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Why Do We Do Experiential Therapy?

Why Do We Do Experiential Therapy? Experience is one of the greatest ways to facilitate therapeutic change. Experiential therapy revolves around the client being an active participant in the therapeutic process. Rather than the traditional “talk therapy,” the client is involved in actions, movements, and activities. These activities can include things such as equine therapy,…

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: It’s all Anxiety

It’s not uncommon for me to be in a meeting with a new family and hear the phrase: “our daughter doesn’t have an Anxiety Disorder, she has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.”  What a lot of people don’t understand is that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is considered an Anxiety Disorder. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is characterized as Obsessions (persistent, frequent,…

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Self-harm: Why My Daughter Does It and How Can I Help?

Self-harm: Why does my daughter do it and what can I do to help?   Me: Why do you think that you self-harm?   Student: “I like it.” “It helps me feel better.” “It makes me numb.” “It helps me to feel something.” “I use it to punish myself.” “I use it to punish others.”…

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Understanding Self Harms

  Self harm is very seldom understood by those not struggling with it. It may seem unnecessary or even counterproductive to those on the outside. Explaining the drive to self harm is just as difficult for those suffering from it. When talking with those that have self harmed, a common theme is that ‘it doesn’t…

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Talking Through A Crisis

Blog Article: Talking Through a Crisis   Have you ever thought, “I don’t know what to do in a crisis”, “what can I say”, or “I’m afraid I’ll only make it worse”? We know that a crisis can affect anyone at any time. We are often glad when we have professional resources to help us.…

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Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention Suicide is an uncomfortable and scary topic but one that cannot afford to be avoided or ignored.  One of the most significant things you can do when you believe someone is contemplating suicide is have the conversation, ask the questions. Below is a high level overview of suicide risk factors, environmental factors, and…

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“Coping with Depression at School”

Depression can steal everything that you love. Depression doesn’t ask permission or quietly exit when it takes what it wants. It lingers and invades everything that you think about, do, and create. It becomes a wall that most people think is too high to even attempt to climb. As an educator at New Haven, I…

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Back to Basics: Supporting Teens and Loved Ones with Depression

As a supporter of a family member suffering from depression, I know how difficult it can be. The worry, exhaustion, frustrations, concerns, and pain can become overwhelming.  Supporting loved ones with depression can be confusing. Why are they so sad? Why don’t they enjoy things they used to? Why don’t they have energy or motivation?…

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Anxiety: My Experience Working with Teenage Girls

“I can’t go to school today.” “I’m not getting out of bed.” “I’d rather just read a book and be left alone” “I don’t want to talk about it.” “I can’t handle this.” “I’m so scared.” “I don’t know how to talk to people.” “I feel so alone.” Working in residential treatment since 2008, I…

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Equine Therapy: Soccer with Horses?

Equine assisted therapy is a unique method used to help people better understand themselves and the world in which they live. Each week here at New Haven, I have the pleasure to conduct an equine therapy group, with the help of our ranch manager. In these groups, life patterns are often played out right in…

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Maintaining Hope at New Haven

Some might say that being a maintenance man at an all girls residential treatment center may not play a role in the students’ treatment or care, but I would disagree.  I have worked at New Haven Residential Treatment Center for the past seven years. For me, maintaining the property holds the same responsibility as the…

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Working with Teens with Borderline Personality Disorder

  Over the last few years, I have had the privilege of working with several girls with borderline personality disorder. I remember so many conversations that I had with these students. It felt like we went in circles, going over the same thing and I ended the conversation feeling completely helpless. How could I help…

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