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Havenwood Academy

Residential Treatment For Teen Girls With Trauma & Attachment Issues

Who are we?

Is your teenager struggling? We at Havenwood Academy are specialists in adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), commonly known as trauma. Aces can have many mental and behavioral issues that can be difficult to deal with. This can present as ADHD, OCD, difficulty with forming healthy attachments, history of self-harm, trouble in school or education, high-reactivity, depression, or high anxiety.

As a parent, you may not have the resources on your own to support your child or provide the level of help they need. Havenwood Academy is expert at providing the tools necessary to overcome these difficulties for you and your child.

Havenwood Academy is a long-term residential treatment center, a therapeutic home where your child can stay for the necessary length of time needed in order to get the healing they need. With our highly-structured program and immersive therapeutic methods, our clients finally find relief from past trauma and gain the strength needed to move forward.

Havenwood also helps students who have seen their education impacted and need extra support with attaining the credits they need to graduate high school.

Here's what you need to know

  • Work with young women from age 12 to 18
  • Specialize in treating early complex trauma and attachment related issues
  • Often work with adoptive families
  • Offer a multi-faceted approach to treatment utilizing every therapeutic modality and technique that is beneficial to our young women and their families
  • Offer accredited education with experiential opportunities
  • We are licensed by the Utah Department of Human Services, Division of Licensing
  • Accredited by the Joint Commission Enterprise
  • Accept Medicaid Insurance, California Adoption Assistance funding, California Department of Education, regular medical insurance policies, and private pay funding

If you wish to have more information about how we may be able to help you, fill out the form below. Our team will reach out within 15 minutes to answer any questions you have about how to best support your child. If we aren't a good fit, we will gladly help you find other treatment to help your family.

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How To Get Started

The decision to place your child in treatment is one of the hardest things you can do. Let us help make it easier.

Take Our Online Assessment

Our admissions team is eager to learn more about you. Fill out our short online assessment to see if we are right for you.

Get Clinically and Financially Approved

While our clinical team assesses your daughter's clinical fit, our admissions team will work with you to secure financial resources.

Begin the Healing Process

Once your daughter has been admitted, our team of therapists can begin the clinical work that will get your family back on track.

Research Based Therapy

Havenwood Academy uses evidence-based therapies to deal with complex trauma. We regularly use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Neurofeedback, Brainspotting, Equine Therapy, Experiential Groups, and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT); all of which are well-researched and proven trauma-specific therapeutic interventions. We often pull information and methodology from leading and pioneering researchers including Dr. Bruce Perry, Dr. Dan Siegel, Dr. Gabor Mate, and Dr. Bessel van Der Kolk to ensure that we stay on the cutting edge of the best practices in our specialty.

All of our therapeutic methods, systems and interactions are trauma-informed and carried out with connection, attunement and care. Every treatment plan is specifically and carefully designed to best respond to and treat each young woman’s struggles and address her needs. Every treatment plan is supervised by our Treatment Team--which consists of our Clinical Director, Therapists, Program Director, and Academic Director. This Team meets weekly to review each young woman’s progress in the program and the effectiveness of her therapy.

We utilize a multi-therapeutic approach under the supervision of the Treatment Team that includes individual, family, group, and recreational therapy on a weekly basis. We believe that “treatment” is an integrated approach combining therapy with academics and life skills designed to promote future success and personal empowerment. The combination of all of Havenwood Academy’s therapeutic methods has been shown to create positive, long-term results.

"This is an absolutely amazing program. I felt so safe and loved at all times. These people are my family!"

-Program Graduate

"Being a high school dropout, a former meth addict, a teen runaway.. etc. was all in my decision to make, but the day I voluntarily accepted help is one of the days I am most thankful for in my life. This place truly works miracles. I am now 2 1/2 years sober, living on my own, & sharing my story with hundreds locally."

-Program Graduate

"I had problems with reactive attachment disorder since I was 7 months old. I was at a loss, getting into trouble, not really obeying my parents, being disrespectful. My parents were at a loss also. That is till they found Havenwood Academy. I went there against my will but little did I know that they were going to help me so much. They had staff that love, care and support you. Not only did they say it, they showed it. Even though I was not very happy about going to Havenwood at first by the end I was thankful that I had gone. They have changed my life forever. They taught me how to deal with my emotional problems in the right way. So I would recommend Havenwood as a very good place to send your daughter if she is struggling."

-Program Graduate

Meet Our Team

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Executive Director

Josh Gardner


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Clinical Director

Kristi Camomile


Scott Sharp, Academic Director

Education Director

Scott Sharp


Jessi Marchetti Program Director

Program Director

Jessi Marchetti

Making a Real and Lasting Impact

At Havenwood Academy, we are committed to helping our clients and their families navigate the healing journey in a way that leads to real and long-lasting change. Our evidence-based therapies are designed to address the underlying issues that contribute to mental health and behavioral challenges. Through personalized treatment plans and a holistic approach, we help our clients develop the tools and skills they need to overcome obstacles and build a foundation for a healthy and fulfilling life.

We understand that the healing journey can be challenging, which is why we provide a supportive and compassionate environment that fosters growth and empowers our clients to achieve their goals. Our proven track record of success is a testament to the transformative impact of our programs and the dedication of our team to making a positive difference in the lives of our clients and their families.

Take Our Online Assessment

Havenwood is a specialized program that helps young women and their families who are struggling with complex early childhood trauma and attachment related issues, including Reactive Attachment Disorder.  Take our online assessment to find out if we can help you and your daughter heal.

Only takes 2 minutes to fill out.

Get a quick response from our admissions team.

Find out if our program is right for your family.

Leah Sparkman, Havenwood Academy Graduate and Ph.D. Student

The inspiring story of Leah Sparkman is one example of what makes Havenwood Academy special. Leah, a Havenwood graduate, became a national debate champion as an undergraduate and is finishing a Ph.D. program at the University of Houston. Read her inspiring story and her message to the young women we work with.

Leah Sparkman, Havenwood Academy Graduate and Ph.D. Student

The inspiring story of Leah Sparkman is one example of what makes Havenwood Academy special. Leah, a Havenwood graduate, became a national debate champion as an undergraduate and is finishing the University of Houston Ph.D. program, a tier 1 research institution. Read her inspiring story and her message to the young women we work with.

Our Response to Press

The work we do at Havenwood Academy is performed in a high-risk, high-stress environment. With that high-risk comes high-reward outcomes of growth and healing that we are extremely proud of. Unfortunately, it also comes with attacks from those who either do not understand the work we do, or from people who want to simply dismantle mental health care services for adolescents regardless of the outcome. Whatever their motivations, there are those who are able to get their voice heard and land in the press. They are sometimes quite skilled at attacking those who provide mental health services, including Havenwood Academy. We have written a response to such attacks.

Our Response

Our Response

Our Response to Press

As you are also probably aware, there have been a number of sensational and mainly false attacks in the press and in other places against the youth treatment business generally and Havenwood, as well as other programs, specifically. We have considered for some time whether or not to publicly respond to these attacks. In consultation with our Officers and Directors, outside professionals, and past and present parents, we have decided that the time has come to push back against the rather sensational and mostly false attacks directed towards us.

We are often asked why we have chosen this work that is both difficult and seems to attract those who want to destroy what we do. We have chosen this work because we get to witness and even participate in miracles in the lives of young people and their families. There are few greater privileges in life than to see one of the young people we have worked with and cared for change their lives and move towards success and happiness.