We Heal Families

We have a vision of a world where every young woman makes peace with her past, thrives in the present, and creates a hopeful future hand-in-hand with the support of her family.

Residential Treatment Center and Boarding School for Teenage Girls

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 twenty years of 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.

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It's amazing how my life turned around, and I realize that I'm lucky. I know that without New Haven and all of the friendships and people I met, I might not even be alive. I still struggle, which is natural but I never forget what I learned at New Haven.

Why Choose New Haven?

Our program is centered around family involvement. You will have weekly, 90-minute family therapy sessions that occur via video conference. This is a time to work together on family issues, support one another, and plan for your daughter’s return home. New Haven also hosts monthly parent coaching calls and bimonthly family weekends. Your daughter will heal best when the family heals alongside her.

Not all therapeutic work is done through talk therapy. Experiential therapy is a form of group therapy designed to teach life skills through therapeutic tasks. Your daughter will learn to process through challenges in the moment and solve problems in a new way. Certified therapeutic recreation specialists (CTRS) hold groups at least four times a week.

Each student receives ninety minutes of individual therapy each week. Therapy can occur in a single session or can be broken into several sessions as needed. We have a wide range of therapeutic specialties available and will work with you to determine the best therapist fit for your daughter.

We hold two groups a day, Monday through Friday, in ninety-minute sessions. Your daughter will participate in general group, which includes all students in her community. She will also attend three or four specialty groups that address her individual therapeutic needs.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, or EAP, is experiential in nature. Horses have the ability to sense and mirror human body language. When we make attitudinal changes within ourselves, the horses respond immediately. Your daughter will learn about herself by participating in activities with our horses, and then discussing the feelings, behaviors, and patterns that these activities evoke. Licensed therapists and EAGALA certified equine professionals work together to lead these groups.

New Haven's school is located on campus and taught by passionate, certified teachers. We will meet your daughter where she is at in school and propel her forward. Our classes span from study skills and remediation to honors and AP courses. In addition to physical education classes, your daughter will have the opportunity to join New Haven's sports teams. A teacher is present in each treatment team to ensure consistency between academics and programming.

We are happier when our lives are in line with what we believe to be good and true. While at New Haven, your daughter will discover her own, unique set of values. She will explore what it looks like and how it feels to act according to her values. Knowing what she values and how to live accordingly will help your daughter navigate the challenges that arise after New Haven.

New Haven treatment teams meet every week and include all direct care departments. The multi-disciplinary team members discuss each child and family every week, in depth, to assess progress and interventions. We analyze what's working for your family, and what's not, and make adjustments as needed.

New Haven's day-to-day operation is managed by the residential staff. These are the caring, clinically-informed individuals who are with your daughter all day, every day. Residential staff are fully-integrated into the therapeutic community. They join in groups, help the girls with daily tasks, and eat meals with them. Staff build a deep and meaningful relationship with your daughter. They are always there to help your daughter process through challenges as they arise.

We have been collecting and analyzing data on our outcomes for about 15 years. Our evidence-based approach helps us know what aspects of our program are working, and where we can improve. It also testifies that our program works. Recent data show that 91% of students are no longer exhibiting unhealthy behavior when they leave New Haven. You can see more of our recent outcomes here.

New Haven is proud to maintain memberships in many prestigious accreditation associations. These include JCAHO, NATSAP, BBB, and EAGALA. New Haven School is accredited by the North West Association of Schools and Colleges, the Utah State Office of Education, and AdvancED.

The typical student at New Haven Residential Treatment Center

Who We Treat
Typical New Haven Student

New Haven treats struggling adolescent girls, ages 12-18, and their families. We are an all-girls residential program treating an array of mental health and behavioral problems. What others may call “troubled teens” or “at-risk youth”, we choose to think of as daughters in need of help.

The Journey to New Haven Can Start in Many Places

Hospitalization

Many families come to us after their daughter has been hospitalized. An inpatient treatment program is an excellent option for stabilizing your child while she is in acute distress. After stabilization, your daughter may be in need of long-term care. A residential treatment program will give her the time and space she needs to truly address the challenges she is facing.

Wilderness Therapy

Wilderness therapy is adventure-based treatment that typically lasts two to three months. It's very common for teens to need residential care after completing a wilderness therapy program. We will work with your child to honor the work she has done in wilderness therapy.

