Residential Treatment Program For Teens with Low Self Esteem
Low self-esteem is a pervasive issue for teens today. Solstice West recognizes this issue is difficult for teens and parents alike: there is no “simple fix” for helping your teen believe in herself and value their self worth. Low self esteem treatment programs for teens work to help teens build confidence in themselves and heal any underlying issues they may be facing.
The guide is meant to be comprehensive, but as such, not every section will be applicable to everyone. Instead, we invite you to click on the links in the table of contents to jump to the sections that most interest you.
How Does Solstice RTC Help Teens with Low Self Esteem?
At Solstice West, it is all about relationships: the relationship you have with yourself and the relationships you have with others. We believe that in the context of healthy relationships, great healing can occur.
Our positive peer culture is a beautiful embodiment of this idea: students strive to be support and kind, just as they try to act this way to themselves. We offer a specific Self-esteem/Identity Specialty Group where girls and assigned female at birth facing similar self-esteem issues can discuss their goals, struggles, and strategies in an open and safe space.
Solstice West also has Adventure Therapy as part of our programming. This creates fun, memorable, and – most importantly – successful experience to boost self-esteem and self-efficacy. These appropriately physically and sometimes emotionally challenging situations allow students to test skills, challenge negative self-concept, and prove capabilities. Students leave Solstice West as empowered young women, that understand their self worth, with improved confidence and self-esteem.
What are the causes of low self-esteem in teens?
Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself. Self-esteem has two sources: ourselves and those around us. As a children and teens, we look to parents and teachers for feedback on how we are performing in all areas of life. This informs our self-esteem, along with the internal messages we tell ourselves. Just as high self-esteem can be formed by having positive, supportive messaging around and within oneself, low or negative self-esteem can be caused by shifting either one – or both – of those inputs.
Here are some more specific causes of low-esteem in teens:
- Difficult experience or series of negative life events (including a difficult childhood)
- Poor performance in academics or sports resulting in a lack of confidence
- Negative self talk or negative thought patterns
- Poor body image
- Being bullied or in an abusive relationship
- Mental illness such as an anxiety disorder or depression.
Unfortunately, girls and assigned female at birth are more prone to low self-esteem than boys are and the teen years can be especially difficult for self-esteem. Low self-esteem can also cause teens to try to feel better in unhealthy ways, sometimes making it difficult to tell which came first.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Low Self Esteem in Teens?
Treatments for low self-esteem
There are many daily practices that you can incorporate for your teen to improve their low self-esteem, including affirmations, exercise, and journaling. Because low self-esteem is a very ingrained belief about oneself, it can also be beneficial to pursue individual and/or group therapy for your teen. This will help their work through core beliefs or experiences that are holding their back.
Consider getting involved with a group activities, such as sports, scouts, or martial arts. These are experiential ways of learning and will provide a network of supportive peers to connect with. It will also improve their self confidence and self efficacy. While these things are not the same as self-esteem, they are closely related.
Also having your teen take the time to identify what is important to their and what they values. Let this be open ended and open to interpretation – the more they understands and values herself and their opinions, the more they will practice self-compassion and self love.
Accredited Academic Program Boosts Teen Self Esteem
Academic struggles can take a toll on one’s self-esteem. Many teens base their self esteem on external validation, like compliments or grades, which contributes to unstable intrinsic motivation. When a student receives poor grades or is judged for what they contribute to class discussions, it reinforces this lack of confidence and desire to give up.
As one of the leading residential treatment centers with an accredited academic program, Solstice West has designed our academic approach to meet students where they are at and to help them develop an individualized academic plan with specific, measurable goals in order to support their learning and therapeutic process. Class sizes are purposefully kept small, with no more than 12 students per class, in order to allow more individual attention and hands-on learning.
Our academic program focuses on helping teens develop foundational study skills and offers learning activities that help class material feel relevant to them. Students who have struggled in large classrooms find their voice and discover their strengths with the support of our caring teachers.
What does Family Involvement look like while my teen is away at Solstice West?
The family system is foundational at Solstice West: family is the unit from which we come and while it can cause great strife, it is also where the greatest healing can occur. For this reason, family programming paramount at Solstice West and your participation as a parent is vital to your daughter’s progress. We provide weekly family therapy calls as soon as possible (typically two to three weeks after your child arrives), incorporate parent/family assignments into the Hero’s Journey phase program, and offer family seminars on a quarterly basis.
Each student will receive 3+ hours of individual and family therapy per week, and we can customize the amount of each depending on what the specific needs are for that student in a given week. Family therapy typically consists of a mixture of updates, sharing assignments, discussing therapeutic progress, and working on family issues and dynamics.
The Hero’s Journey is our phase program at Solstice West. As healing is a process and not an event, especially with low self esteem, and we have created certain milestones to recognize along the way. With these phases and milestones, you too will have certain assignments to participate in. Your involvement will further motivate and empower your child to do their therapeutic work at Solstice West. Parental involvement and doing these assignments delivers the unspoken message “I believe in you and am willing to work for you”.
Family programming also includes onsite family seminars four times per year, each lasting two to three days. These seminars provide families with the opportunity to receive psychoeducational instruction on low self-esteem, do experiential family work, and spend significant time together. Many students and parents identify family seminars as their favorite part of being at Solstice West. These are powerful and transformational weekends that result in profound healing and connection. Learn more about Family Involvement at Solstice West>>>