The Clearing Reviews and Testimonials

Graduate Stories and Profiles

John L.

John L. Case Study

Background:
  • 50 years old
  • Lives in Seattle
  • In a relationship with his girlfriend
  • Attended some college
  • Works in the transportation industry

Conditions:

  • Alcoholism
  • Depression
Life Before The Clearing:

Over the last few decades, John battled with depression, leaving him feeling helpless and hopeless. In addition to alcohol abuse, he smoked a ½ pack of cigarettes a day. He also suffered from anxiety, panic attacks, vision deterioration, sleep disturbances and loss of appetite.

Besides dealing with health problems, John faced legal troubles caused by receiving 3 DUIs. He also had a rocky relationship with both his girlfriend and his father.

John attended a traditional 12 Steps program about 5 years before participating in The Clearing. He also received outpatient addiction treatment at a local medical facility. These treatments worked temporarily, and he managed to stay sober for about 10 months before the addiction problem resurfaced.

This time, John went through chemical detox and then attended The Clearing. The chemical detox was short – less than a week – and just removed the substances from his body safely. He was physically clean, and now was prepared to address his underlying core issues.

Life After The Clearing:

Since graduating from the Program, John is living life on his own terms. He’s now working at a job that he really enjoys, and he improved his relationship with family, especially reconciling with his father. Overall, he is doing well and loving life.




Debra A.

Debra A. Case Study

Background:

  • 51 years old
  • Lives in New York City
  • Widowed with two daughters
  • College graduate
  • Licensed practical nurse (LPN)

Conditions:

  • Alcoholism and addiction to Xanax
  • Depression & anxiety

Life Before The Clearing:

In the last few years, Debra dealt with intense grief from the loss of both her husband and father. Debra abused alcohol since she was 14 years old. She was also addicted to Xanax since 2008 to help cope with both depression and anxiety. Debra also had a strained relationship with her mom and kids. Her depression and anxiety became so severe at one point that it made it difficult to perform simple daily tasks. Even worse, she ended up losing her job in elder care.

Aside from going through a short chemical detox program that removed substances from her body safely, The Clearing was her first experience attending a rehab program.

Life After The Clearing:

Debra went back to school after graduating from the Program. She is also more self aware of her relationship with her family. For example, she applied the skills she learned at The Clearing to deal with a family issue during the holidays. Rather than letting the anger from that situation overwhelm her, Debra recognized the issue for what it was, and dealt with that issue in a powerful way. Debra has not used any drugs or alcohol since June 2015, and she noticed how the entire dynamic of her life changed for the better.




Dan M. 

Dan M. Case Study

Background:
  • 42 years old
  • In a relationship with his girlfriend, no kids
  • High school graduate
  • Entrepreneur who owns and manages 5 restaurants

Conditions:

  • Alcoholism 
  • Depression & anxiety

Life Before The Clearing:

Before coming to The Clearing, Dan had a dual diagnosis condition – both depression and alcoholism. He also dealt with anxiety and trauma from an abusive childhood when he was sexually assaulted as a kid.

As a way to cope with these issues, Dan would binge drink every 2-3 weeks, which often lasted a whole weekend. His alcoholic addiction lasted for almost 30 years. This caused him a lot of stress at work, and he experienced insomnia, feelings of withdrawal, decreased energy and moodiness. He also gambled, had relationship issues, including a shaky relationship with his long time girlfriend, and avoided social interactions.

Life After The Clearing:

Dan had never been to treatment before attending The Clearing. Since graduating from the Program, he made positive changes at work to support healthy behaviors in both himself and his employees. This includes taking time for needed rest, setting intentions and writing affirmations. He also feels reenergized, grounded, accomplished, patient and calm.

Dan has repaired his relationship with his girlfriend. He’s now thriving as a successful entrepreneur in the restaurant business. He’s also using the tools he learned at The Clearing with his employees, which has improved the work environment. He is supporting their well-being and balance in the workplace.




Mary O.

