New Haven : A Therapeutic Haven and School for Girls

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Residential Treatment Program and Boarding School For Teen Girls, Ages 12-18

At New Haven, we base our treatment decisions on a simple question: What would I want for my daughter? We know that underneath her struggles – whether with an eating disorder, substance abuse, trauma, or another challenging emotional issue – your daughter is still there, waiting to be discovered, loved back to wholeness, and reunited with her family.

After almost twenty years working together, our treatment team is one of the most experienced in the field of girls' adolescent treatment. We know from experience that girls struggling with complex emotional and behavioral issues* need access to a variety of proven therapies. Experience has also taught us that even the most clinically sophisticated approaches to treatment are only effective if those delivering them come from a place of connection, compassion, and hope.

Clinical excellence. The warmth and love of a home away from home. That's what we'd want for our daughters. So that's what we provide for yours.

And it works. Our outcome studies show that most of our graduates – even those who have not been successful in other placements – never need another treatment program after New Haven.

How We Do It

We believe in delivering clinically sophisticated therapies in a context of love and connection. We call this treatment approach the Family Works© model because we view the family as the most important system to engage in the healing of any one of its members. The Family Works© model is...

Family Focused

When you enroll your daughter at New Haven, your family becomes a part of ours. Even though many families are in great distress when they join us, research supports our view of families as the ultimate model of love, belonging, and healing. By embracing you and your daughter with the warmth and care of an extended family, New Haven can help you rediscover and tap your own family's power to heal.

New Haven has been an industry leader in family-based treatment for almost twenty years, implementing a robust program of family therapy, family systems approaches, and family events. We know that no matter what the wounds, no matter what the difficulties, your daughter needs you and you need your daughter. New Haven brings families back together.

Values Based

Young women need a framework for positive decision making based on universal values such as compassion, service, creativity, and integrity. Without such a framework, navigating the storms of adolescence can seem impossible. Our Values Program creates an opportunity for you and your daughter to connect deeply with each other as you discover, clarify, and live your deepest values-the things that unite and give purpose to a family.

Our Values Program helps families create a framework for change that is personal, authentic, and internal. Unlike programs that attempt to control the change process externally, our Values Program leads to internally driven and, therefore, sustainable change. When you leave New Haven, you'll have a clearer sense of your family's direction and a powerful tool to keep you on course.


Your daughter's world is comprised of numerous relationships-family members, teachers, friends, therapists, etc.-all of which are connected and each of which can either support or impede her healing. In clinical language, that means we're all part of a network of interdependent systems that must be coordinated for healing to occur; in simpler language, it means that we're all in this together.

Our application of multi-systemic clinical research allows us to provide one of the best residential treatment approaches available. A team member from every system-academic, therapeutic, student life, and medical-meets every week to discuss every girl in depth. We also regularly engage the most important set of relationships-your family-through weekly calls, weekly family therapy, and on-campus events.

*New Haven works effectively with a wide range of emotional and behavioral struggles, including:

  • Personality disorders
  • Abuse and neglect
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Mood disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Family disruption
  • Defiance
  • Peer problems
  • Low motivation
  • Manipulation
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Hopelessness and suicide attempts
  • Self-harm (e.g. cutting)
  • School avoidance and failure
  • Learning disabilities including non-verbal learning disabilities
  • Low self-esteem and Identity issues
  • ADD and ADHD
  • Adoption and attachment issues
  • Sexual promiscuity
  • Eating disorders and poor body image
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Medical issues, such as diabetes, seizure disorder, and celiac's disease, which often make treatment more difficult