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Therapeutic Boarding Schools Defined

Therapeutic boarding schools are therapeutic programs that combine an educational environment with therapeutic programming. Many therapeutic boarding schools utilize an integrated approach to therapy and academics. This is because positive mental health can help teens improve academically. By following a personalized therapeutic and academic plan for each student, therapists and teachers are able to make sure all of a teen’s mental health and academic needs are met.

Many therapeutic boarding schools cater to a specific age group, gender, or diagnoses. By using programming targeted to a specific group of teens, therapeutic boarding schools ensure that the specific needs of those individuals are fully addressed. Therapeutic boarding schools are usually less clinically intensive as a residential treatment center or teen assessment center. Instead, they are focused on providing a nurturing, therapeutic experience that does not involve as much “hardcore” clinical work as residential treatment centers.

Many therapeutic boarding schools offer fun activities on a regular basis to let your daughter let off some steam. Activities offered at some therapeutic boarding schools include sports, arts, and outdoor activities like biking and hiking. Some therapeutic boarding schools utilize unique therapeutic methods like equine therapy which can help your daughter learn useful life skills while having fun.

Who goes to therapeutic boarding schools?

Therapeutic boarding schools may cater to teens in a specific age group or by gender. This is because the type of care needed by one age group or gender may not be effective for another age group of gender. For example, the needs of 10 year old girls are certainly not the same as a 17 year old. Many therapeutic boarding schools offer programming designed specifically for specific diagnoses. Teens who attend therapeutic boarding schools may be struggling with difficulties like:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Defiance
  • Adoption issues
  • Anger management issues
  • Learning disorders
  • Disruptive behavior
  • Substance use

Therapeutic boarding schools aren’t typically for teens struggling with severe mental health issues that need intensive clinical help. Instead, they help teens who are having difficulties that may be affecting their everyday lives, but can be worked through with the right coping tools and therapies. Therapeutic boarding schools have been known to help teens go on to lead successful, productive lives after they transition out of the program.

Choosing Sedona Sky Academy over other therapeutic boarding schools

Sedona Sky Academy, a therapeutic boarding school for teen girls, helps teen girls struggling with issues like depression, school refusal, OCD, trauma, and poor self esteem. Unlike other therapeutic boarding schools, the programming at Sedona Sky is designed specifically to help girls who are 13 to 17. Every aspect of the program is catered to suit the specific needs of that age group.

Sedona Sky Academy offers a variety of therapies for struggling girls including individual therapy sessions, group therapy, family therapy, and equine therapy. The equine therapy program at Sedona Sky Academy is one of the best in the country, incorporating natural horsemanship as well as other therapeutic techniques associated with equine therapy.

Programming at Sedona Sky is also family-focused. One of the main goals for treatment at Sedona Sky Academy is repairing family dynamics. Family therapy is offered on a regular basis and parent workshops are offered three times during different times of the year. Family programming helps rebuild communication and trust with your child.

The accredited academics offered at Sedona Sky are also a highlight of the programming. The academic program is classroom based, featuring small class sizes and personalized academic plans.  Ninety-nine percent of students who enter our program are placed in the colleges of their choice. Our college preparatory academic program offers SAT and ACT prep classes.

Another important aspect of Sedona Sky Academy’s programming are the arts and sports offered throughout a girl’s time with us. Art classes help foster personal growth and can boost self confidence. Sedona Sky offers painting classes, drama, choir, and even culinary arts.

Having positive physical health is just as important as having good mental health. That’s why we offer a variety of athletic activities that get girls active. These include a number of group sports like soccer and basketball. Other outdoor activities are offered including hiking and bike riding.

Contemporary Articles

An article in Mic discusses the prevalence in anxiety amongst teen girls versus teen boys. According to the article, an estimated 30 percent of young women struggle with issues related to anxiety compared to only 20 percent of young men. The reason for this disparity may lie in the large numbers of young women struggling with body image issues. In fact, according to the article, 80 percent of 10-year old American girls had reported being on a diet in the past year. Body image issues can negatively impact a girl’s future, which means that parents should be aware of how severe the issue is. Therapeutic boarding schools like Sedona Sky provide a safe place for your child to work on those struggles.

A recent article in Reuters discusses a recent study that found overweight teen girls are more likely to be depressed as adults than girls at a healthy weight. Researchers suggested this may have to do with body image and self esteem issues that plagued these overweight woman’s entire lives. This article just goes to show how important it is to get help for a child with negative body image issues as early as possible. Negative self esteem can carry through a person’s entire life.


One study discussed on NPR describes the rising suicide rates amongst teen girls in America. The rate of suicide in girls between the ages of 10 and 14 has jumped up the most in past twenty years, although it still makes up a relatively small percentage of suicides in America.

According to a recent study, three 11-13 year old girls out of a typical classroom of 30 suffer from emotional problems. Researchers believe this large number of children suffering from emotional problems may come from the variety of stressors now prevalent in the lives of young people including social and academic stress.

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