Mary O. Case Study

Background:
  • 50 years old
  • Married with two children
  • Has an active law practice

Conditions:

  • Alcoholism 
  • Depression & anxiety

Life Before The Clearing:

Mary had a dual diagnosis condition – both alcohol and depression. Her depression was so severe that it kept her in bed for most of the day. Her addiction lasted for nearly 30 years. She also suffered from anxiety, insomnia and hopelessness which left her feeling emotionally disconnected from her friends and loved ones.

Her alcohol addiction caused her to black out a few times which led to physical injury. It also caused a few negative behaviors, such as driving while intoxicated, neglecting social outings with her kids, avoiding work, and damaging her relationship with her husband, kids and the rest of her family. Mary’s loved ones lost trust in her, and she lost stability in her life.

To deal with these issues, Mary tried a 12-steps program. It was initially effective and she stayed sober for 79 days. But she returned to alcohol, driven by core underlying issues that were not addressed in her 12-Steps program.
 
Mary realized she needed to solve the root of her issues and committed to come to the Clearing. She went through a chemical detox before starting the Program to remove the substances from her body safely, which allowed her to focus on the transformative work and healing.

Life After The Clearing

Since graduating from the Program, Mary created more balance in her life and is living in the “now”. She repaired her marriage and relationship with the rest of her family. She is using intentions to help her stay anchored at work, and is constantly advocating for her own mental and emotional well being. She is thriving at her law practice, and advocates for herself and others with substance and mental health issues.




Dan W.

Dan W. Case Study

Background:

  • 47 years old
  • Lives in Colorado
  • Married with one daughter
  • Graduated college and majored in Civil Engineering

Conditions:

  • Alcoholism and marijuana
  • Anxiety and depression

Life Before The Clearing

Dan had an addiction problem that lasted over 30 years. In addition to alcoholism and marijuana addiction, Dan dealt with depression, anxiety, social issues, isolation, and childhood emotional and physical abuse. As a result, he lost his family and health, and he also had issues at work and financial hardship. This was a very stressful time for his family.

Before coming to The Clearing, Dan quit drinking on his own and stayed sober for about 16 months.

Life After The Clearing

Dan is loving life after graduating from the Program. He feels he has authentic connection at work, where he is being heard and expressing his needs. He also has a renewed connection with his family. Overall, he is happy and feels at peace.




Tim K.

Tim K. Case Study

Background:

  • 53 years old
  • Lives in Oregon
  • Married 25 years
  • Has 2 children (eldest child is transgendered)
  • Graduated college
  • Currently unemployed

Conditions:

  • Alcoholism, marijuana and Ambien addiction
  • Anxiety and depression

Life Before The Clearing

Tim’s addiction problems lasted over a decade when he experienced a great deal of low self-esteem, regret, childhood trauma, suicidal thoughts, grief and loss. His anxiety interfered with his daily activities, and he felt low self-worth. He was disconnected spiritually and had frequent arguments with his family. To make matters worse, Tim had two DUIs, lost his job, and suffered from liver disease.

Before coming to The Clearing, Tim went through chemical detox to remove substances from his body safely. The Clearing was his first time participating in a residential treatment program.

Life After The Clearing

Tim has been doing well since graduating from the Program. He rediscovered his passion for cooking and found a new job. He feels fulfilled, and he can easily stay calm and centered. Tim has a renewed relationship with his brother, mother, wife and kids. He also has a new connection with himself, and he practices intentions and affirmations together with his children daily.




Jane C.

Jane C. Case Study

Background:

  • 53 years old
  • Lives in Florida
  • Married 17 years with one daughter
  • Retired from career as a surgery secretary

Conditions:

  • Eating disorder
  • Anxiety and depression

Life Before The Clearing

Although she did not have an addiction problem, Jane suffered from early childhood issues when she was sexually assaulted in her youth. This led to her feeling low self worth, as well as having suicidal thoughts and an eating disorder. She had been dealing with these issues for over 20 years before coming to The Clearing. Her biggest challenges were her physical health and strained relationship with her family, which included marital issues.

Before coming to The Clearing, Jane participated in two residential treatment programs - one in New Orleans, and another in Florida. She also had numerous psychiatric visits and over 8 hospitalizations. Jane thought those treatment programs were ineffective, and she didn’t feel like the staff cared for her recovery.

