Treatment Philosophy

Decades of experience in successfully helping teenage girls has allowed us to develop consistently effective treatment philosophies and approaches to healing emotional and behavioral struggles in teenage girls and their families. With the consistently evolving combination of needs in teenage girls, these philosophies and program components allow us to effectively address individual adolescent struggles and inspire change that heals girls, their families, and produces lasting results.

Our program philosophy is supported by the inclusion of five influential components that directly affect permanent change:

  1. People, more than programs, create the most lasting impact.
  2. Intensive family focus to address the child’s most important emotional connections – family.
  3. Focus on internal change through value development, rather than external compliance.
  4. Holistic approaches that address both physical and emotional needs (mind-body connection).
  5. Female specific interventions; as girls have unique problems and needs.

An intensive family focus which addresses relationships and family dynamics through family therapy sessions, family seminars, multi-family groups and experiential interventions has proven to be a powerful change process for families and girls. Families will be regularly and intensively involved in their daughter’s therapeutic process. This is consistent with the industry research (cite study here) that indicates that “Parental Involvement” is the number one factor contributing to long term positive outcomes for students returning home from residential treatment programs.

A holistic approach focuses in treating the whole person, not just the “problem behaviors.” It isn’t focused on symptom reduction, but on getting to the core of the issues, and building a strong foundation. For instance, we view addictive behaviors, whether they be self-harming, substance abuse, or based in unhealthy relationships, as being symptoms of more core issues. The primary goal of our therapy for girls is to access those core issues so genuine healing can occur.

In addition, a holistic approach accounts for the fact that, for instance, our physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and relational selves are all bound together. This “mind-body” philosophy is supported by a large and growing body of research (cite some examples in footnotes) that our mental and physical health is intertwined. A problem or deficit in one area will impact the other. For more information about the impact of recreation and fitness click here>>.

Our therapy for girls acknowledges the fact that to create lasting, effective change, a holistic approach to health is necessary. This fact underlies and drives all the components of the Solstice program.

Solstice RTC is committed to hiring the most qualified, professional, caring staff that is dedicated to helping the girls we serve. Our staff also undergoes specific, regular training to continue their own personal and professional development which is essential to the life-creating work we do.

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