Teen Treatment Programs and Centers for Grief and Loss

Teen treatment programs for grief and loss provide the therapeutic tools young people need to work through the emotional impact of loss and grief. treatment for grief and loss

Solstice West, a residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-17, believes in a whole-person approach to caring for grief and loss issues in teenage girls. With our multidisciplinary treatment team, we are able to address the issues that loss and grief cause as well as the root issue: the grief and loss teenage girls are struggling with.

Our relationship-based approach is one that can provide grief counseling while also addressing other things that may have been affected: relationships with parents and sibling, school work catch up, self care, and more.  With weekly individual and family sessions, as well as daily groups, Solstice West is able to provide the strong therapeutic programming that teenage girls need to overcome their deep grief and loss issues. Solstice West believes that grief and loss isn’t the only thing that our students need to be focusing on while they are enrolled, which is why weekly adventure therapy and off campus outings are provided – to create new memories while healing old ones.

What Are Causes of Grief and Loss?

Grief and a sense of loss are commonly caused by the death of a loved one, but this isn’t always necessarily the case. Other losses that can cause a profound sense of grief are: 

  • The loss of one’s health/the loss of a loved one’s health
  • A miscarriage
  • The loss of an important relationship or friendship(s)
  • A situation or traumatic experience that causes you to grieve the sense of safety or security you used to have

Each of these examples are unique and is defined by the experience of a significant loss. Grief can also be caused by events that may seem commonplace, though are anything but to someone in the situation. Divorce would be an example of one of these events: a teen has lost the only sense of family and security they have known and now must grieve that process. Many times, issues surrounding grief and loss are not just about the event, but also about the lack of healthy coping skills available to address the grief and loss in an effective manner. Teens can have a tendency to close off communication with their parents while under stress which also furthers feelings of isolation and loss. By reaching out for support, connection and communication can start the path toward healing. Expression of grief is one of the best things that a grieving individual can do.


What are signs and symptoms of issues stemming from grief and loss?

Grief is a normal part of loss, but sometimes the symptoms become extended or extreme in nature. Here are some signs to watch for, also taking into consideration the amount of time that has passed since the death or loss occurred:

  • Numbness or detachment
  • Intense sorrow, pain and rumination over the loss
  • Focus on little else but the loved one’s death
  • Extreme focus on reminders of the loved one or excessive avoidance of reminders
  • Inability or problems with accepting the death
  • Fatigue, headaches, aches and pain
  • Bitterness about your loss
  • Feeling that life holds no meaning or purpose
  • Inability to enjoy life or think back on positive experiences with your loved one
  • Lacking trust in others

Treatments for Grief and Loss Issues

Grief and loss is something that many people are not very comfortable discussing, so it make sense that some would rather hold their feelings in as opposed to express them. The best treatment for grief and loss is to find a trusted and safe way to appropriately share and process these complex and powerful feelings. The treatment of grief and loss is similar to the treatment of PTSD, in terms of addressing the specific experience that led to the grief/loss and also the associated after effects. Working with a therapist is an ideal way to begin to safely explore the feelings of grief and loss that your teen is feeling. A therapist or therapeutic environment that has access to specific trauma-informed or trauma-focused modalities provides an even option.

Solstice West helps its clients work through their grief and loss with a number of evidenced-based modalities. Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is a approach that provides multiple benefits: students are able to access their feelings of grief and loss while simultaneously practicing self-regulation skills. Speciality groups like Trauma Group allow teens to access their loss and grief in a clinician led, supportive peer group. And on an individual level, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) are both powerful modalities to foster the deep healing that our students need. Adventure Therapy activities provide healthy ways to move through and past grief/loss. Students are able to create or reconnect with their identity through activity and skills development, and also grow supportive relationships through shared experience.

Therapeutic Programming for Grief and Loss at Solstice West

At Solstice West, we provide exceptional therapeutic programming for teens dealing with grief. We utilize a wide range of modalities in order to find the right fit for each student, and the modalities we offer are evidence based, meaning we strive to offer the highest level of quality and effectiveness when it comes to the types of therapy and interventions we use.  

Our relationship-based approach is at the foundation of all treatment decisions when working with teens that struggles with issues stemming from a loss. Developing healthy and trusting relationships with the clinical team is crucial, and this starts by having talented clinicians that embody our relationship-based approach. Our therapists are not only highly skilled, trained, and educated, but also kind, compassionate individuals that are easy to connect with.

At Solstice West, we also have a trauma focused program. This describes the lens by which we view issues coming up for each student. It changes the question from “what’s wrong with you?” to “what happened to you?”. This powerful shift in perspective leads to a more empowering, person-centered focus. This approach is also one of the reasons we have our cutting edge multidisciplinary treatment team. With representatives from therapeutics, academics, residential/milieu, psychiatry, and medical departments, each that have direct and individual relationships with your teen, meet on a weekly basis to discuss how we are effective approaching and treating issues stemming from grief and loss. This collaboration allows us to provide individual and holistic care for each student.

In keeping with this whole person and client-centered focus, we provide individual, group, and family therapy every week to address the issues that grief and loss brings up. Each students gets upwards of 3 hours of individual and family therapy per week. We can customize the amount of each depending on what the specific needs are for that student in a given week. In addition to individual and family therapy, Solstice West also provides 12-15 hours of group therapy led by our licensed clinicians. These groups include process groups, psychoeducational groups, and speciality groups which are designed to address specific concerns that come up for groups of students, including grief. Learn more about our Therapeutic Approach at Solstice West>>>

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