Life After The Clearing

Jane has been taking good care of her health with patience, while continuing to receive mental health counseling. Her marriage has improved, and she is enjoying her crafting and being outdoors. In addition, Jane underwent gastric bypass surgery, and she feels like she reinvigorated her life. She looks good and feels great.




Kim P.

Kim P. Case Study

Background:

  • 67 years old
  • Lives in Oregon
  • Divorced with one adult son
  • Graduated college
  • Works as a choir teacher

Conditions:

  • Alcoholism
  • Depression

Life Before The Clearing

Kim was a heavy binge drinker, and she needed alcohol as a way to cope with depression, isolation, low self worth, seasonal depression, grief, loss, childhood abuse, and trauma. She dealt with these problems for over 20 years.

During these years, Kim did not feel like she was engaged with her work. She had a strained relationship with her family, suffered from a number of health issues, and isolated herself from her loved ones.

Kim went through a chemical detox program prior to The Clearing to rid substances from her body safely. The Clearing was her first experience at a residential treatment program.

Life After The Clearing

Kim’s health improved, and she is loving life. She reconnected with her sisters, and her family is very supportive and loving. She also connected with her son and grandchildren, and she is able to offer support to them. Her family is so happy to have her back.




Kimberly P.

Kimberly P. Case Study

Background:

  • 49 years old
  • Lives in Oregon
  • Married with two kids – son in college, daughter in high school
  • Currently a homemaker

Conditions:

  • Alcoholism
  • Anxiety and depression

Life Before The Clearing

Kimberly’s alcohol addiction lasted over 10 years, and she dealt with anxiety, depression, panic, low self worth and isolation. During those years, she suffered from liver disease, and she had a rocky relationship with her children and husband. This left her feeling disconnected from her family, and she felt guilty that her kids had to take care of themselves. She suffered from many sleepless nights.  

Before coming to the Clearing, Kimberly went through chemical detox so she could remove substances from her body safely. She has never been to residential treatment before The Clearing.

Life After The Clearing

Kimberly received a liver transplant, and she was able to reconnect to the things she loved. She has authentically connected with her spouse and has a compassionate relationship with her family with good communication.

Kimberly is able to support herself emotionally and spiritually, and she is engaging in life again. She remodelled her kitchen, and she’s back to cooking, entertaining and meditating. She regained her health and vitality.




Peter S.

Peter S. Case Study

Background:

  • 55 years old
  • Lives in California
  • Has a girlfriend of 10.5 years
  • Career in sales

Conditions:

  • Mental health issues

Life Before The Clearing

Since he was 14 years old, Peter frequently dealt with mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, shame, hopelessness, panic and overwhelm.

His life was extremely stressful, especially dealing with family and social issues, as well as feeling overwhelmed at work.

Life After The Clearing

Peter reconnected with music, which is his passion, as well as his purpose. His personal relationships improved, and he moved closer to his girlfriend. He loves his job again, and he is definitely sleeping a lot better these days.




Brenda M.

Brenda M. Case Study

Background:

  • 64 years old
  • Lives in Oregon
  • Married with one son
  • Graduated college
  • Career in rescue work

Conditions:

  • Alcoholism
  • Anxiety and depression

Life Before The Clearing

Brenda was a heavy alcohol drinker for almost 10 years, and she dealt with depression, anxiety, hopelessness, low self worth and anger. She was withdrawn from her friends and family, artwork, and her career in animal care. Brenda couldn’t hold on to her job, and she had many relationship issues. She couldn’t even take care of her aging mother.

Brenda participated in a 12-steps program in Oregon prior to attending The Clearing. She experienced a few months of sobriety before stress at home took over.

Life After The Clearing

Brenda’s life has changed since graduating from The Clearing. She practices

self-care by looking after her physical and mental health. She improved her diet and exercises regularly. She is loving herself more while receiving support from a counsellor.

