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Integrated Approach to Therapy

A Relationship-Based Approach

Therapy is not a one-size fits all technique..  The wealth of Asheville Academy’s clinical expertise drives the success of our students and their families.  We meet kids where they are – using a skills-based approach and teachable moments as they start their therapeutic journey.  Our program thrives on strong collaboration among clinical, academics, and residential departments, along with family inclusion every step of the way.

Asheville Academy’s dynamic clinical approach reflects the unique and personal needs of the wonderful students we serve. We go beyond talk therapy and integrate therapeutic techniques that fit the needs of individual students. The positive changes that students make during their time at our program are a result of the strong collaboration of all of our departments and the inclusion of family in every step of the therapeutic process.

We give your child the space they need to discover who they are at this difficult time in their life, allow your family time to heal, and provide guidance throughout your child’s healing journey back home.

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.

7
Licensed Therapists
8:1
Therapist to Student Ratio
4
Hours of Weekly Therapy
  • Family

    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.  

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  • Individual Therapy

    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.

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  • Group Therapy

    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.

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  • 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

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Family Therapy

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.

Individual Therapy

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.

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Group Therapy

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.

Equine Therapy

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.

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

At Asheville Academy we have one Licensed Masters Level Professional for every 8 students. While treatment is individualized, our therapists use:

— Psychoeducation to help students and families understand why their struggles occur.

— Trauma informed practices.

— Experiential modalities so students can target and learn from different parts of their brain, as well as put strategies into immediate practice.

— Concepts of CBT to address damaging thoughts and feelings that result in negative behavior patterns.

— Concepts of DBT which bring awareness to mind and body connections, and help students learn to regulate their emotions.

— Therapeutic assignments to continue the therapy work outside of sessions.

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Unique Clinical Approach

The Clinical Team

Chandler Ray, MA, LCHMCA, NCC
Therapeutic Recreation Service Coordinator/Primary Therapist
Natalie Hollenback, MA, NCC, LCMHCA
Primary Therapist
Lauren Williamson, MA, LCMHCA, NCC
Primary Therapist
Julie Kirchner EMLS, ESMHL
Equine Specialist
Aubrey Baptista, MA, LCMHC
Primary Therapist
Katie Salmons – MSW, LCSWA, LCAS
Primary Therapist
Tabitha Salyer, MA, LCHMC, NCC
Primary Therapist & Transition and Alumni Support Coordinator
Dr. Sarah Wells
Consulting Psychiatrist
Jane Rosseth, MA, LMFT
Clinical Director

The Clinical Team

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