The Power of Experience



By Rob Gent | Added October 15

Therapy is not isolated to the proverbial office with a couch and therapist chair where insight is verbally exchanged to the client.   Profound change is not relegated to the cognitive discourse which therapist and client so harmoniously engage.  It is the power from which experiences create change that residential treatment can be so impactful and life altering.

Experiences are defined as: To know: to have firsthand knowledge of emotions, sensations, or situations (Webster 2008).  The phrase "I have lived through and know the feeling! expresses the authenticity and undeniable impact of an experience on a persons emotional and psychological makeup.  This type of authentic change is the focus of the residential experience at Calo.  Every aspect of residential life at Calo is designed to create constant opportunities which provide the emotions, sensations, and situations that can alter the students perception of himself, relationships, and intimacy in powerful ways.   These therapeutic experiences facilitate the student in being able to actually say, I have lived through(authentic change) and know the feeling (of being valuable, loved, accepted, and worthy).

The therapeutic experience at Calo is constant and is reinforced by the relationship with the therapist.  The therapist is an active part of creating experiences which enable to student and family to live what it means to be truly heard, empathized with, and valued.  The significance of this therapeutic relationship is exponentially increased through the students and therapist experience of interacting in the milieu, exchanging in therapy groups, modeling connection, and meeting the student in the very place that they are struggling (school, canines, recreation therapy, stewardships, etc.). 

The experience at Calo is uniquely dynamic and impactful.  Students and families receive the opportunity to live the change that they so desperately need through the experience of relationship. 



About the Author

Rob Gent, MA, LPC Owner, Vice President of Training and Development

Originally from San Clemente, California Rob headed south to San Diego where he graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication. He then headed to the Midwest where he graduated with honors from Webster University with a Master of Arts in Counseling. Rob has had a passion for working with youth since he was in college. He feels extremely privileged to be able to participate in the emotional and behavioral growth of adolescents and their families. This passion led Rob to complete all of his practicum units at a child advocacy center where he became intimately experienced with the therapeutic healing and growth of children and their families faced with varies types of trauma and abuse. This invaluable experience motivated Rob to work in private practice where he specialized in testing, assessment, group therapy with adolescents in a school setting, and individual therapy. Being a part of CALO has allowed Rob to utilize his education, experience, and passion in a therapeutic environment focused on providing the highest quality of treatment. Rob lives in Osage Beach with his wife Katy and their sons Bailey and Riley.

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