Embark at Hobble Creeklocated in Springville, Utah, and nestled in the foothills of the awe-inspiring Wasatch Mountains, right in Hobble Creek Canyon. The location is really special and named Springville because of the many freshwater springs in the area. You feel like you are miles and miles away from anyone, but actually only 55 minutes from Salt Lake City.

Embark at Hobble Creek offers short-term residential care for teens and adolescents that are struggling with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. We provide a healing, nurturing and safe environment to help families and their daughter's address and overcome the issues that may be affecting their everyday life.

If you are looking for a short-term residential program for pre-teen and teen boys, visit Embark at the Forge.

When is the Best Time?

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For teen girls experiencing and struggling with relationship and emotional issues, the earlier the intervention, the more effective treatment can be. Identifying those behaviors and symptoms early on, and implementing a course of care that includes specialized treatment, can prevent further and more severe problems from developing as they grow into adults.

Short-term treatment typically lasts between one and three months. Pre-teens and teens best suited for short-term treatment often come to Hobble Creek from another treatment program or an unsuccessful living environment seeking a 24-hour continuum of care. In our nurturing home-like environment, we provide an empathetic and supportive therapeutic structure that helps pre-teens and teens manage their daily life tasks and make healthy lifestyle changes.

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Insurance Reimbursement at Embark at Hobble Creek

Short-term residential treatment at Embark at Hobble Creek is frequently reimbursed by insurance plans. To determine if your insurance plan will cover the cost of inpatient care, contact our team or fill out our insurance verification form. We’ll work with your insurance company for free to help you understand your benefits. Let us help you demystify insurance coverage for short-term residential treatment.

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Short-Term Residential Treatment in Utah and Across the Country

Embark at Hobble Creek is proud to offer short-term residential treatment in Utah and across the country. We provide a unique developmental framework that allows us to heal and strengthen the functional, mental, and physical strength of your child alongside other adolescents that come from many different backgrounds and upbringings. Our peaceful, therapeutic environment in the mountains of Utah and high standards of treatment provides the perfect environment for your child to work alongside other pre-teens and teens from all over the United States to overcome difficult mental health issues.

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Engaging Therapeutic and Experiential Activities

In addition to traditional therapy methods, your teen will also participate in therapeutic and experiential activities. We implement these activities for your teen to not only get a break from the house but also learn how to apply the skills learned on campus in real-world environments, while also learning healthy and appropriate ways to find enjoyment in life.

All the activities that we do fall within one of the five domains of functioning which include social functioning, emotional functioning, intellectual functioning, physical functioning, or spiritual functioning. We also love to hear suggestions of ideas from each of our students and take their interests into account when scheduling the monthly activities. Here are some examples of activities that we do that fall under each category:

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Animal interactions


Making dreamcatchers


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Service projects



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Attending plays

Improv workshops

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Rock climbing


Roller skating


Trampoline park

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Salt cave

Sound bath

Read more about Embark’s Short-Term residential Treatment Centers, or visit our sister program, Embark at the Poconos, also for pre-teen and teen girls, or Embark at The Forge, created uniquely for the needs of pre-teen and teen boys.

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Conditions We Treat

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Embark at Hobble Creek FAQ

In short-term residential treatment at Embark at Hobble Creek, pre-teen and teen girls will live at our beautiful residential treatment center in Utah and participate in a schedule of activities centered around treating mental health conditions and healing. The benefit of short-term care at Embark at Hobble Creek is that it is more affordable than long-term care, the shorter care we provide makes it easier for adolescents to jump back into life at home, and it is frequently reimbursed by insurance.

The main differences between short-term care at Embark at Hobble Creek and inpatient treatment are the treatment environments and lengths of care. Embark at Hobble Creek’s beautiful location in Springville provides pre-teens and teens with a home-like environment and a schedule that mirrors home life, but has more therapy mixed in throughout the day. Inpatient treatment usually takes place in a hospital environment. Embark at Hobble Creek also provides a longer treatment time in comparison to inpatient treatment, which can last around 30 days on average.

