Teen Defiance & Depression? Find Help at Turning Winds

Does your teen battle with defiance, depression, anger or other emotional issues, or risky behavior? Our individualized treatment program provides a safe, structured path to lasting self-improvement and family healing. At Turning Winds, we understand that each person’s journey is different.

We designed a robust program that supports our teenage clients through critical milestones, helping them progress to self-understanding and ultimately leading to family integration and resolution. The Turning Winds treatment program’s holistic approach, relational focus, and emphasis on authentic openness make Turning Winds especially effective at facilitating positive outcomes and long-term change.

Our Individualized Approach: Tailoring Mental Health Treatment to Your Teen’s Needs

“The simple, singular focus of our treatment program is to help each student improve their self-image and their self-confidence and change the behaviors that have been hindering their emotional growth, whether they struggle with defiance, depression or anger by teaching them to create stable patterns of living through education, process groups, and individualized treatment planning,” says Turning Winds CEO Owen Baisden.

Achieving these stable patterns is a process, though—a journey of several months focused on your teen’s mental health and behavioral treatment. “The change process is not pretty, you can’t just flip a switch,” says program director Enoch Stump. “It takes determination and it’s gritty.” But the rewards are clearly worth it. “It all stems from this thing we’re trying to do here at Turning Winds and that is to create hope. The hope that things can be different and that life can be better.”

RESTORING HOPE: How Turning Winds Helps Teens Overcome Emotional or Behavioral Crisis

Many clients are “the first to admit they’re miserable” when they are joining Turning Winds, explains Stump. “They know they need help and want to try something different but they lost a little bit of hope, that’s why our motto is ‘Restoring Hope.’”

The program encourages its teenage clients to make a thousand small decisions to do things differently—day after day. The trick is not to lose patience because it won’t happen in a day, it takes time. It’s a mistake to expect something big and meaningful to happen almost instantly.

“These kids walk through the door and they start doing the things they should be doing,” Stump says. “They work to change their behaviors that have hindered their growth, such as defiance, depression or emotional outbursts. But at first, it’s a roller coaster of falling back down, not liking how that feels, and picking themselves back up again. It’s not until this huge roller coaster ride starts to level out that you start to be steady enough where you can try and make good decisions.”

Building Resilience: Teaching Teens to Overcome Setbacks and Manage Emotional Struggles Takes Time

“When you’re feeling bad about yourself, you won’t make those good choices, you don’t feel like you’re able to climb out of that hole,” explains Stump. “You just have to keep trying, that’s what adults do, that’s what these kids have to do. Our kids have dug themselves massive holes, it’s so discouraging and overwhelming. What we do eventually is shrink the hole and the situation gets more manageable.”

After some time in treatment for teen defiance and depression, our adolescent clients realize they now have the tools to get back out, if they do slip back into the hole—they start to believe that they can keep climbing out. Like all people, they have to keep telling themselves “Don’t give up, don’t make the same mistake again.”

They learn not to quit in the face of adversity. “I don’t give up on the idea, it’s still the right idea,” says Stump. “If it didn’t work the first ten times, maybe it’ll work the 11th time. That’s what our kids do. Eventually you see a change, but it’s because they’re doing it over and over again and not giving up. The resilience in our kids is among the most inspiring things you will ever see.”


For the past two decades, Turning Winds has built a team of some of the world’s finest academic and therapeutic professionals, who all share the same goal: to help teens re-engage meaningfully with their lives, families, and futures.

Our mission is to rescue teens from mental health, behavioral or emotional crisis, renew their belief in their potential, reunite them with their families, and put them on a sustainable path to success.

Contact us online for more information, or call us at 800-845-1380. If we miss your call, rest assured we will reconnect with you promptly to start planning your transformative experience.



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John Baisden, Jr

John Baisden Jr is the father of seven inspiring children, and he is married to Kara, the love of his life. Together they have created a family-centered legacy by leading the way with early childhood educational advancement. John loves to write and is an author of a children’s book, An Unlikely Journey and plans to publish additional books. Show More

John is a visionary in his work and applies “outside-the-box” approaches to business practice and people development. He is the Founder of Turning Winds, along with several other organizations. He has extensive experience launching and developing organizations. His skills include strategic planning, promoting meaningful leader-member movement, organizational change, effective communication, project management, financial oversight and analysis, digital marketing and content creation, and implementing innovative ideas through influential leadership. As a leader, John seeks to empower others and brand success through collaborative work. His vision is to lead with courage, grit, truth, justice, humility, and integrity while emphasizing relational influence rather than focusing on the sheens of titles, positions, or things.

Finally, John is passionate about life and promoting equity among those who are often overlooked because of differences that frequently clash with the “norm.” He lives in Southern Idaho and loves the outdoors and the life lessons that can be learned in such an informal environment.

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