Brenda is working again without overwhelming herself, and she has a better work life balance. She repaired her relationship with her husband, and has reconnected with her work and art. She is now able to take care of her mother with ease and grace.




David T.

David T. Case Study

Background:

  • 64 years old
  • Lives in suburb of Seattle
  • Married
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Graduate work in Psychology and Organizational Development

Conditions:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Post-traumatic stress responses from childhood

Life Before The Clearing

Although he didn’t struggle with alcoholism or drug abuse, David suffered from depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress his entire adult life. Even though he spent years of doing talk therapy, attending seminars and reading countless books, he still was never able to heal his emotional pain.

His family was very supportive, but it was challenging for them to be around someone who is frequently depressed. He missed many wonderful moments with his wife and children over the years as a result of his inability to heal his depression.

Early in his 25+-year journey of healing, he attended an Adult Children of Alcoholics group weekly for two years.  He did not come from an alcoholic family, but his therapist recommended this particular 12-step group to him, thinking it would be helpful.  The experience helped him to learn what it is like to be heard. However, the 12-step approach seems to encourage a sense of helplessness which he now finds to be counter-productive.

Life After The Clearing

Since graduating from The Clearing, he walked away with a new view of himself, a greater appreciation and understanding of his authentic self, a re-designed outlook on life, and a kit of solid psychological tools that he can now apply in almost any difficult or triggering situation that presents itself.

The Clearing’s tools have also helped him better understand, and work more effectively with, his family and others.  He’s noticeably more relaxed and centered.  His wife commented, “It’s like I got a new husband.”

Testimonials About The Clearing

The Clearing exceeded my expectations in so many ways.

The atmosphere at the farm was very peaceful, welcoming and comfortable. There is no comparison to other facilities, which tend to be chaotic and more institutional. I felt very welcome, comfortable and respected by all staff.

The Clearing's spiritual psychology model taught me so much about myself and healing, and gave me the tools I need to continue to heal.

The food was absolutely amazing, home cooked, healthy. The cooks were accommodating and friendly. I can't say enough about my experiences at the clearing, many fond memories and life-long bonds and friendships!

- K.N. 


When I was deciding to go to the Clearing, I kept insisting that "I needed a safe place to fall." Joe said that they would do their best. They certainly did! The people at the Clearing are some of the most genuine, loving people that I have ever met.

The curriculum that they have created WORKS!

The experience was incredible. The spiritual growth that happened to me in this program was absolutely amazing!

The Clearing gives you a structure for not only healing and learning but for life! Right down to the dinner at 6:00pm and the morning hike at 7:00am, it was all important. And, the food was wonderful! I never thought that a "treatment" facility could be such a loving, safe place. I have such fond memories of all the experiences that I had there.

It was the hardest thing that I have ever done. But, I am so grateful!

- K.P.


This is by far the finest facility for those troubled with addictions, personal trauma, or emotional problems that are creating a problem moving forward in life.

I am a graduate of The Clearing, and they changed my life. Everything that was on the website was proven true to me upon my entrance, and I left there a changed person. Now, it is within my control to heal and examine any issues in my path to a better life. I no longer turn to mind altering substances or to the expensive thrills of gambling.

I have the inner peace and wisdom to look at what is bothering me and fix it using tools that I learned through the program.

- P.J.


My experience at The Clearing was nothing short of transformative. I am, finally, me--really and truly ME!

Thanks to the unconditionally loving and supportive staff, I was able to learn how to love myself completely for the first time in my life. I have acquired a new set of tools that I will be able to carry with me for the rest of my life, enriching my experiences and allowing me to live truly and fully.

Committing to the 28-day program at The Clearing is, simply put, the best gift that I have ever given to myself.

I am forever and deeply grateful.  

- C.R.


Words simply cannot express how much Joe and Betsy have helped me overcome my struggles and discover who I truly am behind all of my layers.

What they do at The Clearing truly is life altering, and for that I’m eternally thankful.

- B.J.


My family is grateful to The Clearing and the dedicated, caring staff for working with our loved one to bring her out of a downhill spiral she’d been on for years.