The length of treatment differs for each pre-teen and teen, but on average short-term treatment at Embark at Hobble Creek lasts around 90 days.

People from all over the United States come to Embark at Hobble Creek due to the intensive 24-hour care it can provide for a wide range of mental health and substance abuse issues. For pre-teens and teens who have educational needs, safety issues, lack of support at home, need intensive treatment after inpatient care, or needed a more in-depth treatment option after outpatient treatment, treatment at Embark at Hobble Creek can be a good option.

Embark at Hobble Creek’s treatments are necessary when your pre-teen or teen’s mental health needs are too great for outpatient care, or when they are stepping down in treatment intensity, for example from an inpatient hospitalization program. Short-term residential treatment can also be a good option if someone feels unsafe at home, or for those who are trying to break out of a negative daily routine.

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The Hobble Creek Team

Katie Balling

Katie Balling

Katie has been passionate about serving others since at a young age. Katie’s first experience working in a service-oriented field began with adults with intellectual disabilities. She continued for several years while attending the University of Utah, ultimately obtaining a degree in Recreational Therapy, and a minor in psychology. Upon graduation, she felt drawn to the mental health field and completed an internship at an inpatient psychiatric hospital, working with veterans, adolescents, and individuals with substance use disorders. The experience brought a passion in working with adolescents and led to work at another residential treatment center for adolescent females. Katie joined the Hobble Creek team in January of 2021, developing further experiential programming to provide to Hobble Creek clients. Katie is a firm believer in the power of experiential programming and the direct influence it has to develop resiliency, self-esteem, and self-efficacy. Katie has had the pleasure of presenting her benefits research several times, at the Utah Recreational Therapy Association annual conferences, and is an active member of that professional organization. In her free time, Katie enjoys photography, walking her two corgis dogs, rock climbing, and trying new things.
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Katie Balling

Katie has been passionate about serving others since at a...

Cameron Armstrong

Cameron Armstrong

Cameron has worked in residential treatment settings since 1999. After working several years as a residential supervisor for boys and girls in different residential programs, he went back to school to advance his clinical expertise. Cameron’s unique perspective with students as a primary therapist with residential experience allows him the ability to build connections that dive deep. He specializes in helping his students overcome depression, anxiety, oppositional-defiance, OCD, ADHD, and other behavioral health issues with incredible and consistent outcomes. A core belief he holds is that a therapeutic alliance of trust is at the base of all healing. He ascribes to the beliefs promoted in the book, “ Leadership and Self-Deception” –that seeing and validating a student’s humanity invites them to step toward a higher level of functioning, this intention promotes a positive space for growth. Cameron has a Master’s in Social Work from Brigham Young University; Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Utah Valley University.
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Cameron Armstrong

Cameron has worked in residential treatment settings since 1999. After...

