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On the Trail

Therapeutic Placement Consultation

As a parent, navigating difficult situations can be incredibly challenging when your child's current school or home environment is no longer ideal. You may feel like you have “tried everything” and are still struggling with the same issues, or perhaps things have even escalated and you are at the point where you realize things are no longer tenable.

You don't have to face this alone.

You can trust me when I tell you I truly understand. I was there myself when my own son was spiraling and we had no idea how to make it better. Ultimately, we discovered the world of residential, therapeutic treatment. Our son spent time in a wilderness program that, we believe, truly saved his life and our relationship with him.


You don't have to face this alone. I specialize in helping families find the proper placement for their pre-teen, teen or young adult. I combine my consulting with my unique skill-set as a certified parent coach and my own personal experience to create a supportive and transformational partnership with the families I work with. My passion is being a source of light, comfort, and hope to my clients.

Compassionate Guidance for Unique Situations

I understand that every family faces unique struggles when dealing with adolescents and young adults grappling with issues such as:

  • mental health problems

  • extreme anxiety and/or depression

  • school refusal

  • defiance and volatility

  • involvement with the wrong crowd

  • alcohol or drug abuse

  • multiple psychiatric hospitalizations

The clinical, research-based methodology that I use allows me to identify the best placement options tailored to your child's specific needs. I am committed to your family's well-being and carefully research each program to ensure their credibility, compassion, and clinical level of care.

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Different Types of Placement Programs


Therapeutic Boarding Schools

Therapeutic Boarding Schools are residential programs that offer a comprehensive approach to education, encompassing both rigorous academics and a robust clinical and therapeutic component. These schools can include psychiatric services but their focus can vary. Some schools emphasize challenging academic programs, while others concentrate on addressing learning disabilities, learning differences, and organizational skills. The balance between academics and therapeutic components can vary from school to school, allowing parents to choose a program tailored to their child's specific needs.


Therapeutic Wilderness Programs

Therapeutic Wilderness Programs blend outdoor experiences such as hiking and camping with intensive clinical and therapeutic support. These programs typically last six to eight weeks and serve as an initial step, often followed by placement in a therapeutic boarding school or residential treatment center. Unlike boot camps, wilderness programs do not rely on confrontation or punishment. Instead, they guide participants toward altering their perspectives and taking responsibility for their actions. Research consistently demonstrates the effectiveness and transformational power of these programs.


Transition Programs

Transition Programs are designed for young adults and vary in structure but generally encompass several key components. They typically include a therapeutic element, helping young adults address personal challenges and emotional growth. Independent living skills are emphasized, enabling participants to learn vital skills for self-sufficiency. Many transition programs offer vocational and academic support to help young adults set a strong foundation for their future. While some may focus on substance abuse, others are more general in nature. These programs are suitable for young adults who have voluntarily chosen to participate in such programs to assist in their transition to independence and self-reliance.


Residential Treatment Centers (RTC’s)

Residential Treatment Centers (RTCs) primarily emphasize psychiatric care, even though they incorporate various therapeutic interventions and activities. While RTCs often offer academic services, these may not be as central to the program as they are in therapeutic boarding schools. Typically of longer duration than wilderness programs, RTCs frequently cater to specific issues, including substance abuse treatment.

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