Therapeutics

Professional Compassionate Therapy

Therapy is one of the major components of a successful treatment program. Our therapists are dedicated individuals who are committed to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual growth of the adolescents in their care. The therapeutic program at Elk Mountain Academy is designed to help students recognize unhelpful and destructive patterns of thinking and reacting, and upon recognition of these patterns, therapy is devoted to the modification or replacement of these patterns with new patterns that are more realistic and helpful. Our goal is to provide both quality information and support to adolescents wherever they may be in their personal journey—beginning with education and early intervention, continuing through treatment and recovery, and culminating with progress toward personal growth and maintaining ongoing sobriety. To accomplish this goal, the therapeutic program focuses on four areas:

 

  1. Individual Therapy: Each student is assigned an individual therapist who meets with him for a minimum of one hour per week. Many students request and receive additional sessions, as needed. Individual therapy addresses the need for caring, individual attention and involvement in defining and achieving personal healing.

 

  1. Group Therapy: Each student participates in small group therapy sessions. Here the students are challenged to provide and receive feedback from their peers on their behavior, thoughts, and feelings. Group therapy addresses the need for belonging and friendship, and helps to teach appropriate and healthy group interaction.
  2. Group Therapy: Each student participates in small group therapy sessions. Here the students are challenged to provide and receive feedback from their peers on their behavior, thoughts, and feelings. Group therapy addresses the need for belonging and friendship, and helps to teach appropriate and healthy group interaction.
  3. Educational Therapy: Each student is included in twice weekly classes focused on the areas of addiction, recovery, the sober lifestyle, and non-academic learning in general. Educational therapy addresses the need for skill and competence in the tools necessary to remain sober, and expands their knowledge and understanding of life in general.
  4. Recreational Therapy: Each student is given multiple opportunities to engage in recreational therapy. Teens are taught new  ways to find enjoyment and excitement in a variety of activities without the influence of drugs or alcohol. Recreational therapy addresses the need for pleasure, enjoyment, learning, and laughter.