Amir Rafiei

Position: Executive Director

Amir Rafiei

Executive Director

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Embark at Hobble Creek

266 Left Fork Hobble Creek Canyon Road

Springville, UT 84663

Embark at Hobble Creek Reviews

Dana JensenDana Jensen
02:45 22 Jul 22
Embark at Hobble Creek transformed my daughter and I can’t thank them enough for the level of care, tools, and support that they gave her and our family. Cameron is an exceptional therapist and helped our family in profound ways. I highly recommend this place for parents looking for a safe place to send their teenager.
Robin NickRobin Nick
21:48 11 Jul 22
Our experience with the team at Embark at Hobble Creek has been truly amazing. Our daughter voluntarily entered the program knowing she needed what Hobble Creek offered to provide. While expectations were high, we were all blown away. From the first family meeting to her graduation ceremony, the entire team at HC provided professional, caring, and personalized support. I cannot say enough about Cameron. He met our daughter where she was at and helped her recognize what work she needed to do to reach her goals. Her personal growth while at HC (as well as our growth as her parents) can not be overstated. We are very grateful to the entire HC team (Cameron, Kim, Laura, Carsen, Judi, and Katie…just to name a few of the staff members my daughter will miss!) and we highly recommended this program.
Jacinda TownsendJacinda Townsend
23:32 27 Jun 22
Hobble Creek is nothing short of a miracle. Cameron is so wonderful, and helped my daughter Rhianna sort through so so so very much. Brooke was so warm and caring, as were Katie and Nicki. My daughter came home about a month ago, and I still feel like I have a brand new kid who is back to her old self again. Hobble Creek taught her more than coping skills and calming habits--she learned how to renew her joy and find purpose amidst the maddening world. I will be eternally grateful to Hobble Creek for all and sundry.
Not LailaNot Laila
15:52 21 Jun 22
I prefer to not leave bad reviews, but I feel I have no choice. The staff treated badly, making mean comments, talking down to me, unfairly punishing me, and even talking behind my back. They didn't give me very good therapy. Multiple therapy sessions were just my therapist trying to get me to feel bad for one of the staff. They also took my parents' side a lot. If I had a relapse, they hardly even talked to me about it or help me work through it, they just moved me further back in my treatment. I saw other students being treated much better, getting more help, and also being able to get away with a lot. I'm disappointed.
Crystal MisenheimerCrystal Misenheimer
20:01 16 Jun 22
I was very impressed with the care that my daughter received at Embark Hobble Creek. All of the staff that we worked with were very caring and supportive, and I knew 100% that my daughter was in a safe and helpful environment during the hardest time my family has ever gone through. The home is in a beautiful and peaceful environment, which really helped my daughter to re-center. And while this road is not an easy one to travel for any child or family, she made great improvement at Embark and has come home so much more stable, stronger, and capable of dealing with things than when she arrived at Embark. If you're like me you'll research many facilities before you decide where to send your child, and you will read a lot of scary things along the way. I am very happy to report that my daughter experienced only positive things while at Embark, and because of her care there we can see hope for her again.
Melissa ViatorMelissa Viator
22:48 10 Jun 22
We very much felt welcome and admittance went well. The team took the time to introduce themselves to us and learn our daughters name correctly!Hobble Creek team worked well with our insurance too. Our daughters therapist was very well trained, replied the same day, knew about R.A.D. and childhood trauma. He was also EMDR trained.Life coaches were present on off hours.The home was very well maintained.Our daughter participated jn nature therapy, Equine therapy and even had several fun outings.Hobble Creek offered a good structure/schedule.We had the to choose thwir education curriculum or our homeschool. Very structured requirements for kida advancing through phases. Compared to other residential homes where our daughter moved too fast.Only downsides were the Psych/nurse was hard to get a hold of (never talked to doctor) and wanted to add medications instead of remove unnecessary ones.Unfortunately insurance cut our daughters stay short (but no fault of Hobble Creek, which tried to convince insurance for more time).
Thomas WIgginThomas WIggin
21:54 20 May 22
Embark was fantastic for our daughter. The staff and especially the therapist helped our daughter learn DBT skills nessasary to help her with her OCD, depression and anxiety. We highly recomemd it!
Ava FrancescaAva Francesca
20:24 19 May 22
This place was very depressing and did not help my daughter at all. I put way too much into this place for it to not help her out. They told me that they would help her, but instead did the opposite. She came back after three months with cuts and bruises all down her arms and legs. I do not recommend Embark Hobble Creek to any families with girls struggling with mental health issues. The staff is also very biased
