Ironwood Maine

Residential Treatment Center for Teens 12-17

Residential Treatment Center for Teens Ages 12-17

Ironwood Maine is a licensed and accredited mental health residential program offering 24/7 care for adolescents aged 12-17 facing various challenges, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, self-harm, and more. Our clinical approach prioritizes intensive therapy and clinical programming aimed at fostering trust and engagement. Clinicians create individualized treatment plans encompassing social/emotional, mental, physical, and behavioral aspects, employing evidence-based practices like Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialetical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Clients benefit from a minimum of three individual therapy sessions per week, a weekly evlaution with the psychiatrist, weekly family therapy and several daily evidence-based therapeutic groups. Situated on a 400-acre campus near a wilderness preserve in mid-coast Maine, our program integrates nature, equine therapy, physical activity, and experiential learning to support emotional regulation and skill development. Family involvement is integral, with scheduled family therapy calls, and weekly calls and updates on their teen’s progress and treatment planning. We believe active parental participation enhances a teen’s success and contributes to family reunification, emphasizing both immediate stabilization and long-term preparation for a brighter future.

Ironwood Maine Program and Residents We Serve


Depressive disorder is prevalent among young people and can arise from various factors, including changes or abnormalities in brain chemistry and past traumas. Children, adolescents, and young adults diagnosed with this disorder may benefit from antidepressant medications prescribed to help treat depression. Before resorting to medication, our rehab for teenage depression has proven to give adolescents the support they need to overcome depressive symptoms.


Anxiety disorders are common among teenagers, often presenting as persistent and severe worries, irritability, agitation, difficulty concentrating, and restlessness. Feelings of doom or danger may also be experienced by those with anxiety disorders. We specialize in treating anxiety disorders, providing young people with a safe environment to manage their symptoms and overcome the challenges associated with their mental health.


Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a complex condition that varies in severity and manifestation, affecting emotional regulation and self-control. Teens and young adults with ADHD often face challenges in school and daily life. Managing ADHD typically involves a combination of medication, individual and family therapy, and the development of life skills.


Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can be triggered by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event such as physical assault, childhood abuse, sexual violence, threats involving weapons, accidents, or natural disasters. Symptoms of PTSD can develop within a month or even years after the event.

Common symptoms include intrusive memories, flashbacks, nightmares, and negative changes in cognition, thinking, and mood. It’s essential to seek professional help for individuals experiencing PTSD symptoms to ensure proper support and treatment, ultimately leading to improved mental health and well-being.

Grief and Loss

Grief and loss, resulting from the death of a loved one or a traumatic event, can have a profound impact on teens and young adults. They may become emotionally stuck or withdrawn from their daily lives, experiencing anger, guilt, nightmares, depression, and apathy.

It’s essential to provide them with adequate support, understanding, and professional help to navigate through these challenging emotions and prevent long-term negative consequences.

Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnoses refer to situations where a patient has multiple disorders simultaneously. This can involve having a combination of mental disorders. It’s essential for individuals with dual diagnoses to receive comprehensive and integrated treatment that addresses all aspects of their condition. With appropriate support from mental health professionals, patients can work towards recovery and achieve better overall well-being.

Emerging Personality Disorders

Personality disorders are mental health disorders causing a person to have abnormal thought patterns and behaviors that limit the individual’s ability to function appropriately in social situations. If an adolescent displays signs of a personality disorder it is often diagnosed as a borderline or emerging personality disorder. This is because the brain is still developing during this time for adolescents and teenagers. Their personalities are also still developing.


Effective, sustainable recovery is about more than just treating the symptoms of a condition. That’s why we focus on helping your teen and your family as a whole, with the goal of creating lasting change. If you’re ready to help your teen lead a healthy, happy life, contact us today to learn more about our program.


All residents participate in multi-dimensional programming that includes Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy, Horsemanship, and daily Animal Care individually and in small groups. Each equine program is integrated w/ therapeutic elements, education, and enrichment.


The simplicity and serenity of our scenic farm in rural Maine provides teens with the opportunity to rediscover core values and develop skills to cope with living away from family and negative peer group influences.

What Parents Say About Ironwood Maine


My Child Benefited From This Experience


My Family Benefited from Family Therapy


My Child has Progressed with Their Individualized Treatment Plan Goals

* Ironwood Maine parents were surveyed in January 2024 and answered “agree” or “strongly agree” to the above statements. Respondents were asked if they strongly disagree, disagree, neutral, agree, or strongly agree to the above statements.