the therapeutic experience

All of the students at New Leaf Academy share common therapeutic challenges that they must address in order to succeed through adolescence and into young adulthood. Almost all of our students have been involved in individual and family therapy and were not able to demonstrate consistent progress through these interventions. Why does New Leaf succeed therapeutically when other interventions have failed?

•  A Developmentally Appropriate Approach: New Leaf provides an environment that is free from the distractions and challenges an emotionally immature child is not capable of navigating. Your child has the opportunity to be a "young child" while they are working on the social, cognitive and emotional developmental milestones she has been unable to reach.

•  Tailored to meet Unique Challenges: Students progress through the stages of change and growth via Five Therapeutic Focus Areas, a competency based model that is student and family driven. Treatment plans target specific behavioral, social and emotional issues directly relevant to the student's struggles.

•  Growth Through Relationships: At this stage students grow through interaction and relationships. Immediate feedback and social experiences help students learn how they function with others. Our emphasis on skill building helps them learn to connect with others in a healthy manner. Improved connections lead to improved relationships and the success of meaningful interactions. Group counseling sessions three times each week, supportive peer culture and consistent, nurturing staff-student interaction provides abundant opportunity for students to practice their emerging skills.

•  Strength-Focused and Concentrated: Your child is immersed in a culture designed to help them identify and develop their strengths and abilities, moving toward mastery of developmental milestones and emotional growth. The impact of our culture is difficult to replicate through outpatient interventions, which is why growth and change can happen at a faster pace.

•  Guided by Licensed, Masters Level Therapists: A program therapist is selected for each student and family. The therapist partners with each student and family members to develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to their specific needs. Your therapist meets weekly with students individually, on family calls and in groups to facilitate growth and progress. Therapeutic interventions are selected to meet individualized treatment plan goals. Some interventions may include cognitive behavioral therapy, art therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Some common diagnoses that our students present and New Leaf Academy works with are listed below. Click the links below to see the therapeutic and academic strategies used to treat the disorder: 


Bi-Polar Disorder  •   Autism Spectrum Disorder  •   Anxiety Disorder  •   Oppositional Defiant Disorder  •   Depression   •   Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)  •   Mood Disorder   •   Non-Verbal Learning Disorder (NVLD)  •   Attachment Disorder  •   Post Traumatic Stress Disorder   •