Tiana KovacevicTiana Kovacevic
00:52 10 May 22
i do not recommend- this was a horrible experience for me along with others. Staff did not know how to handle mental health. i felt ignored, neglected and unsafe the whole entire time. this place is absolutely NOT equipped to handle eating disorders, anger, depression or any other mental illnesses. do not send your child here.
Myles ArloMyles Arlo
22:59 05 Apr 22
I loved the people here. I genuinely got much better here, if you’re looking for somewhere to get better, I recommend Embark at hobble creek! I’ll warn you some of the staff are pretty not cool though. My therapist was Cameron and he helped me a lot 🙂
N ChristianN Christian
16:05 14 Dec 21
There really isn’t enough ways to say thank you to this amazing facility and it’s staff.My daughter had experienced severe trauma and was struggling for a long time with PTSD, amongst other things. Her therapist Cameron was AMAZING. Not only with helping her, but also helping our family. Family therapy sessions were helpful and the parent trainings were not only informational but also a support for my husband and myself. It is a very difficult time and knowing you have other people who can relate to you and support you was amazing!! But Embark doesn’t start and stop at the facility. They continue to offer support to the girls as well as the parents even after your child graduates.If I could change one thing it would be with the psychiatrist. It’s not that she wasn’t helpful it was more that she didn’t fit the Embark mold. The employees at Embark were instrumental in our day to day life while our daughter was in their facility. We had multiple calls from staff members each week providing status updates on our daughter and with the Psychiatrist we had to ask for a meeting.This was a very difficult decision for us to send our daughter to a residential facility.If you are looking for an amazing place that will treat your child like you would, THIS IS IT!!Do not hesitate, Hobble Creek is an amazing facility !
Erin MitchellErin Mitchell
13:00 13 Dec 21
Embark literally saved my daughter's life. I would 1 million percent recommend Embark to anyone with a daughter struggling with depression, self harm, suicide ideation, eating disorders, etc. My 13 year old had lost all hope. She had a plan to end it all. We were guided to Embark and we never looked back. Her therapist was AMAZING. Her life coaches were AMAZING. Her medical needs were watched and met and discussed with us all along the way. Our daughter was at Embark for 13 weeks and we never once worried about her safety or if she was getting the help she needed. I will forever be grateful to Embark for bringing the light back into our daughter's eyes. She has her sparkle back.
M&N L.M&N L.
13:50 09 Nov 21
After many hours of research and phone calls to behavioral centers across the United States, my wife and I kept coming back to the first center we contacted, Embark at Hobble Creek. Embark offered everything we were looking for as we sought out care for our teenage daughter who was struggling with mental health issues: a secluded environment, a small center for girls with a high counselor to patient ratio, intensive individual and family counseling, a holistic approach, a psychiatrist who assists with medication management, and the ability for our daughter to continue her schoolwork while she was away. From the first to the final step, we were continually impressed with the professionalism, competency, and care displayed by the staff. Our daughter flourished during her time at Embark and came home equipped with the tools and skills needed to combat her depression and anxiety. We are so grateful for the compassionate, knowledgeable, and professional staff at Hobble Creek, and we highly recommend Embark at Hobble Creek.
Michael MullerMichael Muller
23:58 26 Oct 21
Embark at Hobble Creek was outstanding for my daughter who recently graduated from the program. The staff, from top to bottom, was great in how they were able to connect with my daughter in ways that no one else could! They kept us in the loop daily and we were involved with everything they offered. The location is perfect for the girls to be able to progress and relax at the same time. These programs are few and far between, so we were extremely happy to find Embark and to see the the positive impact it has made on our daughter and family.
Meiera SternMeiera Stern
22:26 21 Oct 21
This place was a godsend for our family and our teenage daughter, who had been struggling with mental health even before the pandemic. The program really helped her take crucial steps to heal. And the staff were all amazing. It’s a well-run program, everyone is safe, and they teach DBT skills thoroughly and well. They are also pretty transparent with parents, and welcome you for visits, which were a highlight. My only criticism is that the program is great while you’re there, but after you leave there is not much continuity of care. In fact, we needed a referral from one of the therapists to get our daughter into an outpatient program after she graduated and the therapist said she’d provide it, but even after reminders she didn’t. So get any paperwork you need before your daughter leaves! But do send your kids. It’s a quality place with quality people, who do a good job in the program.