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Integrated Approach To Therapy

Our Individualized Model Helps Create Lasting Success

Helping Your Family Heal

There is comfort in knowing that other families have had similar struggles and have achieved remarkable success. Our therapeutic approach will help your child develop the skills they need to help them succeed in life. Families come to us to find solace and to reconnect with their children in a meaningful way.


Traditional therapy can be beneficial in some instances. However, many youth struggle to accurately recall, express, and apply what they talked about days earlier in a therapist’s office. The therapeutic boarding school environment at Asheville Academy solves this problem.


Once your child is enrolled in Asheville Academy, they will be immersed in an environment where therapy is experiential. Our skilled therapists help develop tools and also provide guidance “in the moment”, to help a student make connections between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.


There is one therapist for every 6-8 students on campus. We apply research-based clinical methods combined with decades of experience to help our students overcome emotional and behavioral challenges so that they can lead happier, healthier lives.

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While you might be hesitant to enroll your child in a therapeutic boarding school for fear of straining your relationship even further, you should not be worried. Family therapy at Asheville Academy is designed to include families from the start with the main goal of reconnecting you with your child in a healthy and meaningful way. Students come to a place where they genuinely desire a closer connection with people in their lives and parents often report that they feel closer than ever to their child once therapy is underway.

Family Therapy is designed to address the family system, including all relationships within the immediate family.  We begin our family work with thorough Family Assessments which aid in developing your Family Treatment Plan. As a part of your weekly contact with the therapist, you will also receive Family Support, which is designed to provide updates on your child, provide skill based parenting interventions, and assist in decision making and planning for visits.  

Our therapeutic experience in working with students in this age range is a vital part of a student’s healing journey at Asheville Academy. Each student’s journey is personalized to meet their specific needs and reach their individual and family goals. Students are seen weekly for individual therapy. In addition to providing therapy, our therapists are involved multiple times per week with the academic and residential teams.

There is tremendous power in the group setting, particularly for students in this age range. In the past, many of our students felt alone in their thoughts, feelings, and frustrations. In the group setting they learn that other peers have had similar experiences and they are able to connect and support one another in a healthy way.

Students participate in groups multiple times per week, including 2 lead by licensed clinicians. We offer specialty groups using experiential approaches including creative arts, mind/body connections, and equine.

Despite their size and strength, horses are very sensitive creatures. Because of this, they often act as a “mirror”, revealing the emotional state of those interacting with them.  Since horses are congruent all the time, they challenge students to become their authentic self. Often, students find it easier to recognize the animals’ reaction, which helps them to learn to regulate their own emotions.

We take a relationship based approach to equine assisted therapy where students learn to respect the animal and create healthy boundaries. Equine therapy provides “in the moment” feedback which is critical to developing healthy relationship skills.  Students learn and practice these skills with the animals, then are able to translate the skills to their human relationships.

Why Does Asheville Academy Work? 

Clinically Sophisticated

Our licensed therapists are experts in helping children develop the skills needed to lead happy, successful lives.

What’s the Therapeutic Benefit
of a Stay at Asheville Academy?

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Community Centered

Your child will be welcomed into a close-knit community of other students their age facing the same challenges, forming lasting friendships.

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Academic Growth

Accredited academic programming caters to the individual learning needs of students and provides an opportunity for your child to improve study skills based on their individual needs.

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Expert Staff

Our skilled therapists and teachers have decades of experience helping students overcome emotional and behavioral challenges, and can help your child do the same.

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Young girls often have emotional and behavioral issues that could become serious if left unaddressed. Asheville Academy helps to reverse these issues now.

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Intensive Therapy

Our immersive approach to therapy, frequent individual attention, and real-time clinical insight allow breakthroughs that could take years in a traditional therapy setting.

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Family Focused

The communication skills your daughter will learn at Asheville Academy strengthen family bonds. Our therapies offer you the chance to reconnect with your child.