, she said, “I celebrate it. We’re serving a lot more clients in so many more ways.”

About The Ranch

Since 1999, The Ranch has provided comprehensive therapeutic programs that treat the underlying causes of eating disorders, addictions and other self-defeating behaviors. The Ranch offers innovative therapies to address the multidimensional aspects of the whole person while teaching personal accountability in a safe, nurturing, real-life environment. Located on a working horse ranch in the beautiful rolling hills of Nunnelly, Tenn., The Ranch offers programs with a variable length of stay, which allows each client to anchor new recovery behaviors needed for lasting change. For more information about The Ranch, call (855) 893-5987 or visit The Ranch is part of Promises Behavioral Health, a family of behavioral health care programs that also includes Promises Treatment Centers, The Sexual Recovery Institute, The Recovery Place, Right Step, Journey Healing Centers, Lucida Treatment Center and Clarity Way. Elements offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders and other mental health disorders. We are committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the patient but for the entire family system. For more information about Promises Behavioral Health, visit

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