• Residential Treatment Program for Teens 14-17

Therapy with a Holistic Approach

Relationship Based Philosophy

Our relationship-based philosophy is based on the significant body of research that supports the idea that the “therapeutic alliance” is the factor that contributes most to positive change in the therapeutic process. This “alliance” is referring to healthy, trusting relationships. At Solstice, we ensure that your child has the ability to develop many safe, secure, and authentic relationships. This begins with employing the right people, and training them effectively in the process of building and maintaining these relationships with our clients and families.

Trauma Focus

As one of the leading trauma treatment centers for teens, at Solstice, we specialize in therapy for teens who struggle with issues of trauma, loss, attachment, and the often-accompanying addictive patterns of behavior and thought. These are highly complex problems and require very specialized approaches to initiate and complete the healing process. Among many other approaches, our clinicians have received specialized, intensive training in trauma-focused interventions including:

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Therapy
  • Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Brainspotting
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Big T and Little T Traumas

Unlike other trauma treatment centers, we define trauma more broadly than has typically been done historically. Recent neurological research has provided insight and support in developing the most effective treatment methods for trauma as it has helped us to better understand the impact of trauma on a developing, adolescent brain.

While some of our students have been victims of “big T’s”, we have found that many more of them are often as significantly impacted due to higher sensitivity, or susceptibility to “little t’s”  These events often result in levels of emotional dysregulation that exceed their peers in both frequency and intensity. Then, of course, this results in students seeking relief in unhealthy and destructive ways.

As one of the leading trauma treatment centers, our efforts are aimed not at the symptoms, or acting out behaviors, but at healing the core of the problem, which is often hidden and highly complex.

Comfortable Setting, Collaborative Teamwork

The comfortable setting of Solstice contributes to a safe and open culture, which invites introspection and growth, making change seem less threatening. Within an emotionally safe culture, unhealthy behaviors can be gently challenged, and new options adopted more readily. Our experiential therapy approach allows our students to grow and become open to positive change in their lives.

Clinical and residential staff must work together seamlessly in the creation and implementation of a therapeutic milieu to create the most lasting positive outcomes in our students.

Psychiatric Services

Our psychiatric care and medication management is an integral part of the holistic treatment approach. The Solstice Psychiatrist, Dr. Kirk Simon, is fully integrated into the treatment team at Solstice. He participates in every treatment team review of the students each week.

Dr. Kirk Simon

Dr. Simon is a triple board certified psychiatrist in the areas of pediatrics, child/adolescent and adult psychiatry.
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Medication at Solstice West

The Solstice philosophy in regards to use of medication in treating mental health issues in adolescents is a conservative approach. Some of our students clearly meet diagnostic criteria that indicate a medication component in their treatment plan. In some cases, this remains an integral part of the treatment plan over time, even as the student completes treatment and returns home.

However, we also find that many of our students come to us on medications that are not required in their long-term treatment. In many cases, treatment response is positive enough that we can eliminate or significantly reduce the need for medication in the treatment plan. Of course, this process is methodical, and includes consultation with the entire treatment team, including the parents, over a significant period of time. Parents and students are always involved in discussions about medications before any changes are made.

What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is a computer-aided technique that impacts brainwave activity, resulting in significant changes across memory, cognition, and focus. This science-backed method is designed to train the most important organ in our body – the brain.

In a way, neurofeedback is like a video game or a form of exercise for the brain. By wearing a specially-designed helmet which tracks brain activity and a display for live feedback, teens can control different images using their brain. Teens can train their focus just as if they were training a muscle. The secret is getting the brain to produce the ‘right’ kind of waves.

How Does Neurofeedback Work?

Biofeedback instruments quantify how a child’s body reacts to certain stimuli. For instance, video games used in neurofeedback won’t let a child progress unless they change a behavior in the moment.

As you repeat those trainings, the brain learns how to keep itself in that calmer place. You’ll still react to strong events, but you teach your brain to be calmer. Teens learn to become better observers of their own lives and more aware of their needs.

Treatment Philosophy

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

What is a Holistic Therapeutic Approach?

A holistic approach focuses on 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 and assigned female at birth 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 that our mental and physical health is intertwined. A problem or deficit in one area will impact the other.

Our therapy for teens 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 students 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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