the therapeutic experience

All of the girls 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 girl is not capable of navigating. Your daughter has the opportunity to be a "little girl" while she is working on the social, cognitive and emotional developmental milestones she has been unable to reach.

•  Tailored to her Unique Challenges: Girls progress through the stages of change and growth via Five Therapeutic Focus Areas, a competency based model that is student and family driven. Her treatment plan targets specific behavioral, social and emotional issues directly relevant to her struggles.

•  Growth Through Relationships: At this stage girls grow through interaction and relationships. Immediate feedback and social experiences help girls learn how they function with others. Our emphasis on skill building helps her 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 girls to practice their emerging skills.

•  Strength-Focused and Concentrated: Your daughter is immersed in a culture designed to help her identify and develop her 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 girl and her family. The therapist partners with each student and family members to develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to her needs. Your therapist meets weekly with students individually, on family calls and in groups to facilitate her 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   •