Residential Therapeutic Boarding School
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Clinical Model

Residential Therapeutic Boarding School with a Clinical Approach Specifically for Young Girls

Many of the young girls arrive to our program struggling with sadness, depression, defiance, underachievement, low self-esteem, and low motivation.  

Our residential therapeutic boarding school uses a clinical model that is focused on individual strengths and solutions to help the girls imagine all they can be, emerge from problem-centered and self-defeating patterns, and create the life they are capable of and deserve.

Using a Therapeutic Lens

The environment at Asheville Academy cannot be easily replicated at home or at other programs. Every member of our staff works together collaboratively to see the girls’ opportunities for growth and help them progress– this includes our clinical team, residential staff, and academic teachers. We refer to this as “looking at our girls through a therapeutic lens.” Our understanding of adolescent girls is what makes us a top residential therapeutic boarding school

For instance, suppose a young girl shows remarkable growth in the classroom and then one week her performance drops significantly in terms of results and effort. Viewing this through the therapeutic lens and using our team approach, our teachers might learn this girl is having difficulty with her roommate and this is affecting her emotionally and behaviorally. In this case, the answer is not directly in the classroom but in the residential setting and working together we can help get the girl back on track more effectively.

Understanding the Struggles of Our Girls

Asheville Academy is exclusively for young girls ages 10 – 14, which allows us to focus on the specific emotional and developmental milestones of this gender and age range

 At this age many young girls are struggling to:

  • Gather information gain some independence from family
  • Maintain that connection and balance with family and friends
  • React to social and peer pressure 
  • Understand boundaries and safety around social networking
  • Resist negative peer pressure and make positive choices
  • Learn about and understand the physical changes that occur at puberty that require better self-care and hygiene
  • Understand and deal with negative cultural messages about their body and self-worth
  • Accept and see another person’s point of view
  • Increase attention span and respond to increasing academic demands
  • Develop abstract forms of thinking and perceptions of the world
  • Build a positive, internal frame of reference about their worth

We understand these young girls because we have worked with them for many years. We have a specific type of girl that fits our clinical model and community at our residential therapeutic boarding school

Why Our Clinical Model Works

As a leading residential therapeutic boarding school, our therapeutic goals are to help the young girls improve peer relationships through healthier interactions and self-concept; increase confidence and emotional regulation to navigate life and relationships; and repair and restore family.

We help your girls find success through an experiential, personalized approach in a safe, supportive, nurturing environment led by experienced passionate staff working together.

We meet students where they are, in order to build rapport so healthier choices will be considered.  Our team offers comprehensive and flexible therapeutic support based on the needs of each individual in our care and the Academy population.

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Individual and Family Therapy

Every week our girls receive a minimum of 3 hours of services.  Families have weekly 90 minute Skype sessions (or phone, if preferred) with their child and their child’s therapist.  The student will also have 90 minutes of individual therapy with their therapist which can be broken up depending on the student’s specific need as well as her emotional and intellectual focus.  That is, if a student sees more progress with daily 15 minute sessions, that is what we will provide; or if it takes a while for the student to engage in therapy due to a pattern of avoidance or resistance. Instead of getting the student talkative with a therapist we might have one or two longer sessions in a week.

Group and Equine Therapy

While our Therapeutic lens provides opportunities for clinical success outside of traditional “sessions”, we supplement the family and individual therapy with specific group sessions. Monday through Friday we have an hour or more of group therapy.  Depending on the day, these sessions include specialty groups focused on adoption, body image, learning styles, loss and emotional regulation identity development, trauma and loss, attachment / adoption, mindfulness, expressive art, equine therapy, relationship regulation, and relationship / process management (e.g. sharing challenges about residential life or family with group).

There is power in the group and not feeling alone in one’s thoughts, feelings, frustrations, and fears.  We work together to accomplish our therapeutic goals and we celebrate successes. Our girls celebrate success by sharing similar challenges. This normalizes the experience and reduces the threat of feeling overwhelmed when you know others are going through the same thing.

Diverse Clinical Disciplines

At our residential therapeutic boarding school, every girl begins her time here at a different place in her journey and progresses at a unique pace. To meet every girl where they are and help them transition to a healthier, happier journey requires a range of clinical expertise.  Our strengths-based/solution focused treatment centered-approach helps support girls who are struggling with depression, anxiety, lack of motivation, failure to thrive, and other challenges. By empowering them to share in the responsibility of their treatment outcomes.

Our team of Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) have additional training, certifications, or licensure in the following areas:

  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Equine Therapy
  • Therapeutic Horseback Riding Advanced Certification
  • Clinical Addictions Licensure
  • Music
  • Dance
  • DBT
  • Eating Disorder Specialist Certification
  • Art Therapy
  • Integrated Family Systems
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Therapeutic Wilderness Interventions

The wealth of Asheville Academy’s clinical expertise drives the success that every student can achieve.