This was not our first treatment center but after The Clearing we realize we wasted much money & precious time getting her where she needed to be. We learned that addiction isn’t only about pills & a bottle. That’s what we see on the outside. Her emotional issues were deep rooted and was a significant/difficult process to uncover & start the healing process.

The Clearing, thru loving staff members, taught her about healing, transformation, and “pulling out the splinters” from the inside. Painful, hard work, but life saving & so worth all of it. The tools she has learned has given her purpose, direction & HOPE. The family benefited greatly from the time we spent learning the program & about the treatments.

I can’t praise The Clearing enough and couldn’t be more thankful for the results.

Highly recommended. Worth every cent & time spent. Be well.

- S. T.


The staff was attentive to every need and concern for the duration of my stay, not to mention the resources available once I completed my stay at The Clearing. My stay at the farm gave me the resources to save my own life. I had my needs met at The Clearing. The staff is genuine!

What you see is what you get! If you are willing to do the work and stick through the tough times with the help of the staff, I recommend investing into your future! I was ready to save my life and at The Clearing I was shown how to do just that. The structure and guidance helped me feel safe enough to get to my core issues and do the work necessary to get where I am today. I have to mention the fresh cookies and the abundance of amazing food made daily!

- Jennifer


I went to the Clearing after both doing a 12 step program and an aversion therapy program. Both, ultimately did not work for me.The Clearing takes a uniquely different approach and tries to build you up rather than tear you down. Part of the staff is fantastic and genuinely care about you. At the others, it seemed like the most important thing to them was if your insurance covered you and your check would clear. I was there for alcohol and it hasn't been perfect since I left there 18 months ago.

I have had some slips but I have not fallen back into the hole I was in before. I have kept all my material from the Clearing and try to use all the tools that they gave me. So far, it is working and my life is significantly better than when I checked in. The site is beautiful, the food is outstanding, and as I already mentioned, the staff is remarkable. I absolutely recommend the Clearing to you.

- John


The program at The Clearing, literally gave me my life back! It is such a difficult decision to begin the process of deciding on Rehab. It was scary! I spoke to one of the male staff members almost daily for the 2 weeks prior to deciding to go to the Clearing. I knew that I needed a safe place to fall apart from what alcohol and depression had done to me. This is exactly what I got at the Clearing. I felt safe and cared about! They don't treat you like there is something wrong with you. It is more focused on finding out who you are! Healing underlying issues that keep coming up in your life. AND creating a life that you love!

I absolutely LOVE the staff at the Clearing. I think of them as family! Could not recommend this Rehab location enough. They changed my life! It has been 2 1/2 years and I still use the the skills that I learned at the Clearing!

- Katy


Substance abuse (alcohol) wasn't my biggest reason for going to The Clearing; it was my chronic, life-long depression. I was simply weary of the inherent struggle in leading two lives, one life of the perennial over-achiever, the other of the depressed, frightened introvert. Hiding the life of the second from the world of the first had finally exhausted me. And my long-running personal therapy sessions and anti-depressant meds had reached an unsatisfactory plateau.

Speaking with two staff members at The Clearing convinced me the program was right for me, because I cried deeply after each of those interview phone calls due to their caring, honest natures and the pinpoint accuracy of their questions and explanations. I felt hope for the first time in years - hope to truly unravel, at an emotional level, the core issues behind my depression and related self-destructive behaviors. And unravel some issues we did!

Good fortune put me into a session with some truly remarkable fellow-participants; creative, intelligent, compassionate, and brutally honest with themselves. The mutual trust and accountability we developed positively blows me away as I think about it now. I came into The Clearing a very guarded person, but I teared up, cried, bawled and uncorked painful memories with this group of "strangers". It was a wonderful release to be fully honest with my buried feelings.

From my first email to our graduation evening, The Clearing staff treated me with respect, compassion and understanding. Humor permeated everyone’s attitude, but never overshadowed the seriousness of my reason for being there. The accommodations were excellent, and the food superb. I never felt like an inmate, or a damaged person, nor did I feel condescension raining down on me. I was treated as a man who wanted to heal. There were two men that were our workshop leaders, and they are fabulous teachers, as well as incisive listeners, with years of experience in this recovery philosophy to offer participants.

