Clinical Therapy

No other program offers the full complement of therapy developed at Havenwood Academy. Our philosophy begins with creating an environment of unconditional love, trust, and accountability that enables students to benefit from a range of therapeutic approaches. Each student receives a fully customized treatment plan that integrates different clinical approaches, which are designed to support and reinforce one another, depending upon her unique challenges, history and goals. When done in combination with educational support, dietary intervention and experiential programmatic offerings, our innovative clinical services can help struggling students achieve hope and healing.

Havenwood’s individual treatment plans incorporate the following types of therapy, among others, as appropriate for each student’s individual needs:

Individual therapy: During individual therapy, students establish a one-on-one relationship with a licensed mental health therapist who is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment for them to share and process their thoughts, feelings and experiences. Through individual therapy, students are able to receive targeted, customized attention and support in a completely confidential and caring environment.

Group therapy: Group therapy is often an excellent complementary approach to other forms of therapy. In addition to processing their thoughts and feelings directly with a skilled facilitator, residents are invited to share their experiences with their peers in a supervised clinical environment. Group therapy is an important component of Havenwood’s positive peer culture, which helps students learn through others’ experiences and by playing an important role in facilitating the growth and healing of other students.

EMDR therapy: EMDR, or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, is a technique that’s used to help individuals process disturbing memories. It’s often used as an approach to help people suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). When students receive EMDR treatment, they typically recall difficult memories while following a therapist’s instructions regarding eye movements and other external stimuli. Numerous clinical studies have shown EMDR therapy is an effective, non-invasive strategy for helping process traumatic memories over time.

DBT therapy: DBT therapy, or dialectical behavioral therapy, focuses on helping students change behavioral patterns that aren’t working in their lives, such as substance abuse, self-harm and suicidal thinking. Through DBT, therapists and peers work to become a student’s ally and create an accepting environment that enables them to use mindfulness techniques and cognitive-behavioral approaches to identify what triggers specific behaviors, develop coping skills and seek productive and healthier alternatives.

Family therapy: Havenwood’s focus is on enabling students to reenter the family environment. When a student is struggling, there’s often a family component – whether the family has contributed to or been impacted by a student’s behaviors and challenges. Through family therapy, all members of the family can learn to express themselves, improve listening skills and uncover underlying issues that can be brought to the surface and dealt with. New, productive modes of communication and self-expression can help lay the foundations for lifelong healthy family relationships.

Experiential therapy: Experiential therapy builds on the work done through other forms of treatment, such as group therapy or individual counseling and general daily experiences that can help teach and develop different, healthier thought patterns. The “experience” itself varies based on the needs and interests of the student, and could range from music to art to outdoor therapy. By taking action, students are empowered to take an active role in their own recoveries and find a way to meaningfully integrate what they are learning in other contexts into the physical world and their day-to-day lives.

Family Re-Integration therapy: When children are separated from or alienated from their parents for any reason, family re-integration therapy can help. For example, a child may become estranged from a parent during a difficult divorce with devastating consequences. Through family re-integration therapy, child and parent (or any other affected family members) are slowly reintroduced and become reacquainted. Sometimes a child has become alienated as the result of behavioral issues and its impact on the family. Any issues can be identified and addressed, to help lay the foundations for a healthier relationships moving forward.


Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy that aims at addressing the needs of children and adolescents (ages 3 to 18) with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other difficulties related to traumatic life events. The goal of TF-CBT is to provide psychoeducation to both the child and the caregivers and help them to identify and cope with emotions, thoughts and behaviors. Research has shown TF-CBT to be effective in treating childhood Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and children who have experienced traumatic events.

If your daughter or a girl in your care is struggling, contact Havenwood Academy. Our experienced staff can arrange for a confidential consultation to discuss your situation and determine which clinical services might help the teenager in your life today.