Other Residential Treatment Centers

Occasionally, a family will find that the residential treatment center they chose for their daughter is not the best fit. A portion of our families have chosen to move their daughter to us directly from another treatment center. In these cases, we will work with your family to honor the work already done. You won't be starting over.

Boarding Schools

Therapeutic boarding schools offer a similar treatment environment, but at a lower intensity. These schools do well with teens in need of more structure and therapeutic support than they had at home. Some of our students have started in a boarding school environment, but are in need of a higher level of care. New Haven offers a higher staffing ratio, more therapy hours, and increased supervision.

Day Patient Programs

Many students come to us after participating in community-based care, including partial hospitalization programs (PHP). Partial hospitalization, also called day treatment, offers full days of therapeutic groups and activities. However, in these programs the child will return home for nights and weekends. A residential treatment facility is often the next step for families when a PHP program isn't providing their child enough support.

Intensive Outpatient or Individual Therapy

Some of our students come to us directly from outpatient treatment or an intensive outpatient program. When parents realize that their child is in need of a greater therapeutic community, a residential treatment program may be the best option.

What We Treat

Problems don't come in only one shape or size. We specialize in complex issues, including dual diagnosis.

Family Problems

New Haven is best known for our ability to treat complex family issues. These include, but are not limited to, relational challenges between parents and child, family trauma, adoption, and divorce.

Relationship Issues

New Haven's relationship-based program can help your daughter work through the relational challenges she faces with men, peers, and others.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Many of our students have experienced a traumatic event that altered her view of the world. Our experienced therapists will help your daughter process through these difficult emotions. After trauma is addressed, your daughter will be able to move forward in tackling other issues and improving her quality of life.

Self Harm

Self-injurious behavior is common for a child experiencing emotional pain. Your daughter will be with a staff at all times until the treatment team trusts that she will keep herself safe. As your daughter processes through these difficult emotions, she will also learn skills to cope with urges in a safe and productive way.

Suicidal Ideation

Few things compare with the fear and worry families experience after a child's suicide attempt. New Haven keeps your daughter safe through constant supervision and awareness.

Depression

Depression is common among teens and can be debilitating. Depression is frequently seen with other mental health disorders, including anxiety and eating disorders. New Haven understands that your daughter can't just "snap out of it" and needs comprehensive treatment to address these issues.

Anxiety

Anxiety is a mental health disorder that can affect all aspects of living. An anxious child may struggle with school, relationships, and co-occurring disorders. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is another mental illness sometimes seen in a child with anxiety. Your daughter will learn and practice skills to combat anxiety.

Eating Disorders

Once your daughter is medically stable, we invite your family to heal from the underlying causes of the eating disorder at New Haven. Eating disorders are a serious mental illness that require a team of savvy professionals to treat.

Substance Abuse

New Haven offers a substance abuse and addiction track within our treatment program. While the majority of the program remains the same, our students struggling with addiction, including alcohol and drug abuse, will take part in our recovery program. This includes additional values assignments and recovery group counseling.

Attachment

Many of our students come to us with attachment disorders, including reactive attachment disorder. New Haven's relational approach to healing can be especially effective for these families.

Personality Disorders

While we treat several personality disorders at New Haven, the one we see most frequently is Borderline Personality Disorder. The volatile emotions, impulsivity, and unstable relationships associated with BPD are frightening and draining for families. New Haven's focus on constant coaching in relationships, combined with our world class clinical services, are successful in treating these symptoms.

Experiential Therapy with girls

Testimonials

It is true to say that I’ve changed, but it goes so much deeper than that- I have remembered who I am - I have remembered my truest self, and I never would have thought it, but I LOVE WHO THAT IS.

Thank God there is a place like New Haven and that there are people so dedicated to healing the broken hearted. You gave us comfort in a time of great need, and hope when there was very little. You told us you would take care of our loved one and you did.

You saved my life. (I know what you are probably thinking, because I can picture you saying it…,”I didn’t save your life, you saved your life.”) That is true, but you know what? I wouldn’t have, not for all the money in the world, until you came along.

With a few words, carefully chosen and carefully placed, you helped our marriage, and helped bring our family from despair to happiness.

We Are Here To Help You

New Haven is open year round, so feel free to contact us any time with questions, requests, or to talk to one of our staff members. Just call, email, or fill out the form to let us know how we can help you.

If you are a parent or professional interested in a tour of New Haven, just ask! Our admissions department will schedule a campus tour where you can meet our staff and students, and see one or all of our campuses.

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Resources

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