There is no preaching here, only deep emotional learning. During the month at the Farm I worked on many of my core issues – maybe even healed one or two - and the tools I brought home help me to continue peeling layers from my inner self. I’m learning to love and take care of myself – a true gift from my days at The Clearing.

- Richard


The Clearing not only gave me my life back, but the new version is healed, free from the baggage that I struggled with. I highly recommend this facility to everyone who struggles with addiction!

- Becky


The Clearing saved my life. Having tried everything for years and at the end of my rope with thoughts of suicide i, with the help of my family embarked on a national search for a different type of depression relief program. Not a business model approach like so many others we called but an approach with extraordinarily caring people and real healing tools.

From our many calls of exploration at the outset of our search to the very end of the program The Clearing and its staff continually showed their deep, personal commitment to providing a unique and trans formative personal program above all others. in addition to this genuine foundation

The Clearing separates itself from all the others with its small group format of no more than 10 participants for the entire month, private bedrooms and bathrooms, 6 days a week of structured emotional and cognitive work based on science as well as evidence based psychology work.

It's 'after-care' program once you've left the farm is incredibly generous and nurturing ans sustaining. Oh and the food is awesome too! The Clearing reveals a variety of methods, modes and tools which comprehensively come together to re-frame the way you think, the way you view yourself and view the world. Every child should be taught this curriculum in school. And it should be noted it is not religious. It does not infringe on your personal beliefs, nor does it concentrate on your "issue." It gets to the core emotional events, the root causes which have led you there.

If you are struggling with addiction and or depression and anxiety as i was. You no longer have to live with it. The Clearing will change your life--and your family's.

- Chip


If I had gone through the usual mindless "12 step" rehab at some other location, I would not be any better off today. Because of 'The Clearing'... I am better off today. They made the difference. The methods they use, the warmth and love they give, the environment they provide is way above and beyond anything to be found anywhere else. I am a fan.

- Chris


If you're looking for a rehab that delivers on their promises, call The Clearing. The program is amazing, addressing core issues on all levels to facilitate real healing. That said, be prepared to get to work - the 28-day program is basically the equivalent of a two-year Master's in counseling. In workshops and therapy sessions, you go deep into all those issues you've been avoiding for years. But don't worry, all of this is done in an incredibly welcoming and supportive environment.

The farm location itself is beautiful, but the people are what make this place so special. Every staff member I encountered truly cared and went above and beyond for us. They paid attention to the details and took great care of us.

I loved my group and felt so fortunate to work alongside the other participants. (Also, it's worth mentioning that the guest house was nice and cozy and the food was delicious.) It was the experience of a lifetime. I highly recommend The Clearing!

- Caroline


I received treatment for clinical depression and alcohol abuse at The Clearing in 2016. A 28-day inpatient program, The Clearing's program was, for me, completely transformative. As this program is not a 12 Step program but, rather, one that utilizes the tools and principles of Spiritual Psychology, I was able to learn how to accept and heal the underlying issues of the depression and anxiety that led me to drink as a way of numbing my pain.

The Clearing's program is certainly an intensive one but I found myself completely supported and unconditionally loved by the entire staff ... and all of the wonderful farm animals. This is a program that will allow you to reclaim your own power. This is a program that will teach you how to truly love yourself and, by extension, realize the true beauty of your life.

At The Clearing, you will receive all of the tools that you will ever need to live the life that you imagine for yourself. You will have to wade through all of that muck that you've tamped down for so long to get there but once you do, you will be truly free. You will be empowered. You will be healthy.

This is not a clinical program--no white walls, no bed-checks, no chores. You will be treated as an individual and, though you will be held responsible for your actions, you will be trusted as a member of The Clearing community during treatment. Also? Karaoke. And bonfires. And s'mores. Hiking and nature walks. Tai Chi. Field trip!

I whole-heartedly recommend the program at The Clearing to anyone who struggles with depression, substance abuse, compulsive disorders, any kind of mental or emotional disturbance, and/or anyone simply looking to learn how to truly live their life to the fullest.

- Christina


This facility is located in a uniquely beautiful and peaceful place. That and the 'spiritual psychology' based treatment program is deeply effective and sustaining.

- John


I found the 28-day program at The Clearing to be the most transformational experience of my life. I came to the program at age 64 after struggling with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress reactions for most of my adult life. I have been through years of therapy, read countless books, and done graduate work in psychology. Most of these helped somewhat, but I was never able to undo the debilitating emotional impact that my conditions had on me. I finally became desperate enough to reach out for a residential program, and in my research I discovered The Clearing.

The Clearing’s program can perhaps best be described as a mini-Master’s degree in counseling. I never felt like I was in any kind of rehab program. Rather, it was like a graduate school where the staff patiently taught us - in a very well-structured experiential program - how to be counselors to ourselves. I am an experienced trainer myself, and have both given, and been a participant in, many trainings. This was the most well-structured training of its kind that I have ever received. The curriculum is designed to take participants step-by-step from knowing nothing about counseling to a level of self-care that is beyond anything I’d ever experienced. As a result, the quality of my life dramatically improved, and I walked away with a toolkit that I can use for the rest of my life in virtually any situation.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the incredible food at The Clearing, which is little short of amazing. This is not cafeteria food. This is top quality hotel/restaurant fare, with constantly changing dishes, much of which are locally sourced and/or organic, so you know you’re eating healthy. The staff went out of their way to accommodate some food sensitivities of mine. In fact, they went out of their way to do just about anything reasonable to ensure a positive and healing experience for me and my co-participants. The venue - a 64-acre farm in rural Friday Harbor, Washington - adds a beautiful and natural environment to the experience.

While people usually come to a program like this due to some crisis - e.g., depression, stress, substance abuse, grief, etc. - virtually anyone could benefit from the skills and tools taught in this unique non-12-step program. It is positive, empowering, and transformational. Highly recommended.

- Doug


I wanted to express my sincere gratitude to the entire staff (literally everyone) here at The Clearing. The generosity, love, care, support and just the all around good energy was so refreshing and wonderful to come to. Everyone here has helped me in some way and my gratitude is beyond words. I will always hold each and everyone of you a special place in my heart.

- K.M.


You will find this farm to be a very loving and healing place. You will learn some very valuable skills that you can use for the rest of your life. If you have made it this far you have been given an exceptional opportunity. If you keep an open mind and do the work you will see great changes in yourself and how you feel. If you want healing, this is the place. I will be forever grateful for this opportunity. I have come to know the staff of this beautiful place and I trust them and love them.

- Jennifer


I hope this greeting finds you well! Since June, I have enrolled in culinary school and I just finished my first semester (with flying colors, of course). I have a renewed sense of drive and purpose in life and it feels fantastic! I am so pleased that I made the leap of faith and attended the program at The Clearing, without that experience I do not think I would be where I am today. My horizons have really broadened, to say the least. Funny enough, much of what we learned at The Clearing has been useful in my studies, particularly in my psychology class this semester.

Despite all the hard work, I look back and think fondly of my time with all of you, and how much I have changed as a person. Inevitably, things still come up for me at the emotional level but now I have tools and resources to deal with these things, other than self-medicating with drugs and alcohol. The things I learned through the program, have completely flipped the script on my life, and for that I will be forever grateful. I have told many people about The Clearing and spiritual psychology and cannot say enough good things about how it has changed my life. All the claims were true!

I miss every one of you and think of you all often, and wonder how everyone is doing. I hope that you all are well, and that we have an opportunity to reconnect in the future. Wishing all my best.

- Katie


The Clearing has the most amazing program. They guide us and WE do the work. Life changing and I’m forever grateful. My heart ♥️ and soul have been filled and will overflow as I walk and live my new path.

- W.R.

Questions? We're Here to Help

Selecting the right treatment option can be a complicated decision.  

Call us as at 425-275-8600 to discuss your specific situation and see if The Clearing may be right for you. It's confidential and there's never any pressure.

Contact Us  We're here to help